J’en veux un!
Over his lifetime my uncle has been involved with many charities and told me about one where he helped to send bicycles to India. At the time I wondered why anyone would go to the trouble to ship containers of old bicycles to the other side of the world. During my travels I have seen first hand how transportation helps people become self-sufficient and improve their lives. I have seen people go as far as to construct bicycles out of wood, as you can see in this photo from The Congo. Watch the video below to see how much a difference 20,000 bicycles made in Nicaragua.
via Swiss Miss.
A tourist named Steve Gong was able to shoot HD video with his Nikon 5D camera by training himself to compose and focus blindly, with the camera hanging around his neck. Along with many detractors I agree that the hairstylist in this video, (even if she agreed to be filmed), could be at danger from the North Korean government. Even worse—the fact that he got away with it doesn’t make his assigned handler look good. Read more at his blog.
This video is not ten minutes of haircutting. Watch the entire thing, including an eerie descent into the Pyongyang subway (reminds me of Uzbekistan!) and scenes of the empty capital.
It’s wonderful when my interests intersect, like in this review of Peru’s new branding and marketing campaign. From what I hear from other travelers Peru’s tourism had developed greatly from 2001, when I arrived in Cusco and was able to book a hike to Machu Picchu for $70 only two days in advance.
I’m fiddling around with the layout and design of Me-go at the moment. Sorry for any inconvenience, carry on!
Those of you following my Twitter feed may have read that Seth Kugel, The Frugal Traveler, from the New York Times interviewed me last week. The article went up late last night. You can see my pictures and read about mine and others experiences during the All You Can Jet promotion here on the NYT website. (more…)
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Last night’s Chicago Meet, Plan, Go! was a success! REI’s community room was full and I was surprised at how well-traveled the audience already was. We even had someone who had been to Uzbekistan—I was impressed. Hopefully everyone had a good time and left with a reignited passion for RTW travel. As always, I always welcome questions here and I’m happy to chime in on fellow travelers’ trip ideas.
My first leg of jetBlue’s All You Can Jet is finished and it was pretty exciting. Washington D.C. was so amazing that I changed my flight at the last minute to skip Baltimore and stay in D.C. another day. Since my friend was flying out at 6am on an adventure of her own I ended up arriving in New York City at 7am with nearly 13 hours before my flight to Chicago. One-way tickets are my preference on RTW trips and I have to say that it’s much more fun flying this way.