TIM TALKS TRAVEL

L-R: Drina River, Serbia; Lake Baikal, Russia; Kotor, Montenegro; Gallipoli, Turkey; Lake Tekapo, New Zealand; Ha Long Bay, Vietnam; Auckland, New Zealand. Foreground: The Motherland Calls statue, Volgograd, Russia.

As much as I enjoy exploring new places, but my fondest memories from travel always comes down to the people I meet along the way. Travel keeps my mind open to new ways of thinking, and reminds me about what is great about where I come from.

Some of my most memorable trips include:

          • Driving 14,000km across Russia east to west in a Toyota Prius – passing through 27 cities and towns, starting in Vladivostok and finishing in St. Petersburg. The story I wrote about the trip was featured in the 2018 Russian Lonely Planet guide.
          • Making an earth sandwich by travelling as far away as possible from my home in Auckland by driving to the exact GPS coordinates of the antipode (the opposite point on earth), and having a friend place a slice of bread on the ground at the same time as I did. The location turned out to be a driveway close to Ronda, a city halfway between Seville and Málaga in Spain.
          • Speaking at the 2012 APEC Summit in Russia and hearing from Hillary Clinton, President Putin (among others), and meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key just prior to his meeting with the Russian President. I was the only person to approach and chat with Russia’s bodyguard-surrounded Minister of Energy – where I gave him a New Zealand candle (the last corporate gift I had left with me), and received back a gold coin, commemorating the new gas pipeline to Vladivostok.
          • Being invited to sit in the Presidential Box at the Davis Cup quarter-final in Belgrade, to watch my tennis hero Novak Đoković represent Serbia. I ended up in a paparazzi photo in a Serbian newspaper alongside other (more recognisable) faces in the box.
          • A road through through Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Romania, catching up with old friends along the way and exploring spectacular – and unexpected – nature in regions I previously knew very little about.
          • Visiting Myanmar in 2016 with other business leaders from South-east Asia, and seeing first-hand the rapid changes in business, infrastructure, and tourism that are occurring there.
          • While living in London, visiting all stations on the Underground and making a video about it, which was picked up by the BBC and the Evening Standard and used to recognise the 150th anniversary of the Tube in 2012.
          • Being invited to attend Alibaba’s ‘Double 11 day’ sale launch in Shanghai: including a 4-hour gala extravaganza featuring Jessie J, Pharrell Williams, Maria Sharapova, Nicole Kidman (among countless others). During the 24 hours of the sale, Alibaba sold US$25.3 billion worth of merchandise.
          • Giving a keynote speech at the 2015 World Journalists Conference in Seoul (on the division between North and South Korea from a New Zealand perspective), where I was also interviewed by the national public broadcaster KBS at the UN Memorial Cemetery in Busan.
          • Having discovered that I’d never driven in the United States after several work visits, my San Francisco-based friend pick me up in the most American car he could get his hands on – a 1971 Buick Convertible – and made me drive it over the Golden Gate Bridge, and further north along Marin County’s beaches.

Flight Check: Flying from Auckland to Brisbane aboard Air New Zealand (NZ Herald Travel)

Tim McCready travels from Auckland to…
November 20, 2018/by tim.mccready

Flight Check: Hong Kong to Munich aboard Lufthansa (NZ Herald Travel)

Tim McCready flies from Hong Kong to…
May 15, 2018/by tim.mccready

Project Auckland: A view from the summits (NZ Herald)

The Memorandum of Understanding…
December 15, 2017/by tim.mccready

Phil Goff extends alliance with Guangzhou, Los Angeles (NZ Herald)

Auckland Mayor Phil…
November 13, 2017/by tim.mccready

11.11: It’s shopping – but not as you know it (NZ Herald)

Step off the plane in…
November 11, 2017/by tim.mccready

Asia New Zealand: Generational Division in South Korea

Tim McCready While participating…
May 1, 2017/by tim.mccready

From East to West – Crossing the Siberian Heartland (Sunday Star Times)

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October 29, 2016/by tim.mccready

Asia New Zealand: Myanmar Matters

Leadership…
October 28, 2016/by tim.mccready

Vladivostok to St. Petersburg by Car (Russia Insider)

Danielle Ryan Ever wanted to…
August 3, 2015/by tim.mccready

Living and working in Los Angeles – the reality (NZ INC)

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June 26, 2015/by tim.mccready

Touring the UN Memorial Cemetery in Busan (KBS News)

April 17, 2015/by tim.mccready

Visiting every London Underground station

When I arrived in London, I asked several of my London-born friends…
June 12, 2013/by tim.mccready

APEC 2012 CEO Summit – Vladivostok, Russia

In 2012 I was asked to represent New Zealand at the APEC (Asia-Pacific…
October 1, 2012/by tim.mccready

Japanese Agriculture, Horticulture & Business

In 2010 I was invited by the Japanese government to visit Tokyo…
July 11, 2010/by tim.mccready