Welcome to Vang Vieng Vang Vieng, deep in the jungle of Laos, is a backpacker paradise where there are no rules. Last year at least 27 travellers died there, and countless more were injured. [more inside]
"What NASA will learn from dissecting Space Shuttles Atlantis
, and Endeavour
" before they transition
into retirement. (From the May 2012 issue of Smithsonian Air & Space
The newly launched Roads & Kingdoms
describes itself as an online journal of food
and travel [more inside]
uses Google Maps to show you how far you could get by car, bike, or foot in a set amount of time.
Body scanners attacked again
as US blogger Jon Corbett who blogs for TSA Out of Our Pants!
exposes how to beat the body scanners
, carrying a metal box in a secret shirt pocket through security at two airports. [more inside]
Vintage Posters from the Golden Age of Travel 1910-1959
BrainPickings' page of vintage poster art pertaining to travel.
The International Man:
"My mission is very simple: To find the 'Rolls-Royces' of every category listed on this website on the Internet to help you avoid wasting your time and make it your useful and indispensable lifestyle and luxury resource." [more inside]
He leaves his cellphone and laptop at home and instead brings "loaner" devices, which he erases before he leaves the US and wipes clean the minute he returns . In China, he disables Bluetooth and Wi-Fi , never lets his phone out of his sight and, in meetings, not only turns off his phone but also removes the battery , for fear his microphone could be turned on remotely. He connects to the Internet only through an encrypted, password-protected channel, and copies and pastes his password from a USB thumb drive. He never types in a password directly, because, he said, "Chinese are very good at installing key-logging software on your laptop."
- Travel precautions in the age of digital espionage.
The Lonely Planet
has come up with a list of thirty travel terms
that aren't in the dictionary.
Food and drink menus from the international airlines, railways, and cruise ships of decades past (Click "Digital Images" link in each carrier's thread)
. Courtesy of the Northwestern University Transportation Library's Menu Collection
Driving through Time
features roughly 2700 photographs and 76 interactive maps of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The website allows students, researchers, and digital tourists to uncover hidden stories, hear forgotten voices, and understand the often wrenching choices that the construction and preservation of a scenic parkway in a populated region have necessarily entailed. [more inside]
is travel inspiration site
. Enter your starting point, when you want to travel, how much you want to spend, and what you want to do, and Wanderfly spits out some suggestions from sites around the world, including things to do and places to stay.
Vacations, diversions and roadtrips: On The Way
suggests attractions and reststops for any route. The Weekend Map
shows events and activities for 27 American cities for the coming weekend. Nerdy Day Trips (previously)
suggests trips for geeks of all kinds, while Trazzler
suggests daytrips for where you live. Don't have a car? Mapnificent (previously)
shows you where you can get to from any point in a given time using public transit. EveryTrail
suggests walks, rambles, strolls and hikes. Google's new HotelFinder
service locates places to stay in a sketched area on a map, with a range of options. via
Comparing airlines' Airbus A380s.
Seven commercial carriers fly the A380. Here's a look at how each has used the space aboard the superjumbo jet. [LATimes photogallery].
- Retro Living and Design from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Address is Approximate.
"A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View."
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]
The Burton Holmes Archive
has information about Burton Holmes, the travel writer who became the first person to make filmic travelogues. More importantly, they also have a lot of film clips by Holmes
and his associate, André de la Varre
, who was also a great travelogue maker himself. Watching these clips is not quite time travel, but it is as close as we can get. Take a look at Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1926
, Lake Michigan in 20s
, Cairo in 1932
and the 1955 Rio de Janeiro carnival
. The later films have sound and narration, but I prefer the silent ones. [Burton Holmes previously, André de la Varre previously, and the Travel Film Archive, which runs Burton Holmes site, previously]
Meet the contraption that wants to replace Central Park horses
and Ban HDC
are two groups pushing for the change; the many unfortunate incidents
involving carriage horses over the years (including one just today
) have inspired a bill that would end the practice
, and also a documentary
about the treatment of the horses.
35 days, 2822 miles through 9 states at a cost of $252.51 ($7.21 per day).
George 'the Cyclist' Christensen spends a good part of each year
bicycling through a different country and wild camping in places like Iceland
, the foot of Mt Fuji
and around Lake Victoria
; And writing about his travels on his blog from libraries and internet cafés. For the past eight years, too, he has also followed the Tour de France
after first watching upwards of 70 films [in 12 days] at the Cannes Film Festival
In 1971, Hunter Thompson first published
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in Rolling Stone. Forty years later, The Daily’s Zach Baron revisits the piece and the town in which it was born, chasing Thompson's ghost through crazy desert car races, a dying local economy and a massive and menacing hacker convention known as DEFCON. (previously)
"Laughter sounds the same in every language" [more inside]
The Smallest Hotel in the World
[autoplay of 'La Traviata']. So here's the story: it's 1728 and you live in Amberg, a little Bavarian town somewhere north of Munich. You and your lady friend really, really want to get married, but there is a little snag; the council laws permit only homeowners
to marry, and you're still stuck renting a place. But all is not lost! You pick up a little strip of empty land between two other buildings - just 2.5 meters wide. You run up a quick wall on the front, another on the back, slap a roof on top, and presto - you're a homeowner. The council falls for it, and allows you to get married. [more inside]
Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris.
One of London mayor Boris Johnson's initiatives has been the installation of a bike hire service
across the capital controversially sponsored by a well known bank. Stretching the hire terms and conditions to their limit, local bloggers Ian
decide to take them across the channel briefly to meet their continental cousins at the Parisian Vélib
When Richard Feynman
was a young boy his father told him of the remote land of Tannu Tuva, igniting an obsession that would remain with him for the rest of his life. The Last Journey of a Genius
attempts to get to the country at the geographic center of Asia, all stymied by the Iron Curtain, although he did correspond with some of its citizens and was a fan of its distinctive music
. A visa for Tuva finally arrived days after his death.
Most would suggest that the story ends there, but not so: Feynman’s friend Ralph Leighton eventually made it, and formed the Friends of Tuva
; later, Feyman’s daughter Michelle made the trip
her father planned but never completed, an emotional journey recorded by the Russian service of the BBC
[MP3]. [more inside]
Evan Osnos joins a tour group from China as they traverse Europe. In the front row of the bus, Li stood facing the group with a microphone in hand, a posture he would retain for most of our waking hours in the days ahead. In the life of a Chinese tourist, guides play an especially prominent role—translator, raconteur, and field marshal—and Li projected a calm, seasoned air. He often referred to himself in the third person—Guide Li—and he prided himself on efficiency. “Everyone, our watches should be synchronized,” he said. “It is now 7:16 P.M.” He implored us to be five minutes early for every departure. “We flew all the way here,” he said. “Let’s make the most of it.” [more inside]
These days, the term Movable Type
is more likely to make people think of a blogging platform than anything involving paper, but it used to refer to the letters, words, and graphics typically cast in an alloy of lead, tin and antimony or carved from wood, that could be rearranged by a letterpress printer for each individual job. In an environment where toner serves most of our current printing needs, the endangered art of letterpress printing now has a roving champion. Her name is Kyle Durrie, and she is the proprietor of Power and Light Press
in Portland, Oregon. Back in March she bought herself a 1982 Chevy step van
, gutted it, and then installed a work area and a couple of printing presses in the back. She stocked it with a variety of type and ornaments and she is now driving it all over the U.S. teaching folks about the joys of printing with pressure. Maybe if you ask nicely, she'll stop by your neighborhood and show you how to print
, just like Bi Sheng
first did over a thousand years ago.
In the seven years since its last*
appearance in the blue, Cliff Muskiet's Stewardess Uniform Collection
has grown to more than 1,000 different uniforms from more than 400 different airlines. [more inside]
Writer, traveler, and kidnapper of Nazi generals, Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor
-- Paddy to friends and fans -- is dead at 96
A silver lining: his biographer Artemis Cooper reports that the long-awaited final installment of his trilogy recounting a year-long walk across Europe as a young man in the 1930s, "has existed for some time, and will be published in due course."
Global Slacker (One Day)
(YouTube: One couple's drive across two continents, from Chengdu to Capetown. A
compilation video.) Main Site
) [more inside]
about the killing fields of Cambodia
On one level America reCycled
is simply the journal of two brothers riding recycled bicycles across the United States and meeting people. Lots of them. On another level it is a Homeric tale of an American adventure. It has been a long time since I have seen web content of this quality. The writing is superb, the videos so compelling you can't look away and the perspective gained is invaluable. I am positive this has been posted here before, but it certainly deserves a bump.
Frederik and Gerrit Braun, energetic twin brothers with no shortage of dreams, have just finished construction of the world’s largest model airport. With 40,000 lights, 15,000 figurines, 500 cars, 10,000 trees, 50 trains, 1000 wagons, 100 signals, 200 switches, 300 buildings and 40 planes, Knuffingen Airport is both a wonder to behold as well as a technological tour de force. The best part of Knuffingen is that it’s alive. Forty planes and 90 vehicles move about autonomously.
Inspired by Andrew Sullivan's recent post
on views outside airplane windows, BuzzFeed compiled a collection of "100 incredible airplane window views" from Flickr
. (bandwidth-heavy single page version.) Click through slideshow at Business Insider.
Enter start and destination
and watch your route payed out.
Google Translated from nub1an's livejournal
Some stunning wilderness-travelogue photography from Russian trekker and (self-described-)amateur photographer "nub1an" (Ilya Kondrashov).
New York to L.A.
. For $5,000
. Now they're headed home