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Travel Hotspots That Will Nurture Your Inner Nerd

Thursday, June 14, 2012
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The Yoda Fountain
The Yoda Fountain of Lucasfilm’s Headquarters near San Francisco (source: dougSawyer

Didn't "geek" used to be derogatory? When once to be called a "geek" was enough to cause one to have a lifelong inferiority complex, it now is considered a badge of honor. Consider Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg--both self-described lifelong geeks. Who's laughing now?

An Idiot Abroad TV Series

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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An Idiot Abroad Wing Walking
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
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.

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.

Ross Kemp On Gangs

Ross Kemp On Gangs
The title graphic for the show, picturing Ross Kemp

With episodes filmed in some of the most dangerous places in the World, Ross Kemp really sticks his neck out there to film this show. Follow him around the world as he meets with the most ruthless, violent, and dangerous gangs in the world. Originally airing in the UK, the show began airing in the US in 2009 under the name "Gang Nation", find it on the Investigation Discovery Channel.

Mumbles Mile Pub Crawl Is Dead – Swansea, Wales

Thursday, June 24, 2010
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The Park Inn of Mumbles - Swansea, Wales
Our favorite pub of the pub crawl, The Park Inn

There's a small town called Mumbles on the coast of Wales, located near Swansea, the second largest city in the country. This stretch of coast has 1 main road running through it about a mile long; this road was once one of the most heavily concentrated pub areas in the world, home to well over 20, hence the name Mumbles Mile. For those of you who know of the show Three Sheets, I learned of this town and pub crawl from the Wales episode. For those of you who don’t, you're welcome; click the link and watch some of the episodes, its a great show about different cultures and their drinking customs.

The Plough and Harrow – Monknash, Wales

Sunday, June 20, 2010
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The Plough and Harrow, Monknash, Wales
The front of the Plough and Harrow pub

If you find yourself in Cardiff, and you have access to a car, take the ride about 20 miles west to the town of Monknash where you'll find a nice little pub with a cool history. Sample their fine Welsh ales and be sure to try their food. Read about their history from the menu and you’ll find the Plough and Hammer has been around for over 600 years, and has become home to a handful of ghosts over this time.

Lincoln Cathedral, England

Front side of the Lincoln Cathedral
The view standing in front of the Lincoln Cathedral

The Lincoln Cathedral in Lincoln, England has been a place people come to worship for almost a thousand years. Originally built in 1185, the Cathedral sits on the top of the Lincoln hill making it even more prominent a site in the Lincolnshire area. Featured in in the film "The Da Vinci Code", its easy to see why they chose the spot. Once the tallest building in the world, the Lincoln Cathedral still remains one of the largest Cathedrals in Europe.

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