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I usually take one month-long pleasure trip each year, picking a few places in a broad region that sound enticing and then figuring out how to connect them by land or sea. Most often, I travel solo, which means I'm not subjecting anyone to my spontaneous decisions or to destinations that don't seem particularly interesting; it's also easier to meet other travelers that way. However, I've gone with a partner on two trips and enjoyed some wonderful moments that I probably wouldn't have had alone.

Much of what fascinates me about traveling is watching the transitions between places, and I'm just as happy to be on a train or bus from one city to another as visiting a museum. I don't mind an occasional flight, but I'd rather see how the scenery segues from place to place. For local transportation, walking and subways are splendid, buses are OK, and I'll do almost anything possible to avoid getting into a taxi, which is often overpriced and involves haggling over the fare in many parts of the world.

In addition to the travelogues below, there's a travelogue of my time as keyboardist on the Fosse musical tour, from 29 October 2002 to 21 May 2004 (which includes Trip 8, Morocco and Southern Spain, because it was a period of time off).

Trip Destination Countries visited   Trip dates
1 India, Nepal, and China India, Nepal, China   5 August to 6 September 1997
2 Southeast Asia Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau   24 September to 26 October 1998
3 Mongolia to Eastern Europe Mongolia, Russia, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany   16 September to 24 October 1999
4 Middle South America Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil   25 October to 28 November 2000
5 Southern Africa Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa   30 October to 11 December 2001
6 Scandinavia, the Baltics, and Greenland Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Greenland   26 June to 13 August 2002
7 The Balkans Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Transdniestr, Bulgaria, Turkey   20 August to 11 September 2003
8 Morocco and Southern Spain Spain, Morocco, France   14 December 2003 to 4 January 2004
9 Western India India   14 February to 15 March 2005
10 Outer Indochina Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar   22 January to 26 February 2006
11 Ethiopia and Dubai Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates   17 February to 20 March 2008
12 Iceland Iceland   10 to 23 May 2009
13 Japan Japan   19 February to 16 March 2010
14 Caucasus Turkey, Kurdish Iraq, Georgia, Armenia, Nagorno Karabagh   26 September to 27 October 2012
15 Central and East Asia Turkey, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Japan   15 September to 28 October 2013
16 Inner Indochina and Japan Thailand, Laos, Japan   20 May to 17 June 2014
17 Madagascar England, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Madagascar, Netherlands   26 May to 24 June 2015
18 Northeast Asia South Korea, Russia   7 to 29 June 2016
19 Middle East Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan, United Arab Emirates   23 August to 4 September 2017
20 Asia, Cold and Hot Japan, Hong Kong, Russia, China, Indonesia   29 January to 26 February 2019
21 Cuba Cuba   3 to 21 March 2020
22 NYC-Boston Walk USA   28 August to 7 September 2020
23 Diners of New Jersey Walk USA   14 to 30 October 2020
24 Aruba Walk (Abecedarian Walk #1) Aruba   21 December 2020 to 2 January 2021
25 Zanzibar Walk (Abecedarian Walk #2) Tanzania   10 February to 6 March 2021
26 Oahu Walk (Abecedarian Walk #3) USA   7 to 21 May 2021
27 Malta and Gozo Walks (Abecedarian Walks #4 and #5) Malta   8 to 18 August 2021
28 Curaçao Walk (Abecedarian Walk #6) Curaçao   6 to 11 November 2021
29 Tenerife Walk (Abecedarian Walk #7) Spain   30 December 2021 to 20 January 2022
30 Bonaire Walk (Abecedarian Walk #8) Bonaire   2 to 9 February 2022
31 Isle of Wight Walk (Abecedarian Walk #9) England   9 to 16 May 2022
32 Hiiumaa Walk (Abecedarian Walk #10) Sweden, Estonia   20 June to 5 July 2022
33 The Train to That Thing in the Desert USA   22 July to 8 September 2022
34 Vieques Walk (Abecedarian Walk #11) USA   16 to 21 November 2022
35 Kangaroo Island and Singapore Walks (Abecedarian Walks #12 and #13) Australia, Singapore   19 February to 15 March 2023