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My Indian Ashram Experience

It’s amazing where you will end up if you stop carefully analyzing situations and follow your instinct. That is how I ended up at Phool Chatti Ashram.
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No Vacation Required – The Lowdown

Having recently promoted our tagline – No Vacation Required – to our site name, we’ve been talking to a lot of intrigued people about just what NVR means. As our new tagline professes, NVR is about living our dream life every day. It’s not about any one thing.

Landing at Quito’s Airport: Not for the Faint of Heart

Quito: A vibrant, colourful city surrounded by towering volcanoes and full of great food – what’s not to love? But rarely do people write about the descent into the city via airport, something that leaves your stomach feeling….not so stable. As Mariscal Sucre Airport will close next year, I wanted to showcase photos from the crazy landing.

Ten Things To Do in Vancouver

Vancouver is one of my favourite holiday destinations. The immense harbour, the towering trees of Stanley Park and the breathtaking mountains just a short drive away form a spectacular backdrop for Vancouver’s gleaming skyscrapers. Vancouver’s location, hemmed in by its magnificent harbour, is truly spectacular.

Blog trip St. Albans

Five European bloggers (myself included) will join Andy Jarosz (of the 501 places blog) in his hometown of St. Albans, just north of London, for a blog trip between 6 – 10 November. Read about the story behind this blog trip on St. Albans Blog Trip – Ingredients Locally Sourced.

A Day in Sydney: Travel Tips

Situated on a stunning emerald-blue harbor, Sydney is a city filled with buzzing street side cafes, eclectic museums celebrating Aboriginal culture, great outdoor activities, excellent bars and restaurants. Sydney is a cosmopolitan city that is great for a foodie, a city-breaker, a beach bum, a backpacker, and if done right – a budget traveler.

Sample Photography Kits for Travel – $1k to $13k

Wide World has just released a list of sample travel photography kits, as recommended by various sports, adventure and travel photographers. I particularly like the look of the cheapest kit: a Lumix GF1 with F1.7 Pancake lens. Well worth the read, even if you just want to see what the pros are using.

Hot Travel Destinations for 2011

‘Hot Destination’ lists are a dime a dozen these days, so I was surprised when I read this list that the destinations are actually quite unique. Wide World is an adventure-ish travel/sports online magazine, so it’s great to see they’ve stuck to their knitting and given us some pretty cool places to think of for our next trip.

Day Hiking Trails in Paris

Easy Hiker is starting a series of articles featuring easy hiking trails found a few minutes away from Paris, trails that are ideal for a day hike or a week-end outing. Take a “nature break” from all the hustle and bustle of sightseeing you’ve done in in the City of Lights. First up is in the nearby Parisian suburb of  St Germain-en-Laye.

Flying GMG Airlines Through Bangladesh

If you’re considering flying GMG Airlines between Malaysia and Kathmandu to save a few bucks over Thai Airlines or Nepal Airlines, you might want to reconsider. The author shares her story of a ten hour layover in Dhaka, Bangladesh that made her rue her cheap ways. Sometimes it’s better to pay a little extra and keep your sanity.

Avoiding Touts and Scams in Kathmandu

In addition to featuring a great slide show of the sights around the Thamel backpacker district of Kathmandu and a video that shows what it’s like to walk through the crowded streets of the capital city of Nepal, this article exposes a common scam used by touts who trap visitors into using them as guides.

Top 100 Travel Blogs

Every week adventure travel blogger Brendan van Son compiles a list of the top 100 independent travel websites.  This list is different from many others out there because although there is a minimum Alexa score threshold, Brendan judges blogs based on criteria such as ‘layout, crisp photos, great writing skills, and good visual attributes’.

Hostels Vs Hotels

Hostels Vs Hotels. Which do you think is better? In this article I compare the two, and find out which is really better for the budget backpacker… You can find out more by visiting my new(ish) travel blog Living in a Hostel.

Requiem for a Job: A Corporate Exodus

Get the backstory on Traveling Savage’s corporate exodus as he begins the first of eight one-month trips around the world in the next two years. Before heading to Argentina next week, the difficult decision to leave a good corporate job needed to come to fruition.

Diwali is India’s biggest festival

Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is the biggest festival of the Hindu calendar year — and that’s saying a lot, as there are festivals all year ’round in India. People hand out sweets, go to parties, attend religious pujas and light diyas (tiny candles) and fireworks on the night of Diwali itself, which this year is Nov 5 (the night of the new moon).

Influencers in Travel

A new website called Influencers in Travel was launched today. The site uses Klout to measure the influence of travel names in social media and ranks them accordingly. An increasing number of companies (e.g. PR and online marketing firms) use Klout to gauge the reach and influence of bloggers.

A Case For Travel Insurance

Before we started traveling deliriously, we didn’t give much thought to travel insurance. We knew it was out there, but – for us – it was just a bothersome entity that served only to make us feel paranoid about everything that might go wrong. What if a dog bites one of us? What if I step on a rusty nail? (Cue the ominous music.)

10 Tips for Better Adventure Photos

Photographer Scott Woodward – whose work has appeared in National Geographic Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Discovery Channel Magazine and The New York Times – reveals his snapping secrets over at WideWorld on how to make better travel and adventure photographs.

Have You Accomplished Your Goals for 2010?

At the start of the year you probably had some grandiose plans that ranged from “exercise at least one time” to “achieve world domination”. The disappointing thing is that after around January 10th, most people forget all about their goals and go about living the same lives. We officially have 2 months left in 2010. What have you done?

Iguazu Falls Argentina – Devil’s Throat

Great video taking you through the entrance of Iguazu Falls Argentina all the way to garganta del diablo (devil’s throat).  You can also see the Iguazu Falls from the Brazil side the only bad news is that you have to get a Visa.

Would You Join an Illegal Tour of a Prison?

San Pedro Prison in La Paz, Bolivia, is know by tourists worldwide as one of the most adventurous tours on the planet. Not because it’s physically strenuous, but because it’s illegal, it involves a prison, and well, it’s illegal. Check out these first-hand accounts of the tour: Vicky Baker’s story in The Guardian and World Nomad author’s Tour.

What to do if you lose your passport abroad

I recently had my handbag stolen whilst in Amsterdam, along with passport, phone, money, and bank cards. Fortunately, I wasn’t hurt in any way. As it happend, everything turned out ok in the end, but only because I followed the right procedures, which you can read here

Coping with Post-Travel Stillness Disorder

Hot off a five month road trip in which he was chased from a county in Ohio, traveled with a carnival, partied with hippie drug addicts, was stood up by a Sasquatch hunter and nearly outed as a liberal during a Tea Party gun rally, The Feral Scribe acclimates to life as a desk jockey while banking Benjamins for the next adventure.

Behaving badly: Unleashing your inner bad traveler

Exploring a new country and discovering a new culture is really great and all, but you know what also is really great? Exploring cable channels! And discovering how long you can attach yourself to your couch before your pajama pants start to fuse to the upholstery! Unbrave Girl’s latest rant is a hilarious guilt-free read.

Argentine Food: Stuffing your face with dulce de leche

Great video taking you from the Entrance of the park at Iguazu Falls Argentina all the way to Iguazu falls.  With some great commentary of course.  Come check out more info about Argentina attractions and Iguazu falls.

Spilling my Train Brains for Inspiring Travellers

Fancy taking a peek into the befuddled brain behind Trains on the Brain?  Read my first ever interview on the excellent Inspiring Travellers site, which is dedicated to sharing the stories of travel folk they’ve encountered on the road. Andrea Spirov spoke to me about the inspiration behind my rail-obsessed blog.  Hope you enjoy the ride!

The Summit of Mt Everest Wired-up with Internet

Climbers on Mt Everest, the world’s highest peak, will now be able to make video calls and surf the Internet on their mobile phones, a Nepalese telecom group claims. It says it has set up a high-speed third-generation (3G) phone base station at an altitude of 5,200 metres (17,000 feet) near Gorakshep village in the Everest region.

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