Off on my travels again…

OK, so Macworld 2010 has now been dispatched so it’s time to look to the future. 

As you may be aware, I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to present on recent MacMania cruises. These are geek cruises specifically for Mac enthusiasts,  organised by Insight Cruises. The cruises are regular scheduled passenger cruises but Insight make a block reservation for MacMania and whilst the ship is at sea, put on Mac related seminars and talks for the MacMania attendees. When the ship arrives at a port, we all pile off and go on the excursions just like the regular passengers.

The MacMania regulars are a great bunch of people and I’ve made a ton of good friends from both MacMania 8 and MacMania 9 as well as touring the Mediterranean, China, Japan and South Korea.

It’s hard work but someone’s got to do it!

The next MacMania cruise is MacMania 10 due to sail to Bermuda in May. Unfortunately, I won’t be one that one seeing as I’ve been on the previous two cruises. Ho Hum ;-(

However, I was delighted to receive an invite from Neil Bauman to put together some sessions for MacMania 11 in February 2011. My sessions have been approved and I’m confirmed as a speaker for MacMania 11.

This time, we’re headed off to Patagonia (South America) taking in Argentina, Uruguay, Falkland Islands and Chile, with an optional trip to Antarctica.

I’ll be working like a trojan with a total of eight 90 minute sessions to prepare and deliver on the 12 day cruise. Other speakers include Dan Lyons (Fake Steve), Leo Laporte, Sal Soghoian, Wendy & Wally Cherwinski, Jan Jackson and Thomas Grollman. There’s also talk of another big name speaker potentially joining the cruise, but that’s to be confirmed.

The scheduling of MacMania 11 is interesting in that it follows just a few short days after Macworld 2011.

The probability is that if I attend Macworld next year, which is pretty much certain, myself and others will need to go straight from Macworld to South America. Given that Macworld itself is a pretty draining experience, it will be interesting to see how we cope with a 12 day cruise plus travelling directly after Macworld, not that I’m complaining.

One thing I have promised myself though, all of the sessions, including any that I’m giving at Macworld, will be completed and rehearsed well before I step on a plane this time. The last thing I want to do at Macworld 2011 is to be spending time finishing off presentations.

At least I’ve got 12 months to prepare this time.

You can find out more about MacMania11 over at Insight Cruises.