Gary Bogdon

Photojournalist & Guest host

Gary Bogdon has been a photojournalist his entire professional career with over 30 years of experience working on staff at The Miami Herald and The Orlando Sentinel before working for over 15 years at Sports Illustrated as a contract photographer. His camera has always given him the opportunity and was his vehicle of exploring and traveling the world from India to Russia, Mexico to Spain and all over the USA.

He has always been fascinated by people and cultures of other lands in far away places. He enjoys helping others “see” with their camera’s the way that he sees the world , whether it’s amazing landscapes or the people in them.

His favorite destinations are Kauai, Costa Rica, and Barcelona

Fun Fact: Gary once had a brief motion picture appearance alongside actor Tom Cruise in the 1990 film ‘Days of Thunder’ as he was photographing him during filming scenes at Daytona International Speedway - Yet, he didn’t quit his day job !

One on One with Gary

In which city did you grow up?

Louisville, KY

Where did you go on family vacations as a child?


What was the first country you ever visited (outside of your own) and how old were you?

London, England - en route to Bombay, India and I was 26 years old

When did you first realize that travel meant something more to you?

As a teenager and admiring National Geographic photographers

5-Star Hotel or Private Villa?

Private Villa

What’s the one travel tip that you always share with all your friends/guests?

Be Flexible, don't be afraid of change, and take lots of photos

What are your top 3 cities or towns?

Kauai,(Hawaii ) , New Orleans, Barcelona ( with NYC and Costa Rica in there as well )

What has been your most spiritual travel experience?

Watching the sunrise (and photographing it ) at the top of Haleakala Volcano in Maui, Hawaii (the clouds were amazing ) very spiritual experience

Who will you never travel with again?

A bad pair of uncomfortable shoes !

What is the most stand out restaurant experience you’ve had recently?

I've had so many, but anytime I'm eating outside and on local cuisine with a fun chef is the best

What was your biggest travel faux pas?

Forgetting to bring my wife's (packed ) suitcase to our destination in the British Virigin Islands - I wouldn't recommend it

New York, Milan or Hong Kong?

NYC ( but I've not been to Milan or Hong Kong yet )

What’s the most adventurous travel experience you’ve ever had?

I've been fortunate and had so many- but traveling in India, Russia, and Costa Rica would be some of my most adventurous for sure. All for different reasons

What’s next on your travel bucket list?

Australia/New Zealand, Greece and Tuscany would be on my bucket list

What do you do to relax and unwind in your personal time?

Spend time with my wife and family, I'm a golfer too so love time for that, and enjoy spending time with friends over a nice dinner and wine, and laughing a lot

100% 10 Plane, train or automobile? Screen reader support enabled. Plane, train or automobile?

I’ve been on hundreds of flights, and driven all over, so I’m going with Train ( something romantic like an Orient Express would be amazing )

French Riviera or Swiss Alps?

I've not been to either, but I'm thinking Swiss Alps

When did you know that your career would be travel related?

I always knew (since I was about 15-16 years old ) that I wanted to be a photojournalist which involves lots of travel , so that’s the career I began and I’ve done my entire life , and it’s evolved over the years and I’ve been fortunate to travel extensively

If you could invite 5 celebrity guests along on your next vacation, who would they be?

I'll stay away from politics, and go with Ellen DeGeneres ( so funny ), George Clooney ( my wife will vote for him too ) Oprah (who doesn't love her ), Michael Jordan , Sting

What home comfort do you miss the most when travelling?

My dog ( a mini schnauzer named Louie ) and my own bed

Which country makes the best coffee?

It's a tie- Costa Rica and Kauai, Hawaii

Canon, Nikon, Sony, Hasselblad or Fuji?

I've used them all in my career- but I'm currently a Canon shooter but familiar with them all

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