WASHINGTON (Aug. 30, 2011)—Andrew Evans, National Geographic Traveler magazine’s “Digital Nomad,” embarks today on a 23-day adventure experiencing life in Japan six months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. From Aug. 30 to Sept. 21, Evans will document his travels through posts, pictures, video and commentary on NationalGeographic.com’s Digital Nomad blog (http://digitalnomad.nationalgeographic.com), his Twitter feed @WheresAndrew and his Where’s Andrew Facebook page.
“Six months ago, the world saw images of the horrific toll that the earthquake and tsunami took on Japan, but I want to see how it has recovered and what it is like to travel off the beaten path there now,” Evans said. “Follow me on Twitter and Facebook and read my Digital Nomad blog to see firsthand and in real time what it is like to live and travel in Japan today.”
Evans will develop his own itinerary to uncover the hidden treasures of Japan. He will explore big cities such as Tokyo and Kyoto as well as smaller towns throughout the country, looking for the unexpected, the untold and the weird but true. On Sept. 11, he will reflect as an American in Japan on the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in America as well as the six-month anniversary of the March earthquake in Japan. He will visit the epicenter of the quake to see how life has changed — and how it has stayed the same. He also will undertake an epic one-day tweetathon as he tweets at 186 miles per hour, virtually traversing the country from north to south in a single day on the bullet train. As he travels, he will seek suggestions of places to visit in Japan from his community of fellow digital explorers.
Evans is a veteran travel writer for National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel blog. Last year he journeyed from National Geographic’s headquarters in
Washington, D.C., to Antarctica — a 10,000-mile trip through 14 countries — using public transportation as far as he could go. He rode buses to Ushuaia in Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, and then boarded the MV National Geographic Explorer to Antarctica. Along the way, he broke international news as he discovered a completely black penguin — one of the rarest genetic mutations and seldom seen anywhere on the planet. His pictures and video of the penguin were broadcast around the world.
In 2009, Evans traveled to Australia, where he covered 18,000 miles, traversing the continent from east to west and north to south. He went diving at the Great Barrier Reef, sat side by side with red kangaroos, drove hundreds of miles on the Great Ocean Road, took in a 360-degree view of Melbourne by hot-air balloon, toured a haunted prison at night and ate Vegemite (a savory spread) on toast. Throughout, he documented his experiences and interacted with his followers via Twitter and his blog.
“Andrew Evans is the first true National Geographic digital explorer — the latest in a long line of great Society explorers that dates back more than 120 years,” said Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler magazine editor in chief. “By going to Japan, he’ll get to dig into one of the world’s most fascinating cultures. Expect surprises.”
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