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Not Able to Get to the Beach? Not a Problem!

12 Incredible Artificial and Man-Made Beaches [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Aug 30, 2016 - 18 comments

From Montreal to Minnesota, by Inland Sea

"I was so used to driving and flying, my understanding of North America had become distorted. Then I took a slow boat through four Great Lakes. I saw every mile." [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Aug 20, 2016 - 28 comments

As religious missions go, it was a pretty sweet deal

Evliya Çelebi’s Seyahatname is one of history’s greatest travelogues - Edward White, The Paris Review. [via]
posted by Think_Long on Aug 9, 2016 - 4 comments

How do we increase accessibility?

What Works: The Train That Saved Denver - "How Denver overcame regional factionalism to build a rail system that is a model for 21st century growth... it all happened, Hickenlooper and others note, because Coloradans across the base of the Front Range were willing to set aside crippling rivalries and make some big collective investments in themselves." (viz. Spain, cf. California & Florida; via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Aug 8, 2016 - 17 comments

Bringing back the fedora bins

"Passengers who stopped to get their hand luggage put 300 lives at risk last week, after a fire broke out on an Emirates airliner in Dubai. Luckily, everyone escaped before the plane was consumed by flames - but it could have been different. What can be done to make people leave their bags behind?"
posted by Catseye on Aug 8, 2016 - 136 comments

Illustrated Travel Books of the Edwardian Era

In "An Edwardian Package Holiday," Kirsty Hooper mentions the role that "lively representations" in illustrated travel books such as Spain Revisited: A Summer Holiday in Galicia and A Corner of Spain played in promoting northwest Spain to British tourists (more here). Many other richly illustrated travel books from the same period are available online, perhaps most notably the "Beautiful England" and "Beautiful Ireland" series published by Blackie & Son and the wide variety of titles published by A & C Black. [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet on Jul 9, 2016 - 8 comments

Retro Roadmap

With Retro Roadmap, Mod Betty makes it easy for you to find Cool Vintage Places - (grand)mom & (grand)pop places that have stood the test of time while still retaining their authentic charm.
posted by MoonOrb on May 1, 2016 - 13 comments

social media as your guide

Exploring the real Iran
posted by infini on Apr 19, 2016 - 10 comments

With self-discipline, all things are possible.

Autumn Ray is running a marathon in every one of America's 59 National Parks. Photographer Jonathan Irish is seeing them all in one year. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 3, 2016 - 12 comments

Online safari in South Africa

Walk around South Africa online with Google Street View. Safari means journey in Swahili. See some of the wildlife in Kruger National Park, meander along the top of Table Mountain, around the Kirstenbosch Gardens or along Cape Town's beautiful beaches. There are some people who can never afford to physically come to South Africa and see these places in their lifetime, and hopefully this will give them the opportunity to experience it a little bit. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Mar 11, 2016 - 2 comments

NASA's Visions of the Future Calendar Images

The images for JPL’s Visions Of The Future 2016 Calendar, which was an internal gift to JPL and NASA staff along with scientists, engineers, government and university staff, have been put online. "As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future." [via] [more inside]
posted by cashman on Feb 11, 2016 - 17 comments

Supercommuters

"This is what it’s like to spend a fifth of your waking life in transit."
posted by Catseye on Feb 8, 2016 - 114 comments

Ridealong: The Flotilla That Will Cross The Galaxy

~900 players will spend 3 months crossing the galaxy in Elite: Dangerous.
posted by curious nu on Jan 26, 2016 - 30 comments

Afghanistan 1970 – 1975 Images from an Era of Peace

A Collection of Vintage Photographs from The Heart of Central Asia - By Joseph Hoyt. His Tales and Travelogues with a very good map. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Jan 19, 2016 - 12 comments

Ditch the DEET, get a Cock ring in Peru

In Zanzibar, life moves pole pole. Tunis does not rock the casbah. Barcelona is a gin and tonic town. Maps are worthless in Ulaanbaatar. Altitude is a bastard in Ganzi. Eating local in Hargeisa means devouring "a metric shit-ton of gamey, tough, and greasy camel meat." And nothing can prepare you for platzkart on the Trans-Mongolian Railroad. These are some of the many things you can learn from Roads and Kingdoms' regular feature, Know Before You Go.
posted by zarq on Jan 14, 2016 - 33 comments

Motel Life, Lower Reaches

Back when Roger Miller was King of the Road, in the 1960s, he sang of rooms to let (“no phone, no pool, no pets”) for four bits, or fifty cents. I can’t beat that price, but I did once in those days come across a cabin that went for three dollars. It was in the long, slender highway town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Jan 5, 2016 - 37 comments

Passport Power

What your passport says about you
posted by infini on Dec 18, 2015 - 23 comments

"There's the Jamaican bobsled team, so TAKE THAT, stereotypes!"

Black Folk Don’t...” is an open conversation that invites everyone to take a second look at the grey areas between us all, no matter the race, and most importantly to do it with a sense of humor. This documentary web series is a special presentation of BlackPublicMedia.org, directed and produced by Angela Tucker, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Did you know that black folk don't… [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Dec 17, 2015 - 14 comments

"Like the Galapagos, Baikal is a closed ecosystem"

The Blue Pearl Of Siberia, Peter Matthiessen, 1991
Past eight in the evening on the last day of August, after a ten-hour climb, we haul ourselves to the high rim of the Baikal Canyon. From where we stand, high plateaus, in hard, clear light, seem to stretch forever westward to the Urals. Facing east, my companion, the huge Siberian woodsman Semyon Ustinov, spreads his long arms. Far below, his beloved Baikal, the most ancient lake on earth, is shrouded in mist that drifts up the steep talus slope as if in search of us. The canyon rim on which we stand is a mile or more above the surface of the lake, whose greatest depth is 6,300 feet, or 1.2 miles, with an additional four miles of sediment above the bedrock. The great Baikal rift is seven times as deep as the Grand Canyon, by far the deepest land depression on the planet.
[more inside] posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 3, 2015 - 14 comments

Meet The Uyghurs

Kevin Kelly spent two weeks in Xinjiang (East Turkestan) in far west China. “This area has more in common with the culture of Turkey than with Beijing. It's kebab with chopsticks. But this is really China. In fact it is the largest province of China.“ Here are 120 photos of the "Silk Road".
Kevin Kelly loves to travel: Read the “Previous Lives“ part on his bio. 
KK's Asia travels on Metafilter before, here and here. [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Oct 28, 2015 - 36 comments

Vintage Travel Guides for African-Americans Now Online

"From 1936 to 1966, the “Green Book” was a travel guide that provided black motorists with peace of mind while they drove through a country where racial segregation was the norm and sundown towns — where African-Americans had to leave after dark — were not uncommon. ... The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary, this year digitized its Green Book collection." (Previously.) [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Oct 27, 2015 - 13 comments

Come join us on this adventure

Rus (from Ukraine) and Alla (from Russia) just spent six months travelling the US in a Subaru and took lots of pretty pictures. They visited: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada , New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
posted by desjardins on Oct 23, 2015 - 32 comments

This Is A Story About Loss

A woman who suddenly lost her best friend in a car crash shops at a store filled with unclaimed airport luggage. "When I first looked at [The Unclaimed Baggage Center]'s website months ago, I felt that same twinge of, 'It's a store full of lost stuff? That sucks.' I figured I would write a quirky piece about a kooky store, to compensate for the inherent sadness. But my world changed this summer, and now I'm here in Alabama, and the idea of losing stuff on an airplane feels decidedly less heavy."
posted by Amberlyza on Oct 21, 2015 - 7 comments

Tri-Cornered State

In search of trifinia Even for geographical completists, visiting all of the United States' trifinia, or places where three states meet, is an often overlooked pleasure. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Sep 20, 2015 - 24 comments

You are a shark in the space between worlds.

Shark Game: Shoal Sharker is an incremental game about the mystery and majesty of sharks in a strange blue sea.
posted by boo_radley on Sep 12, 2015 - 101 comments

They're also not the nicest countries in the world to visit

Not the easiest countries in the world to visit.
posted by jacquilynne on Sep 4, 2015 - 32 comments

We Call This Home

Travel plan: Save up 2 1/2 years --> Travel for 3 years, 60 countries [slyt]
posted by ellieBOA on Aug 31, 2015 - 18 comments

Design flight

When Airlines Looked Cool and Showed It (SLNYT) Accompanying slideshow
posted by infini on Aug 29, 2015 - 11 comments

Ein Jahr, eine BahnCard 100, keine eigene Wohnung, und ich

After a dispute with her landlord, 23-year-old student Leonie Müller abandoned her apartment in Tübingen and started living on trains. On the first of May, Müller bought a BahnCard 100, a ticket which costs 4090€ and entitles her to unlimited travel on Germany's railway network for a year, and has been calling the trains home since then, living out of a backpack, washing her hair in the train bathroom, writing her papers whilst watching the scenery go past at 320kph, and periodically staying with friends and relatives across Germany. She has a blog (auf deutsch) and plans to write her undergraduate thesis on her experiences as a train nomad.
posted by acb on Aug 25, 2015 - 34 comments

Unusual Traveler

Christian Lingr says: "Bored from studies I quit everything when I was 18-years-old and started traveling around the world. Now I’m 27 and have visited 97 countries, From Nigeria in Africa to North Korea in Asia. I always travel on a low budget and I never use guidebooks. Here are some of the hidden beauties around the world." His incredible blog UnusualTraveler.com
posted by spock on Aug 24, 2015 - 9 comments

Travel the way your luggage does

Have you ever wanted to follow your suitcase down the conveyor belt into the bowels of the airport? Well thanks to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, now you can. There's a cool 360 degree view, too. (Flash required for 360 view.) [via]
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 21, 2015 - 32 comments

A different breakfast every day

Breakfast -- Eating the World Every Morning is a series of dispatches about breakfast around the world. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 18, 2015 - 35 comments

What to eat at 28 North American airports

What to eat at 28 North American airports
posted by escabeche on Aug 1, 2015 - 46 comments

The Thousand Year Journey

My best friend, Jedidiah, quit a job that he loved to ride his bicycle from Oregon to the southern tip of South America. I joined him for a month and a half to ask why.
posted by saul wright on Aug 1, 2015 - 10 comments

Getting to the next meetup

Sometimes successful (historically) mailing one's self is not a good plan: Whether to escape slavery or merely the cost of a plane ticket, people have been trying for over a century and a half to package themselves like so many rolls of toilet paper from Amazon.
posted by sammyo on Jul 26, 2015 - 14 comments

In Israel: casual dress, handle business cards with respect.

CT Business Travel presents an infographic on business etiquette around the globe.
posted by Shepherd on Jul 6, 2015 - 76 comments

“Don’t Worry About Money, Just Travel”

This idea that you must travel, as some sort of moral imperative, without worrying about something as trivial as “money.” ... It’s aspirational porn, which serves the dual purpose of tantalizing the viewer with a life they cannot have, while making them feel like some sort of failure for not being able to have it.
Chelsea Fagan explains Why “Don’t Worry About Money, Just Travel” Is The Worst Advice Of All Time.
posted by Dip Flash on Jul 4, 2015 - 257 comments

Hotel Melancholia

Travel is supposed to make us feel more alive so why is the hotel room a place of such loneliness and despair?
posted by ellieBOA on Jun 24, 2015 - 43 comments

because a single traveller can't see it all

Let's Travel Somewhere [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on May 17, 2015 - 11 comments

America's Music Triangle

A new approach to framing and promoting the South's music heritage...but they left out Bristol!
posted by mmiddle on May 5, 2015 - 6 comments

The Local Eyes Project

The Local Eyes Project is an effort to explore the Americas through the eyes of 12 local residents in Canada, the United States, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil, by sending them a disposable camera and asking them to take "travel photos." [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 10, 2015 - 3 comments

"Restaurants look, taste, sound, and smell more and more the same."

A tourist in Buenos Aires ponders how to have an immersive experience in an age when the city's restaurant culture is adopting international standards. The answer: listen to what old people recommend.
It’s been a longstanding fear of travelers (or travelers like myself, at least) that global conglomerates like McDonald’s or TGI Friday’s might use the bludgeon of the Big Mac or the bluster of Flair to wipe out everything unique, provincial and good. But what struck me on this trip, not having seen BA for a decade and thus being more sensitive to what had changed, was how a different kind of sameness was permeating Porteño restaurant and bar culture—much more indie and elevated, but just as insidious.
[more inside] posted by maskd on Mar 19, 2015 - 30 comments

Bisland v. Bly: A Race Around the World

In 1889, Elizabeth Bisland’s boss sent her on a trip around the world. Her goal: to beat Phileas Fogg’s record of going Around the World in 80 Days. She was not thrilled at the prospect, and even less happy to learn she would be chasing Nellie Bly, who had left that morning on the same journey. But sure enough, she was on a train that evening. [more inside]
posted by julen on Mar 19, 2015 - 6 comments

Schocking!

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) has announced that he will resign from Congress. He has been recently been in the news for alleged ethics violations including a Downton Abbey office redecoration he didn't pay for, sketchy real estate deals, claiming 170,000 miles in reimbursement on a personal vehicle that he later sold with 80,000 miles on the odometer, and much much more! [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf on Mar 18, 2015 - 83 comments

LAX? FAE? RIX?

Why do the three-letter codes for so many American airports end in "X"? How do you tell all the "Yxx" codes for Canadian airport codes apart? Where is SUX, again? Why are you flying into FCA? Airport Codes is a gorgeous, yet informative guide to the mysteries behind your favorite (or least favorite) airport code.
posted by heurtebise on Mar 18, 2015 - 66 comments

"I love desolate landscapes."

My Saga, Part 1 By Karl Ove Knausgaard [New York Times] Following the trail of the first Europeans to set foot in America, the first of two parts. Previously. Previously. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Feb 25, 2015 - 29 comments

Walking in... single shot videos of city life

Kees Colijn's "Walking in..." project is a series of fascinating single shot videos, each up to two hours long, filmed as he walks through cities such as Yangon in Myanmar, Varanasi in India, Makassar in Indonesia and Pokhara in Nepal (Youtube links). See and hear everyday life in these places, not just the slick travel show version.
posted by AnnaRat on Feb 13, 2015 - 15 comments

Glamorous Crossing

How Pan Am Airways Dominated International Travel in the 1930s.
posted by ellieBOA on Feb 12, 2015 - 23 comments

Big Data for escaping the cold

Kayak has analyzed a billion travel searches to produce the Travel Hacker Guide, which includes the most up-and-coming beaches and destinations. For North Americans, they found that you want to book Caribbean trips 2-4 weeks ahead, and European trips 6 months ahead. There is also a nifty map showing you how much it costs to get to various destinations. The New York Times has an interview about the report. Another analysis of a different data set found that US domestic tickets are best bought 57 days out, and the best day to shop for fares is Sunday. Data outside the US is less available, but at least one paper has found that it is better to buy in the afternoon, and that 3-6 weeks is the right window.
posted by blahblahblah on Feb 1, 2015 - 7 comments

How about those airplane seats?

JetBlue is adding luggage charges and packing more seats on its planes, and customers are freaking out. Is contemporary airline service so bad because the airlines are colluding to make you suffer, as Tim Wu writes in the New Yorker? Or because low-price, a la carte service is what fliers actually want, as Alison Griswold writes in Slate? For a data-rich deep dive into what passengers really hate about air travel, see "The Unfriendly Skies" (.pdf), a report on five years worth of air travelers' complaints to the US Department of Transportation.
posted by escabeche on Dec 27, 2014 - 176 comments

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