Interview – Meet Ted Nelson of Travelingted.com

1. Please tell us a little more about yourself and your site.

My name is Ted Nelson. I am 43 and have been hiking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing since I was 10.

Ted Nelson of Travelingted

My site follows my adventures around the Midwest, country, and world. I focus on adventure travel outdoor adventures listed previously, but I also write about international travel with a little bit about food, culture, and history thrown in.

2. Can you give us a little insight into your slogan : “Outdoor adventure travel”?

outdoor adventure blog

It is not really a slogan, but it is the focus of my site. My favorite three outdoor activities are hiking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing.

These three activities are the main focus of my blog, but I also enjoy wildlife sightings, downhill skiing, and running.

I am not really into adrenaline filled adventures or extreme sports like rock climbing, hang gliding, bungee jumping, and sky diving.

3. Can you give us 5 travel on a budget tips please?

  1. Camp instead of staying at hotels.
  2. Stay at guesthouses and hostels instead of hotels.
  3. Go hiking and canoe camping for an extended duration. It is difficult to spend money in the wilderness.
  4. Eat street food instead of sit down restaurants.
  5. Visit developing countries instead of Europe, Australia, and Japan.

4. Please give us 5 tips on how to make to most of a hike.

  1. Hike a loop instead of an out and back.
  2. Choose hikes that pass through interesting stops like a waterfall or scenic overlook.
  3. If it is warm choose a hike where you can find a spot to swim.
  4. Take backcountry trails instead of the main trails (i.e. stay off the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains).
  5. Hike during fall color change.

5. What is your preferred travel gear?

Duct tape, fanny pack, clothing arts pants and shirts, teva sandals, Tilley hat.

duct tape

6. What is your preferred hiking gear?

Duct tape, squeeze water filtration system, Sven camp folding saw, flask of Old Granddad, thermarest ground pad, L.L. Bean hiking shoes, fanny pack…

squeeze water filtration system

7. Do you use a multi tool? What other tools do you use?

I don’t use a multi tool. Don’t really use tools while hiking and travel.

8. Tell us a little about the most adrenaline filled adventure you had.

 American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race

I would say participating in the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race is tops for me.

Thousands of skiers converge on Hayward, Wisconsin to participate in a 54 kilometer race through the gorgeous northwoods of Wisconsin. One of the most exhausting activities I have ever done, but rewarding at the same time.

I will be racing my fourth race this February.

9. Who is your favorite adventurer?

Dave and Amy Freeman from the Wilderness Classroom.

Dave and Amy Freeman

They go on these crazy year long adventures and they provide a wilderness curriculum to grade school children who follow them. They teach young people the need for clean water and protecting our wild places.

10 A message to your readers.

Thanks for following me. I would be humbled if one person followed my adventures, but to have over 20,000 social media followers and thousands of others that read my blog each month continues to blow my mind.

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