About Michael

Founder of Visual Itineraries, Michael lives in Portland, Oregon.

Another reason to go to New Zealand

…to see the dance of the morepork owl!

Yes, it’s really called that…this isn’t another “better with bacon” joke. The owl is also known as the Tasmanian Spotted Owl, and it’s found in New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, and few other places. H/T to wimp.com for finding this gem of a video.

This particular owl was helped by the New Zealand Bird Rescue organization. This baby owl was brought to the New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust’s Green Bay Hospital in Auckland when he was one-year-old.

How Social Media is Like Sex

How social media is like sexIn the travel industry, agents are flocking to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and even Google+ as these channels become valuable ways to reach new prospective clients, and keep in touch with existing clients. There are likes, shares, fans, +1′s, followers…but what does it all mean? What’s valuable to our client relationships and marketing, and HOW valuable are each of these?

I’m going to use a metaphor we can all relate to: sex. Continue reading

Pilot’s view of descent into Queenstown, NZ

Descending through the clouds into Queenstown, NZThis is an absolutely stunning piece of footage of coming into Queenstown, NZ to land. It appears to be in a commercial jet, based on how he needs nearly every foot of runway available to get the thing stopped at the end. And the descent through the clouds…with the sharp-edged Remarkables mountains directly ahead and Lake Wakatipu below…well, this is why passengers get windows that look out the sides, so they don’t scream, pass out, etc. Continue reading