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Use a ‘Fake’ Location to Get Cheaper Plane Tickets. I can’t explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from. This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale to your advantage. For reasons I never quite understood, every time I tried to book a domestic flight in another country, the prices were always exorbitant. But, say, once I was in Bangkok, that same flight that was once $300 would fall to $30 almost inexplicably.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. The LifeStraw personal water filter, a "Best Invention of the Year" (Time magazine) winner, enables users to drink water safely from contaminated water sources.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

LifeStraw is ideal for homeowners during emergencies such as local flooding which can contaminate drinking water supplies. LifeStraw is also ideal for campers and hikers who may be drinking from rivers or lakes and are unsure of the water safety. Amazing Places To Experience Around The Globe (Part 1) Preachers Rock, Preikestolen, Norway Blue Caves - Zakynthos Island, Greece Skaftafeli - Iceland Plitvice Lakes – Croatia Crystalline Turquoise Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park, China Four Seasons Hotel - Bora Bora Ice skating on Paterswoldse Meer, a lake just South of the city of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Amazing Places To Experience Around The Globe (Part 1)

Marble Caves, Chile Chico, Chile The Gardens at Marqueyssac Ice Canyon - Greenland Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia. The Picador Book of Journeys: Robyn Davidson. Amazon Review Robyn Davidson's selection of travel writing for Journeys: An Anthology is absolutely peerless.

The Picador Book of Journeys: Robyn Davidson

The travel writing anthology is a genre that has produced some spectacularly entertaining work (and it has to be said, some fairly workaday stuff). If one were looking for an anthology of evocative travel writing from some of the greatest writers ever to put pen to paper (leavened with contributions from some of the most stellar talents of our own time), this one will be hard to beat. Gnawa music. Gnawa musicians performing in a street in Morocco Gnawa music is a rich repertoire of ancient African Islamic spiritual religious songs and rhythms.

Gnawa music

Its well preserved heritage combines ritual poetry with traditional music and dancing. The music is performed at 'Lila's', entire communal nights of celebration, dedicated to prayer and healing, guided by the Gnawa Maalem and his group of musicians and dancers. Though many of the influences that formed this music can be traced to sub-Saharan West-Africa, its traditional practice is concentrated in Morocco and the Béchar Province in South-western Algeria. The word 'Gnawa', plur. of Gnawi, is taken to be derived from the Hausa-Fulani word "Kanawa" for the residents of Kano, the capital of the Hausa-Fulani Emirate, which was a close ally of Morocco for centuries, religiously, economically, and in matters of defence. Gnawa music is one of the major musical currents in Morocco. Music[edit] Gnawa music is characterized by instrumentation. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel: Rolf Potts.

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You can't book directly, so think of it more as inspiration, with links to the websites of unique, unusual places to stay across the globe. Adventure Travel and Photography.

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British Travel. Specific Places. Alternative electronic culture. Making camping eventful - The Top 5 couchsurfing websites -Times Online. Tripping - A Global Community of Travelers. Free Homestay, Cultural Exchange, Travel Tips and more. Participate in Creating a Better World, One Couch At A Time. Volunteer South America; Volunteer Abroad for Free. Derelict London. Travelindependent. Road Junky World Travel Guides Online. Edgelands: Journeys into England's True Wilderness by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts – review. Link to video: Edgelands: Between the urban and the rural Other nations have their deserts, jungles and tundra, but where is Britain's wilderness?

Edgelands: Journeys into England's True Wilderness by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts – review

Our countryside has been carefully shaped by human hand. Even our apparently untamed moorlands owe their character to the demands of sheep, deer and grouse production. Yet over the past decade, we have come to recognise a jungle of our own, lurking in the unlikeliest of places. Baliem Valley - Independent Trekking - Lonely Planet travel forum. I've spent almost two weeks talking with the guides and locals and wandering around in the mountians alone.

Baliem Valley - Independent Trekking - Lonely Planet travel forum

Here's what I've learned. Maps The Japanese guy who runs the internet cafe ( sells a half decent map of the area. He prints it out on nice photo paper which looks good, but doesn't hold up in rain so I'd make a few photo copies of it. I wouldn't use this alone for trekking around, but its good to give you a basic idea of where you'll be going and it makes a good gift. Trails The main trekking area is southeast of Wamena.