Canons stand guard over the historic Brimstone Hill Fortress, St. Kitts – Photo by Gig Gwin
A Life of Travel and Adventures
“Drawing on four decades of adventure and over three million miles of travel, I hope you will enjoy this anthology of my world explorations.”- Gig Gwin
Bahamas - Served a two-year term on the tourist advisory board and helped develop an effective airport plan, plus gained friendships with some great Bahamian people.
Barbados - Met with the Minister of Tourism to plan a series of incentive travel groups, which resulted in over 8,000 people visiting the island in a 2-year period. At Sam Lord's Castle, a plantation great house, golfed, body-surfed and wind-surfed, then operated a travel program for a group of 250 stockbrokers.
Cuba - Sat in Ernest Hemmingway's bar seat in old Havana (there must be ten of them), and swayed to the pulsing Cuban music at the posh resort at Varadero Beach Resort. Secretly slipped into the southern city of Santiago de Cuba, to see Spanish fortresses and the U.S. base in Guantanamo from the Cuban side.
Dominica - On this provincial island, absorbed the culture of the people who carried bananas on their backs for two days to sell at the local boat dock. Hiked through rainforests filled with enormous endemic frogs and talked with some of the few remaining Carib Indians.
Dominican Republic - Watched a knife fight in the Santo Domingo Hotel, but undaunted, danced the night away with the pulsing meringue rhythms. Sold my book for the first time in Punta Cana at a travel expo.
Grand Turk - Putted around on a motor-scooter for three days and departed from the island on one of the very last PanAm flights.
Haiti - Came ashore with a large cruise group and mounted under-fed donkeys for the dusty two-hour climb to the immense Citadel Laferriere, built by Haiti's first emperor Henri Christophe.
Jamaica - Climbed Dunn's River Falls with my family and shared travel stories in Kingston with the local historians.
Martinique - During a four-hour strenuous climb with a fellow travel director, reached the summit of the infamous Mt. Pelee, then lost directions in the deep fog and almost fell a thousand feet into the crater. Gave mouth to mouth resuscitation to the General Manager of the Hilton Hotel and brought him back to life. As a first timer, swam nude on a public French beach.
Puerto Rico - In my single years, had a wild fling and romance, accompanied by tropical drinks from El Morro fortress to the El Yunque Rain Forest. Later in life at a travel meeting, coaxed Travel Chairman Arthur Tauck, of Tauck Discoveries, to be a contributing writer for my book "Champions of Travel."
St. Barts - Developed a case of white knuckle flying after landing at the tiny airport sliced out of the side of a mountain.
St. Kitts - Walked through sugar cane fields and ran to the top of Brimstone Fortress, the great bastion of the British Caribbean.
St. Martin - Experienced the lifestyle of the rich and famous on the Dutch-French Island, then with more fear than danger, was bitten by a four-foot shark on a deserted out-Island.
Trinidad - At sunset in Port-of-Spain, enjoyed a front row seat at a formal concert by a 40-piece steel band.
US Virgin Islands - Sailed on a windjammer through azure blue waters, later brought thousands of tourists aboard cruise ships to the St. Thomas duty-free shopping frenzy. Lost a $5,000 group deposit when Mahogany Run Golf Course went bankrupt.