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The Mystery of Zillion
The Mystery of Zillion

What can a video game teach us about travel…and about life?The first thing I notice about the Tokyo subway system is how quiet it is. No panhandlers, no music leaking through cheap headphones, no complaints.Photo by GusttyI came here to understand the men I grew up with-men like Pacman, Q-Bert, and Mario-but so far I don’t see them on the faces of the commuters with their heads down towards their hand-helds.

Inspiration: Blind man runs 83 miles in ultramarathon
Inspiration: Blind man runs 83 miles in ultramarathon

Even though he fell short of 100 miles, it wasn’t a failure.A FEW YEARS ago I watched a movie based on the true story of Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest. He was born with a disease that caused him to go blind by age 13. He went on to complete the Seven Summits in September, 2002.

How do you cultivate your humanity?
How do you cultivate your humanity?

Whether you’re traveling or staying at home, there are steps each of us take to strengthen our humanity.Cultivating empathy might just be one of the coolest by-products of travel.It’s hard not to feel someone else’s pain when they lose a loved one, or don’t have enough money to buy food, or watch their heart being broken, even when your beliefs and worldview are completely opposite.

Sony ICD-P620 Digital Voice Recorder
Sony ICD-P620 Digital Voice Recorder

Having a digital voice recorder within easy reach while traveling is becoming more and more essential. By capturing audio moments that may otherwise have remained unmemorable, you enhance your overall travel experience.For travel journalists – professional and amateur alike – a voice recorder is a worthwile investment.

When a part-time writing job in Korea became international fraud
When a part-time writing job in Korea became international fraud

It started with a random email worded like a banking offer from a Nigerian prince: “I have a business proposal you might be interested in.”It came from a grad school colleague, and it concerned an opportunity to do a job she could no longer do herself. Thanks to Facebook’s all-seeing eye, she knew I was living and working in Korea.

Different Types of Scarves Photojournalists Wear
Different Types of Scarves Photojournalists Wear

Absolutely loved this cynical post – An Essay on Photojournalists’ Scarves…Or Not – on Travel Photographer Tewfic El-Sawy’s website. It actually wasn’t written by him but was submitted by an “anonymous” photographer.Here’s a snippet:“The first reason for photojournalists wearing scarves is that these instantly and with certainty identifies you as a PHOTOJOURNALIST, and removes you from the pool of suckers known simply as “photographers”, especially “art” photographers.

13 Ways To Avoid Jet Lag
13 Ways To Avoid Jet Lag

I travel often, and in many of those trips, I have crossed three or more time zones and suffered from jet lag.When I finally manage to fall asleep, it’s actually morning and time to get up again. If you also travel frequently, I imagine you know the feeling too.Jet lag is actually a physiological condition known scientifically as desynchronosis and dysrhythmia that causes disruption to your body’s clock.

Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptures, dumps oil into Yellowstone River
Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptures, dumps oil into Yellowstone River

An Exxon Mobil oil pipeline near Billings, Montana ruptured on Friday night, spilling 1,000 barrels (42,000 gallons) of crude oil into the Yellowstone River. Initial reports estimated that the oil would travel just 10 miles, but updated information has it going as far as 150 miles.Twice within the last year, regulators warned Exxon Mobil of several safety violations along the pipline, and the 20-year old pipe was shut down earlier the year in May after officials became concerned as the Yellowstone River started to rise.

Does Amazon’s “Kindle” Signal The Death Of The Traveling Paperback?
Does Amazon’s “Kindle” Signal The Death Of The Traveling Paperback?

I work in the publishing industry, and I’m also an avid reader – so it’s no wonder I’ve been knee deep in Kindle speculation for the past few weeks.Kindle is Amazon’s new portable reading device; it’s smaller and lighter than a book and it holds over 200 titles.Other companies have launched similar, relatively unsuccessful products in the past but Kindle’s connection to bookselling giant Amazon is making people wonder whether this could be the device that actually redefines how we read.

Electrolux and 5 Gyres Seek Crew Member to Join Sea Expedition
Electrolux and 5 Gyres Seek Crew Member to Join Sea Expedition

If you don’t get seasick easily, can swim 200m, lift 1/3 of your body weight, and can work odd hours, this might be the expedition for you. you will be joining a team of researchers from 5 gyres who’ve partnered with electrolux (yes, the vacuum cleaner company) on an environmentally-responsible cause: gathering harmful plastic from the south atlantic ocean.

Yogis at play: Spend 10 minutes doing something fun
Yogis at play: Spend 10 minutes doing something fun

If they can do it, why can’t you?EVEN IF YOU love the work you do, are traveling around the world in search of adventure, or are working your little heart out toward spiritual enlightenment, sometimes the daily grind just takes over.We forget about one of life’s most important qualities: play.From the photographer who shot the above scene:In Rishikesh (upper India) which is a spiritual abode of yogis from across the world, I saw a bunch of yogis in a rare playful mood.

PrAna Mandie Hoodie for women
PrAna Mandie Hoodie for women

Fashion-impaired editor Michelle Schusterman discovers that a hoodie can be both stylish and excellent for running from the law.I have no sense of fashion, something that has never really bothered me. I can appreciate when someone is well-dressed, I can admire an outfit that catches my eye, but when it comes my own clothes, comfort rules all.