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Dangerous Delicacies From Around the World As a severe allergy sufferer, the idea that people would intentionally risk their life for the sake of a meal is a somewhat perplexing pastime to me. But who am I to ruin the fun? For those decidedly more adventurous than me, here are 12 gruesome and grisly treats that you’ll have to risk your life to try. Fruits laced with cyanide, octopus tentacles that perform internal strangulation, coma-inducing seafood and a maggot-infested alternative to Philadelphia are all on the menu. I dare you to try them all! Ackee, Jamaica A red, pear-like fruit, the Ackee looks harmless enough and one would assume that, being the national fruit of Jamaica, it would at the very least be edible. Should you eat the forbidden parts of the fruit, expect a potentially fatal dose of toxins to be released into your body, suppressing your body’s glucose production and causing dangerously low blood sugar levels, a condition defined as ‘Jamaican vomiting sickness’. >> Read about what to expect on a vacation to Jamaica

How to Travel Around the World for $418. “I have to tell you sir, this is easily the most ridiculous itinerary I’ve ever put together,” said the American Airlines operator the other night as I finalized plans for a worldwide adventure that would make Marco Polo blush. “Welp, that makes two of us!” I replied. And just like that, I had committed myself to almost nine months of international travel. Yes, that picture above is my actual itinerary. Beginning this January, I’ll start an epic journey that will take me across four continents, through at least nine countries, and into more than fifteen cities. Oh, and all of these flights are costing me a grand total of $418.36. Warning: I’m totally going to geek out on travel-hacking with this post, so if you have no interest in learning how to travel the world and visit awesome places for dirt cheap, check back in on Monday. This post is also quite lengthy at over 2500 words: grab some coffee, get comfortable, and let me show you how deep the rabbit hole of travel hacking goes. -Steve

Crystal River Cano Cristales - Crystal River. River of five colors, as the locals call it, originates in the south of the mountain chain Macarena, Colombia, and flows eastward to its confluence with the Guayabero river. In the Cano Cristales found five colors: yellow, blue, green, black and red. All of them are waste product of many algae and, depending on time of year, color saturation, or weakened or strengthened. Share on Tumblr Budgeting Probably the best time for traveling the world is when you’re young. You’ve got little to no real responsibilities and you’re still spontaneous enough to try almost anything. The down side? You’re probably pretty broke. Transportation: Finding discount plane and train tickets isn’t as hard as you might think. Check out this Web site to find pricing and booking information for flights, car rentals, and cruises anywhere in the world. Lodging: You’ve already accepted the fact that your traveling budget is tight, alas no Ritz hotel in Paris for you. Book a hostel anywhere in the world. Food and Drink: Part of the joy of traveling the world is exposing yourself (and your palate) to new flavors and traditions in the local cuisine. The Trailside Cookbook: This site has tons of tasty recipes for backpackers on a budget. Blogs: Before you jump on the plane, take a look at these blogs for travel advice, destination recommendations, and more from insiders.

Heaven On Earth For more fun facts, click HERE. Exotic Vacations, Cruises & Discount Tour Packages by Friendly Planet Wanderfly How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!) Wise Bread Picks For the last five years, I've been traveling the world full-time, and for less money than I've ever spent (and I'd wager less money than most people would spend) to live in one place. My worldly possessions fit into one bag (just larger than carry-on size) and a backpack containing my laptop and computer gear. This small entourage (weighing less than 45 pounds in total) comes with me as I wander around the world, sometimes quickly, but mostly slowly. In 2011 alone, I traversed 13 countries and over 45,360 miles. What if I told you it wasn't? Believe it. How to Keep Your Travel Costs Low Of course, I could travel for way more than $17,000/year. Here are a few of my secrets. Don't Pay for Accommodations In the entire year of 2011, I paid $173 for accommodation. Work-Trade/Volunteer There are lots of creative opportunities to work in trade for your accommodation (and sometimes food) and enjoy a more immersive travel experience. Hospitality Exchange House/Pet-Sitting Travel Slowly

10 Under The Radar Islands If you love Capri, Ischia has similar natural beauty plus a thermal spa scene. Mafia Island, which has miles of white, deserted beaches is visited by less than a thousand tourists a year. Get to Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean by taking a direct flight from Paris. Koh Surin Nua is reachable only by a boat from Phuket, virtually guaranteeing you'll be one of the only visitors. Pátmos is the northernmost island of Greece's Dodecanese chain. Isla Robinson Crusoe is a pirate enclave turned national park and world biosphere reserve. Cyprus emerged as a music destination about a decade ago. Bring an entourage to Makepeace Island. If you love Bali and its romantic resorts instead try Sumba to avoid the surf-and-party crowd. The lack of development in Montserrat gives it a remote feeling, despite being easily accessible from neighboring Antigua. Ischia, Italy Mafia Island, Tanzania Réunion Island, France Koh Surin Nua, Thailand Pátmos, Greece Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile Cyprus Makepeace Island, Australia

Cheap Alternatives to Cell Phones Abroad Don’t Take Your Regular Cell Phone Abroad Some Wise Alternatives to Handing Your Phone Company All Your Money By Tim Leffel When Eileen Kugler and her husband spent a month volunteering at a school in South Africa, they got a nasty surprise when returning home: a “staggering $440 bill” from AT&T Wireless. They thought they were being prudent. They spent extra for an international plan before leaving and only used the phone to communicate occasionally with their elderly parents. It doesn’t take much talking or data usage to run up a staggering bill, however. Many people return home from a one or two-week vacation to bills of hundreds or even thousands of dollars. It might sound very convenient to carry a smart phone around the world, but data charges can be even more costly than voice calls. Unless you have an unlocked quad-band phone that allows you to swap out SIM cards and buy pre-paid local minutes, you should not be using your home cell phone abroad. So how do you stay in touch?

Worlds Best Street Parties/Carnivals New Orleans Mardi Gras. Spend Mardi Gras in the city that spawned jazz and party to one of the world's best festival soundtracks. Photo: Reuters From Venice and Rio to Bolivia's Oruro, some cities really know how to kick up their heels. Natalie Paris chooses the best Witness a street festival or carnival and you are guaranteed a holiday to remember, be it a pre-Lenten celebration of hedonism and repentance, or something altogether more unusual. Here is a selection of 10 of the world's best: Venice. Venice Carnival Advertisement Venice, Italy, Feb 19-20 and Feb 26-March 8; Italy's most exquisite carnival conjures up images of mystery and intrigue: revellers in baroque costumes running along canals; street performers at every corner. Rio Carnival Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 5-8 The samba parade is the climax of this riotous display of Brazilian bacchanal. Cologne Carnival Cologne, Germany, March 3-9; Nice Carnival