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Thaipusam – Hindu Festival At The Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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.

Top Thailand Photos and Video of Moon Party Celebrations

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.

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.

Interview with Caz and Craig of yTravelBlog

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.

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)

Even Budget Travelers Splurge A Little!

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.

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.

Partying It Up Thailand Style

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.

Healed by a Tibetan Shaman

On a recent visit to Pokhara, Nepal, intrepid traveler Barbara Weibel was fortunate enough to experience a healing ceremony with one of only two remaining Tibetan shamans in the world. Watch a video of this obscure rite.

Interview with Mike Sowden of Fevered Mutterings

Mike Sowden is one of the truly funny and insightful travel bloggers out there today and his interview was one of the very best so far in this series.  Come hear his views on the proper way to make tea, the best advice he can give bloggers for success, and why he wants to go camping with Glenn Beck.  A great read.

Interview with Kelsey Freeman of Drifting Focus

Kelsey is one of the more thoughtful and interesting travel bloggers and photographers out there today.  She’s developing an interesting project called the Mongolia Experiment and has an amazingly wide scope of interests, besides travel.  Hope you enjoy her interview.

Why It Pays To Be Elite

Travel is a big part of our life equation; you probably know that by now. Something we don’t talk about much is our need for finding the cheapest airfares possible. Since we’re up in the air pretty often, it’s important that we scout out the least expensive way to get from Point A to Point B. As a matter of fact, it’s not negotiable.

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.

Traditional Yoga – What I Learned In India

Being in India has opened up my eyes, my mind, and my soul to a whole new world and meaning of yoga.  I have an amazing new sense of self and have developed a stronger connection with the here and now.  Yoga has become something more to me then a work out at the gym.  It has become a way of life. Click here to read more.

Interview with Andi Perullo of My Beautiful Adventures

She’s a world traveler.  Chinese medicine practitioner.  Writer.  Photographer.  Most likely soon to be conqueror of the known world — well, at least the internet world.  And a lucky Argentinean man is to take her hand in marriage in a few months and dash the hopes of untold numbers of her readers.

Interview with Kelsey of Drifting Focus

Kelsey is a wonderful voice on the web and also through her photography — and she is never, never shy about expressing her opinion.  I have gotten a chance to get to know her a bit through some exchanges on topics and issue.  This is a person that has opinions and has thought them out fully.

Why I’m Going to Scotland and You Should Too

Traveling Savage lays out a list of compelling reasons why he’s going on Scotland, and why you should too. Not only that, he counters some common complaints leveled against Scotland as a travel destination. Check it out!

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.

NVR Toolkit – Be Grateful

We’ve built our life just the way we like it – No Vacation Required (NVR) style. It’s not always easy, but we’re happy to be living each and every day on our terms. Since dismantling our “old” lives, we regularly get a lot of questions about how we do it, why we do it and what exactly our new approach to life is like on the inside.

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.

wanderlass dove with gabajillion of sardines

“We have our own Sardine Run in the Philippines!” my friend Beth twitted me during the time I was obsessing about the Sardine Run in South Africa–after seeing it in BBC.
“Really? Where?”
“Moalboal in Cebu.”

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.

One Place Left! Join the Gobi 2011 Expedition Team

Join our team to trek the fifth largest desert in the world and Asia’s largest. On the 24th May 2011, our team will trek the entire 1000 miles of the Mongolian Gobi Desert. See the expedition website and the trip page here. Email if interested.

From Around the Travelsphere

Interesting travel items from around the world.

Book of travel tales inspired by year in India

I am very excited to announce the publication of my first book. Song of India: Tales of travel and transformation is a collection of 10 tales inspired by the scorched earth of the Rajasthan desert, the hypnotic currents of the Ganga river, the spectacular Himalayan sunrise in Darjeeling and a night facing death on the river in Varanasi.

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