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
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
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
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
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
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.