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September 23, 2005

The Global Trip LIVE!

In the tradition of motivational speaker Tony Robbins and many countless evangelists, The Global Trip is coming to you LIVE!*

*provided you're in Greenville, NC, USA on September 16th

FIRST OFF, an update for all you faithful Blogreaders who still look me up from time to time (plus all you new fans who discovered me this year). It's been one hell of a productive summer. Without landing a full-time 9-to-5 job, I've managed to work my way out of post-trip debt via freelance design projects, and am finally on my financial way to the next phase of my life -- whatever that is. But the summer hasn't been all about workin' for The Man; I've also managed to get published in the September 2005 edition of Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine and the September 4th edition of the Chicago Tribune's travel section. Pitches for further publications are in the works.

But perhaps the most significant event of the summer (or at least the most relevant to this entry) is when I received an email from one Stephanie James, a Blogreader and fan who just so happened to be a member of the Program Board at East Carolina University, Home of the ECU Pirates. On behalf of the Student Union, Stephanie invited me to fly down to ECU's Greenville, NC campus as a guest lecturer to talk to 1985ers about 'round-the-world travel and to share my personal insights and experiences about life on the road.

After months of back-and-forth e-mails and phone calls, I've finally signed the contract and am happy to announce that I'm slated to appear for an exclusive engagement on the evening of September 16th. This is both good news and bad news for me: the good news is that I'll be put up in a nice hotel near campus, and that I get to hang out and party with college kids (again), but the bad news is that I might actually have to write something and speak before a crowd of people for an hour.

It may be of note that this will be the first time I'll be speaking in such a circumstance, so not even I know what to expect -- the lecture is either going to be really great, or like watching a train wreck. Either way, come on down because I'll be giving away free stuff.

An Evening with Travel Writer/Blogger Erik R. Trinidad
Friday, September 16th, 2005
7 p.m.
Hendrix Theatre
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina, USA

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Posted by Erik on September 23, 2005 07:51 AM
Category: Epilogue

oh cool!!! you're gonna be famous. =) not that you aren't already.

Posted by: alice on September 7, 2005 09:45 AM

yarrr should just talk in your pirate voice for the entire lecture...

Posted by: markyt on September 7, 2005 09:54 AM


Posted by: Erik TGT on September 7, 2005 09:56 AM


Posted by: wheat on September 7, 2005 10:20 AM

that is fancy :) i'm sure you'll inspire those young minds to get off their lazy a$$es! if not, make them walk the plank!

Posted by: nikkij on September 7, 2005 10:44 AM

I attend ECU and found out about this and your lecture from a buddy of mine. I think it is great! I will be in attendance to hear of your experiences.

I also checked out your portfolio site, and I am quite impressed. You are a talented person and success has obviously already found you! CONGRATULATIONS! Now if only there were a way to coax success into looking my direction :)

Good Luck! Hope to see you the 16th at Hendrix

Posted by: Axis of Stevil on September 7, 2005 02:54 PM

Congratulations, Erik!
Glad to hear things are going great for you.

Posted by: Alyson on September 7, 2005 11:20 PM

Very cool, congratz! If you can hold our attention for 503 days and counting, an hour should be cake. But if you start to lose your audience... wow 'em with some of them poo pics. :-P

Posted by: Ali on September 8, 2005 12:31 AM

you are in the Chi Tribune! cool. I forgot to buy the paper this weekend so I looked it up on-line. I hope I see you in there more often!

I'm going to Brazil for Christmas/New Years so I've been looking up your old entries. Definitely going to hang glide over Rio!

I'm sure your speech will be great.

I miss being a blog hog!

Posted by: sara on September 8, 2005 05:55 PM

wow, congrats!

Posted by: scott on September 8, 2005 06:55 PM

Ha... the ECU Pirates. How ironic.... And just 3 days before talk like a pirate day.

Chum it up good, and drop 'em in.

Posted by: Bill on September 8, 2005 09:05 PM

Yarrr, that's hot Erik!

Posted by: Rina on September 9, 2005 10:03 AM

I am a slacker...

In life and on blog.
Anyway, super fun, and fantastic. So party like a 1985-er rock stah and take lots of pics to keep us slackers at home enthralled.

BTW, ditto to what Ali said - if you can keep us entertained for more than a year, an hr will be a piece of cake.

Posted by: Noelle on September 10, 2005 01:24 AM

Shiver me timbers! The treasure that is the Global Trip still lives on! I'm glad I checked back!

Congrats and good luck Erik, you'll knock'em dead, plunder those beers and keep up with the best of those 85'ers!

Hope someone's going to video tape it for those of us that can't make it!

Posted by: Harry on September 10, 2005 11:36 AM

A rowdy bunch of '85ers eh? You'll knock 'em dead!

I'd love to fly down, but a freak wakeboarding accident has left me without the use of the right side of my body... Just Kidding! But l would like to see a video.

Posted by: Td0t on September 11, 2005 12:01 PM

Good to see TGT is paying off somewhat.

I took two weeks of lunch breaks to read your entries and Im finally done. You have truly inspired me and I am now planning another quest on my own.

Posted by: Jyounkit on September 12, 2005 06:44 PM

Avast me hearties!

Good luck to ya and don't forget to rile them younguns.

When's the next GT? I can't wait.

Posted by: Jordan on September 13, 2005 12:18 PM

I'm warming up for Monday...


Posted by: Td0t on September 16, 2005 09:24 AM

great news on the speech. i have finally

read through all your blogs and you really

are talented writer. you kept me

entertained. im leaving on my own vacation in couple days and i hope its as

good as yours

Posted by: jeff on September 16, 2005 01:01 PM

great news on the speech. i have finally

read through all your blogs and you really

are talented writer. you kept me

entertained. im leaving on my own vacation in couple days and i hope its as

good as yours

Posted by: jeff on September 16, 2005 01:01 PM

Great news Erik...happy speaking. You will rock, chill!

Posted by: Dusty on September 16, 2005 11:51 PM

me hearty,
I hope they knew how to party like we do at our college...
And - I was glad to hear I made it into that last publication. My name comes up on google more and more thanks to you.

Posted by: sebastian on September 17, 2005 06:58 PM

The lecture went okay, for a first-run. Funny, I was worried about whether or not I could fill 40 minutes, but ended up babbling for an hour and a half. There wasn't even time for a formal Q&A, but fans came to meet me on stage after the fact.

A video of the event will be put together soon and posted on-line -- so that perhaps I can land more speaking gigs at a university near YOU!

Posted by: Erik TGT on September 23, 2005 07:53 AM

Will the tour include any Canadian stops?

Posted by: Td0t on September 26, 2005 10:09 AM

TD0T: If you have contacts on the Canadian speaking circuit, talk me up!

Posted by: Erik TGT on September 26, 2005 10:23 PM

Were you received well by the students? Lots of questions, etc?

Posted by: Jyouknit on September 27, 2005 03:57 PM

That's great news Erik! I haven't logged on to your site in a while but here I am today!

Canadian Speaking Circuit....must think about this.....


Posted by: Lisa on September 28, 2005 09:36 AM

JYOUKNIT: Well, ECU is a party school, so I didn't expect much of a turnout for a 7pm talk on a Friday night that wasn't as advertised as much as it could since school was closed for two days that week in all the Hurricane Ophelia hype. But about 25 showed, and laughed at my jokes. Surprisingly, a large projected photo of my own poo wasn't so well-received, but they loved the photo of the beer with a Happy Meal in Paris.

Posted by: Erik TGT on September 29, 2005 07:25 PM


Posted by: Td0t on September 30, 2005 01:46 PM

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