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British Couple Runs the Entire Length of South America

British Couple Runs the Entire Length of South America Oct 28th, 2013 at 1:19PM: Shutterstock / Warren Goldswain If running a marathon seems like an exhausting prospect, then spare a thought for the British couple that ran a marathon every single day for 15 months. The mammoth feat was part of an epic plan to run the entire length of South America- ,504 miles to be precise. Katharine and David Lowrie became the first people to ever run the length of the continent when they...

'Living Rocks' Could Be The Strangest Local Delicacy Ever (VIDEO)

Jul 9th, 2013 at 3:00PM: From the outside, it resembles a rock or coral. But on the inside, pyura chilensis is a gooey mass of blood red. This immobile, hermaphroditic sea creature survives on microorganisms and produces vanadium, a rare mineral also found in crude oil and tar sands. But despite safety concerns, it's a delicacy on the coast of Peru and Chile....

Antarctica Continues To Heat Up, As A Cruise Destination

Antarctica Continues To Heat Up, As A Cruise Destination Jul 2nd, 2013 at 10:00AM: Crystal Cruises Antarctica is the southern most continent on Earth and can reach temperatures as low as −129°F (−89°C). But to cruise travelers, the home of the South Pole is one of the hottest new destinations around and cruise lines are sending them there in ever-increasing numbers. Once seen as a place of treks for hearty explorers, burly men of substance and adventure...

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

Irish Gaelic, Rapa Nui And More Endangered Languages From Around The World Jun 7th, 2013 at 1:00PM: 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 leading the charge, in that order - and most linguists point to globalization as the main cause for the rapid pace languages are...

Harvey Milk Likely Honored With Terminal, Not Airport

Harvey Milk Likely Honored With Terminal, Not Airport May 8th, 2013 at 11:30AM: A proposal to rename San Francisco International Airport after Harvey Milk has been scrapped by a California lawmaker, the Associated Press is reporting. Instead, there is a possibility one of the airport's terminals will be named after the politician and gay rights leader who was assassinated in 1978. David Campos, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, told the news outlet that...

Trekking Couple Circles Planet Three Times In 424 Days

Trekking Couple Circles Planet Three Times In 424 Days Apr 8th, 2013 at 3:00PM: They started trekking the planet more than a year ago, promising to travel the globe bringing children in classrooms from around the world with them, virtually, as they visited scores of countries and continents. Now their journey is complete and Darren and Sandy Van Soye are back to tell about it. The story begins in February 2012, when the couple from Southern California started on a...

Antarctica For Sissies? Hardly, As Luxury Cruise Line Turns New Page

Antarctica For Sissies?  Hardly, As Luxury Cruise Line Turns New Page Apr 4th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Antarctica draws the dreams of many and the visits of just a few. Located so very far from civilization, travel to Antarctica is the stuff of hearty explorers, burly men of substance and adventure travelers. Luxury cruise ships and their pampered passengers? Not so much. Until now. Seabourn has a fleet of small ships that travel around the world to amazing locations in opulent luxury,...

The Patagonian Expedition Race: A Hellish Endurance Test In A Heavenly Setting

The Patagonian Expedition Race: A Hellish Endurance Test In A Heavenly Setting Feb 26th, 2013 at 11:00AM: It starts at midnight with a 108-kilometer mountain bike ride into the teeth of a biting Patagonian wind. And then, in the morning, there is the brutal realization that there is another 593 more kilometers of mountain biking, trekking and sea kayaking to be completed in no more than ten days. Here's your map and compass. Now figure out how to survive in the remote, untrammeled wilds of Patagonia....

Trekking The Planet, Couple Passes 50,000 Mile Mark

Trekking The Planet, Couple Passes 50,000 Mile Mark Jan 4th, 2013 at 4:00PM: About a year ago, California couple Darren and Sandy Van Soye started trekking the planet on a global tour to raise awareness about world geography and make the subject more accessible to children. To make efficient use of their time and set an eco-friendly travel example, several legs of the journey have been traveled using Princess cruise ships. We caught up with the Van Soye's recently for a...

Magical Moments Of 2012: A Personal Review

Magical Moments Of 2012: A Personal Review Dec 31st, 2012 at 12:00PM: As the end of each year approaches, I try to take stock of the preceding 12 months, to absorb and assess the adventures, inner and outer. Reviewing this year, I've been filled with gratitude and wonder to realize that this has been one of the most enriching, exhilarating years I've had in a long time, especially the past six months, when I managed to squeeze six special trips into an...

Video: A Plane Landing In Antarctica

Nov 23rd, 2012 at 8:00AM: Have you ever wondered how travelers to Antarctica get to and from the continent? I'm not talking about the thousands of tourists that go aboard a cruise ship each year. I'm referring to the explorers who ski to the South Pole or the research scientists who spend weeks studying the impact of climate change on the frozen continent. Most of them charter a flight aboard a plane operated by a company...

Video Of The Day: A Trip To Chiloé Island

Nov 12th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Upon learning that LAN Airlines launched service to Chiloé Island in Chile, I became immediately curious about what the remote island has to offer. I sought out to find a video that gave an overview of the place, and luckily, Vimeo user Benito Larraín Súnico delivered. This three-minute vignette was taken during a family trip to the island earlier this year, and it...

Hotel News We Noted: October 5, 2012

Hotel News We Noted: October 5, 2012 Oct 5th, 2012 at 5:30PM: Happy Columbus Day weekend, everyone. We'd wish you a happy holiday, but we're not sure that anyone other than postal carriers really get the day off for this anymore. Lucky for you, we have lots of fun news this week to keep you busy reading over your two (or three) day weekend. As always, email us with questions, comments or tips. We love to hear from our HNWN fans! Hotel News We're...

10 Unique Experiences To Have In Chile

10 Unique Experiences To Have In Chile Aug 4th, 2012 at 9:00AM: When I backpacked South America, one country I found difficult to plan was Chile. While I had heard they had great wine, adventurous hikes and beautiful landscapes, I had no idea where to actually go and what to actually do. After traveling through the country, I now realize there are way too many worthwhile experiences to have to narrow it down into just one list. However, these are 10 I think...

8 Cool Cities For Summer

8 Cool Cities For Summer May 31st, 2012 at 2:00PM: Many people's winter vacation plans understandably revolve around sand and sun and colorful cocktails sporting tiny umbrellas. But summer in the states can be just as oppressive, whether you're battling sweat-inducing humidity, malodorous public transportation, or overzealous mosquitoes. So for those who want to skip the sunscreen (I know, I know, you're supposed to wear sunscreen all year...

A Rainy Day Option For Exploring Torres Del Paine In Patagonia, Chile

A Rainy Day Option For Exploring Torres Del Paine In Patagonia, Chile Apr 14th, 2012 at 10:00AM: No trip to the Patagonia region of South America is complete without a trip to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. The park is regarded by many as the "trekking capital of the world." After visiting for myself, it was easy to see why. While many travelers choose to spend three or four days hiking the "W" circuit, this is not feasible for everyone. Some people may not have the time, while...

Photo Of The Day: Easter Island P.D.

Photo Of The Day: Easter Island P.D. Apr 5th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Spring is in full swing and Easter and Passover are coming this weekend. Looking for something seasonally appropriate, I searched the Gadling Flickr pool but instead of Easter the holiday, I found images of Easter the Island. This shot by davitydave especially caught my eye, showing the uniformed (and probably Chilean) Easter Island police looking rather stern and serious with their incredible...

Photo of the Day: Horse in Torres del Paine

Photo of the Day: Horse in Torres del Paine Feb 26th, 2012 at 8:00PM: Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, located at the southern end of South America, is the kind of place you romanticize when you think of wild, unspoiled nature. I've never been, but I have a vision in my head of towering pinnacles of rock, windswept fields of grass, and serene babbling brooks. It turns out the real thing is just as beautiful - Flickr user LeaningLeft snapped this...

Traveling turtle finds new home in Arizona

Traveling turtle finds new home in Arizona Feb 21st, 2012 at 3:30PM: Green Sea Turtles travel great distances in their lifetime with a range that reaches as far north as the southern coast of Alaska and as far south as Chile. In the water. On land is an unlikely place to find a sea turtle but this week one will settle into her new permanent home at the Sea Life aquarium in Tempe, Arizona. The green sea turtle, Ziva, sustained serious injuries after being struck...

A story for tomorrow

Feb 13th, 2012 at 6:30PM: I will do little to distract from the beauty of this piece filmed throughout South America but to say that this is maybe the best travel video I've seen in the last year. It's a combination of several things -- the narrative is rich and well timed, the landscapes are beautiful and lush -- but I think that the most important thing is the way in which it appeals to the traveler. In a way, we're...

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