The Traveller's Medicine Cabinet: 5 Essential Drugs for the Road - StumbleUpon While out roving you aren’t always (or even often) anywhere near a hospital or pharmacy. But, if you pack these nutritional supplements and natural medications wherever you go, you’ll be able to cope just fine. #1: Kratom The Situation You’re hiking the Appalachian trail in the dead of winter. It’s freezing cold, the terrain is rough, and you’ve got another four hours of trudging through the snow before you reach your destination for the night. Suddenly the worst happens; your boot gets caught between two rocks, you lose your footing and tumble to the ground, wrenching your ankle in the process. © Miserlou What It Is A leafy green plant grown mainly in Southeast Asia. Uses First and foremost, Kratom is a powerful painkiller similar to Morphine or Opium. Side-Effects Kratom is mildly addictive, about on par with caffeine. Forms Kratom can be purchased in dried leafy form, as an extract, a resin, or in pill form. Legality Kratom is legal in most of the developed world. #2: Kava Kava Kava Kava None.
How to choose a travel backpack | Travel Backpacks Choosing the right backpack for your trip is probably the single most important travel purchase that you will make before leaving home. Your backpack will be your companion, your house, and the most important piece of gear accompanying you around the world. There are many brands and styles out there, so apart from a few important considerations, the rest is up to your style of travel and preference. Style First, you will most definitely want an internal frame travel backpack. There will be no need to attach things to the external frame unless you are primarily camping and carry bulky items like a bedroll. Next, you will have to decide on the size. To get an idea of what you may be carrying, take a look at my backpacking packing list! Size 3,000-5,000 cubic inches (50-80 liters) – is the most popular size for extended budget travel trips such as gap years, but if you can get away with a smaller backpack – do it! Durability Fit Here’s how to fit a backpack properly: Side or top loading
Travel etiquette 101: body language You step over someone’s legs in Nepal and don’t even realize you’ve committed a grave social taboo! Although most locals will excuse breaches in etiquette, wouldn’t you rather be informed? Read below for a list of etiquette tips, taken from our various guidebooks, to help you navigate different parts of the world. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Six examples of Italian body language with their matching translations 7. 8. 9. 10. Know of other body language dos and don'ts around the world? [Image from the Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook, copyright 2011]
5 Cool, Luxurious (and Inexpensive) Hostels Mention the word “hostel” and most people recoil in horror, perhaps haunted by memories of dirty dorms, queues for the bathroom and rowdy backpackers. But hostels have transformed in recent years into some of the best value accommodation around, offering the same comfortable rooms and range of facilities you’d expect in a hotel. As the credit crunch bites and travelers cut back on their holidays, this couldn’t be a more timely transformation—why pay the high room rates of hotel chains when you can get the same standard in a hostel? Forget the standard youth and backpacker hostel, the term now covers a huge range of lodgings, from guesthouses to beachside apartments (you can even find hostels in tree-houses and old castles these days!). The rise of the ‘boutique’ or ‘design’ hostel in major cities, with cutting-edge design, stylish interiors and high-tech facilities, is perfect for those of us that want to be cheap and chic. Here is a look to the five most luxurious hostels out there: Stay
The Universal Packing List - StumbleUpon 25 Wonderful Places To Visit In Your Lifetime If you like this story feel free to share... Grand Canyon: One of the beautiful places of the world, Grand Canyon is the steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River in Arizona State of United States. The powerful sources that cause an impact on the Grand Canyon is erosion, first is by water and second is by wind. Nearly 5 million people visit the 1 mile deep Grand Canyon every year. Planning a vacation to the Grand Canyon national park provides a great relief for you and your family. The best time to visit Grand Canyon is during the summer, fall and mild spring, but most locals agree that winter is the great time to visit. Great Barrier Reef: This is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem. The reef supports 10,000 species which consists of 1500 types of fishes and 200 kinds of birds. Florida: This state built its entire identity with tourism. The South Island: The South Island of New Zealand is characterized by grand open landscapes. The south island has ten national parks. Cape Town:
18 Lessons from 5 Years Around the World Five years is a long time to be on the road. Five years spent living out of your backpack, with no permanent home or address. I never thought I was going to travel this long. It was only gong to be a year, maybe 18 months tops, and then I’d go back home, find a “real” job, settle into life, and by now, I’d be married, have a house, 2.5 children, and be complaining about my retirement fund to my friends. But here I am, five years later, in Romania, with the same backpack, still traveling, still staying in hostels, and still having the time of my life. I celebrated five years of travel by giving away all my frequent flier miles, but I think five years is a good point in which to sit back and reflect on what exactly travel has taught me through this long, strange trip: It’s not that hard. Every day, people get up and go out the door to travel the world. You learn a lot of good skills. You make a lot of friends. You meet some of your closest friends traveling. But chase the ones you like. Relax.
How to Travel Around the World for $40 Per Day What if I told you that it is possible to travel around the world on $40US/day for on the ground expenses (everything excluding airfare)? The mistake most make when dismissing the possibility of being able to go on a RTW trip is that it is simply too expensive. That is just not true. Many may be thinking this only applies to college kids and hippies, and sure, you’re going to have to make some comfort sacrifices here and there. I will break down costs for traveling through eight countries across four regions, with plenty of tips along the way, and show how anyone, with some homework and organization, can travel the world on $40 per day (or less!). Plan your trip around these destinations Curious how much flights would be for a trip like this? Register for a free BootsnAll Membership and start pricing out your multi-stop trip. Southeast Asia Southeast Asia has long been a hotbed for backpackers, starting back in the 60’s and continuing on today. 1. 2. South America 3. 4. Central America 5. 6.
10 Places to Move Abroad and Extend Your Life - StumbleUpon Throughout history, people have been intrigued by legends of societies where residents thrived well past 100 years old. Today, there is skepticism whether any such place exists, but health scientists do scour the globe in search of medicinal remedies and other lifespan enhancements. In fact, many “pockets” around the world have been identified as “Blue Zones,” where locals enjoy high quality of life and health in old age. While failing to offer one “secret,” these regions share community factors such as diet, social integration, activity level, and outlook on life. While genetics plays a role in how long we live, researchers believe lifestyle factors account for 75% of our longevity. 1. Japanese rank high in lifespan studies, but Okinawans boast exceptional health. Okinawan cuisine, Photo: pelican The Okinawa diet has been studied intensely. 2. Situated between Spain and France, this small principality of 84,000 people has one of the longest life expectancies in world. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
26 Killer Travel Gadgets Every Geek Needs Update: For even more kick ass gadgets, check out Another 26 Travel Gadgets Every Geek Needs. I admit it: I’m a tech-head. I love gadgets and I love to travel. Anywho, I run through my checklist of essential gear every time I travel: laptop? I started doing some digging and realized I’ve been missing out in a big way. #1: De-Pooify Your Water Supply If you’re not a big fan of drinking animal droppings with your river water while hiking or on the go, the MSR Miox water filter is all you need to de-pooify a steady, virtually unlimited, potable water supply. #2: Gorillapod The Gorillapod. #3: A Hammock for Your ‘lectronics It’s tough to tell from their German language website, but this 2001: A Space Odyssey-esque device is, as Gadling puts it, “a hammock to keep your small electronics from falling to their death while hanging from oddly-placed outlets.” #4: Laser Virtual Keyboard #5: A Real Global Cell Phone My cell phone can beat up your cell phone. #6: … or this Other Real Global Cell Phone
The 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet - Golden Book Traveler Update: Visit the 2012 version of The 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet I hope that everyone who attended my SXSW Core Conversation panel on How to Make Money Traveling Around the World enjoyed the presentation. As promised, I have a listing of my top 20 favorite travel websites (in no particular order). I’m still working on my eBook “70 Vacations in 7 Months“. The Top 20! Couch Surfing Hands down my favorite travel website on the internet. Travellers Point Travellerspoint is a small travel community that features expert travel advice. Momondo How can a Danish aggregator feature cheaper flights within the U.S, than any American flight aggregator? Escape The City Escape the City is a new website that continues to grow like wildfire. Hostel World My go to site for anything related to hostels. Trip-it I build almost all of my travel itineraries through Trip-it. AirBnB Airbnb is great for people who enjoy a finer lodging experience. Flyer Talk Sleeping in Airports Seat Guru Travel Finances Flickr
Sample Western Europe Travel Itinerary Dublin->Glasgow->Edinburgh->Manchester->London->Amsterdam->Rotterdam->Brussels->Paris->Bordeaux->Zaragoza-> Madrid->Lisbon->Lagos->Sevilla->Malaga->Valencia->Barcelona->Toulouse->Marseille->Lyon->Geneva->Bern->Milan-> Genoa->Florence->Rome->Naples->Venice->Munich->Stuttgart->Frankfurt->Berlin->Hamburg->Copenhagen See it all with this itinerary. Start in Dublin and see the Emerald Isle before having Haggis in Scotland. Head down towards London and then over to Amsterdam. Minimum Completion Time: 3.5 months You can get 10% off your European Rail Pass when you purchase our editor’s book on how to save money traveling the world!
6 Ways to Travel Endlessly Traveling the way most people do it isn’t enough. Saving all year long at a job for just two weeks a year won’t let you see the world the way you want to see it. So you find someone to take care of your stuff while you travel the world. You’re all set to see everything you ever wanted for as long as you want. Then you realize something: you don’t have enough money to do it. 1. Couch surfers are a huge network of hospitable people who open up their home to fellow travelers and let them stay on their couches (or floor) for free . In turn, the site lets you open up your home to travelers who want to use your couch. Most programs take safety seriously. Sites include: Couchsurfing, Servas, Hospitality Club, BeWelcome 2. All over the world there are amazing houses that people want you to take care of and live in for free. . Caretaker’s Gazette, Mind My House, House Carers 3. (Work Exchange) WWOOF is short for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. . Help Exchange, Workaway 4. (Freelance Work) .
Most Interesting Libraries of the World The Royal library Black Diamond at the waterfront of Copenhagen owes its name to the black granite from Zimbabwe used for the facade of the building. The name was used by the public first and has been adapted officially later. Design by the Danish architects Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen. Photography by Mirage Bookmark Flickr.com