(Sorry, the right date is JULY not JUNE! My brain is only in half-working mode, it’s too hot)
Dear fellow TravelBloggers and Travelers!
I know that many of you are on vacation now. Do you already have some travel photographs to show off? Here’s your opportunity: Continue reading
(Sorry, the right date is JULY not JUNE! My brain is only in half-working mode, it’s too hot)
Wow, what can I say really!
Thanks for all the support that everybody has been giving this event, i’m super excited to be organising it and can’t wait for it to start.
Now, I just need to organise it all…
Here’s what’s going to happen, i’m going to give out my email address and anyone who wants to participate should drop me an email ASAP, allowing me to gauge what areas are left that are not written about, therefore not covered. Ideally, here’s what areas I would like to see:
-Either Antarctica or the Arctic.
As you can see these are quite broad, so please email me regarding where you would like to write about, wether or not you have been there is up to you. Try and keep it unusual, somewhere you think sums up that particular culture, or country, or continent. Please note that you do not have to email me your article straight away! This only just to notify me of where you will be writing about!
The event will start (hopefully) on Monday 20th July so get your emails in!!!
Also, we need as much publicity as possible. This involves reblogging, notifying any suitable connections you have, and generally getting the word out!
Thank you all again for your support, this should be a great event!
heres my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you!
CALLING ALL TRAVEL BLOGGERS
Have you ever wanted to take part in a unique project unlike any other? Ever wanted to become noticed and part of a growing community? Now’s your chance!
Starting next Friday is the launch of a one-time event: Around The world in One Week.
What Does it Involve?
For this to take part, we need at least seven bloggers who will write about one unique place around the world, however the more the better. Ideally 14 bloggers, 21 would crazy! You can do the maths, if seven bloggers are needed for a week-long event how many pieces a day would 14 or 21 bloggers be? This place can be where you live, where you love or where you hope to go, but it has to be different! All organisation will be done at a later time (i.e this Friday).
Hopefully, the effect achieved will be coverage of around the planet in only seven days! How cool would that be!
What’s in it For You?
You get the chance to be published on a coveted site, constantly growing and evolving. You will also be mentioned at the end in a thank you as well as the chance to write a little bit about yourself on the website to be viewed.
We are a rapidly growing community regularly viewed by coveted writers, and when will a better opportunity be presented so simply to you?
What Are We Looking For?
The piece can be as long as you want and as creative as well. Ideally it would be longer than half a page, however quality over quantity is never a bad thing. A picture to sum up your piece would also be appreciated, but please…no copyrighted images.
How Do You Get Involved?
If interested, please notify us in the comment section below, as well as where you would like to write about, although nothing has to be set in stone! It will only serve as a general indicator.
This Sounds Great, I’ll Comment Right Now!
Rise and shine it’s 430am!
Leaving Cusco to embark on the world renowned, brain draining, muscle flailing, emotion invoking Inca trail.
Four days of intense physical and mental trials and tribulations ensues.
12 tourists, 3 guides and one driver, like ecstatic school children heading to an uber-exciting excursion.
We were bused for an hour and a half to a small village to purchase last minute snacks, drinks and coca leaves (the most important commodity).
We stamped our passports, were rigorously I.D’d, participated in a pep talk and were dubbed the ‘Extreme Condors’, then lifted our walking sticks in the air as a good luck salute and before we knew it, we were on our way.
The altitude was already somewhat of a battle for some as others persevered and pressed on. We walked for what seemed like hours but were well rewarded when we finally reached our lunch site.
Then…Lunch was served.
Another three or so hours before we reached camp for the night and as the adrenalin subsided and exhaustion kicked in, we were all feeling very lethargic and ready to hit snooze by 8pm.
We packed our duffle bags ready for the porters to whisk away and set up at our next site. We crawled out of our temporary homes and made a beeline for the breakfast tent.
The porters were then introduced to us one by one, we learnt their age, number of kids and number of wives. Twenty in all, ranging from ages 19 to well in their 60′s and each carrying approximately 30kgs.
The porters were off and running and as we turned the corner to continue the journey, we were immediately met with an enormous hill. Using our walking sticks and well conditioned legs we began to power on as a pack.
The sheer elation, personal achievement and adrenalin was a feeling of something entirely unexplainable. We were all cold, sweaty and tired but ecstatic to have finally reached our goal for the day.
Without Fred Durst and Christina Aguilera in my ears there is no way I would have made it!
Dinner was later served, some of the extreme condors had to miss out as they were suffering severe bouts of gastro.
A few more awoke with signs of gastro as we all discussed our bowel movements at the breakfast table over tea, toast, omlette, porridge and frittered bananas.
Forty minutes of pure uphill fiascos which lead to an incredible Inca building, we then had a history class and found out the building was built in the 1400′s and only discovered in 1911. It was strategically constructed to ensure all areas of access to the site were visible in case of the threat of intruders or enemies.
We persevered on for another one hour uphill battle.
I heard along the Inca grapevine that lunch was being served at the third Inca pass.
We still had approximately two hours worth of hiking to our night site, where a cold cerveza (beer) and jugo de naranja (orange juice) was promised.
Drunk and disorderly hikers all frog-marched straight to their sleeping bags as soon as this hour of rising was set upon them.
We enjoyed the history, architecture and picturesque location on an incredibly clear sun-filled magnificent day. Today the sun gods were really treating us. There were adorable fluffy llamas roaming about freely, thousands more steps, incredible architectural techniques and all perfectly located in a self-sufficient Eco-system .
Although the trek was physically and mentally challenging feat of strength, comradery and perseverance, I’m super pumped to say ‘I survived the Inca trail!’
Ensure to pre-book with a tour guide or tour company, I went through Geckos, whom were fantastic as number of hikers are limited every year.
- 1 pair light walking pants
- 1 pair jeans
- 3 t-shirts
- 3 pairs running socks
- 1 rain jacket
- 1 Rain Pants
- water bottle
- First Aid Kit
- 1 light thermal top
- 1 light thermal bottom
- light gloves
- hiking boots
NO SHOWERS which mean Wet Wipes are your best friend!
- safety pins
- memory cards
- Torch and batteries
- day pack
- Fill your music player up with tunes!
While traveling long distances throughout Germany without a car, most tourists still resort to the Deutsche Bahn (German Railways). But since about one year, there’s been a much better (budget-friendlier) option: traveling by bus.
Until the beginning of 2013, bus tour operators weren’t allowed to offer long-distance tours throughout Germany. The aim was to protect the German Railways System from any competition.
Since Spring 2013, this law is no longer valid. Bus tour companies can now operate on any long-distance route within Germany. And this is a good thing as it is much cheaper than traveling by train.
As an example: A one-way ticket from Munich to Hamburg costs 75 to 95 euros by train, but only 27 euros by bus. And on the bus, you also have some additional services like free Wi-Fi (free Wi-Fi is available on trains, too).
There have been a lot of bus tour operators popping up since last year, and there will certainly be a shake-out sometime.
Here is a list with links to the most established and reliable ones so far:
Side remarks: Most bus operators offer reduced fares for special groups (students, disabled people). And: It is mostly more expensive to buy the ticket on the bus, so do the booking online!
Seats are only guaranteed when booked in advance. And make sure to check the baggage requirements, sometimes there are size and weight restrictions. Additional baggage has to be paid.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an English version of their website. So you’d need someone to help you operate their site.
Service: free Wifi, guaranteed seats, snacks and beverages (not free), restroom/facilities available, hand baggage and two pieces of baggage free.
Service: free Wifi, free seat reservation, restroom/facilities available, hand baggage and one piece of baggage free, air-conditioned coaches.
Service: guaranteed seat, restroom/facilities available, one piece of baggage free.
Service: guaranteed seat, restroom/facilities available, one piece of hand baggage and one item of ordinary baggage free, free Wifi, snacks and beverages are sold.
Service: hand baggage and two pieces of ordinary baggage free (a baggage insurance fee is obligatory and can be purchased on the bus), soft drinks and coffee (not free), bus driver will make stops at rest areas (I couldn’t find any information about restrooms/facilities on the bus), guaranteed seat.
Service: guaranteed seat, on-board restroom/facilities, air-conditioning, free Wifi, one carry-on baggage and one ordinary baggage free, snacks and beverages (not free).
Service: guaranteed seat, two pieces of baggage free, air-conditioning, on-board restroom/facilities, free Wifi, snacks and beverages (not free).
I hope you’ll have a good time traveling through Germany! If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
And: I’d like to say that I have no affiliation with one of the above-mentioned companies whatsoever.
A post by a successful TravelBlogging couple about how sharing economy phenomena like Airbnb are still misrepresented. An interesting read!
Originally posted on Everywhere Once:
I have to say I was a bit amused to read David Brooks’ most recent column from the comfortable couch of our two-bedroom apartment rental overlooking a harbor in Cornwall, England. You see, David is a bit confused about the emerging “peer-to-peer” economy. To his credit, he admits as much.
I’m one of those people who thought Airbnb would never work. I thought people would never rent out space in their homes to near strangers. But I was clearly wrong.”
He then tries to explain why his original prediction failed, only to demonstrate that he still doesn’t really get what’s going on.
On the one hand, he does seem to grasp the way in which new technologies are rendering rigid old structures flexible. On the other, he seems completely oblivious to the value such flexibility provides. It’s a theme that runs throughout the piece.
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