A collection of thoughts on last week’s long weekend in San Francisco. Here’s a teaser: Bourbon and Cornflakes, Next to Normal, GLBT history, Fights at Starbucks and the best damn grilled cheese. Ever.
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.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, keeps us more firmly entrenched in our awesome NVR life than giving back. For us, it’s a natural extension of being grateful. Our personal experiences, such as traveling around the globe, have opened our eyes to a world that’s much vaster than our own self interest.
The travel challenge of 2011 has been announced — the Ultimate Train Challenge. What is the longest train journey possible? Portugal to Vietnam — all by rail. Come and follow the seven travel bloggers that are going to choose different routes and see who can rake up the most miles in 30 days and set the record for the longest continuous train journey…. and have a ton of fun along the way.
Wes is one of the best writers and photographers out on the road today. His stories are fascinating and his pictures capture the essence of a location. His answers to the Lucky 13 were one of the funniest yet, starting right out of the gate with his first one. Hope you come enjoy his interview and get to know this great travel blogger a bit better.
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.
We have a big travel plan. We’re in the final stages of preparing for the mileage run that will renew our airlines “status” for another year AND take us to some incredible places. We are ready to roll in less than a month!
One of the emerging and excellent travel photographers on the web today, Kirsten Alana brings an interesting background to travel blogging. Her Lucky 13 interview is an excellent mix of introspection and good story telling. Enjoy.
Amar and GapYearEscape came a bit late to my attention. It was only within the last couple months that I started following him in Twitter and reading his stuff, and I have really enjoyed catching up. His website, Gap Year Escape, is a very comprehensive resource for those of us that want to backpack all around the world — well worth browsing around for hours.
I’ve been to the jungle before, and I’ve done some pretty great hikes with very knowledgeable guides however, this time around, I wanted to do an intense jungle hike solo…oh and Siya tagged along as well. Click here to read more and see my video.
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.
When I travel, I don’t like to plan much, but before I left on my year long adventure, I made a pact with myself that I would check off a handful of items off of my ‘bucket list.’ One of the items is to explore life under the sea. One of the cheapest places in the world to get your scuba diving open-water certification is on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand. Click here to read more.
At some point, most travelers – even long term adventurers – come home. For some, that means going back to the place where it all started, and for others it means choosing a new place to land. For many people who have been exploring the world, perhaps on a career break, the mere thought of heading home can be painful.
Unlike some of the other travel bloggers, including me, her website doesn’t go in for any snark or such craziness — it is a straight, solid, broad, well-researched website filled with travel tips, suggestions and advice. Her interview is a good insight in a veteran in the travel writing arena. Come enjoy.
One of the funniest people on the web, the unbravegirl (otherwise known as Sally to her friends) has a travel blog that everyone should be reading. Unlike most other bloggers, Sally doesn’t just write the normal 500-700 word post that you can read quickly — and usually lacks substance. She takes the time and the words to develop ideas, thoughts, and humor. Take some time and go enjoy her interview, then her website.
C’est Christine introduced Share the Love Sundays, an opportunity for bloggers to share their favorite posts and photos with the travel blogging community. Every Sunday, Christine will feature a photo (either her own or one that has been submitted by readers) as well as read, comment, facebook, tweet or stumble any posts that are left in the comments.
The Feral Scribe imparts some insight into the unseen hazards facing patrons of low-budget motels.
Our first taste of Thaipusam happened on the first night of the three day festival. Many Hindus both living in Malaysia as well as all over the world, gathered together at Sri Mahamariamman Temple. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a spear so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.
The following pictures and video are from my South of Thailand adventures in Bangkok, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. From eating surprisingly delicious bugs on the street of Bangkok, scuba diving in Kao Tao and partying it up in Koh Phangan, I made memories and friends that I will always remember. Click here for more.
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.
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.
Caz and Craig are a traveling couple from Australia that also happen to have one of the most popular travel blogs out there today. Their interview really highlights what makes them a unique pairing — and allows their wonderful personalities to shine through. I look forward to meeting them in the future. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy getting to know them better here.
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.
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)
Even if you are traveling on a budget, it is necessary to treat yourself once in a while. After all, traveling isn’t just about relaxing on the beach and drinking cocktails. It’s also about pushing your limits by climbing mountains, hiking through jungles, partying for days straight without sleep, surviving long congested bus/train journeys, etc. Click here to read more.
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.
The only part of my trip that I planned ahead of time was arriving in the south of Thailand in time for Christmas Eve. I knew that if I wanted to experience the best New Years party in the world, a visit to the island of Koh Phangan was necessary. Little did I know that I would end up spending three weeks on the island and attend every moon party that exists. Click here to read more.