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Canadian Researchers Uncover Remains Of Tragic Arctic Expedition

Canadian Researchers Uncover Remains Of Tragic Arctic Expedition Oct 10th, 2013 at 12:15PM: "Man Proposes, God Disposes" by Edwin Henry Landseer, 1864. Wikimedia Commons. A few days ago we talked about the story of Dr. John Rae, a nearly forgotten Arctic explorer who in 1854 went in search of the missing Franklin Expedition. This was a Royal Navy expedition that set out in 1845 to find the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the frozen arctic north of Canada. Rae...

Arctic Explorer Gets Belated Recognition

Arctic Explorer Gets Belated Recognition Oct 4th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Wikimedia Commons When I took my family to the Orkney Islands of Scotland last year I saw this curious memorial in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall. It's for an Arctic explorer named John Rae. While the name struck a bell, I knew virtually nothing about him. Most people don't, and that's a shame. Rae grew up in the rugged Orkney Islands in the 19th century. Although he trained as a doctor, the...

Cave Divers To Explore Unmapped New Mexico Cavern

Cave Divers To Explore Unmapped New Mexico Cavern Sep 13th, 2013 at 2:00PM: A crack team of cave divers will explore New Mexico's famed Blue Hole underwater cave system this weekend. The Advanced Diver Magazine Exploration Foundation will send a team down Blue Hole cave in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. The cave has already been partially mapped down to a depth of 225 feet, but it's believed to be much more extensive and the team is carrying equipment allowing them to go as...

Charity Saving Animals From Illegal Dog Meat Trade In Thailand

Charity Saving Animals From Illegal Dog Meat Trade In Thailand Aug 22nd, 2013 at 1:00PM: Dog meat for sale in Hanoi (Wikipedia) Thailand has a thriving illegal trade in dog meat. While authorities have been cracking down on it recently, the demand is such that many dogs are stolen off the streets to supply restaurants in Cambodia and China, where the consumption of dog is legal. Now a charity in Phuket, Thailand, is trying to save these animals. The Soi Dog Foundation has taken in...

U.S. Navy Ship Goes On Display. . .In North Korea

U.S. Navy Ship Goes On Display. . .In North Korea Jul 31st, 2013 at 10:59AM: Michael Day It's one of the most popular attractions in Pyongyang, North Korea, and with a new coat of paint it's ready to attract more admiring crowds for a brainwashing display of jingoism. The USS Pueblo is a U.S. Navy spy ship captured by the North Korean Navy in 1968. While on an intelligence gathering mission in the Sea of Japan to check out the activities of North Korea and the Soviet...

Urban Camping: Pitch A Tent In Central Park

Urban Camping: Pitch A Tent In Central Park Jul 24th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Flickr, Sarah Ackerman High Manhattan hotel prices ruining your summer travel plans? If you'd like to try urban camping -- sleeping under the skyscrapers of New York City -- you can try your luck for a spot at one of the city's summer Family Camping sessions. The Urban Park Rangers lead programs in more than a dozen city parks in all five boroughs, including Manhattan's Central Park (August 24)...

Measuring Bribery And Global Corruption

Measuring Bribery And Global Corruption Jul 9th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Wikimedia Commons Transparency International has released its Global Corruption Barometer for 2013, looking at the incidence and perception of corruption around the world. In its most shocking results, the survey asked more than 114,000 people in 95 countries whether they had paid a bribe to a public servant (bureaucrat, police officer, etc.) in the past year. One in four said yes. Of course...

Mapping An Unexplored Cave

Mapping An Unexplored Cave Jun 23rd, 2013 at 11:00AM: © Dr Michel Royon, Wikimedia Commons Want to be an explorer? Want to see places nobody has ever seen? You have three options: become an astronaut, become a deep-sea diver or become a caver. The first isn't going to happen for a man my age and the second is expensive, so it's a good thing I live in one of the best regions in the world to do the third. Cantabria in northern Spain has a large...

Norwegian Scientists Plan To Freeze Themselves In Polar Ice

Norwegian Scientists Plan To Freeze Themselves In Polar Ice Jun 16th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Wikimedia Commons A hundred and twenty years ago, Norwegian scientist Fridtjof Nansen started a journey that made him one of the greatest explorers of all time. He set out to purposely get his ship frozen in the polar ice. The reason? To study polar currents. His ship, the Fram, was purpose-built for the task. It needed to be; many crews had perished in the far north when their ships got frozen...

Google Bringing The Galapagos Islands To Street View

Google Bringing The Galapagos Islands To Street View May 28th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Google Google's Street View technology is a fantastic tool for those who love to travel. The service, which is integrated into Google Maps, gives us the chance to take a virtual tour of places that range from our hometown to some of the more iconic places around the globe. For instance, over the past few years, Street View has allowed us to visit Mt. Everest, the Amazon and the Great Barrier Reef,...

Adventures By Disney Announces New Options For Europe And Beyond

Adventures By Disney Announces New Options For Europe And Beyond May 25th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Adventures by Disney Adventures by Disney has announced that it is expanding its catalog of travel itineraries for 2014 with new options to Europe and several tours specifically created for the teen traveler. These new additions to the line-up will expand on the company's already diverse group of tours that are designed to provide adventure travel options for families while delivering a distinctly...

Raha Moharrak Becomes First Saudi Woman To Climb Mt. Everest

Raha Moharrak Becomes First Saudi Woman To Climb Mt. Everest May 19th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Raha Moharrak Raha Moharrak has become the first woman from Saudi Arabia to climb Mt. Everest when she made it to the summit yesterday after a grueling climb. The 25-year-old climber first had to convince her family to allow her to make the attempt, and then had to undergo rigorous training to climb the world's tallest peak. She was part of a four-person team called Arabs on Top of the World....

New Long Distance Hiking Trail To Open In Africa

New Long Distance Hiking Trail To Open In Africa May 16th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Julian Monroe Fisher If you've already crossed the Appalachian Trail off your bucket list, hiked the length of New Zealand along the Te Araroa and walked through the Alps on the Haute Route, then I may have found your next big adventure: a new long-distance hiking trail set to open in Africa early next year that will give adventurous travelers an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of a...

Man Attempting To Dribble Soccer Ball To Brazil Killed In Accident

Man Attempting To Dribble Soccer Ball To Brazil Killed In Accident May 15th, 2013 at 9:00AM: It sounded like one of those crazy ideas that should have led to fun and adventure and ended in triumph. Instead it ended in tragedy. Richard Swanson, pictured here, of Seattle, decided to raise money for charity by dribbling a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup. Sadly, The Guardian reports that he only made it as far as Oregon. While walking down US Highway 101...

Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield Makes First Music Video In Space

May 13th, 2013 at 12:00PM: It's official. We Canadians rock. If William Shatner and Bryan Adams aren't enough for you, there's Chris Hadfield. He's an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency and has become hugely popular with his videos about life aboard the International Space Station, answering such profound questions as how to cut your nails in space. Now Hadfield is coming home. He's turned over command of the ISS...

As Egypt's Tourism Industry Languishes, Antiquities Under Threat

As Egypt's Tourism Industry Languishes, Antiquities Under Threat May 13th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Since the January 2011 Revolution, Egypt has been suffering social and political unrest, and its tourism industry has been hit hard. Now the tumultuous situation is affecting one of the nation's main sources of income – its ancient heritage. Al-Ahram Weekly investigated several reports of damage at ancient sites and found a dire situation of neglect and willful destruction. At the...

Nat Geo Television Stars Offer Alaska Travel Tips

Nat Geo Television Stars Offer Alaska Travel Tips May 12th, 2013 at 8:00AM: There is no question that Alaska is one of the top adventure travel destinations in North America, if not the entire world. The brief Alaskan summer brings incredible opportunities for climbing, backpacking, camping and fishing, giving visitors a chance to explore everything the state has to offer in relatively warm conditions. During the winter, Alaska becomes the ultimate outdoor playground for...

Mountain Travel Sobek Launches 5-Day Flash Sale Monday

Mountain Travel Sobek Launches 5-Day Flash Sale Monday May 11th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Adventure travel company Mountain Travel Sobek will launch a flash sale starting Monday that will offer substantial savings on some of their more popular trips. The five-day sale will feature a different discounted itinerary each day, giving travelers just 24-hours to grab the hot deal. The discounted trips will be displayed prominently on both the company's website and its Facebook page,...

Adventure Travel Meets Luxury, In The Arctic

Adventure Travel Meets Luxury, In The Arctic May 7th, 2013 at 4:30PM: The idea of "adventure travel" is hot and those who sell travel know it. Travelers who lead an active lifestyle as a big part of their everyday life want to continue that focus when traveling. Local adventurers who might camp, hike, hunt, ski or bike around where they live, want the thrill of doing that in an amazing place somewhere else on the planet. Even travelers once satisfied with a...

Springtime In Green Spain: Time To Get Out Into The Countryside, And Under It!

Springtime In Green Spain: Time To Get Out Into The Countryside, And Under It! Apr 29th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Green Spain has finally emerged from a miserable winter into a glorious if unreliable springtime, so it's time to get out and enjoy the region's natural beauty. The northern coastal strip of Spain consisting of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Region has the best outdoor and underground adventures the country has to offer. Its combination of scenic hikes and extensive caves is...

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