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Linnea Design Bag Tags

August 24th, 2011 by Jordan

Cool Bag Tags….

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City Shrinker Packs

December 27th, 2010 by Jordan

Melbourne City Shrinker Photo

If you like Tilt-Shift photography and travel, this is the place to go.  CityShrinker.com offers absolutely stunning images of Melbourne, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, and London.  They sell 5 packs of prints for $90.

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Travel Films from The Global Oneness Project

June 11th, 2010 by Jordan

travel films globaloneness

The Global Oneness Project is a group that travels the globe creating what they refer to as a “living library of films.”  A section of a non-profit, they keep all the films free and have been racking up awards.  All donations go to the costs involved in traveling the globe and filming.

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International Volunteering

March 20th, 2010 by Jordan

The Underground Guide to International Volunteering

Kirsty Henderson, of NerdyNomad.com just put out a new e-book, “The Underground Guide to International Volunteering.”  If you are thinking about volunteering overseas or if you are interested in reading from those who have done it, it’s your best choice for the most up to date information, resources, and advice.  There are a lot of interviews in the 63 page e-book and most every one of the volunteers will tell you it’s been a good experience.   Did I mention I dig the cover as well?

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Vancouver 2010 Bag Tags

March 3rd, 2010 by Jordan

Miga Bag Tag

I figured I’d add this to the short list of bag tags.  The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Store has all kinds of luggage tags, and they are very cool.

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Helmets for Haiti

February 27th, 2010 by Jordan

Helmets For Haiti

I’ve actually got a good excuse for not making as many posts as I would like.  The Infant & Children Sleep Apnea Awareness Foundation decided to do something for the children of Haiti after the earthquake in January 2010.  They contacted me about designing a website and branding for their HelmetsForHaiti.org site.  And of course I took on the project (and ignored izunotravel.com for a while).  So if you would like to make a donation, check out the site and you can either bid on auction items starting March 8th, or you can make a small monetary donation if you’d like as well.  Personally, I wish the Red Cross would get a higher percentage of their donations to the actual cause.  And that’s what I really like about Helmets For Haiti, I believe the percentage of their donations is much higher to actually aid the cause.

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It’s Here! The 2010 Izuno Travel Journal Review

February 21st, 2010 by Jordan

2010 Izuno Travel Journal review

So after two years and numerous comments (that I still get) I have revamped the Travel Journal Review for 2010.  This has been one of my most popular posts, so I sat down and completed the task.  There are a total of 26 online travel journal/travel blog sites that I evaluated and ranked in my favorite order.  Based on numerous categories hopefully this will help you decide which online journal you wish to use for yourself.  Be assured I do not claim that this is 100% accurate or perfect.  I spent 8 days registering, evaluating, and ranking these sites, and everything was starting to look like the same toward the end.  Nevertheless, in order to be as accurate as possible, if you feel something is entirely wrong just send me an email (info@izunodesign.com).  You can read more about the sites and ranking by clicking on the salmon colored “i” circle.

Click here for the 2010 Izuno Travel Journal Review

Izuno Ranking (please note this is just my personal opinion…nothing more)

1. TravellersPoint.com (very powerful, do everything and more with this site, great travel content)
2. MapVivo.com (very cool mapping)
3. TravelPod.com (great usability)
4. OffExploring.com (I found very fun)
5. TravBuddy.com (great social network for meeting other travelers)
6. GoAbroad.net
7. FuzzyTravel.com
8. RealTravel.com
9. MyLifeOfTravel.com
10. Blogs.StaTravel.com
11. HostelWorld.com
12. Traveloblog.com
13. TripnTale.com
14. TravelJournal.net
15. GetJealous.com
16. TravelJournals.net
17. NomadicJournals.com
18. MyTripJournal.com
19. TravelBlog.org
20. TripDiary.com
21. CheckOutMyTrip.com
22. BootsnAll.com
23. TripsLog.com
24. TravelBlogr.com
25. FootStops.com
26. TravelPost.com

Click here for the original 2008 Travel Journal Review (now outdated of course).

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February 2010 Izuno Travel Desktop

February 13th, 2010 by Jordan

February Izuno Travel Desktop

Happy Valentines Day from IzunoTravel.com.  Love Travel.

1280 x 9601600 x 12001680 x 10501920 x 1200

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US High Speed Rail System

January 31st, 2010 by Jordan

US High Speed Rail Travel

Apparently bringing rail lines and high speed trains to the US has been a task no one has yet been able to accomplish.  However, many agree that the $8 billion from the stiumulus will give HSR a decent shot in the United States.

Anyone who has been to Europe, and I assume most of this readership has, will tell you the rail system is terrific.  Probably one of the main factors that make backpacking in Europe financially possible.  The USHSR is dedicated to doing it.  They have been around for a little while, this is nothing brand new, but they are marketing this decade as the decade of high speed rail.  While their logo is pretty sweet…their website is not so much, but regardless, they do have information and future plans for the first rail network.

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One.org

January 31st, 2010 by Jordan

One Campaign

One.org.  I find this picture quite intriguing.  I’m picturing the marketing dept. for the organization at a table in a high rise New York building saying “we want to be Abercrombie yet…multi-dimensional.”  That at least explains why the guy in white does not fit in to your traditional marketing techniques.  I like that guy in white.  I like how they made him stand out.  That guy is my kind of guy…2 to 1 he’s got a better story than the two to his right.

Anyways.  One.org is a non-profit (with Bono attached to it) that wants to end poverty.  Attached with Africa in many ways, they tackle poverty issues in various places and has the reach to do it.  In fact I just purchased 10 ‘One’ bracelets.  I feel that education helps solve problems later, so they’ve sold me by bringing up that point on their site.  It’s the whole ‘give a man a fish’ argument.  One.org seems to understand that.

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