M. Timothy O'Keefe

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M. Timothy O'Keefe has been an Orlando resident since 3 B.D. (3 years Before Disney).  He has published more than 1,000 magazine and newspaper travel articles, authored 15 books and co-authored 3 more and published over 15,000 photographs worldwide. His latest book is Photographer’s Guide to the Everglades. He also wrote Caribbean Hiking and has been a frequent contributor to Caribbean Travel & Life Magazine.  His travel apps include Essential Orlando and Everglades Photo and Travel Guide. He is a past president of the Society of American Travel Writers and the Florida Outdoor Writers Association.

Posts by M. Timothy O'Keefe

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  • 1
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    Spending New Year’s Eve in Red Square during the Cold War with three passing Russian college students who wanted to practice their English with a tourist who had a camera on a tripod. They took out a bottle of champagne hidden in a large briefcase and we four drank out of three old chipped coffee cups. Whatever their leadership, Soviet or Putin, Russians generally are friendly people.

  • 2
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    Patience and endurance. And to be ready to try new things, such as eating termites in the Dominican Republic. Crunchy, not much taste.

  • 3
    Have you ever been somewhere that was so bad you couldn't write about it?

    Yes, Rio, in Brazil. Could not endorse it and risk someone’s safety because it was and is an unsafe destination.

  • 4
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    As a travel writer and photographer who has been to every continent on assignment and done things now impossible such as climbing Egypt’s Great Pyramid without a guide, which was terrifying because I was afraid of heights and also of falling,which almost happened. I wish more Americans would test their comfort zone, stop being work slaves and venture to see what is happening elsewhere in the world. With new perspectives and knowledge, we would have a more tolerant and progressive country.