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5 Sony PSP Games to Pack on Your Trip
5 Sony PSP Games to Pack on Your Trip

The Sony PSP is very versatile with an array of impressive games available for the system.Here are five of some of the best games to bring along on your next trip.1. God of War: Chains of OlympusThe God of War series was a massive hit on the Playstation 2, and now PSP owners can bring it with them on the road.

Building Hope In Rural Cambodia
Building Hope In Rural Cambodia

As Bryan Tripp discovered, helping others is often the best way to learn more about yourselfThe white Toyota pick-up truck bumps along the pitted dirt road and over several very questionable wooden bridges. That last pothole we cleared could have swallowed a Volkswagen. Later on we pass through a traffic jam of stubborn water buffalo.

Don’t Judge An Experience Until You’ve Surfed It
Don’t Judge An Experience Until You’ve Surfed It

Photos by Evan WeloI wasn’t sure that I would be able to recognize him; but his Volkswagen hippie van was unmistakable.It sputtered up to us in the quiet Vina del Mar city centre twenty minutes behind schedule, painted from hood to tailgate in a blue wave.Pato got out and greeted us warmly, smiling from ear to ear, as stoked as we were about going surfing.

Budget Travel Tips You’ll Never Read In A Guidebook
Budget Travel Tips You’ll Never Read In A Guidebook

Well, maybe if it was a really good guidebook…Previously, I wrote about working abroad and I offered many helpful and practical tips (if I do say so myself).Now I am going to bestow some more financial advice regarding how to save money while traveling, but with one important difference – these are tips you’re not likely to read in any Lonely Planet or Rough Guide.

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.

Gonzo Traveler: Chasing The Dragon In Laos
Gonzo Traveler: Chasing The Dragon In Laos

Feature photo and photo above by Robin Esrock.Rice whiskey, sweet opium smoke, bloody history: Robin Esrock digs through the layers to find why contentment seems to emanate from the Lao people.I was stumbling around a music festival near Budapest when a young Serbian girl invited me into a warm tent for a cup of tea.

5 Reasons You’ll Be Addicted To The Wire‏
5 Reasons You’ll Be Addicted To The Wire‏

Catch up on one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of our time.Hailed as great television, The Wire premiered in 2002 and has been steadily winning converts ever since.This mind-blowing television drama lets you get more than just an in-depth look at the less respectful aspects of Baltimore, Maryland.

Gadget Review: MSI GX630 Laptop
Gadget Review: MSI GX630 Laptop

While the MSI brand may be a bit of an unknown, don’t let that scare you away from considering the value packed MSI GX630.With it, you’ll be able to browse the web, look at some spreadsheets, write that next great American novel, and then blast away some enemies in a game of BioShock.This laptop has a 2.

5 Items Guaranteed to Get You Out of Trouble While Traveling
5 Items Guaranteed to Get You Out of Trouble While Traveling

Whether backpacking in the woods or traveling the world in luxury one hotel at a time, here are some universally helpful items that are simple and cheap but provide sure-fire fixes in a multitude of predicaments.Used to stop a tub drain, form a lint-roller, patch anything from a broken window to a leaking tire to a hole in a tent, make a band-aid, or even create handcuffs, this wonder product really does deserve any praise it receives.

The Pros And Cons of Working Abroad
The Pros And Cons of Working Abroad

Working abroad usually means low-paying, temporary jobs — like bartending.One of the biggest obstacles standing in the way when people begin to think about traveling, is money.Do you have enough saved? Do you have anything saved? Will you need to supplement your savings by working while abroad?And if so, how long do you intend to work?

All-in-One Travel Plug Adapter
All-in-One Travel Plug Adapter

If you’re reading this and:A) you’re in a different country,B) not in an Internet cafe, andC) carrying a laptop,Chances are you’re using an adapter of some sort.There are hundreds of travel adapters you can easily buy to help you use your electronics (laptops, cellphones, etc) on various continents, and choosing the right one can be a tiring task which ultimately boils down to price and size.

A Taste Of The Anarchist’s Cookbook
A Taste Of The Anarchist’s Cookbook

Photo by symmetry_mindNoah Hussin hangs with the local Berlin anarchists looking for answers while trying to avoiding getting beer spilled on them.Flailing his arms and splashing beer all over the bar, a semi-conscious man screams German obscenities as he’s dragged out the door, unsuccessfully trying to gain traction on the ground with rubber legs.

Matador Picks: Cambodian Surf Rock, An Orchestra From Georgia, Galactica Redux and an Orgy Of DS Games
Matador Picks: Cambodian Surf Rock, An Orchestra From Georgia, Galactica Redux and an Orgy Of DS Games

Photo: Brandon Hambright101-in-1 Explosive Megamix For DSIt seems like a foolproof monotony-buster from where we sit. $20 bucks will nab you this new DS title, which features 101 ways to kill an hour. The games are wireless multi-player, for those of you who are looking to be social. In your own, dorky way.

The Divine Chant Of The Monks
The Divine Chant Of The Monks

Stone faced monks age solemnly / Photo copepodoThe sacred chanting of the Gregorian monks can offer balm for the soul. If you listen hard enough, you may even hear a hint of the divine.During four-months of backpacking and research across Spain, I found myself in the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, 57 kilometers south of Burgos.

How to Buy, Set Up, and Sleep in a Hammock
How to Buy, Set Up, and Sleep in a Hammock

For traveling in warm climates, a hammock is the way to go. There’s no cheaper, lighter, more comfortable and useful piece of gear. Here’s everything you need to know.Choosing your hammockFirst you need to decide on the material. Depending on where you are, you may have locally-harvested materials / options (ixtle hammocks—scratchy but beautiful—are available in Chiapas, for example), but the most common hammocks are either silk, nylon, or jute.

What’s In Your Backpack, Ryan Libre, Professional Photographer?
What’s In Your Backpack, Ryan Libre, Professional Photographer?

Every year, my camera bag grows and my personal gear shrinks. My camera gear is now two times my personal gear in volume, five times in weight and 100 times in cost.Often, when someone finds out I’m a photographer their first question is, “What gear do you use?” So let’s see what’s in my bag…I go through camera bodies way too fast.

Holy Undercurrent: How Religion Shapes Cultures Worldwide
Holy Undercurrent: How Religion Shapes Cultures Worldwide

It’s tempting to see exotic cultures as overtly religious. But as the author reveals, Western culture is also rife with religious influence.Nepal has always seemed exotic for many travelers — not only for its litany of climates, which range from sea level jungles to the ice-caped apexes of the world called the Himalaya.

Charge Your Gadgets With Wind Power
Charge Your Gadgets With Wind Power

Now you can keep your cell and iPod charged anywhere, from the streets of Madrid to the middle of the Sahara.The HYmini is a handheld, hybrid universal charger that captures renewable wind and solar power, along with conventional wall plug power. The harnessed energy is used to charge most 5V digital gadgets, including cell phones, mp3 players, iPods, digital cameras, and more.

The Eddy Feeling: A Look at Linville Gorge and Why We Paddle
The Eddy Feeling: A Look at Linville Gorge and Why We Paddle

The Eddy Feeling is the first ‘kayak movie’ that doesn’t just show whitewater footage but follows the lives of various characters while examining the question: why do people paddle?The thing I loved best about The Eddy Feeling is that the narrator never actually says what the Eddy Feeling “is.” Instead he simply takes you to this place unlike any other–Linville Gorge–and gets you fired up to go paddle.

Charge Your Body and Your Batteries
Charge Your Body and Your Batteries

This eco-friendly battery charger is also good for your mind, body, and spirit.The Roll Charger, created by product designer Jiang Qian, is a battery charger based on traditional Chinese rolling balls, also known as Baoding Balls. Rotating two Baoding Balls in one hand is believed to stimulate acupuncture points and finger nerves, as well as loosening bones and muscles.