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America’s Best New Year’s Destinations

Saturday, January 28, 2012
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A large firework exploding in the street

You may have already switched that calendar to 2012 but that doesn't mean your New Year's Eve planning is over. It's never too soon to start planning for next year to avoid that dreaded week. You know, the week before New Year's Eve when everyone starts asking the same question: "What are your New Year's Eve plans?!?" The answer is undoubtedly, "I have NO idea!" all the way up until December 31st. Unless your buddy is throwing an incredible house party, what in the world are you and your friends going to do? You bought the sequins and the best champagne, but you don't have a clue where you'll be at midnight. Chances are you'll head to a club last minute, pay a $75 entry fee, and fight your way through the crowds to reach the bar, where you will buy the strongest drink they offer. Make that two of the strongest drinks they offer, since you probably won't find the bar again for several hours.

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.

Cool Timelapse Video From Around The World

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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A really cool timelapse video set in 17 countries around the world in a year. I wish I had thought to do something like this on one of my bigger trips, it takes a lot of planning and foresight up front. Kiem did an excellent job with this video, it's well worth a watch. Only downside is he makes you want to see a bit more of some of these places.

Bangkok For The First Time Traveller

Saturday, January 14, 2012
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Food In Bangkok, Thailand
Pots of fresh seafood in Bangkok

Even for seasoned travelers, navigating Bangkok’s dazzling kaleidoscope of wonders is a balancing act and its intoxicating atmosphere can sweep anyone off their feet. Whether you’re budgeting at chic but cheap Bangkok hotels or indulging in the VIP treatment at a five star resort, first time visitors can find it challenging to keep their proverbial balance in this foreign environment. Staying grounded when faced with the cornucopia of food and shopping markets, entertainment and fascinating sights requires grasping the nuances of dealing with the summer heat, local scam artists, opportunistic shop keepers and questionable street food vendors.

100 Of My Favorite Monkey Photos

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
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Curious Monkeys
2 curious monkeys hanging out the fence checking me out at a wildlife refuge off the Great Ocean Road of Australia

I've taken a lot of monkey photos in my travels, both in the wild and in captivity. Monkeys might be my favorite thing to photograph as their interactions with both people and the camera are so funny and unpredictable. Sometimes it can be a bit scary because a monkey at 10% of my body weight would probably win in a fight, but this just adds to the fun. Below are 100 of my favorite monkey photos from my travels around the world.

Really Cool Panoramic Travel Photos Site

Saturday, January 7, 2012
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Dream Wedding, Vienna
From the Dream Wedding in Vienna series

I was recently contacted by George from PanoMagic.eu about a photo he took of the Devetaki Caves in Bulgaria. We got to talking, and I took a closer look at his 360° Panoramic Photos site. His style of photography is really unique, and his HDR 360° panoramic photos are amazing. If you browse through his photos it also serves as a great resource for Bulgaria travel, hes featured a lot of really cool looking places in and around Bulgaria. Below are a few of my favorites from his site, if you appreciate photography at all I highly recommend you check out it out.

Cool Underwater Video – Frozen Lake, Finland

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
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It took me a second to figure out what was happening here, from the title I thought they were actually doing some kind of crazy underwater fishing. Instead this is just a really strange (in a good way) video of some Finnish guys horsing around in the frozen Lake Saarijärvi of Vaala, Finland. Regardless, it's really cool looking, and worth a view. Thanks to Janne the King of Finland for sending this over.

My 5 Best Travel Experiences Of 2011

Lechon With Friends In Siargao, Philippines
Eating Lechon (roasted suckling pig) and sushi on a private beach with friends

As 2011 comes to an end, I thought it would be cool to talk about my top 5 travel experiences of the year. My year was split roughly 6 months in Australia, 3 months in Southern Asia, and 3 in the US. It's hard to pick just 5, but here are my favorite travel memories from 2011, in no particular order.

Travel Colombo: What To Do And See

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
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Mt. Lavinia Beach. Colombo
Mt. Lavinia, the best beach in Colombo

Although Sri Lanka is an amazing country to visit, their capital city of Colombo is not one of the highlights. Don't plan to travel Colombo, but since you'll probably be entering and exiting from the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, you'll have to spend a little time in the city, so you should know what to do and see. I had 1 day in the city, and chose to have a wander around, find a haircut shop, then board the local train down to Mt. Lavinia, Colombo's best beach.

The Best Way To Get Around Delhi, India

Thursday, December 22, 2011
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The Red Fort
The famous Red Fort

Delhi is a giant city, with a population of nearly 17 million people, it's the second largest in India (behind Mumbai), and the 8th largest in the world. Public transportation is mediocre at best, although it was significantly improved for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Traffic is as you'd expect for a city of 17 million, congested. So, as a tourist, whats the best way to get around Delhi for a reasonable price, in a reasonable amount of time?

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