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If your trip will include Europe, be sure to browse through all the Europe articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about Europe, we've been there done that when it comes to Europe, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about Europe.

Cool Video of the World’s Fastest Human Base Jumping in Norway

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
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Espen Fadnes flying down a mountain wearing a squirrel suit in Norway

A cool video of a guy base jumping in Norway. They have all sorts of cameras strapped to him and setup around the area of the jump, as well as microphones so you get the full experience. He's also wearing a squirrel suit which allows him to control how fast and where he goes. The video runs through the jump from planning to execution and review, very cool if you're into skydiving, base jumping, or extreme sports in general.

An Idiot Abroad TV Series

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Wing Walking on Route 66

If you're looking for a good travel show, check out An Idiot Abroad. Now finished with it's second season, it's about an uncultured bald man from Manchester, England who is a friend of Ricky Gervais. Basically he loves England and hates everything else and they stitch him up by sending him around the world to places they know he'll be miserable. The first season is 8 episodes, to The New Seven Wonders of the World, with a recap episode of "the idiot", Karl Pilkington, discussing his journey's with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The second season is about "Bucket Lists" and is 8 episodes as well. The series is broadcast on Sky1 and Sky1 HD in the UK, and The Science Channel is the US. For other international listings check wikipedia.

How I Got Detained At The Manchester Airport

Monday, November 28, 2011
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Detained Manchester Airport

In early 2010, I spent a lot of time travelling around Europe. Coming from the U.S., and having a lot of English friends made England the ideal hub. For those of you who don't already know, Europe is famous for their discounted airlines like RyanAir and Easyjet. You can sometimes get flights for mainly just the cost of the taxes, and England is one of the best hubs to get these specials from. This meant I was in and out of the country on a semi-regular basis over a 3-4 month period, but all completely legit, not breaking any posted rules or regulations.

Cool Iceland Video

Sunday, November 27, 2011
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The shell of a crashed plane in Iceland

Found this Iceland video of the Midnight Suns recently and thought it was really cool. It's a bunch of small time lapse shots around Iceland during the summer when the sun barely goes down at all. Iceland has some gorgeous scenery, and the video is really well done.

The 5 Worst Border Crossings In The World

Friday, November 25, 2011
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Amigos En Nicaragua
The guys running our bus in Nicaragua

I hate travel days, packing up your bag, dealing with whatever means of transport is necessary to get to your next destination, and especially crossing borders. Borders are some of the most stressful places on earth, they're generally crowded, everybody is nervous, excited, tired, and just wants to get through and move on. It's not much better for the people working at them either, they have to deal with these people who are tired and stressed out, which in turn wears them down. Borders are also a place of great opportunity for locals; tourists are generally out of place, uncomfortable, unable to properly communicate, and easy to take advantage of. This translates to dollar signs for the clever, tricky, and/or dishonest locals looking to make a buck off the passing tourist, and even more stress and uncertainty for that tourist.

Whats It Like To Run With The Bulls In Spain?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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Running With The Bulls in Pamplona, Spain

Running With the Bulls is fairly common among bucket lists, and it should be. It was one of the most exhilarating things I've ever done. It's not like sky diving or bungee jumping in that you're pretty much at the mercy of your equipment or instructor once you jump, you have to move yourself through a crowd packed shoulder to shoulder, all pumped full of adrenaline and running full speed as 12 1000+ pound bulls/steer come charging for you.

World’s Biggest Food Fight – La Tomatina

Saturday, November 19, 2011
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A man attacking the crowd from his balcony, and a bald guy getting nailed in the head

For those of you who don't know what La Tomatina is, maybe you've heard of that big tomato fight in Spain? Or the world's largest food fight? La Tomatina is an annual event held on the last Wednesday of August in the small town of Buñol, Spain, about 40km from Valencia. The town comes to life, packing itself to capacity and bringing in over 90,000 pounds of tomatoes for the food fight.

Top 10 Best Places To See Monkeys

Thursday, November 17, 2011
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A Monkey grabbing my camera lens and trying to eat it

If you were to take a survey of human beings and ask what the funniest animal is, the overwhelming majority would answer "Monkeys". They're so similar to us, but still so different. There's something strangely familiar about the monkey, but still so animalistic. They have no rules and rely purely on their instincts, which means they're constantly getting into trouble and goofing around, which is what makes them so funny to us. Below are the top 10 places to visit if you want to see monkeys in the wild.

Cool Time Lapse View of Earth From Space

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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A screen cap from the video showing Planet Earth from outer space

A time lapse video taken by Expedition 28 & 29 from the International Space Station during the months of August to October, 2011. You can clearly see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) as the station crosses over the top of the Earth. Because of the Earths constant rotation things look a bit different than we're used to on the map, it's tough to make out what countries you're looking at (when the clouds aren't hiding the ground), but I was able to identify a few regions. The person who posted this video claims they didn't do anything to edit colors or anything similar, it's strange to see the atmosphere so clearly visible, very cool.

Visit Kravice Waterfalls in Bosnia

Friday, November 11, 2011
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A wide view of the Kravice Waterfalls

The Kravice Waterfalls on the Trebizat River in Bosnia are some of the coolest I've been to. Tucked away in the trees just across the border from Crotia, the waterfall spans 120m (~390 feet) and falls 25m (~80 feet). The Kravice Falls area also has a little cafe, a rope swing, a picnic area, and a place to camp if you like. I had never heard of these waterfalls before arriving in Dubrovnik, I suppose Bosnia is not the most traveled of places, but these falls were well worth the visit.

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