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The Child-Eating Ogre of Bern, Switzerland

The Child-Eating Ogre of Bern, Switzerland

We went to Bern, Switzerland for one reason. We were traveling in Europe, doing the whole mid-college obligatory backpacking trip thing, when my good pal Dan the Man saw a wild photograph. It was of an ogre with a rotund, powerful belly; the ogre was adorned with a green and [...]

Pin It to Win It Contest from Pacsafe!!

Pin It to Win It Contest from Pacsafe!!

  I’m assuming that all the ladies and tech savvy fellas know how this works.  If you don’t it’s ok, because there’s only 2 rules and they are ridiculously simple.  So simple infact, that I will let the flyer on the left do the explaining. What board to pin from [...]

Get Out the Door! 5 Awesome Travel Videos

Get Out the Door! 5 Awesome Travel Videos

There’s a certain form of torture that us travelers can’t help but inflict on ourselves. It’s watching other people do amazing things and then moping around for weeks because of this simple fact: it’s not us out there in the great blistering nowhere, screaming into the mad winds or sailing [...]

Going On Long Walks: An Interview with Travel Writer Rolf Potts

Going On Long Walks: An Interview with Travel Writer Rolf Potts

    My copy of Rolf Potts’s first book, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, is full of coffee stains and ripping at the seams. The cover is tattered, faded by the sun and may have the dirt of several continents ground into its pages. [...]

Steps To Skydive Certification

Steps To Skydive Certification

  I’m sick of being limited to a terrestrial existence. Could things be any blander? It’s time to take to the sky. Feel the harsh winds blistering across my face and see the ground advancing like the fist of Hades to crush my skull. But then I’ll pull the chute, [...]

Food Poisoning: How to Avoid It

Food Poisoning: How to Avoid It

  Aside from getting arrested or mauled by a polar bear, getting food poisoning while traveling is one of the best ways to ruin an otherwise fabulous trip. With a sensitive stomach and a penchant for making poor decisions where delicious but dubious food vendors are concerned, I speak from [...]

Traveling for Work: How to Combine Business and Pleasure Travel

Traveling for Work: How to Combine Business and Pleasure Travel

  In an ideal world, our travels would center around the pursuit of pleasure. We’d spend more time sampling the cuisine of local street vendors under the open sky rather than poking disinterestedly at the array of limp cheese Danishes and universal cereals at the hotel breakfast buffet. We’d spend [...]

When Traveling, Avoid These Monsters

When Traveling, Avoid These Monsters

Hunting down monsters is as good a reason to travel as any other. Luckily, myths and legends place the world’s scariest creatures in some of the most scenic places on earth. In other words, search for a monster and you’ll find beauty all around. Chupacabra Its name translates to “goat [...]

Interview with Damien Mander of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation: “We Shoot Armed Poachers on Sight”

Interview with Damien Mander of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation: “We Shoot Armed Poachers on Sight”

Between multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, Damien Mander spent eight years in the Middle East as a sniper in the Australian Special Forces. Now, from the raw wilderness setting of Zimbabwe, he runs an organization called the International Anti Poaching Foundation (IAPF) with hopes of saving the world’s remaining [...]

Semester at Sea: GO!

Semester at Sea: GO!

  On a drizzly, middle-of-winter Vancouver morning in 2005, myself and approximately 900 other individuals  – students, professors, administrators, and crewmembers from around the country and world – boarded a ship to cross the Pacific Ocean and begin one of the most adventurous phases of our lives. We were headed [...]