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Zombies: A Guide to Culture Shock
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Zombies: A Guide to Culture Shock

What do the undead and the unfamiliar have in common? Why befriending a walking cadaver can make the world a nicer place.Spring had come early to the valley, the dewy sweetness of fresh grass on the air and a gentle sun above. My wife and I rested against the trunk of a brawny oak, and I traced her cheek with a dandelion.

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6 Things to Do While You’re Waiting to Vote

Political analysts and forecasters expect a record turnout in tomorrow’s US election. The wait to vote could be several hours long.Ward off the temptation to jump out of line by preparing yourself for the wait. Here are 6 things you can do to make that wait go faster:1. Catch up on your reading. If you have a stack of books or magazines that you haven’t gotten around to reading, throw a couple in your bag and spend some time catching up.
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How Travel Helps Cultivate Empathy In A Globalized World

Engaged travel teaches humility and mutual understanding, key ingredients for world peace.Australia, like most developed western countries, has had the world arrive at its doorstep.Even in small country towns, you can’t walk down the street without a spattering of Mandarin spilling out to the sidewalk from the local Chinese take-away; Con the fruiter hawking his produce; passing worshipers on their way to a mosque, temple or synagogue.
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7 Tactics For Dealing With Dangerous Strangers

You’ve all had that moment when you’re sitting next to a stranger on a bus, standing uncomfortably in an elevator, or many other travel situations where conversations are initiated.Sometimes a stranger is a friend you haven’t met. Other times you just don’t feel like talking.Most unwanted conversations can be politely avoided with a brief answer and a curt smile.
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4 Best Travel Laptops

Lightweight, portable, and durable, you can’t beat these travel laptops.A self-admitted computer geek, I need computer access even while traveling. Since internet cafes aren’t always available, I’ve had to drag my laptop on more than a few adventures.My laptop helps me stay in contact with people back home, write, and keeps me entertained when I can’t sleep during those long haul flights.
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3 Secrets To Planning Your Next Big Adventure

It may appear that money is the biggest barrier to accomplishing your next adventure, but it isn’t.I remember the first time the trip became real to me. My wife Sachi and I were at our friend’s house and, as we planned before the visit, we let it fly…“So, we have some big news for you guys. Starting in December of 2005, we’re going on a trip around the world for a year, coming back home in December of 2006.
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Paul Theroux on ‘Ghost Train to the Eastern Star’

Would it be too dramatic if I said that ‘Ghost Train to the Eastern Star‘ is the most anticipated travel book of the year?Maybe. But for me at least, dramatic or not, it’s certainly true.It’s been nearly 35 years since Theroux’s travel classic, ‘The Great Railway Bazaar‘, was first released – and in those years, I can’t be the only reader to have been electrified by those famous opening lines:“…I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it…”In the intervening years, Paul Theroux has covered plenty of other ground, in well-loved books like ‘The Old Patagonian Express‘ and ‘Dark Star Safari‘.
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5 Items to Set Off Your Obsession with Digital Photography

I remember the first word I uttered when I picked up a Nikon digital SLR camera, looked through its viewfinder, and clicked…I believe it was – WOW!With the prices of professional grade equipment and photo accessories dropping, it’s no surprise that the number of photography enthusiasts seems to be skyrocketing.
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Do You Have A Death Grip On Your Travel Plans?

Kim Greene reveals why holding too tightly to rigid travel plans may hurt your journey.Travel is one of the rare circumstances in life that reveals something new about the traveler with each journey.Often, we begin with a preconceived notion of how we want to approach new experiences; how we want to encounter new places; how we expect to see the unexpected.
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How To Stay Connected In 150+ Countries

Please Note: This is a Sponsored Post.Let me make one thing clear from the start: I don’t like mobiles, or ‘cell phones’ as we call them in the States.When I first checked out the website of Mobal, an international cell phone company that sells inexpensive GSM World Phones, I was deeply skeptical.
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Packing and The Mantra of Minimalism

Just how much gear can you fit into a Kelty Redwing backpack? Molly McCahan shows you.My husband David and I are on a mad quest to simplify our lives after traveling around the world for 14 months. On that amazing adventure, we survived with the bare minimum crammed into packs on our backs.A nomadic lifestyle brings its own set of challenges, but it’s incredibly cathartic as well.
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5 Reasons To Visit Alaska… 1 Reason Not To?

Alaska’s been on my lifelong must-see list since long before the state took center stage in the current Presidential election.Here are just a few reasons why:5. Jaw-dropping, snow-capped scenery.Photo by Unhindered by Talent (Creative Commons)4. Haunting coastline.Photo by Steve Deger (Creative Commons)3.
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The Mystery of Zillion

What can a video game teach us about travel…and about life?The first thing I notice about the Tokyo subway system is how quiet it is. No panhandlers, no music leaking through cheap headphones, no complaints.Photo by GusttyI came here to understand the men I grew up with-men like Pacman, Q-Bert, and Mario-but so far I don’t see them on the faces of the commuters with their heads down towards their hand-helds.
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How To Embrace The Joys Of Human Experience

Balancing our scales is the surest way to get the correct perspective on life.When I was a little boy one of my treats was to go to the local candy store and get my penny bag of candy.I looked around at all the fabulous glass jars on the shelves and the aroma of all the flavors sent me on a trip of delights.
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Consciously Consumed

Paris is a meat-feasting city — not to say the rest of the world is any different. The French love their food, especially flesh, but slowly, rising in different quartiers across the city like a revival of the arts, the “biologique” producers are opening their doors.It consumes me, this art of conscientious living, and it is fueled by one image: Mother EarthI must admit, my stomach joins the choir, moaning as I catch scents through the wafting doorways.
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Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat

Feature photo by Nikola Plejic / Above, photo of Femi Kuti and dancers by flykrGrowing up in Nigeria, I remember how parents deemed the Afrika Shrine off-limits. Shrouded in mystery, with rumors of being a hedonistic drug haven during the eighties, there was an air of mystique that hung around a 20 mile radius of the club.
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Save Our Archives!

Photo by moriza (Creative Commons)‘Wow,’ someone said to me the other day, after I’d finished telling him about my recent career transition from historical research to travel writing. ‘Sure beats sitting in the archives!’Well, yes. And no.Of course, I love traveling, and travel writing is a dream job.
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13 Remarkable Bands From Off The Beaten Path

Tired of packing the same old tunes on the road? Try some of these little known artists instead.Summer’s here. Time to escape the winter den and go someplace balmy. The bags are packed, tickets in hand……but wait. Which tunes are you taking?You’ve got your standard playlists, your custom-mix CDs at the top of your backpack where you can grab ‘em without looking.
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All Roads Lead To Home

This process of becoming lost in the world, the process of growing up, is repeated as a pattern throughout one’s life.Lately, I have been busy with things. I’ve had my attention occupied with things coming, things going, things changing – all the while feeling this vague sense of discomfort and absence, for lack of a better word, that comes with having your attention consumed by the world of form for too long.
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