Interview – Meet Gary Arndt of

1.Please introduce yourself.

My name is Gary Arndt. I’ve been traveling around the world non-stop since 2007. During that time I’ve been to over 100 countries and all 7 continents. I run a popular travel blog at

Gary Arndt

2. What is the story behind your site?

traveling passion

I began my site in October 2006 before I started traveling full time. I’ve been running it ever since and have been posting a daily photo every day since November 2007.

In 2010 Time Magazine named my blog as one of the Top 25 blogs on the internet.


3. What is your favorite travel gear?

Eagle Creek Gear Warrior

The longer I’ve traveled, the less I worry about gear.

I use an Eagle Creek 32″ Gear Warrior as my primary bag.

I also have a lot of Scottevest clothing.


4. Do you camp? What are your favorite tools and do you use a multi tool?

I don’t camp that often because I always have to carry everything I own with me. I can’t really carry camping gear with me all the time.

5. Tell us a little about the awards you won as a traveller and photographer.

best photographer award

I was named the 2014 Travel Photographer of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers and the 2013 Travel Photographer of the Year by the North American Travel Journalists Association.

I am have also won two Lowell Thomas Awards for photo illustration of travel and two Northern Lights Awards for Photography for coverage of Canada. I’ve also won a bunch of miscellaneous awards for individual photos and collections.

6. What is your preferred photography gear?

Nikon D300s

I currently use a Nikon D300s and carry 3 lenses with me: 50mm f/1.4, 18-200mm VR, and a 12-14mm wide angle lens. I also have assorted filters and other things that I carry with me in addition to a carbon fiber tripod.


7. What is the most amazing place that you visited and what is your favorite?

I don’t have a single favorite place. Every place is different and special for its own reasons.

8. Who is your favorite traveller and adventurer?

I am a big fan of Shannon O’Donnell, a National Geographic Traveler of the year. She blogs at

shannon odonnell

9. What is your message to the people that read your site?

My message is not to be afraid to travel. Get out and see the world.

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