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Why Can’t We Drink Sea Water?

by Globetrooper Todd | 109 Responses
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 perish, simple as that.

As you stand there, you can’t help but look at the trillions of litres of water right in front of you. But it’s salt water, and you know you shouldn’t drink it. You’re not sure why, but deep down you know it’s off limits.

Surely a few drops won’t hurt, maybe just half a cup. You’ll die if you don’t drink something soon, so what’s the worst that can happen?

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Posted in Adventure Travel | September 13th, 2010

Non-Travel Books to Inspire a Life of Travel

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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

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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 →

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Imagine traveling for a year on a budget you thought would only last a few weeks. That’s the reality when you find cheap accommodation. It can turn your trips from weeks into months and months into years. I know what you’re thinking… youth hostels are … Continue reading →