My international travel this year included the following
- San Francisco (where I had some meetings and took some photos).
- New York (and CT for team meetings. I took some photos).
- Paris (for a big IBM internal conference. Of course I took some photos).
- Iceland (for pleasure, not work. Iceland Airwaves 2007 and general sightseeing. I took photos and even made a hungover podcast with my brother).
- Derry (for the Awakening Serious Games conference, at which I presented. I really liked Derry, and took some photos of Bogside).
- Zurich (for the IBM Innovation Forum. I gave the IBM CIO 2010 Outlook presentation for the first time, as well as a virtual worlds presentation of which I’ve given modified versions at various conferences. Of course, I couldn’t visit Zurich without also taking some photos).
Which looks a bit like this. Thanks to the Great Circle Mapper for the map.
This doesn’t include all the domestic travel I did by the way. There’s a fairly comprehensive list of conferences and speaking engagements for 2007 on my bio page if you’re interested, or this list of my slideshows gives a flavour of the work highlights.
Even without train and road journeys, that’s an estimated 22,062 miles of flights alone. I’m glad to see it’s slightly fewer than last year’s total of 24,375 miles, but it’s still too high. My personal target for next year is to get below 20,000, preferably more like 16,000.
Since photography is a recurring theme of my travels, I’ve decided to invest in a better camera. Something I can carry and transport relatively easily, but bigger and better than my existing Canon PowerShot S2 IS. I want to finally make the jump from compact to DSLR. I imagine it’ll be a Canon EOS 400D, or whatever similar thing exists in a couple of months. Someone kindly tipped me off about the big industry event in January, and the rumours of a 450D are encouraging me to hold off purchasing anything just yet.
Updates, many of which make me feel like a travel lightweight:
- Euan Semple has done one too (47,416 miles)
- Euan inspired Dave Snowden to do the same (285,054 miles. Horrific.)
- Bobbie Johnson has done one too (53,000+ miles)
- John Tolva updated his travel roundup (75,080 miles)
- Ewan McIntosh shares his (51,281 miles)
- Andrian Spender (22,541 miles)
- Russell Davies (67,231 miles)