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!
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.
French explorer, François Quiquet, is undertaking a short but very intense expedition through Swedish Lapland by skis. This is an area hundreds of kilometres above the Arctic Circle where temperates average -10°C and blizzards can drive visibility to zero. For François, this expedition will serve as a test for much larger tests to come.
Adventurers Seb Terry and Dave Cornthwaite are set for a five week speaking tour in Australia. Seb had been travelling non-stop for 16 months ticking off items from a hundred-strong bucket list, and Dave has undertaken world record breaking expeditions including a trans-Australian skateboard journey. The two have compiled a lecture show.
Halloween is right around the corner and what would be spookier than taking a night-time walking tour in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper? As a bonus, the tours cover much more than old Jack, sometimes as much as 700 Years of Murder and Mayhem. London’s many bridges have played a major part in the city’s rich criminal history.
Up here in Spain, ex-pats are trying to sell in a down market and failing. Dreams are up for sale, but no-one wants to buy. Go to the estate agent in Cadiar and you will see the most amazing bargains. It’s the same all over Andalucia. People can’t get out without giving everything away. The dream of living in the sun is up for sale.
Nite Watches has just been announced as the Gobi 2011 Expedition official timekeeper. Nite is renowned as a military, sports and adventurers watch designer and manufacturer. All models feature self-powered GTLS illumination, making them highly visible and ideal for tough, dangerous and demanding environments.
Crocodiles on airplanes? Human bones in the sand? And where the hell is Queensland anyhow? Check out The Feral Scribe’s weekly round-up of weird and wonderful travel news.
Sitting on my computer in University I would browse through articles like the 100 most beautiful places in the world, look at pictures of places like Halong Bay, and say to myself “I am for sure going there.” 2.5 years of traveling from place to place and my opportunity finally came to visit Vietnam a place that initially inspired me.
Finding a job in Japan isn’t as easy as ichi, ni, san (1,2,3). Which company should you pick or should you just search various job boards, and if so which ones? Find out where to look and what to look for in your search for a job teaching English in Japan.
During a boat ride out in Tigre, Argentina, Marcello of Wandering Trader’s Travels encountered how Argentine’s say how to use the bathroom. That is of course if you are in the middle of nowhere and have to learn how to take a leak in the jungle.
Travel blogger, Norbert Figueroa of GloboTreks was interviewed over at TravelByU this week. Norbert is a travel lover who offers solid backpacking tips and advice, chronicles his current and past trips, and is saving up for a round the world trip next year.
Basically, for the next couple of weeks, Deb & Dave will be having much more fun than either you or me. They’re a part of the FijiMe tour, which also includes Margo and Occhi, Scuba Diver Girls, Bridgette Meinhold, Inhabitat, Stephanie Hicks, PeachyGreen, Megan Finley, Off Beat Bride, Michelle Jerson, NJ 101.5 fm.
The Globetrooper Team are considering a climb of Cerro Aconcagua over the new year and looking for travel partners. Aconcagua is the tallest peak outside the Himalaya at almost 7,000m. It’s not very technical, but it is highly physical. If interested, leave a comment at the GT Aconcagua Trip page.
Remember the guy who cut off his own arm with a blunt pocket knife? The film chronicling his experience, 127 Hours, will hit the big screen on November 5th. Have you had a ‘defining moment’ that changed your life? There are some cool prizes up for grabs from Outside Magazine just for sharing your experience.
Australia won the hosting rights for the Adventure Racing World Championships in 2011 amongst solid competition from many world-renowned adventure events. The bid by Australia’s XPD Expedition Race was successful through strong support from the Tasmanian Government.
Last year Intrepid did almost 10,000 trips, generated $120m in revenue, and recorded profits of $10m. And now, in the company’s 21st year of operation, founders Darrell Wade, 49, and Geoff Manchester, 50, have spoken publicly about floating the company on the ASX, once the market becomes less volatile.
Historical sites around the world that hold significant archaeological and cultural value are at risk. This is due to looting, development pressures, unsustainable tourism, insufficient management, and wars or other conflicts according to a new report out by the Global Heritage Fund.
The search has been called off for 19 times Everest summiteer, Chhewang Nima Sherpa. After using a helicopter to survey the area, the SAR team determined that it was impossible that he could have survived the avalanche that swept him away while fixing ropes at 7,045m on Baruntse.
Spaceport America has just opened. It’s the world’s first facility designed specifically to launch commercial spacecraft, which will be used by Virgin Galactic, the space tourism company set up by Richard Branson. The opening of the facility comes less than two weeks after Virgin Galactic completed the first solo flight of SpaceShip Two.
BLOC Eyewear has become the official eyewear sponsor of the Gobi 2011, a 1,600km on-foot crossing of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. One of the greatest challenges in the desert is to protect oneself from the sun, so while the Gobi 2011 could certainly suffer sun burn and heat stroke, at least we know their eyes will be well protected.
The Cove brings all the drama of a spy movie to its telling of the story of the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan. But years before the movie, there was just a one girl. One girl with a camera who shot the photos that shocked the world and ultimately led to the making of the film. An interview with Brooke McDonald.
10,000 miles, 21 countries, 3 continents in under 13 days 8 hours and 48 minutes. Last weekend a three-man team left London for Cape Town in an attempt to beat the current record for driving between the two cities. Driving continuously, day and night for nearly two weeks, eating and sleeping in the cramped confines of a Land Rover.
ThePlanetD is hosting a photography tour through Rajasthan in consultation with Wire India. This is what Deb and Dave had to say on their blog:
We will focus on not only getting that perfect shot that you can finally hang on your wall, but encourage people to integrate with society.