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How to Visit Four Continents, Nine Countries, and 15 Cities for $418 In One Year

How to Visit Four Continents, Nine Countries, and 15 Cities for $418 In One Year
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Travel then and now: oh how you’ve changed In the wake of September 11, America created the Transport Security Administration, a serious ramping-up of security procedures for airline travellers. Fingerprint and retina scanning, embarrassing x-rays - it's been quite the evolution. An evolution that seems to have lead to a loss of innocence. Remember back in the day when, if you were a cute enough kid, you could actually visit the cockpit without suspicion of being a cunningly disguised batch of anthrax? Back when you could practically lug a gallon drum of face spritzer on a plane instead of decanting it into containers as annoying as they are minuscule? Back when security didn't pat you down like they were paying for it? But what we've lost in innocence, we've gained in convenience and information - whip-quick booking confirmations and vivid online reviews warning against bedbugs and lumpy pillows. So before you start Googling that fantastic pensione someone tweeted about, cast your mind back *cue wobbling, fuzzy screen*...

Make the Best of Your Travel Plans This Weekend Some other details that make travel better: Dress comfortably and in layers. Give yourself plenty of extra time if you're flying or taking a train. Plan ahead to make the trip enjoyable and make the most of your time. Particularly when flying, all of that can help with the inevitable delays this time of year. Oh, and if you have a super long bus or train ride (I did one that was 10 hours...yuck), I usually get as little sleep as possible the night before, and as soon as a I get on the train, take a sleep aid/nyquil/benadril. 10 of the World's Best Surf Spots It wouldn’t be hard to give the definition of surfing if you were to consider the desire to be out in the water, the freedom to conquer a great force of nature that can push you where you have never been before. It’s a whole new world, it’s like a drug that you start taking. Addictive. But surfing without great waves is like hot beer (totally not cool), therefore we decided to see what are some of the best places for surfers. 1. There’s no doubt that Australia has some of the best beaches and best waves, which are perfect ingredients for a surfer. It’s the 70km of beaches and four epic point breaks (The Spit, Main Beach, Narrowneck, Palm Beach and Mermaid beach) that made people call it, the surfers’ paradise . 2. Images : 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 The Mentawai Islands are a wave-rich chain of about seventy islands and islets off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia, one of the most consistent surf destinations in the world. 3. Images: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 4. images: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 5. 6. 7. 8.

Full Circle - blog Why Zambia- Quick summary Zambia is the ‘real’ Africa and predominantly (although not exclusively) a destination for the second time Africa Traveller who has got Africa in their blood and wants to move away from the more sanitised experiences, camps and lodges of South Africa. There is a charm and authenticity in Zambia that in my mind far out -weighs its Southern Africa neighbours. Flying internally in Zambia is expensive and mainly dominated by Proflight but Zambia generally speaking works out cheaper than Botswana and the camps and lodges are very well run and offer increasingly high standards of accommodation, guiding and food, not to mention adventure for those looking for it… as this is the mecca for walking & canoeing safaris. The Zambian people are the country’s greatest asset. The destination especially the Luangwa Valley is extremely popular with the British, more so since Zimbabwe has declined and everywhere we went we met British couples of varying ages. Highly recommended.

The 5 Most Badass Prison Escapes in the History of War Henri Giraud is a Patient Man The Capture: Henri Giraud was a 63 year-old French General with a bad leg who fought in Both World Wars. After slowing the German advance in the Netherlands, Giraud went to the Ardennes to stop more Nazis, but got captured instead. He was taken to Konigstein Castle, a fortress that had never been conquered or broken out of during its roughly 800 year-long existence. It was used for officers and other influential prisoners in both world wars, contained a garrison, and had been updated for every technological leap of mankind. The Escape: The Nazis and Konigstein did not know who they were fucking with. "Let's do it again, I want to try to beat my time." Giraud's ingenious plan would take two years to put together. First, he addressed the part of prison escape that every other escapee forgets--what you'll do once you're outside the walls. Next, he needed to coordinate with somebody on the outside. Last, he got himself a Tyrolean hat. Somehow crucial in all of this

Top 10 best value destinations for 2011 Worried that the economy might put a crimp in your travel plans next year? Never fear: travel doesn't have to break the bank. Your currency may be depressed, but that doesn't mean you have to be; there are still many destinations around the world that can be enjoyed on the cheap. Fresh from Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2011 (published in November 2010) we bring you this bargainous bounty of 10 budget-friendly destinations where you can get the most bang for your buck. 1.Bangladesh This subcontinental treat might just be the cheapest place on earth to travel. Bangladesh is almost disgracefully under-visited. 2. As other Central American destinations inflate prices with an influx of travellers, there are still a few good value delights to be found in the region. 3. Lincoln Memorial: free. 4. The French capital is never going to win any awards for cheapness, but here's a winning formula that anyone can afford. 5. 6. 7. The Argentine peso is the currency that keeps on giving. 8. 9. 10.

The Ultimate Travel Hacking Guide Travel hackers are the people constantly chasing miles, rewards points, and elite status. They are looking for every possible way to game the system for as much free travel as they can. Most travel hacking is about using miles and rewards to get free flights or hotels. However, for me, travel hacking is an idea. It’s a philosophy that says “I am going to bring costs as close to zero as possible.” Since only the die-hards (like myself) really want to spend hours and hours putting together mileage routes that might get them 100 extra miles or read the fine print to find a loophole they can exploit, I’ve put together this guide for the casual traveler who still wants to travel cheap. How to Hack to A Flight Since flights are usually the most expensive part of any trip, I thought I’d deal with this subject first. Let’s look at an example. Step 1: Use a site like Kayak as your baseline. Kayak returned these results for flying from New York to London: Skyscanner results: Momondo results:

World's top 10 best places to celebrate Christmas Christmas has become a global festival, regardless of religion or location. Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences lists the best places in the world to experience the yuletide spirit. With today's emphasis on present grabbing and overindulging, it's hard to deny that the real meaning of Christmas often seems forgotten. For a refresher, nothing compares to a pilgrimage to Jesus' birthplace. The energy on Manger Square and in the Old City on Christmas Eve could light a forest of Christmas trees. The place to be as the clock strikes 12 is St Catherine's Church, for the Midnight Mass service. Advertisement When too much Santa is never enough, rug up and head north to Finland's Arctic Circle. Surely you know what Christmas in the Big Apple looks like, thanks to countless movies: Christmas lights, cheesy muzak, preferably a light dusting of snow. Hit the beach to talk turkey with fellow travellers. You can rest assured that the spiritual heart of Catholicism knows how to do Christmas.

Turkey | Museum Hotel, Cappadocia | Geo Deluxe {*style:<i><b>A Museum to Live In </b> </i>*} Cappadocia is famous worldwide as a land where history, geography and architecture blend in perfect proportions. The Cappadocia Museum Hotel, perched on a pinnacle overlooking this stunning landscape, is a unique luxury boutique hotel that embodies and celebrates this past – it’s cave-walled rooms house not only the finest in modern hotel luxury, but also museum-quality artifacts and warm antique carpets that highlight and enliven this region’s colourful history. Rooms here are built into the soft tufa rock that makes Cappadocia a famous and other-worldly landscape worthy of the tourists that flock here from all points on the globe – this is a hotel of gorgeous stone that is built into the rock, achieving a perfect harmony between nature and builder. More than in just the rooms, the Cappadocia Museum Hotel in its entirety is a blend of art and history. -26 rooms and suites -open year-round

5 Real Life Soldiers Who Make Rambo Look Like a Pussy We all understand that action movies are cheesy escapism. After all, could one commando really take out a whole compound full of bad guys? Actually, yes. It turns out the history books are full of stories of soldiers doing things so badass they'd hesitate to put them into a film for fear of killing the realism. Like these five, for example. #5. Who Was He? Simo Hayha had a fairly boring life in Finland. Since the majority of fighting took place in the forest, he figured the best way to stop the invasion was to grab his trusty rifle, a couple of cans of food and hide in a tree all day shooting Russians. Can you spot Hayha? Of course when the Russians heard that dozens of their men were going down and that it was all one dude with a rifle, they got fucking scared. They started by sending out a task force to find Hayha and take him out. Then they tried getting together a team of counter-snipers (which are basically snipers that kill snipers) and sent them in to eliminate Hayha. #4. Exactly.