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Is the Pound headed for parity with the Euro?
Is the Pound headed for parity with the Euro?

Well, it sure looks that way.One tourist-hungry British village is already accepting the currencies at par, hoping to attract for Irish and continental European visitors, and a financial expert quoted by the BBC recently called official parity “almost inevitable”.The BBC story notes that at least one high-profile Forex, 100 euros will currently set you back £99.

Plastic or Pills? Choosing an option for treating your water
Plastic or Pills? Choosing an option for treating your water

Choosing to treat your own water can not only lessen your impact on the environment, but is cheaper and more convenient.We all understand the huge environmental impact bottled water is having on the planet- both in terms of food miles and the plastic (or glass) waste it creates.However, with the World Health Organization attributing 80 of travel diseases to drinking water, in many countries simply reaching for the tap is not a safe option – that is, if you even have access to a tap.

‘Heroic travel’: The mythic art of homecoming
‘Heroic travel’: The mythic art of homecoming

Returning home may be the hardest part of the Hero’s Journey.Part III: ReturnTo see our lives in the poetic light of a heroic quest is empowering. It frames our experience in a creative context.Imagining ourselves as heroes in the cause of our own lives is to embody timeless attributes. Far from childish fantasy, it’s a powerful and motivating vision for facing life’s challenges as champions of our own stories.

This is my City
This is my City

Thomas and Tim seek to revolutionize the concept of travel media, one local at a time.Thomas is Irish. Tim is American. They’re leaving their lives in New York City to travel the globe and make a travel show about how the rest of the urban world lives.No guidebooks. No tourist traps. No all-inclusive resorts.

Even Sadhus Get the Blues
Even Sadhus Get the Blues

Robert Hirschfield befriends a wandering monk in India. Together they ponder loneliness.All photos by authorYOU MAY HAVE seen his eyes: whorls of melted brown lit from within. A staple of Indian travelogues. I’d see them and wonder, Who do those eyes belong to? One afternoon, in an ashram library in South Calcutta, amidst the shriek of a bustee, a man approached me with those eyes.

13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Asia
13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Asia

Asia is home to dozens of UNESCO-recognized sites. Here are 13 of the most spectacular:1. Huang Shan (China)Huang Shan, or the “Yellow Mountain,” is one of China’s major tourist destinations. The area’s granite peaks rise out of the forests and clouds, creating a scene reminiscent of an ancient Chinese landscape painting.

Movie shot with Canon 5D makes $200,000 on iTunes
Movie shot with Canon 5D makes $200,000 on iTunes

The Polish brothers’ no-budget film “For Lovers Only” hits 43 on Apple’s Top 100 Movies Chart.Since getting my first SLR, I’ve asked for more than one opinion from photographer/videographer friends on using the video mode. While the tips have been helpful, the overall attitude I perceived was that an SLR’s video is akin to the iPhone’s camera – nice in a pinch, but nothing to take seriously.

7 Reasons Why Working Abroad Is Your Best Career Move
7 Reasons Why Working Abroad Is Your Best Career Move

Upon graduating university the last thing I wanted to do was talk about career fairs, interviews and networking.I had no interest in leaping directly into the rat race world of 9 to 5 and even less interest in establishing a career. Instead, I planned to pack my backpack after that last exam and board a one-way flight to Australia.

Notes on a Walk through Silent Jerusalem
Notes on a Walk through Silent Jerusalem

Robert Hirschfield walks through Jerusalem at first light.I enter the Old City after dawn. Quietly, like I want to steal it. I pass through the Zion Gate and head along the sand-colored walls to the Jewish Quarter. The shops selling sweets and holy books are closed.Beneath them are Roman columns that rise up from another Jerusalem.

Book Review + Giveaway – Nepal: 25 Classic Treks and 12 Climbing Peaks
Book Review + Giveaway – Nepal: 25 Classic Treks and 12 Climbing Peaks

A journey to Nepal to walk among the world’s highest mountains is a dream for many travelers.And, upon arriving in Kathmandu, many realize that such a trip really is like a dream: Disorienting, chaotic, confusing, and dizzying. Sorting out itineraries, finding the best gear, acquiring the necessary permits, and hiring a trustworthy guide or porter are difficult tasks to complete on the busy streets of Thamel.

5 Ways To Avoid Embarassing Cultural Mishaps
5 Ways To Avoid Embarassing Cultural Mishaps

Until lately I liked to think that, as a seasoned traveler, my days of cultural misunderstandings were a thing of the past.After all, I’m clever enough to call it the “loo” when asking a London waiter for the washroom, brave enough to use my elbows like every other shopper in a crowded German department store and patient enough to accept that everything moves a little slower during a Spanish afternoon.

International Blog Against Racism Week: Get on board
International Blog Against Racism Week: Get on board

This is International Blog Against Racism Week. Begun four years ago we’re in the thick of it. It ends on the 3rd of August, so get to posting. Links are posted daily here:Join by announcing and posting your own blog to be linked, or dig in and read some points of view and deep discussions that you’re sure to return to when reflecting against racism.