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Meet Pat Farmer, The Aussie Who Ran 20,919 Kilometers From Pole To Pole

Meet Pat Farmer, The Aussie Who Ran 20,919 Kilometers From Pole To Pole Just weeks before Pat Farmer was scheduled to depart for a 20,919-kilometer run from the North to the South Pole, his major sponsor pulled out and he was faced with a choice: give up his dream to be the first man to run Pole-to-Pole or sell everything he owned to finance the...

Airline Creates An 'XL Class' For Overweight Passengers

Tiny Samoa Air was the first airline to charge passengers based on weight, and now, the company is creating a special "XL class" for larger passengers. The controversial "pay what you weigh" airline is now creating a wider row on its aircrafts to comfortably seat...

Yet More Compelling Evidence That Amelia Earhart's Plane Has Been Found

Yet More Compelling Evidence That Amelia Earhart's Plane Has Been Found Public Domain A few weeks back a team of researchers shared interesting new evidence that they believe reveals the location of Amelia Earhart's missing plane. The team, who are all members of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), showed sonar...

UNESCO Considering Adding Great Barrier Reef To List Of Endangered Sites

UNESCO Considering Adding Great Barrier Reef To List Of Endangered Sites Richard Ling via WikiMedia This past Sunday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) kicked off its annual conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Over the next ten days, the 1300 delegates in attendance will discuss which new locations from...

New Airline Ratings Resource: It's All About You, Eventually

New Airline Ratings Resource: It's All About You, Eventually Chris Owen Pretend you had never been a passenger on one of today's commercial airlines, but had the need to choose one. How would you do that? Look for airlines with a good safety record? One that is rated highly on service, a low cost leader or some other criteria that is...

Five Months After Antarctic Plane Crash, Crew Declared Dead

Five Months After Antarctic Plane Crash, Crew Declared Dead Drew Coleman/Antarctic NZ Three crew members who were aboard an aircraft that went down in the Antarctic this past January were officially declared dead by a coroner in New Zealand this week as the inquiry into the accident got underway. The small Twin Otter airplane was en...

Photo Of The Day: Guam Beach Bar

Photo Of The Day: Guam Beach Bar Flickr, pkorsmok/Peter Rood There's something about a bar on vacation that relaxes us. It could be a fancy hotel bar, an unassuming neighborhood watering hole or a trendy nightclub; and it can be friendly and chatty, or anonymous and discreet. Perhaps it's comforting to know...

Video Of The Day: Sydney Fog

I spent the weekend upstate, reveling in the view of the lush New York countryside as fog spills over the hills. It was a rainy but beautiful drive up and back and when I woke up today, I wanted to see more fog scenery. I came across this video of fog over the Sydney...

Asylum Sailing To Australia Takes Deadly Turn

Asylum Sailing To Australia Takes Deadly Turn John Yavuz Can/ Flickr In North America, we occasionally hear stories of cruise ships spotting and assisting a raft-full of Cuban refugees seeking asylum in the United States. Australia has a similar situation with refugees from Indonesia. Now, the dead and missing numbers...

Irish Gaelic, Rapa Nui And More Endangered Languages From Around The World

Irish Gaelic, Rapa Nui And More Endangered Languages From Around The World Mariano Kamp, Flickr There are nearly 7,000 languages spoken throughout the world today, the majority of which are predicted to become extinct by the end of this century. Half the world's population speaks the top 20 world languages - with Mandarin, Spanish and English...

Absorbing The Peace Of A Place On Fiji's Vanua Levu

Absorbing The Peace Of A Place On Fiji's Vanua Levu Larry Habegger Children crowded the simple wooden benches on the right side of the church. Village elders and older children filled the benches facing in from the wings, while we sat with other local adults on the benches to the left of the aisle. Tapestries of the Good...

Photo Of The Day: Wood Chopping In Tasmania

Photo Of The Day: Wood Chopping In Tasmania "If you don't already know, wood chopping is a big sport in Australia and is highly competitive," says Flickr user BaboMike, who captured this shot at a Tasmanian wood chopping competition. The aim is simple: whoever gets through the log the quickest wins. This particular...

Celebrate World Oceans Day With A Live Tour Of The Great Barrier Reef

Celebrate World Oceans Day With A Live Tour Of The Great Barrier Reef Kraig Becker This coming Saturday, June 8, is World Oceans Day, a global event designed to celebrate the important role that the oceans play in keeping our planet a vibrant place for us to live. Throughout the day there will be hundreds of events taking place across the...

Waikiki Classic Gives Girls A Chance To Connect With Surf Culture

Waikiki Classic Gives Girls A Chance To Connect With Surf Culture Tom Servais Next weekend, on June 8-9, the third annual Waikiki Classic surfing competition will take place on Queens Beach in Hawaii. The event, which is sponsored by Roxy, will feature some of the biggest names in women's surfing today, including World Longboard Champion...

Photo Of The Day: A Sunburst From Australia's Blue Mountains

Photo Of The Day: A Sunburst From Australia's Blue Mountains VernsPics, Flickr Just outside of Sydney, Australia's city limits are the Blue Mountains. The region has gorgeous plateaus and cliffs that are covered in lush greenery that seem as though they have never been touched. Flickr user VernsPics slept in a cave and rose with the...

Researchers Believe They Have Found Amelia Earhart's Plane

Researchers Believe They Have Found Amelia Earhart's Plane Public Domain A team of researchers who visited a remote island in the South Pacific last summer believe that they may have discovered the final resting place of Amelia Earhart's plane. The team, which is part of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery...

Australia's 2013 Great Victorian Bike Ride Heads Down The Ocean Road

Australia's 2013 Great Victorian Bike Ride Heads Down The Ocean Road Great Victoran Bike Ride We've noted before just how popular cycling holidays have become in recent years as active and adventurous travelers look for new ways to explore their favorite destinations. Few of those holidays can rival Australia's annual Great Victorian Bike...

Fight Against Malaria Takes Odd New Turn

Fight Against Malaria Takes Odd New Turn A new study has found a possible way to stop at least one species of mosquito from giving you malaria – by infecting them with a special strain of bacteria. Researchers have found that infecting mosquitoes with the Wolbachia bacterium makes it nearly impossible...

An Interview With Paul Theroux, Author Of 'The Last Train To Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari'

An Interview With Paul Theroux, Author Of 'The Last Train To Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari' After writing eight travel books that took him around Britain on foot, through the Pacific on a kayak, across Latin America, Europe and Asia on trains and up and down Africa by his wits over the last 30 years, one might think that Paul Theroux would be hard pressed to find...

World Cycle Race 2014: Race Around The World On A Bike

World Cycle Race 2014: Race Around The World On A Bike Are you one of those adventure travelers who has pretty much gone everywhere and done everything? Have you already climbed Kilimanjaro, trekked the length of the Himalaya and run an ultramarathon in the Sahara Desert? Are you looking for a new challenge that will motivate...

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