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Gear Review: Op/Tech Super Classic Strap
Gear Review: Op/Tech Super Classic Strap

You shouldn’t need a massage therapist when you’re done shooting for the day.Unless, of course, you’re getting yourself in some awkward positions to get that great shot. In which case, contort away. But I’m talking about neck and shoulder pain from carrying a heavy camera, especially if you’ve got a big telephoto lens attached.

Brush with fame: Crying with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy
Brush with fame: Crying with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy

Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, left. Jeff Tweedy, black cap. Brittany Shoot sobbing out of frame.Brittany Shoot relates a harrowing experience of meeting an idol and losing emotional control.Fall 2002, Iowa City, IA. USAMy sophomore year of college, alt-country heroes Wilco came through town.After following the band around during the previous year, hitting shows as far away as Boulder and Indianapolis, I was especially elated that as one of the managers of the radio station, I might have a chance to meet my idols after the show in the stuffy, badly soundproofed student union ballroom.

Guide to California’s redwood groves and the tallest trees on Earth
Guide to California’s redwood groves and the tallest trees on Earth

Taller than a football field. There are only a handful of places on Earth where living things fit these descriptions.When people talk about the tallest trees on the planet, Sequoia sempervirens is what they’re referring to.Commonly called coast redwoods, these giants are known to reach 379 feet tall (115.

11 reasons to visit India in summer
11 reasons to visit India in summer

While the majority of travelers visit India in the winter, there are some who like it hot.India is a popular summer destination for European vacationers, monsoon lovers, and travelers who prefer to go against the grain. There are lots of good reasons for visiting India in the summer: the profusion of festivals, Himalayan destinations inaccessible in winter, empty tourist attractions, cheaper airfares, and slashed accommodation rates, to name a few.

Gonzo Traveler: Surviving The Beef Riots In South Korea
Gonzo Traveler: Surviving The Beef Riots In South Korea

Robin Esrock reports from the streets of South Korea, a witness to angry democracy in action.The crowd gathers / Photo Robin EsrockThe irony of looking for a steak restaurant in the frenzied height of a protest about beef did not escape me.The citizens of South Korea were out in force, vocalizing their discontent at their government’s decision to allow US beef to be imported into the country, after being banned for fear of importing Mad Cow disease along with it.

The shameful truth about sex tourism
The shameful truth about sex tourism

Is sex tourism about peace, love and happiness – or does it hide an uncomfortable truth?Every year, tourists flock to Southeast Asia, in hopes of netting the tropical ocean dream.Khaosan Road, Bangkok’s backpacker coconut cream pie, proves that not only can you sleep for three dollars a night, but you can also be anyone you want in Paradise.

7 reasons to fall in love abroad
7 reasons to fall in love abroad

Photo by nattuIn my travels, I’ve often found the way to experience a culture most authentically is not by reading the best guide or seeing the major sites, but by finding yourself in the most gleeful place of all: in love.Here are seven reasons to fall in love abroad in 2009.1. You can serve as an ambassador for your country.

A French couchsurfer talks of food from home
A French couchsurfer talks of food from home

St. Goustan in Brittany, France. Photo: Tc7 / Feature photo: jmhullotCouchsurfer extraordinnaire Delphine Mazars is currently traveling around Australia. My wife and I had the pleasure of hosting her for a couple of nights here in Melbourne.Since she left us, she’s trekked the entire 8-day Great Ocean Walk solo and has gone unplugged for a month and a half in Western Australia.

‘Heroic travel’: The mythic art of homecoming
‘Heroic travel’: The mythic art of homecoming

Returning home may be the hardest part of the Hero’s Journey.Part III: ReturnTo see our lives in the poetic light of a heroic quest is empowering. It frames our experience in a creative context.Imagining ourselves as heroes in the cause of our own lives is to embody timeless attributes. Far from childish fantasy, it’s a powerful and motivating vision for facing life’s challenges as champions of our own stories.

Travel Writing Neologisms – WTF?
Travel Writing Neologisms – WTF?

Travel ‘neologism’ is the tendency to take two perfectly good words, truncate one or both of them, then squeeze them together into one word where two would work perfectly. Here’s a list of ten of these neologisms we’d just as soon never see again.“-cations”MomcationA momcation is when the mamas leave the papas and the babies at home and go out into the world, unafraid and unfettered by their loved ones.

East v. West: Who’s responsible for world’s CO2?
East v. West: Who’s responsible for world’s CO2?

The East produces; the West consumes, right? So who’s most responsible for our worldwide CO2 problem?A factory in Wuxi, China; Photo: Robert ScobleThat’s the equation posed and the question asked by George Monbiot on his environmental blog at the Guardian.We rich countries export our production to poorer countries, whose governments are typically eager to accept our companies and our contracts so they can improve employment, wages, and their own access to goods.

Two explorers, one expedition: Why you should vote for Trevor Frost
Two explorers, one expedition: Why you should vote for Trevor Frost

Photos Courtesy of Trevor FrostFor 25 year-old Trevor Frost, a National Geographic Young Explorer, being an explorer means using his adventures to promote a larger cause: conservation. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Frost has committed his life to exploring the globe in order to showcase areas and wildlife that are threatened.