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How to Survive a Motorbike Ride

How to Survive a Motorbike Ride

  Although there are plenty of travelers who blur the line between appropriate risk and absolute insanity, my line between adventure and suicide is actually pretty distinct. So when a friend suggested that we explore the pockmarked roads of Mbale, Uganda on the back of a rickety motorbike, I made [...]

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 [...]

How to Survive a Camel Ride

How to Survive a Camel Ride

At some point in your traveling career you will be lead to believe that riding a plodding ungulate through the desert is something that must be crossed off your travel bucket list. I was like this once. My more experienced camel-riding veteran travelers tried to warn me, but I wouldn’t [...]

Travel Photography Etiquette

Travel Photography Etiquette

  Taking a photo is one of the best ways to capture a trip and serves as an inexpensive and unique souvenir of some of our best (and worst) travels. Unfortunately some abuse the power of the photographer and use it as an excuse to be inconsiderate of both locals [...]

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 [...]

Road Trip Tips

Road Trip Tips

  My Grandparents weren’t from the U.S. Hailing from England, they resettled to the U.S. after WW2 and moved around from state to state before my Grandfather accepted a job in Illinois. With my Dad and I settled comfortably in California, summer was the time I headed toward the land [...]

What’s in My Venturesafe?

What’s in My Venturesafe?

While my family and friends are under the impression that working as a travel blogger consists primarily of searching out and consuming gelato, they’re only partially correct. Ok, fine. They’re mostly correct, but I can blog and search out gelato at the same time. I’m very talented where desserts and [...]

Life Is What You Make It: Interview with Filmmaker Sebastion Montaz-Rosset

Life Is What You Make It: Interview with Filmmaker Sebastion Montaz-Rosset

Sebastion Montaz-Rosset is producing some of the most inspiring and mind-blowing films to come out in recent years. He follows the lives of various extreme sports athletes as they venture to mountain peaks where they BASE jump off of pendulum swings from the summits; they hop in hot-air balloons and [...]