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28 Real Life Pandora-like Nature Photos

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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Zhangjiajie National Forest, China
Zhangjiajie National Forest in China inspired the floating mountains of Pandora

The movie Avatar smashed all sorts of box office records, and set the bar for all future 3D films. Pandora, the planet in Avatar, got people dreaming of a better world, but if you look around you'll see that a lot of places here on earth actually inspired this Pandora environment. I know it's a bit geeky, but this article is a collection nature photos which I found to be Pandora-like, or out of this world, or just really cool.

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.

Cool Iceland Video

Sunday, November 27, 2011
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Crashed Plane Iceland
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.

Photos Of The Ancient City Of Petra

The Monastery Petra
The Monastery hidden deep in the mountains of Petra

One of my favorite places I've been to in all my travels has to be The Ancient City of Petra in Jordan. Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a New 7 Wonder of the World, so there are plenty of resources for you to get detailed information about it. BBC calls Petra a top 40 must see place before you die, and UNESCO says it's "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage". These are very bold statements, and I agree with both wholeheartedly.

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24, 2011
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Thanksgiving Turkey
A Turkey as traditionally prepared for Thanksgiving

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Happy Thanksgiving!

Whats It Like To Run With The Bulls In Spain?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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Running With The Bulls
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.

The Famous Towers Of Kuala Lumpur

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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Twin Towers, Malaysia
The tallest Twin Towers in the world - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is one of the biggest airline hubs in SE Asia, so if you're travelling through the area for any extended period of time, you're likely to pass through it. KL is not the most exciting city in the world, but it's worth checking out, and 2 of it's most popular landmarks happen to be towers. The famous Petronas Towers (AKA Twin Towers) and the less fancy Kuala Lumpur Tower sit less than a mile apart in the center of the city.

Honeymoon in Thailand Questions

Monday, November 21, 2011
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The Beach From The Beach
The beach from the movie "The Beach", on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand

Q. Hey me and Chris are trying to plan our honeymoon. Have you ever been to Phuket or Thailand? Let me know, or if you have other recommendations?? Somewhere exotic and tropical, but things/excursions to do with good food and drinks!

The New Seven Wonders of Nature Released

Table Mountain
Table Mountain

The New7Wonders Foundation has recently provisionally nominated the New 7 Wonders of Nature from Zurich, Switzerland. The list was selected by a combination of votes and "expert judging" from a group of 28 finalists. There are some big ones missing like the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef. I'm not sure I like this list very much, but I thought it was worth posting.

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