December 10, 2019 – Rick Antonson, Papua New Guinea

Former President and CEO of Tourism Vancouver, the self-proclaimed “accidental executive” Rick Antonson habitually opts for the path less wandered – or sometimes where there’s no path at all. In his travels, Rick chooses countries seldom referred to as bustling tourist destinations, including the Belarus, Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, Libya, Algeria and North Korea.

This love of travel coupled with his passion for writing and his ability to think philosophically has led to books which Rick has either authored or co-authored. His works include To Timbuktu for a Haircut; A Journey Through West Africa (2013, Second Edition), Route 66 Still Kicks: Driving America’s Main Street (2012),and the forthcoming Full Moon Over Noah’s Ark: An Odyssey to Mount Ararat (September 2015),and his co-authored work Slumach’s Gold: In Search of a Legend (2007). Rick’s Route 66 Still Kicks chronicles the 2,400 mile roadtrip adventure from Chicago to LA looking for all the old parts of the highway, and was called “one of the best books of the bunch” by the New York Times in their year-end travel book round-up, 2012.


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