52 Places to Go in 2014


Amazing pics, amazing places to visit…check them ALL out….

SOURCE:  NY Times

Witness a city in transformation, glimpse exotic animals, explore the past and enjoy that beach before the crowds.

Table Mountain and Cape Town. Samantha Reinders for The New York Times

1. Cape Town, South Africa Continue reading

27 Incredible Views You’d Only See If You Were A Bird


We humans sure take up and use a lot of space.  I think I would rather live in the Maldives.  Holy cow Mexico City!

The world looks pretty cool from up there.

BuzzFeed Staff

Top 25 Informative Maps That Teach Us Something Uniquely Different About the World


SOURCE:  My Modern Met

Population of Southeast Asia Compared to the Rest of the World

Maps can be great guides for more than just finding routes for traveling. They often provide insight on the rest of the world. Taking a look at certain maps can be incredibly informative, especially when comparing the standing of countries in relation to one another. In fact, many passionate cartographers take pride in creating maps that present relevant knowledge through a visual medium.

Whether they’re on topics concerning population density, educational level, or even a gauge of internet usage across the world, each serves a purpose of sharing data to enlighten minds. Most people aren’t constantly traveling and immersing themselves into the practices of multiple nations, so a statistically informed map can help us all learn more about how we compare to the people of a country on the opposite end of Earth.

An ever-growing collection of informative maps are available through ChartsBin, Target Map, and the MapPorn subreddit. There’s also a wonderfully curated list over on Twisted Sifter. Here’s our roundup of the top 25 informative maps that you’ll never forget.

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ADV Interview: Simon and Lisa Thomas


I have posted about Simon and Lisa before but here is a great interview Touratech did as they are in the USA now….this couple from the UK are amazing and probably been on the road the longest out of anyone on two wheels…read their story…inspiring!

LINK to Original Interview

Sep 19, 2013

Tell us about you first motorcycle(s)…

Simon: I learned to ride in the town of Taunton back in the UK with a friend who owned a motorcycling school. I looked at a bunch of different bikes but the R1100GS just looked so formidable. It looked different to anything else out there and of course it’s a BMW. So my first bike was a BMW R1100GS in fact a little known truth…the only bikes I’ve ever owned are the R1100GS’s.  People think I’m joking when I tell them that although I’ve now been riding for over 15-years. When we left on this journey I had only two days of off-road riding experience and little to no real mechanical experience. Isn’t ignorance bliss?! Continue reading

Sorry if my post offended anyone!


It was politely brought to my attention that my post on March 19th 2013 with the picture of Murphy’s Motorcycle Laws might have offended some folks!  Specifically #3.  I apologize for my lack of sensitivity and over sight.  Although I will keep the post up just know there is nothing malicious behind me for posting these “Laws” because that is not what we are about.  Thanks for understanding and also for bringing any concerns to our attention.

35 Breathtaking Aerial Photographs


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    Location: Ivory Coast; A worker takes a break on top of bales of cotton.

    SOURCE:  BUZZ FEED

    A bird’s eye view of the world. If bird’s were tourists…with cameras…and little fanny packs. Yann Arthus Bertrand is famous in the photography world for his stunning aerial photography and it’s easy to see why. posted about a year ago

    Donna Dickens BuzzFeed Staff

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RED dots!


On October 28th 2012 Clustr Maps will archive our BLOG hits to clean up the red dots…here is a map from October 14th 2012…is your country represented?  your State?  Region? County? Province etc? 

The bigger the red dot the more people have viewed the blog…

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#190 Country to Visit Our BLOG! Welcome GABON!


 

 Background
El Hadj Omar BONGO Ondimba – one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world – dominated the country’s political scene for four decades (1967-2009) following independence from France in 1960. President BONGO introduced a nominal multiparty system and a new constitution in the early 1990s. However, allegations of electoral fraud during local elections in 2002-03 and the presidential elections in 2005 exposed the weaknesses of formal political structures in Gabon. Following President BONGO’s death in 2009, new elections in brought Ali Ben BONGO, son of the former president, to power. Despite constrained political conditions, Gabon’s small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make it one of the more prosperous and stable African countries. Continue reading

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012


The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest has just wrapped up, and judges will soon be selecting the winners — but voting for the Viewer’s Choice award is open until Friday, July 20, at 9 a.m. National Geographic was kind enough to allow me to share some of these amazing entries with you here, gathered from four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. [40 photos]

Lava Kiss: My husband and I, along with a tour guide and a group of friends, hiked up to what was formerly the Royal Gardens subdivision above Kalapana, Hawaii, where the last standing house was just recently taken over by the active lava flow. While waiting for the rain to pass, we started taking back-lit portraits of each other in front of the lava flow after I set up my camera on the tripod. For the last photo, my husband spontaneously dipped me in a kiss. It was a truly once-in-a-lifetime moment! (© Dallas Nagata White/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) Continue reading

The Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012


 
Message from Twister Sifter and we just love all the work this BLOG does to compile all these pictures like they did for 2011. 
 

After the positive reception from last year’s “Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011“, we promised to highlight the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ at the end of every quarter, eventually culminating in an epic Top 100 for 2012.

It’s hard to believe we’re at the halfway point for 2012. With that, here are the Sifter’s Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ for this year. If any image really intrigues you, be sure to click the title link or picture itself. That will take you to the individual post page where you can find out more information.

Enjoy! And stay Sifty my friends :)

 

seahorse checks out divers watch and own reflection underwater