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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Joining the Peace Corps

For anyone perusing the endless opportunities for volunteering abroad, committing to serving two years in the Peace Corps has probably crossed your mind. In fact, the organization -- started by President Kennedy in 1961 as an outlet for Americans to help with international development and promote …

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

Follow along on an Alaska-to-Argentina bike ride with a cause

THE 99% RIDE is an awesome travel / philanthropy project. Dirk flew to the Western Hemisphere from the Netherlands to ride his bike from Alaska to …

South America

Transform your travel writing, pt. 1: 59 questions to ask before sending your writing to an editor

<b>1.</b> What is the editor’s first name?<p><b>2.</b> Who are her associate editors?<p><b>3.</b> Which of these people are you emailing and why?<p><b>4.</b> Is your pitch scannable / …

Creative Writing

What Successful Leaders’ To-Do Lists Look Like

Have you ever wondered about the to-do lists of highly successful businesspeople? Here, we give you a sneak peek at three and their tips for making their lists work.<p>If you’re a list-maker, behold the to-do list and productivity secrets of these business superstars.<p>Jim Koch<p>Jim Koch<br>Founder, Boston …

The best bodyweight workout of all time

Shutterstock<p>Shutterstock<p><b>Duration</b> 20<p><b>Exercises</b> 3-5<p><b>Equipment</b> X<p>Ever wonder how guys who exclusively work out on monkey bars get so ripped? This …

20 Unusual Things 20 Successful People Do Every Day | Inc.com

All the successful people I know have at least one thing they make sure to do every day; one thing they feel contributes greatly to their success.<p>Some of the following are tech entrepreneurs, while others run more conventional businesses. For variety, I've also included a restaurateur and celebrity …

20 Simple Ways to Stoke Your Self-Confidence | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Once upon a time there was a small child known as you.<p>This child was born into the world pure and perfect, aware only of its own needs. If those …

Motivation

Find Your Passion With These 8 Thought-Provoking Questions

Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, collected the provocative questions top designers, tech innovators, and entrepreneurs ask themselves to spark creativity.<p>In a previous post, I shared questions that can help in overcoming fear of failure. But sometimes, there’s an even more basic …

Dementia Sucks: Keep Your Brain Strong With These 10 Things

The brain is the most powerful processor in the world. Weighing in at an average of just three pounds, your brain uses 20% of the total oxygen in …

4 Ways to Book a "Round the World" Ticket for Cheaper Than You Thought

Have you ever dreamed about flying Around the World? Picking a dozen countries you'd like to see before you die, and hitting them all by airplane so it doesn't take three years, like Magellen used to do it back in the day? But you've probably never gone much beyond the dreaming stage, because a …

6 Great Apps For Last-Minute Trip Planning

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17 Unique Quotes From Young Travelers That Will Make You Want to Pack Up and Go

Travel: we love it. Feelings: we have them.<p>But there's an omnipotence to words, that's sometimes stripped by clichés.<p>"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." "The only thing you buy that makes you richer is travel." Again? I already heard that one.<p>Although true, quotes …

8 Nifty Little Items You Never Pack... But Should

<i>Photo courtesy of Stephanie Adams. Article by Sean O'Neill, contributor to Budget Travel.</i><p>No matter where you're traveling next, there are a few things you can add to your grab-and-go bag that will make everything run a little more smoothly. Meet eight items that will turn you into the MacGyver of …

Travel Tips: Compressing Your Packing With a Vacuum Cleaner

<i>Photo courtesy of Mariana Hellmund</i><p>Ever wanted to fit your winter packing into one carry-on? Here's how: Take your vacuum cleaner and put everything into a compression bag! You'll reduce your load by 80 percent. Simply place your clothes into compression bags and vacuum out the air. Compression bags …

My 14 Favorite Travel Blogs of 2013

As I brought up a few weeks ago, I don’t read many travel blogs anymore, since there’s often too much sponsored content and I find them bland. A lot …

Lost on Planet China

• <b>Author:</b> J. Maarten Troost<p><b>The bestselling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals returns with a sharply observed, hilarious account of his adventures in China—a complex, fascinating country with enough dangers and delicacies to keep him, and readers, endlessly entertained.</b><br>Maarten Troost has charmed …

The Practical Interculturalist's Guidebook to: Transitions Across Cultures

• <b>Author:</b> Stephen W. Jones<p>Transitions Across Cultures, the first in the Practical Interculturalist’s Guidebook series, is an approachable explanation of what you can expect when crossing cultures.<p>In this book, learn how to effectively navigate the stages of transition. Understand why you will …

In a Sunburned Country

• <b>Author:</b> Bill Bryson<p><b>Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out.</b><p>His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller <i>A Walk in the Woods</i>. <i>In A Sunburned Country</i> is his report on what he found in an entirely …

The Pirates of Somalia

• <b>Author:</b> Jay Bahadur<p><b>Soon to be a major motion picture</b><p>The first close-up look at the hidden world of Somali pirates by a young journalist who dared to make his way into their remote havens and spent a year infiltrating their lives. <br>For centuries, stories of pirates have captured imaginations around …

To Build a Fire

• <b>Author:</b> Jack London<p><i>To Build a Fire and Other Stories</i> is a collection of essential short stories by Jack London. The title tale is the best known of the London short works with its reflection of his experience in the frigid Northwestern Yukon territory with a husky wolf-dog.

Around the World in 80 Days

• <b>Author:</b> Jules Verne<p><i>Around the World in 80 Days</i> by Jules Verne is a classic adventure novel that follows Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout as they attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days to win a bet that would be worth over $2,000,000 today.

Travels with Charley in Search of America

• <b>Author:</b> John Steinbeck & Jay Parini<p><b>An intimate journey across and in search of America, as told by one of its most beloved writers, in a deluxe centennial edition</b><p>In September 1960, John Steinbeck embarked on a journey across America. He felt that he might have lost touch with the country, with its …

The Geography of Bliss

• <b>Author:</b> Eric Weiner<p><b>Part travel memoir, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader across the globe to investigate not what happiness is, but WHERE it is.</b><p>Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? Do citizens …

In Patagonia

• <b>Author:</b> Bruce Chatwin<p><b>The masterpiece of travel writing that revolutionized the genre and made its author famous overnight</b> <br>An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin’s exquisite account of his journey through Patagonia teems with …

The Last Train to Zona Verde

• <b>Author:</b> Paul Theroux<p>"Theroux is at his best when he tells [people’s] stories, happy and sad . . . Theroux’s great mission had always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself—and thus, to challenge us." — <i>Boston Globe</i><p>Paul Theroux’s best-selling <i>Dark Star Safari</i> chronicled …

The Places in Between

• <b>Author:</b> Rory Stewart<p>In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan-surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and …

Green Hills of Africa

• <b>Author:</b> Ernest Hemingway<p>"There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things, and because it takes a man's life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and …