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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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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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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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Strange Maps

January 31st, 2010 by Jordan

Strange Maps London

I’m not sure how they find so many maps, but they do.  StrangeMaps is the place to go if you are like me and find maps simply enjoyable.  Every kind of map and graphic you would think of is on this site.  So kudos to the creators of strange maps.

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Travelling the US? Find Good Food

January 31st, 2010 by Jordan

101 Tasties Places to Chowdown

What does a travel guy do when he’s bored and out of money?  He watches the Travel Channel…and gets hungry when he sees the Chowdown Countdown.

I also became a little upset because most all these places look great but who is going to write all that information down on the chance they will be in the area.  Not me.  Luckily I was not so upset after visiting the TC website and finding that they already did the logistics with google maps.  All 101 eateries on the countdown are on the website….listed by state.  I’m not saying it’s the most navigation friendly way of searching, but at least they published it online.  As for the restaurants…they are for the most part ma & pop shops with original recipes, great atmospheres, and what appears to be great food.  Somebody needs to make an app for this kind of food.

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Carryology Breaks Down the Backpack vs Messenger

January 31st, 2010 by Jordan

Just discovered an excellent post (and good design) from Carryology.  They compare backpacks and messenger bags to determine who needs which.  It’s slightyly humorous while making good arguments for each.  I agree with much of what they say, and while I own both, for day to day activities, I prefer the messenger for the simply pure reason that it’s more stylish.  But for backpacking, I’ve never found a use for one.  Maybe I’ll try it on my next trip to appear more local and not so touristy.

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Keeping Your Travel Bag Dry

December 6th, 2009 by Jordan

seatosummit_drypack

Sea To Summit has some of my favorite options for keeping your backpack dry while traveling.  Depending on where you travel, the season you travel, and what activity your doing, you may very well have a need for staying dry when it rains.  And backpack covers or liners are a great option for not having to worry about the elements.  The picture above is Sea To Summit’s line of lightweight dry bags.  The are designed to fit inside your backpack or really anything your need to squish it in.  They make a heavier dry bag, however this is good for tight spots.  Imagine your camera and railpass getting wet, and you will see why this is a necessity for backpackers and travelers.

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