Matthew Z

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5 African 'Bus' Rides: Rough Riders on the Looney Front

Not all African buses break down, arrive days late, overwhelm you with dust and heat, or underwhelm you with esoteric notions of comfort and service. Far from it. But then, if you get one of those, you'll miss out on some of those more treasured moments that, depending on your mood, will elicit …

West Africa

JP Morgan plays Scrooge, shutting down customer accounts on Christmas

A few weeks ago, a couple in Texas received the following letter from JP Morgan Chase, informing them that the accounts they’ve held for more than 30 years—along with a savings account held by the husband’s 96 year-old mother—will be closed on Christmas Day. While it doesn’t explain why this is …

Bill Gates' favorite books of 2013 point to a better future for the world

Bill Gates prioritizes disease eradication over the proliferation of internet access and uses his vast wealth for the purposes of malaria research. It's perhaps not a surprise, then, that his favorite books of 2013 are all pragmatic works of non-fiction that question how the modern world was built, …

Over 60% of internet traffic doesn’t come from humans

It happened last year for the first time: bot traffic eclipsed human traffic, according to the bot-trackers at Incapsula.<p>This year, Incapsula says 61.5% of traffic on the web is non-human.<p>Now, you might think this portends the arrival of “The Internet of Things”—that ever-promised network that will …

Doctor On Demand App Gives $40 Medical Consultations From the Comfort of Your Smartphone

Today, it’s becoming expected that a smartphone should be able to do anything and everything useful, well beyond the gimmick of a few years ago, …

The craziest OkCupid date ever

Jeff and I traveled to eight countries in 21 days without changing clothes. It sure beat meeting for coffee<p>Clara Bensen<p>November 12, 2013 12:00am (UTC)<p>We’re standing on the side of a highway in Budapest, trying to hitch a ride. I’m elegantly dressed for a proper afternoon at the National Gallery in …

Why Do American Airports Lag Every Other Region in the World?

U.S. airports’ low rank in the world is so uncontroversial that Vice President Joseph Biden even publicly commented that this is an area where …

Cockpit View Flying Into New Zealand Is Wondrous (VIDEO)

For all of the annoyances that can come from air travel these days, something like this video from thewillyballs comes along to remind us why we absolutely love to fly.<p>Click play to take in this wondrous cockpit view of a plane flying into Queenstown, New Zealand. We'd recommend watching this in …

Betty White Kicks It Old School in New Airline Safety Video — Vagabondish

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure.<p>Air New Zealand has created a new safety video that you won’t want to ignore. Starring …

New Zealand

Top 10 adventures in Peru

Peru may be known as a cradle of ancient civilisations, but its wild topography also makes it a wonderland of adventure. The icy mountain peaks of the Andes draw trekkers and climbers, the untamed desert coast is lapped by excellent waves for surfers, and for explorer types there’s the Amazon – a …

9 Legendary Bivouacs

<b>Getting cold outside, isn’t it?</b> Had to turn the heat on in your house and everything, did you? Put that extra blanket on the bed at night. Yeah, …

'World's Most Traveled' Man, Mike Spencer Bown, Heads Home After 23-Year Journey

Should 44-year-old Mike Spencer Bown ever find himself portrayed in pop culture, the best analogue would likely be Dos Equis' (fictional) beer endorser, the "Most Interesting Man in the World."<p>His promo would read something like this: "He invented the term 'Wanderlust;' His Facebook profile reads …

A Great Mayor Says Goodbye

An occasionally ungrateful city might not get it just yet, but history will judge Michael Bloomberg very favorably<p>Michael Bloomberg’s mayoralty has …

The Best Hike In Hawaii Might Be The Awaawapuhi Trail on Kauai

"This is the most unreal view I've seen on a hike," according to David Chatsuthiphan, which is saying a lot considering Chatsuthiphan runs the popular blog Unreal Hawaii, which is devoted entirely to unreal views and hikes.<p>The Awaawapuhi Trail on Kauai is, at the outset, an unassuming hike. After …

In China, Starbucks doesn’t sell coffee to make its millions. It rents couches

The conventional wisdom for foreign food retailers entering China is to cater to local taste. But at Starbucks, the push to make China its second biggest market centers more on local demand for space.<p>As part of its effort to accelerate store openings in China, the coffee giant will open its 1,000th …