Alex Yirrell

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11 Awesome Gifts for the Traveler in Your Life

If you have a serious traveler in your life you probably know that the only thing that gets them more excited than a plane ticket is something that will make their travel more enjoyable. For that reason the members of travel website, Trippy.com have put together their list of the travel toys they'd …

Drop-Dead Gorgeous Vacation Spots for Aspiring Divers

Ready to dive deep? Diverse marine life is just one of the perks of these world-renowned scuba sites, which offer travelers a memorable experience …

Best Places to Stay to See the Northern Lights

These eight hotels offer comfort and luxury in addition to prime sightings of the aurora borealis.<p>The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, occurs …

Northern Lights

Fall Festivities: Blogger Meet and Greet #7

Welcome to My 7th Meet and Greet!<p>Thank you for coming to my party. We haven’t had a blog party in a while, and I thought celebrating the start of my …

First to-scale Solar System model built in seven miles of desert

The universe, as Douglas Adams so memorably explained, is big. <i>Really</i> big.<p>But so are the things inside it -- even objects like the Solar System, which …

Confirmed: Enceladus Has A Global Ocean

Another reason to look for alien life there<p>Enceladus is not the block of ice that scientists once thought it was. The Saturnian moon spouts giant plumes of water vapor from its southern pole, and gravity data indicate it likely harbors a liquid ocean beneath its surface, warmed by the friction of …

Asia's Most Amazing Buddhas

From the bespectacled to the bubbly, the daunting to the daring, Asia's Buddhas are among its most extraordinary cultural, artistic, and of course, spiritual attractions. With this in mind, the members of travel website Trippy.com offer their favorite places to pay homage.<p>Did we miss one of your …

Behold Pluto In All Its Majesty

New images zero in on the former planet's diverse surface<p>With its passage through the Pluto system safely navigated, New Horizons can now focus on sending images and data back to Earth. The spacecraft began an intensive data downlink on September 5, but even with its efforts focused on sending back …

There's an elite club that you can only join if you've traveled to over 100 countries

This international society of jet setters may only have one entry requirement, but it's a tough one: TCC members must have visited at least 100 countries.<p>According to the US Department of State, there are 195 sovereign nations on earth — that's quite a few stamps for your passport.<p>However, the TCC …

Why Journal?

I have the 30 second memory of a fish.<p>Even after an amazing day doing something new and exciting i’ll have forgotten the next day the name of each …

How to show support and awareness in September

September has rolled around again. Which means on Facebook i see a whole month of information and calls to action from one specific organisation – …

The Ultimate, Ultimate Book Tag

I came across this post while doing my normal internet hop from blog to blog. I thought i would join in and start the nominations around the word …

The 30 best places to travel alone

In fact, there are many reasons to travel alone. Solo travel allows for more self-reflection, and chances are, you'll take in more of the culture.<p>We've put together a list of 30 places that are ideal for traveling alone, from an adventure in New Zealand to a relaxing getaway in Cinque Terre, …

10 photos show the quiet beauty of train stations when they're completely empty

It wasn't until late 2013 that he switched his career path to become a professional architecture and landscape photographer.<p>Frank's graphic design background, combined with his fascination of symmetrical elements, led him to a lifelong project exploring and documenting Europe's many beautiful train …

Daily Travel Startup Watch: Vagalife, Whoop and More

It’s not always easy to keep track of new travel startups.<p>Each weekday we alert readers to new startups in the travel industry that have set up …

This is the biggest mistake tourists make when visiting Rome

Our first stop was in the historical city of Rome.<p>I'm not much into touristy things, but I knew I had to see the Colosseum and the Vatican. Luckily, a friend who spent a summer in Rome gave me a crucial piece of advice about visiting these two hot spots: <b>Buy tickets in advance online.</b><p>The lines to …

Daily Travel Startup Watch: AirFit, Luxus and More

It’s not always easy to keep track of new travel startups.<p>Each weekday we alert readers to new startups in the travel industry that have set up …

It’s not all glamorous: These round the world travelers went from cushy ad jobs to scrubbing toilets

EVERY FEW MONTHS, WE SEE AN INSPIRATIONAL headline make the rounds on social media: “Couple quits cushy jobs to travel around the world.” We all feel …

Social Media

Eight Ways to See Mount Fuji

Japan's highest mountain, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mt Fuji, has been a source of inspiration for artists and pilgrims throughout the ages. You're likely familiar with the nearly symmetrical, often snow-capped cone of Fuji-san -- as the mountain is known locally -- through images of …