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Sangla to Chitkul

INDIA | Wed, 27 May 2015 | By shivangi | Views [326] | Comments [36] | Scholarship Entry

It hit me hard. The thought pushed my senses over the cliff, while my feet still struggled to find a grip. My hands grabbed the arms of my rucksack that threatened to topple under the weight of the sleeping bag tied to its side. Chitkul, the last village ... Read more >

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Quiz 9

SOUTH AFRICA | Thu, 15 Jan 2015 | By anijensen | Views [266] | Comments [17]

What's going on here?

Quiz 6

SOUTH AFRICA | Sat, 13 Dec 2014 | By anijensen | Views [227] | Comments [17]

What's going on here?

Quiz 4

SOUTH AFRICA | Thu, 11 Dec 2014 | By anijensen | Views [222] | Comments [17]

What language is "wildebeest", and what is the literal translation?  Bonus:  What is the traditional joke among South Africans about the wildebeest's composite parts?  Without looking it up, what body parts does the wildebeest seem to ... Read more >

Quiz 5

SOUTH AFRICA | Sat, 13 Dec 2014 | By anijensen | Views [218] | Comments [15]

Who is behind the glass and what are they doing?

Paris by bike

FRANCE | Wed, 27 May 2015 | By livonne | Views [1173] | Comments [14] | Scholarship Entry

It was Jim Morrison's grave and the sunset that caused all the trouble. We would have caught the last bus if I hadn't insisted on waiting to get that perfect shot. The sun setting over Paris, it's muted haze turning the Seine into river of molten gold ... Read more >

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Discovering a Nomad in me

KYRGYZSTAN | Tue, 26 May 2015 | By kyrgyznomad | Views [1756] | Comments [13] | Scholarship Entry

I'm a nomad. Seriously, I really am; it's in my blood. You see, I'm Kyrgyz, one of the world's last nomadic peoples, and one of its even fewer nomadic sovereign nations. Our people's history unfolded under the shadows of the Tien Shan Mountains – literally, ... Read more >

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Quiz 8

SOUTH AFRICA | Sat, 13 Dec 2014 | By anijensen | Views [269] | Comments [13]

Where did we see this sign?

The Bull Hole

USA | Wed, 20 May 2015 | By angelabradleyvolz | Views [979] | Comments [11] | Scholarship Entry

The Bull hole is one of the most treasured places that I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Located in the small town of Cooleemee, North Carolina - this special gem is hidden away from the busy world of everyday life. Nature surrounds you as ... Read more >

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Venture on!

THAILAND | Tue, 11 Aug 2015 | By tess311 | Views [245] | Comments [10]

So, here I sit, 5:30 am, about to embark on the biggest journey of my life.  After 5 months of research and planning, the time has finally come.  I am traveling to the other side of the world for adeventure, self-awareness, pleasure, to gain ... Read more >

Meeting the Bushmen of Lake Eyasi

TANZANIA | Wed, 20 May 2015 | By henkapini | Views [288] | Comments [9] | Scholarship Entry

“Jambo!” said the young hunter, as he reached out a hand, still bloody from the freshly-skinned baboon he had just deposited in camp. He couldn’t have been more than 15, wearing a circlet of baboon fur around his head, a strung-together hide vest, and ... Read more >

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Quiz 7

SOUTH AFRICA | Sat, 13 Dec 2014 | By anijensen | Views [208] | Comments [9]

Whose is this?


BRAZIL | Tue, 16 Jun 2015 | By theresa | Views [89] | Comments [9]

Fernando de Noronha é a ilha principal de um grupo de ilhas vulcânicas que situa-se a uns 350 km ao leste do continente sul-americano e é portanto o ponto mais ao leste do Brasil. É uma ilha tropical com uma temperature ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, diving, snorkeling

The Haggle and the Hand

TUNISIA | Wed, 13 May 2015 | By hbsteadham | Views [221] | Comments [8] | Scholarship Entry

Tunisian peddlers, fluent in Arabic and French, are some of the most intelligent people on the planet. They ask me, in English, what language I speak. Being clever, I offer “Sono italiana”; they respond, in Italian, “What part of Italy?” I admit I speak ... Read more >

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Unravelling the Trdelník

CZECH REPUBLIC | Wed, 13 May 2015 | By cunninghamrachel | Views [133] | Comments [8] | Scholarship Entry

I could have kicked myself for leaving my gloves on the train to Prague.The faux leather ones I sported, while decidedly fetching, sadly failed to actually warm my hands. My fingers, balled-up in my pockets, were painfully cold and as for my toes, they’d ... Read more >

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Glacier National Park: Bear Country

USA | Wed, 27 May 2015 | By nkqualtieri | Views [133] | Comments [8] | Scholarship Entry

Dogs aren’t allowed on the hiking trails of Glacier National Park. This is a true statement. Two summers ago, I spent three days and two nights camping, hiking, and exploring on my own in Montana’s wilderness in and around Glacier National Park. I’m ... Read more >

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Oh Crepe!

UNITED KINGDOM | Wed, 27 May 2015 | By cayly | Views [121] | Comments [8] | Scholarship Entry

I am a supporter of the philosphy `If you fail to plan, you plan to fail’.I once Google Street Viewed my entire way around Paris before arriving at Charles De Gaulle. However, despite lengthy travel research, things can go downhill or downpour…very ... Read more >

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Ex Nihilo

UNITED KINGDOM | Wed, 27 May 2015 | By evelynhollow | Views [2418] | Comments [7] | Scholarship Entry

Growing up mostly on a caravan park, buried in a valley of the Scottish borders, I knew what 'nothing' looked like well. The nothingness of empty cupboards. The nothingness of dead air in the night-time. The nothingness of your own company in a place ... Read more >

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It's Time To Go

AUSTRALIA | Thu, 18 Dec 2014 | By langkawi21 | Views [327] | Comments [7]

After years of saving and months of preparation, s o we are off again for a new adventure and what a start it has been to our 2 years away from Australia. Shawn finished worked on 18th Dec 2014 and a lot of Andrew's family came out for an ... Read more >

Tags: australia, christmas, family, friends, new zealand, trekking, wedding

Tiger Leaping Gorge

CHINA | Fri, 17 Oct 2014 | By adaptive | Views [235] | Comments [7]

After Shangri-la we went to the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Apparently this gorge is where an emporer had hunted a tiger down and thought he had the tiger cornered. The tiger leap the gorge at a narrow onto a large boudler in the middle of the gorge and was ... Read more >

Tags: free trail, janes hostel, marijuana, teahorse guest house, tiger leaping gorge, tinas guest house


USA | Mon, 4 May 2015 | By davidpearlman | Views [214] | Comments [7]

Hello  I am going and I am going to quit my job, tomorrow or the day after. I have been postponing this moment. I have decided i want to see the world like a 20 year old backpacker, although I am 45(in two days) and don't have a backpack. ... Read more >

Tags: lost, qutting

The Realities of Travel Planning

MALAYSIA | Wed, 15 Jul 2015 | By iain_and_tamara | Views [207] | Comments [7]

I'm lying in bed with a whole bevy of nurses monitoring my every movement - the reason? it is day two of our time in Malaysia and everyone seemed to think that that would be the time when my body crashes after all of the busyness of the past few months ... Read more >

Tags: just do it, on the road, packing, planning, preparation

Royal Windsor

UNITED KINGDOM | Fri, 10 Jul 2015 | By shire_girl | Views [194] | Comments [7]

Being logged out and losing everything I've written is getting really old! For the last two days I've spent most of my time within the 900 year old walls of Windsor Castle. No photography is allowed inside the buildings, so my opportunities are reather ... Read more >

Notes before takeoff.

USA | Tue, 22 Sep 2015 | By lhartleyiii | Views [114] | Comments [7]

I'm writing the first blog post for 2 reasons: 1st to give everyone an idea of how long a flight from LAX to Tokyo is, and 2nd to make sure that this program works as I have never blogged before and have absolutely no Idea what i'm doing.   ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, flights, se asia, travel

Scari?oara Cave

ROMANIA | Mon, 25 May 2015 | By findinganeish | Views [925] | Comments [6] | Scholarship Entry

None of my organs were where they should have been; my heart was in my mouth, my testicles had retreated into my abdomen, and my stomach was threatening to abandon my body altogether – if only it had somewhere to go. It was 2006, and as my peers back ... Read more >

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