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Why is Friday the “Day of Rage” in the Middle East?

One of the many interesting things about traveling in foreign lands are the basic things that are different from back home. One of those in the Middle East is that Friday is more like Saturday in most parts of the world — it is the first day of the weekend. And midday Friday prayers are the only prayers during the Muslim week where are you supposed to go to the mosque… ergo that day being a day of organization in some of the recent uprisings over here. Go read more.

Interview with Rick Griffin of Mid-Life Road Trip: Lucky 13 Questions

Rick is one of the most multi-talented travel bloggers out there today, but to limit him to merely a blogger would do him a great disservice. TV personality. One of the minds behind the popular #NUTS Twitter chat. Adventure traveler. Just go read his interview and enjoy getting to know him better.

The Taxi Cab Guide: What You Need to Know

One of the things that you are going to have to deal with as your travel around the world is taxi cab drivers. Some are the greatest people you will ever meet in your lifetime. Unfortunately, a lot more are out to try to scam every dollar they can get out of your pocket. Hope you enjoy some of these basic tips for how to deal with cabbies around the world.

Guide to finding cheap cruises to Antarctica

There are many myths about traveling to Antarctica, the biggest being price.  Most people don’t go to Antarctica and are scared away by the large $10,000 price tags that a cruise to Antarctica can have.  I can easily tell you that you don’t have to pay that much cruise to Antarctica.  You can find deals for an average price of $3,000.

How Buenos Aires is Exactly Like Paris

The city that was once the epicenter of the world at the turn of the 21stcentury. People from around the world want to not only visit Buenos Aires, but actually live there.  The Paris of the South can easily be compared to the romantic city of Paris.  Things are changing however and you may not be able to see it much longer.

Sarah Outen Launches London-2-London Expedition

An inspirational young adventurer, Sarah Outen is 3 days into her ‘London-2-London via the World’ Expedition.  A Two Boats, One Bike, Two Oceans and Three Continents journey around the world, Sarah will be paddling and pedaling her way around the world for the next little while.

Best of New Zealand

A special “Best of” post for me during the week of #Blog4NZ was my Best of New Zealand post. It is one of my favorite countries and on the short list of places I’d like to eventually retire. Come check out the many reasons it is so great.

Thrill-seekers turn to horse boarding for latest ‘extreme’ sport

So-called British ‘thrill-seekers’ were competing today in the new extreme sport of horse boarding, in which participants are towed behind a horse on a skateboard at speeds of up to 35mph. It sounds more ‘extreme’ than the video actually shows; a couple of guys in full motorcross pads being tugged around a stable, and repeat, and repeat again. I wanna see some jumps!

First Impressions of Brazil

Carnival is an experience that I think everyone should have. There are many people that were telling me to be careful and I would have been but it seemed that the entire world was converging for Carnival in Salvador. When there are hoards of people outside at even 5 and 6 in the morning you are much less likely to get jacked.

Traveling and Dying: the Real Risks, not the Hype

As an avid scuba diver, I wanted to take a quick (and hopefully humorous) look at the real risks of getting attacked by sharks verses real risks that you face in your everyday life. Here is the analysis. Let’s just say that it might be riskier to sleep naked than to scuba dive in shark infested waters…

Speaking in Penguin Tongue

Neko Harbour is home to a large penguin colony and also one of the oldest British bases.  Once you depart the southern most city in the world, Ushuaia, your cheap Antarctica cruise will take you to this popular Antarctica attraction.  This is also the location where you can send your Antarctica postcards which will take over 2 mos to arrive.

The Flaming Virgin Mary

Taken on Mt. Cristobal, this great shot is at the peak of the mountain where you can get the best views of Chile.  You can get to the top of Mt. Cristobal very easily through the popular neighborhood of Bella Vista in Santiago.

5 Things You Must Do in Austin, Texas

The wonderful Erica, from Over Yonderlust, did up this post of must-do’s when you go visit her hometown, Austin, Texas.  Austin is clearly my favorite city in Texas and is one of the most livable and entertaining cities in the entire country.  Go for the food, the music and the friendliest Texans you will find anywhere.

Free Lonely Planet iPhone City Guides – Before Feb 4

Travelling to the US or Canada soon? You can score 13 great city guides for free from Lonely Planet if you download them on iTunes before February 4th 2011. Up for grabs are the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington.

The Argentine Pinocchio

One must be careful upon close contact because you could lose an eye in simple conversation with this Argentine.  As he moved his nasal appendage you could feel the wind change direction.  Sometimes seen doing all the Argentina tourist attractions you will have to be careful when you spot an Argentine Pinocchio.  Check out this great picture of the Argentine pinocchio.

Awesome Adventures – Antarctica Edition

As is the case with many travel fanatics, we knew early on that we wanted to make it to all seven continents. Until a couple of years ago – when we started to really remodel our world – neither of us would have believed that we’d actually make it to Antarctica before retirement.

Sing Your Way to Spanish

Never Ending Voyage share their tips for learning Spanish. Listening to, translating and singing along to Spanish music is a great way to learn new vocabulary, improve your pronunciation and immerse yourself in the culture. Here are some tips on how to use music for language learning and some recommended Spanish music to get started.

Where you should go if you can’t afford Antarctica

Its a dream to make it to the white continent but with prices starting off at $3,000 its no wonder why only about 37,000 people made it to Antarctica last year.  You can find a much cheaper cruise with a last minute Antarctica cruise, the total including airfare should range between $4,000 to $5,000 (includes both flight and cruise)

The Ultimate Road Trip

Midlife Road Trip’s Rick Griffin announced today that he will participate in the 2011 Mongol Rally, a 9000 mile journey crossing 2 continents and 15 countries on some of the worst roads in the world. Rick will join three of the world’s foremost travel writers to form the official “Unofficial Team of Social Media”, the Social Media Syndicate.

My 2011 Travel Plans

This is my current travel plan for the first half of 2011.  Lots of the Middle East.  Lots of diving.  Hopefully lots of fun, photos and great stories from one of my favorite parts of the world.  I’d love your feedback and thoughts.  Thanks.

Chileans Part 2

I have yet to taste any Chilean food out in the countryside but I can tell you that the rise of the American culture has certainly influenced the country and food in Chile as well.  Much of the world is in a love and hate relationship with American culture, they hate rap but they love Eminem, they hate getting fat but love Mcdonald’s, etc.

Blonde Penguin

Found at the massive Magellan penguin colony in Port Lockroy, Antarctica, this penguin is not a victim of being Albino.  It just has a loss of pigment in its skin.  These are very rare and are hard to find on any Antarctica travel ship.  The It was quite unique and we were lucky to have a world renowned penguin expert, Frank Todd, on board the ship.

Chileans Part 1

I not only tried a typical Chilean dish but also tried a delicious Chilean drink.  If you haven’t read my post on living in Chile then I should inform you that there are two things that are constant in Chile, endless amounts of delicious ice cream and women wearing ugly jeans.  I have now confirmed men wear ugly jeans but I digress.

Trip of a Lifetime: Antarctica Complete

Seeing this place is nothing short of amazing.  Its completely different than any other place that I have seen in the world.  After helping everyone to find an Antarctica travel ship cheap, now I am sharing my travels to the great continent.  You would be surprise that it isn’t as cold on the continent as you would have thought.

How to Find a Cheap Last Minute Cruise to Antarctica

You have made it here because you are seriously looking into traveling to Antarctica and Im going to show you how to find a cheap last minute cruise to Antarctica.  I honestly never looked into it until I traveled to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.

New Brew Tuesday: Drinking In Japan

As the world becomes globalized you are likely to find your hometown favorites abroad, but that doesn’t count the fact that each country has it’s own experience, customs and favorite beers, wines, liquors and spirits. Japan is very structured, even in drinking, learn what drinks they have to offer.

Akihabara – Tokyo’s Electric Town

A look at Tokyo, Japan’s famed ‘Electric Town’ Akihabara. Is it really what it is all cracked up to be, and if you go shopping there what things should you be aware of?

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