What is a hobo? Hoboes is a name coined for men and women, but almost exclusive men that travel as migrant workers or left their friends and family in the depression or after wars when there was no work for them in their home cities.
What do hoboes do nowadays? Apparently, they travel
. And blog about it
posted by owhydididoit
on Aug 11, 2006 -
Tabloid photographs from the Los Angeles Herald Express (1936-1961), showing celebrities
, (early) CHiPs
, and babes with guns
Via the Virtual Gallery
at the LA Public Library, which has many other fine exhibits, such as California in the 20s
, the 1932 Olympics
, celebrity golf
, and a wonderful collection from the golden age of travel posters
posted by Gamblor
on Jul 28, 2006 -
Apparently abandoning any pretence that traveling economy in the back of an A330 is an enticing experience, they've launched this site which looks back at the days when women wore fur, men smoked pipes and air travel was glamorous.
Quite a few nice little movie vignettes of life chez Air France from the ‘50’s and ‘60’s.
posted by marvin
on Apr 24, 2006 -
Speak softly, don't argue and slow down'
The reputation of the "Ugly American" abroad is not..... just some cruel stereotype, but - according to the American government itself - worryingly accurate. Now, the State Department has joined forces with American industry to plan an image make-over by issuing guides for Americans travelling overseas on how to behave.
posted by terrymiles
on Apr 16, 2006 -
Argentina On Two Steaks A Day The classic beginner's mistake in Argentina is to neglect the first steak of the day. You will be tempted to just peck at it or even skip it altogether, rationalizing that you need to save yourself for the much larger steak later that night. But this is a false economy, like refusing to drink water in the early parts of a marathon.
posted by rxrfrx
on Apr 12, 2006 -
is an online/desktop travel guidebook. They are taking Creative Commons licensed photos from Flickr and using them in their city guides. It is kind of like Google Maps + Flickr + Lonely Planet. [Contains some flash, and to try out the guide you have to install the Schmap Player
posted by pithy comment
on Apr 1, 2006 -
has an ongoing collection of high-quality full screen Quicktime VR panoramas of European cities, focusing on famous artistic and cultural landmarks (in Rome
), with interactive maps and travel information. A collaboration with national tourist offices by Swiss company Vrway Communication
, which also publishes Vrmag
, a bi-monthly review of panorama photography, and the FullscreenQTVR
directory in collaboration with the well-known panoramas.dk (previously mentioned on metafilter: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
posted by funambulist
on Mar 6, 2006 -
is a free picture site featuring [thousands of ] pictures throughout China, including pictures of China's major cities and tourist attractions as well as pictures of Chinese people and their daily life. You will find not only pictures of the famous Great Wall of China, the forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors, but also pictures from the unbeaten path as far as Guizhou, Xinjiang, Tibet and other places.
posted by Postroad
on Feb 25, 2006 -
Welcome To IOTA NA-178 Mission Control On behalf of IOTA Ham operators WorldWide, the SouthEast Farallon Island - Project NA-178 HAMS HELPING HABITATS project (conducted by K6VVA & K9AJ) will assist the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge ("The Refuge") by transporting materials and equipment via helicopter from the mainland for an important habitat restoration project on SouthEast Farallon Island ("SEFI"), as well as the return of old unwanted infrastructure water pipe from the Island for disposal.
If you thought Eco-tourism was passe, try a DX
! Of course hams
have also put their personal concerns aside for other things, such as helping provide emergency communications during natural disasters
One thing you might not realize is our penchant for broadband Internet via BPL (Broadband over Power Lines) may interfere
with this hobby of radio enthusiasts.
posted by jackspace
on Feb 15, 2006 -
How to write about Africa. Always use the word 'Africa' or 'Darkness' or 'Safari' in your title.
Most travel books about Africa open with the author alone, carried along by some vehicle, looking down over some landscape and feeling anxious.
Always end your book with Nelson Mandela saying something about rainbows or renaissances. Because you care.
posted by gottabefunky
on Jan 6, 2006 -
A rose red city half as old as time
, which means "stone" in Greek, is perhaps the most spectacular
ancient city remaining in the modern world. The city was the capital of the Nabateans - Arabs who dominated the lands of Jordan during pre-Roman times - and they carved this wonderland
of temples, tombs and elaborate buildings out of solid rock nearly 3000 years ago. By the end of the Byzantine Empire (circa A.D. 700), the once dignified and gracious buildings in the center of town had deteriorated to near ruins. For centuries, Petra fell into the mists of legend, its existence a guarded secret known only to the local Bedouins and Arab tradesmen. Finally, in 1812, a young Swiss explorer and convert to Islam named Johann Ludwig Burckhardt
heard locals speaking of a "lost city"
hidden in the mountains of Wadi Mousa. Burckhardt disguised himself as a pilgrim seeking to make a sacrifice at the tomb of Aaron. He managed to bluff his way through successfully, and the secret of Petra
was revealed to the modern Western world.
posted by amro
on Jan 3, 2006 -
Ball of Dirt.
Me, I'm stuck going home to Ohio for my vacation. If you can't get away either, you can scratch your travel itch by reading about other people's adventures... Torture yourself by searching for dreamed-of destinations. I especially enjoy the Indiana Jones-type maps.
posted by tentacle
on Dec 16, 2005 -
stands for WOrld Of PHotographY, a website founded by a Dutch collective of photo aficionados and internet designers who believe navigation on internet can be more visual, logical and associative. The goal of Woophy's founders is to create an accessible, visual, current, democratic and collective work of art comprised of a database picturing our remarkable world.
posted by crunchland
on Dec 10, 2005 -
After the first time I flew on an upgraded ticket, I wondered why some airline didn't just make slightly more expensive tickets on a plane filled with fewer, roomier seats for those that crave comfort (basically, all business class). Well, it looks like someone has at Eos Airlines
. The seating arrangements look fantastic
, going from roomy seat area to flat bed to double table with two seats (for a coworker), with privacy and aisle access for all. Unfortunately "slightly more expensive" is pretty high at $5k for NYC to London, though that's cheaper than major airlines. Business Week has the full story
on this new venture.
posted by mathowie
on Nov 12, 2005 -
is a goldmine of travel accounts, from Hakluyt's Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of The English Nation
and Bartram's Travels Through North &South Carolina, Georgia, East &West Florida,the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws
to the Journals of Lewis and Clark
and Washinton Irving's Astoria; Or, Anecdotes Of An Enterprise Beyond The Rocky Mountains
and Dickens's Pictures from Italy
and Lafcadio Hearn's Glimpses of an Unfamiliar Japan
(from which I took the post title) to... well, find your own favorites. There's an astonishing amount of stuff there. "Of course you will act according to your own plans, and do what you think best—but FIND LIVINGSTONE!
posted by languagehat
on Oct 17, 2005 -
Years ago, Jane and Michael Stern authored Amazing America
, a fabulous book about roadside America, which was one of my favorite references for something novel to see while traveling in the US. The New Jersey section is far too brief. Thank you Weird NJ
for filling in the gap.
posted by plinth
on Jun 6, 2005 -
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
posted by Guerilla
on May 13, 2005 -