Can you name a firth in Scotland where the dolphins have individual names
? The destination of Haiti's Kita Nago parade
? A Sami Village in Lapland where tourists go to see the Northern Lights
? A former "city of pirates" on the Adriatic Coast
? Every weekday, listeners of PRI
's international-news radio show The World
are treated to the serendipity of a brief journey to a distant point on the globe. It's part of the daily GeoQuiz
, a challenging geographical trivia game enhanced with ambient audio, imagery
, and revealing details of history and landscape. You can play along via Twitter
or subscribe to the podcast
- either way, this 5 minute vacation will make you a little bit smarter about this incredible planet.
"I want to see the world. Follow a map to its edges, and keep going. Forgo the plans. Trust my instincts. Let curiosity be my guide.
I want to change hemispheres and sleep with unfamiliar stars and let the journey unfold before me." Maptia
is on a mission to gather first-person stories from travelers, "to create the most inspirational map in the world." [more inside]
(鲍皓昕) is a photographer, among other things. He's probably most famous for his involvement with Michael Palin's travel series
He was featured in the fifth episode
of Michael Palin's Around the World in 80 Days
*. After that, he became the
stills photographer for subsequent series of Palin's travels (Pole to Pole
, Full Circle
, New Europe
, so far). [more inside]
is a handy travel search engine site where you put in the place you want to start and where you want to go. It shows you the map, the cost of the ticket (air, rail, coach, ferry and mass transit routes), duration of the journey, etc.
Around the World in 80 Days
is a BBC television travel series first broadcast in 1989. It was presented by comedian and actor Michael Palin.The show was inspired by Jules Verne's classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days, in which a character named Phileas Fogg accepts a wager to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days or less. Palin was given the same deadline... Here's Episode 1 - The Challenge
. [more inside]
"Laughter sounds the same in every language" [more inside]
Think you've been places? Retired scientist Galen Frysinger
has visted 172 countries and 91 dependencies. His photos have been linked in quite a few comments on MeFi, but near as I can tell... never the subject of a post.
Plan your trip to a far away spot on the globe. You might wish to walk in a straight line
or maybe just take the shortest route
(other than, perhaps, digging
). Take your camera in case you pass one of these
. [more inside]
In the 19th century, English author Favell Mortimer wrote several books describing various countries
to children. Apparently she didn't travel much
. [more inside]
Planning a vacation or going on a business trip this summer? Why not try one of the world's most dangerous destinations
for the trip of a lifetime? Just make sure you have Worldcue® PRO
loaded on your laptop and fill out some forms
and you'll be ready for
Mind the Gap...
Karl Bushby braved the infamous and road-less Darien Gap in 2001 and is now trying to smuggle love into the Great White North. All while on one loooong
walk from southern Chile to Kingston-upon-Hull, England
vs. Spy is going to travel the world!
He is planning on going on a round the world trip on little more than some (small amount of) money, some gumption and some luck. By hook or by crook, he's going to go to South America, and then hopefully to Africa and other places after that. I think it's incredibly gutsy to do that sort of thing, just pick up and walk around the world.
Anyone else done anything like that? Any advice or links?