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Designtripper Travel Writing Scholarship 2011- Applications Open! - Worldwide - Travel Scholarships from Kick start your travel writing career by going on assignment to Istanbul, Turkey. After touching base with your travel writing mentor, you will hit the road for 7 days reviewing and writing for The Rough Guide to Istanbul for your chance to get published. You will also have the chance to satisfy your adventure cravings on a 12 day Turkish Delight tour, biking, hiking and kayaking your way through Turkey with BikeHike Adventures. * We'll fly you to Istanbul from your country of residence. * After spending two days learning the ropes with mentor Terry Richardson, you will research, review and update essential travel info for 'The Rough Guide to Istanbul', including accommodation, bars & restaurants, entertainment, shopping, tours, activities and transport, as well as searching out those local secrets that travellers want to read about. * Your work will feature in the new edition of 'The Rough Guide to Istanbul', placing your foot firmly in the door of the elusive travel writing industry!

Paper Flowers – Anyone Can Do That | Japanese Kusudama, this tutorial is featured on Craftuts Anyone can do that, I assure you. The proof: I can, just take a quick look at my result below. And, believe me, I am neither meticulous nor particularly patient. You could even say I’m the opposite. Below you can see my very first attempt to create paper flowers. What you will need to make your own Kusudama paper ball? 1. 3. 4. (optionally) I prefer torn paper instead of cut. You have to start with a single petal. Now you have to glue your 5 petals into a flower. Apply the glue to only one side of each petal, except for the last one, in this case cover both sides with glue. Your first flower is done. Don’t glue every petal right after you make it. When all 12 flowers are finished you have to glue them together. When two halves of Kusudama Flower Ball are ready you have to glue them together.

How to Write a Bad Travel Story How To: Sure, you could write a compelling story. But why, when you could just as easily write a snoozer? David Farley explains. iStockPhoto Despite popular belief, becoming a travel writer doesn’t always require moving to a village in Provence or restoring a villa in Italy. Here are a few tips on how to do just that. ● Let’s start with the intro, or, as it’s called in the biz, the lede. ● Try not to have much of a point. ● Use as many clichés as possible. ● Tell, don’t show. ● Don’t concern yourself with what is called “exposition.” ● Speaking of solipsism, it’s important when you’re on the road and gathering information and experiences to write about, that you talk to as few people as possible. ● In your conclusion, don’t worry about ending your piece with an effective jab or about making sure the ending captures the point of the story. ● Don’t read good travel writing. See, it’s easy to be a bad travel writer.

'Should I buy my flight now or wait?' - The question I get asked the most :: YYC Deals No matter how many times I tell people that airfare prices can't be predicted, this question always comes up in some form or another, so I've decided to write an article that I can start referencing people to. For the record, asking 'Is this a good price?' is essentially the same question, just worded differently. They both depend on what future airfare prices will be. The truth is, even the airlines themselves don't know what fares they'll be cutting. They plan on selling X number of seats for X number of dollars, and if that doesn't happen, they may find it necessary to drop the price to fill those seats. The demand for those seats can be influenced by *so* many variables, from the overall health of the economy, to whether or not people feel like flying there this year, to when or where the next flu epidemic hits. The prices are reactionary to events beyond anyone's control, which is what makes them unpredictable, by you, me, or anyone else. Calgary to somewhere in Canada/U.S. cM

Trans-Asian Railway The Trans-Asian Railway (TAR) is a project to create an integrated freight railway network across Europe and Asia. The TAR is a project of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). Overview[edit] The project was initiated in the 1960s, with the objective of providing a continuous 8,750 miles (14,080 km) rail link between Singapore and Istanbul, Turkey, with possible further connections to Europe and Africa. The TAR was seen as a way to accommodate the huge increases in international trade between Eurasian nations and facilitate the increased movements of goods between countries. By 2001, four corridors had been studied as part of the plan: Agreement[edit] The agreement formally came into force on 11 June 2009.[4] The network[edit] The Trans-Asian Railway system will consist of four main railway routes. Standards[edit] Complicating the plan is the differences in rail gauges currently in use across the continent. Other standards to consider are:

untitled What is the Totoro no Furusato Foundation? We are a legally incorporated foundation with the purpose of preserving the beautiful natural habitat and cultural assets of Sayama Hills and its surrounding areas. What are Sayama Hills? Located about 40km (24 miles) from the Tokyo metropolitan area, in an area overlapping Tokyo and Saitama provinces, Sayama is a lush hill of greenery, encompassing 3500ha (8650 acres) measuring about 11km (6.9miles) East to West, and 4km (2.5miles) North to South. The vast woodland area, which includes two reservoirs, and still maintain an old-world charm. Seen from above, the Hills resemble a small green island in the middle of a metropolis. Here, farmland, rice fields, and wetlands, as well as its surrounding woods maintain a timeless look of the past. In Sayama Hills 1400 types of ferns and other seedling plants, 19 mammals, and over 200 different species of birds have been identified. The origins and development of the Foundation Our activities a. b. c. d. f.

Is it safe to travel in Japan? I'd like to take a hiking trip The Question: My daughter recently developed an obsession with Miyazaki's forest spirits, which is sort of nice, given that our favourite activity is tromping around in the woods. And so, with the exception of the Studio Ghibli museum outside of Tokyo, we're most interested in rural, forest-y Japan. Any suggestions? As you can imagine, tourism since the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country's northeast coast on March 11 has been more than slow. "Most of Japan's regions were unaffected by the earthquake, and we invite you to see the present condition of Japan for yourselves," Tadatoshi Mamiya, president of the Japan National Tourism Organization, wrote in an update. As for the "forest spirits," consider a trip to the old-growth woods of Yakushima that are said to have inspired Princess Mononoke. Yakushima, an island at the top of the Ryukyu chain off the southern coast of Japan, is a connecting flight (from Tokyo through Kagoshima) away.

28 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Traveling When you first head off to places in the world that are a lot different from where you live, a number of things change. You have to learn to adapt. I still make a lot of mistakes everywhere I go, but I try to learn from each of them. Here’s a short list of things I wish I knew before I started my routine of extensive overseas travel, especially in countries in Africa, South Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America that are not part of the tourist circuit. Healthcare 1. 2. Money 3. 4. 5. 6. Taxis 7. Update: as a few readers mentioned below, there are exceptions to this rule, especially in places like Mexico or Colombia. 8. 9. 10. Safety 11. 12. 13. Planes, Trains, and Buses 14. 15. 16. 17. Culture 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. Politics 26. 27. 28. Lastly, remember that there are not many “undiscovered” places left in the world. Obviously, each place you go to will offer unique challenges, but following this list will get you off to a good start.

Stay in a Monastery Home :: Budget Hostel Accommodation :: Stay in a Monastery A stay in a monastery? Maybe you've never thought of it but it might be just the change of pace you need - and from a woman's point of view the safety aspect isn't negligible. Monasteries come in all sizes and shapes, from the cosmopolitan and luxurious to the stern and downright severe. Looking for other types of inexpensive accommodation? Finding serenity and peace, one of the many reasons women stay in a monastery(all photos by Anne Sterck) Every monastery is different. I once stayed in a monastery in Thessaloniki in Greece, where the evening meal - prepared lovingly by the resident nuns - consisted of fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden, freshly baked bread, homemade cheese and wine from the monastery's vineyards (lost on me as I don't drink). The down side was compulsory attendance at a three-hour religious service starting an hour before dawn... Certainly designed to stop you from drifting off! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

How to Meet People on the Road Without Hosteling Are you over the dorm scene but still looking to meet people? Traveling solo and would like find a friend or two along the way? Don’t worry: you don’t have to stay in a hostel to meet other travelers! Though hosteling is undoubtedly a great way to meet fellow travelers, it isn’t the only way. Book a tour Taking some kind of group tour or adventure excursion is a great way to meet people who have similar interests as you. Read: How to Negotiate with a Tour Guide to Get the Experience You Really Want Use social networking It’s surprising how many people I’ve met traveling by using Twitter. Read: 6 Online Tools to Help Enrich Your Offline Travel Experiences Sign up for a short workshop or class In Thailand, it’s popular for travelers to take massage and cooking classes, which can run anywhere from an afternoon to a week. Read: The Best Travel Souvenir: Cooking Classes Abroad Check online travel forums Visit: The BootsnAll forums Contact a travel blogger who will be in your area

Travel Sooner: 5 Secrets to Funding Your Journey Faster You’ve been bitten by the travel bug. Your evenings are spent pouring over maps, websites and blogs of people doing what you want to do, sampling the exotic. You, however, are stuck in the 9-5 or working your way through school with what looks like a very long road ahead. It will be at least two years before you can break free and hit the road as you long to. Of course there are options that would let you travel sooner: You could teach English abroad, you could become a WWOOFer, you could volunteer in some other capacity, or take a job as an Au Pair. The good news is, that with some creative effort and a willingness to adjust your expectations, you probably can do just that. How do I know this is possible? Develop a quirky angle and a website The internet is a great tool for creating a location independent income stream. Another approach is to develop a quirky angle and create a website to match. That being said, there are ways to use a website to fund your travels. Man Vs. Too shy?