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Travel Story Teller

I have been a professional travel writer for more than 15 years – but I don’t do much of the “standard” travel writing. I don’t get into the “perfect day in …” stuff or the “10 best…” things, unless somebody’s paying well, of course! My travel writing is more along the lines of “So I was in this place one time, and this funny/interesting/sweet thing happened.” I try to take the reader along with me on the road. Here you’ll find links to my various travel stories that are published online. Enjoy. And see you out on the road.

18 Years a Portlander: A Little Roadtrip Reminiscing

  • Paul Gerald
  • October 31, 2014
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This particular Halloween, I find myself in London, enjoying a pause in the middle of another soccer run — this time seeing nine games in 13 nights. But on this day 18 years ago, I arrived in my new hometown of Portland, Oregon. I will never forget it being Halloween, since I walked out of the Greyhound…

Hiking in Tuscany: The Pania di Corfino

  • Paul Gerald
  • August 25, 2014
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What is it like to go hiking in Tuscany? You start in dense forest, with occasional views of tree-covered slopes stretching to the horizon. You climb higher to see bald-topped mountains in the distance and tile-roofed villages dotting the hillsides. You emerge in a cluster of houses as quaint as the hobbits’ Shire, where you…

English Soccer Tour: That “Back on the Road” Feeling

  • Paul Gerald
  • April 17, 2014
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Cherry blossoms at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC

What is that feeling of arriving in a foreign place? It’s excitement, touched with fear, but anticipation through and through. It’s giddy, it’s happy, and it’s freeing. Whatever was back there is just … back there. Left. Escaped? Avoided? Maybe, but not here anyway. That “back on the road feeling” comes when the last home…

Amazing Hikes from Embark Adventures

  • Paul Gerald
  • January 7, 2013
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This one isn’t about Portland hikes, but rather a Portland hiking company: Embark Adventures, whom I work for. Embark is mainly about Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and trekking in the Himalayas, but today we announced the trip lineup for 2013 and the start of 2014. It’s a remarkable set of trips — Nepal, Bhutan, Kilimanjaro, wildlife…

Travel Story: “Old and New” in Cody, Wyoming

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 22, 2012
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I squeezed out another travel article for the Memphis Flyer last week, and it’s now up on their site. It’s called Old and New (read it here). It’s about a trip I took to Cody, Wyoming, last summer. And it’s about the area around there, which is amazing. And it’s about looking for the magical…

Interview with Rick Steves

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 16, 2012
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I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing Rick Steves for an article in the Memphis Flyer. I bet there’s at least one big thing you didn’t know about Mr. European Travel, but you’ll have to read the article to find out what it is.