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The 12 Apostles Of Australia By Helicopter

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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3 Of The 12 Apostles In Australia
Several of the apostles as seen from the helicopter

One of the most iconic Australian Adventures is the Great Ocean Road of Southern Victoria. The highlight of the Great Ocean Road tour is the 12 Apostles, and the best way to see them is by helicopter. I personally had never ridden in a helicopter before this, but had always wanted to. On our tour they announced we had the option to either walk down and check them out, or pay an additional $70 and fly over the 12 Apostles by helicopter. This was a no brainer for me, although that's a lot of money, it doesn't seem bad for a helicopter ride, and it's one of those once in a lifetime opportunities you can only regret not doing.

The Most Dangerous Airport in the World

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
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Lukla Airport
The airport in Lukla, Nepal

There are a lot of sketchy airports acround the world, but according to the History Channel, none as dangerous as the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. But if you've already climbed to Everest Base Camp or trekked anywhere in the surrounding Himalayas, you probably already know this. Nestled deep in the mountains, perched on the edge of a cliff with a tiny little uphill runway, you're crashing into a steep hill if the pilot can't stop the plane fast enough upon landing. That is of course assuming that the clouds aren't too thick and he gets the unassisted landing right so you don't crash into the mountain.

Photos From Flight Over The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon River
A branch of the river carving its way through a shoot of the Grand Canyon

A few weeks ago I was flying from to Orange County on an afternoon flight. I had a window seat, so when the pilot announced we were flying over the Grand Canyon as we passed through Arizona, I instantly slammed by window shade open to soak in the views. We were lucky, it was a gorgeous afternoon in Mid-October with nice clear skies, so we had great views. Unfortunately my good camera was in the overhead bin, so I had to take these using my iPhone 4.

Everest Base Camp Trek Journal – Days 11 & 12 – The End

Group Shot End Everest Hike
The last photo of our group as we arrive back in Lukla having completed the trek

The ATM was down in Namche so it took us a little while to get going in the morning, and we needed to pay the remainder of our tab with Boo. It's been surprisingly difficult to get cash since I've gotten to Nepal, but we got it all sorted. We finally got moving around 9:15 AM, and it was bright and sunny. We even got one more peek of Everest. Yesterday I tried to eat a normal meal, and my battered stomach didn't like that at all. I started to feel sick about an hour and a half into the hike, and I had to slow our pace way down.

Japan To Give 10,000 Free Flights To Boost Tourism?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
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Inari Shrine Orange Gate - Kyoto, Japan
The orange gates of the Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan

We're not the first to mention it, but in case you haven't heard, Japan is talking about giving away 10,000 free flights to international visitors in order to boost tourism. Since the triple disaster Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Accident in Fukushima, tourism in Japan has taken a serious hit. People don't feel it's safe to visit Japan anymore, and to fight this perception the Japanese government are trying to give out 10,000 free flights to bring bloggers and others with internet presence into their country so they'll write about their trip.

SWA Flight Attendant Raps Safety Announcements

Friday, July 15, 2011
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Rapping Flight Attendant
The flight attendant rapping the safety announcements

Every traveler hates the beginning of a flight; no electronic devices, on board entertainment systems are turned off, and you have to listen to the same boring speech every single time. I'm glad there are people out there like this guy who gets so bored of that speech himself that he decides to mix it up and turns it into a rap.

Tip – How To Beat Jet Lag

Thursday, June 16, 2011
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Sleepy Skydiver
Jet Lag got you missing out on the sights?

At this moment it's 5:33 AM Pacific Standard Time on Thursday.  My flight left Brisbane at 11:10 pm Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, connecting in Taipei for 10 hours, then dropping me at LAX 36 hours later.  I hardly slept on either leg of my flight, and went sightseeing in Taipei during my layover.  When I arrived home I spent time with friends and family until nearly 2AM.  Logic says 3.5 hours of sleep should not be enough, so why am I awake?  I didn't follow my own method for avoiding jet lag...

Up Up and Away – How We Crashed A Hot Air Balloon

Sunday, May 15, 2011
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In the Middle of A Hot Air Balloon Crash
Snapping photos in the middle of the hot air balloon crash

Weeks into trekking through Asia we'd arrived at my favorite part of china, Yangshuo. After being hassled to buy DVDs for days, scammed at both the Beijing airport and the cab from the airport, we'd finally found our way from the smog that is Beijing. Yangshou, and that part of China look like the china you see in paintings, on their currency and in films. Towering peaks breaking low laying clouds, rivers snaking through lush terrain, picturesque clouds over mountains. Arriving in Yangshuo we soon found ourselves inner tubing through mud filled caves, eating pig penises on a stick and drinking God knows what, lots of animals penises in whisky I can only assume, it is China. Yangshuo is one of the more picturesque areas I've been too, very distinct and you've never seen another place like it. It’s beautiful. It's also fairly popular with hot air balloon rides. Did I say hot air balloon rides? Funny, I meant hot air balloon crashes.

Best Way To Get Across Thailand

Koh Phi Phi Caves
A long boat going past a fishermans cave in Koh Phi Phi

Q. Couple questions... Right now we are just going to be on the west side of the islands in thailand. Do you recall it being easy to get to side to side? If so i really want to go to KohPhi Phi. We are going to get certified to dive in koh tao. Do you recommend that or should we do it in Koh Phi Phi?

Fraser Island By Air

Maheno Shipwreck Ariel View, Fraser Island
Maheno Shipwreck as seen from the air

As soon as you arrive in Australia, you're going to hear about Fraser Island and The Whitsundays. Everybody sees Fraser Island by 4X4, which is amazing and has to be done, but while there I highly recomend you also splurge and pay the $75 to take the breif scenic flight over the island. How many places in the world do you get to use the beach as your runway? You get to see things from a completely different perspective; you also get to see things you probably won't make it to by car like Butterfly Lake. Chances are on a nice day you'll spot Stingrays, Manta Rays, Dolphins, and maybe even sharks. This is one of those things you need to put in perspective, I know $75 sounds like a lot, but take a night off the drink and do this instead.

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