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The Science Behind Venomous Snake Bites

by Globetrooper Todd | 8 Responses
Science of Venomous Snake Bites

Snakes primarily use their venom to debilitate and digest prey. Sure, humans aren’t prey for most venomous snakes, but the toxins work on us in the same way. I mention this because if you keep in mind that venom is intended to secure food, its excessive effects make much more sense.

Like my previous post about the effects of drinking sea water, I’m taking a bit of a gamble that you’ll find this topic as interesting as I do.

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Posted in Adventure Travel, Featured | September 27th, 2010

The Best Place to Live in Argentina

The Best Place to Live in Argentina

Paris of the South or the Chocolate Capital? It’s a tough choice, so we’re after your vote. We’ve narrowed the search down to a single country, the next step is to decide what city. Starting this October, we’ll make our way down to Argentina, but … Continue reading →

Field of Dreams: My Favourite Expeditions From Adventure Companies Around the World

Field of Dreams

My love affair with travel actually started many years before I realised it. For a long time, I had a designated bookmarks folder containing a handful of links to adventure companies. Every now and then, I’d venture into the folder, click a random link, and flick … Continue reading →

Can You Ever Have Too Much Freedom?

Too Much Freedom

Imagine visiting an ice creamery with 195 different flavours. Looking across the counter, your mind conjures up vivid taste-bud imagery: the sweet tang of sour apple, the velvety texture of mango cream, the bubble-gum fruitiness of rainbow swirl… they all tantalise you in their own … Continue reading →

Intrepid Travel vs Gap Adventures – Review

Intrepid Travel vs Gap Adventures - Review

It’s easy to get carried away with customer reviews on the world wide web. I’m one of the worst culprits; I pore incessantly over reviews before I commit to anything. And although conducting these silent surveys is oddly empowering, they become debilitating as you find conflicting … Continue reading →

Why Can’t We Drink Sea Water?

Why Can't We Drink Sea (salt) Water

Imagine you’re stranded on a desert coastline… Namibia’s, perhaps. The searing heat drains your body of fluids and your mind slows to a snail’s pace. Forget food, forget sunburn, forget your coordinates; your biggest danger here is dehydration. If you don’t find water soon, you’ll … Continue reading →

Non-Travel Books to Inspire a Life of Travel

Books to Inspire Travel

If I think back to what inspired me to travel, it had very little to do with reading about others’ adventures. Sure I loved stepping into the shoes of climbers on towering peaks and donning the suits of divers in circuitous caves, but those stories … Continue reading →

The Grocery List of Travelling Champions

Travel Food Grocery List

For us long-term travellers, eating out every night is expensive and generally unhealthy. There are some exceptions, such as in certain regions of Asia, but they’re rarer than you’d think. So we need to find a balance between cost, convenience, taste and healthiness. It’s difficult … Continue reading →

Packaged Group Tours vs Independent Group Trips

Group Tour vs Independent Trip

In the blue corner, we have the group tour bus: a diesel-powered road-train full of drunken sex-charged youths, all wanting to say they’ve ‘done’ Europe. And in the red corner, we have the independent traveller: a weathered, leathery, stolid character, who’s at least 10 times more … Continue reading →

Which Route to Take Up Mt Kilimanjaro?

Mt Kilimanjaro Routes

Back in 2008, Lauren and I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro up the Machame Route (also affectionately known as the Whiskey Route). At the time, it offered the best compromise between traffic, scenery, weather and availability. But preferences are personal. Would you prefer to sleep in tents … Continue reading →

Words Can’t Explain a Life-Changing Travel Experience

Backpacker

Legs numb, rheumatism approaching, and back indented by the inner springs of the upright seat on the $15 Sydney-Canberra bus. I mentally wave at my mum’s house as we pass by. I’m bursting to tell her about my culture-shocking trip to Mt Kilimanjaro and Egypt. She … Continue reading →

Finally, a Pocketable Prosumer Travel Camera

Samsung TL350 (WB2000) Review

I recently spoke about ditching our Panasonic Lumix LX3 for the new Samsung TL350. The simple reason is the LX3 is not pocketable. To me, a non-pocketable camera doesn’t really qualify as compact, especially for travel. While my last review of the Samsung TL350 (WB2000) … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Sleep in an Airport and Enjoy It

Sleeping in Airports

One of the byproducts of cheap flights is having to deal with awful departure, lay-over and arrival times. But that’s what travel hacking is all about: relinquishing luxury to make travel cost less and last longer. Coming from faraway places like Australia, you can easily … Continue reading →