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Holy Undercurrent: How Religion Shapes Cultures Worldwide
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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.

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Can You “SideStep” An Expensive Plane Ticket?

Please Note: This is a sponsored post.Nick needs a ticket to Argentina. Five of my college buddies and I are going to have a mini-reunion in Patagonia over Christmas and New Year’s.We’ve all managed to find inexpensive plane tickets, except for Nick.Nick is perhaps the most intelligent of my friends, but he is also far and away the most…easily distracted.
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Hidden Hope: A Visit To A Sri Lankan Tea Estate

Television news bombards us daily with images of global destruction, famine, disease, and wars.No wonder we despair at the future mankind is forging for itself, one filled with hopelessness and religious fanatics hiding behind guns.However, what the news does not show is a modified trend amongst the citizens of the world – a transfer from salvation to liberation; a change in mindset and taking responsibility, teaching other like-minded individuals by example.
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5 Handheld GPS Receivers

Navigating has never been easier with these handheld GPS devices.These days, GPS receivers are common navigational add-ons in vehicles. But if you’re looking to utilize this cutting-edge satellite positioning technology out of the car—while geocaching, for instance—you’ll need a more compact, handheld unit.
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Greyhound’s “Neon” Service, Reviewed

2008 seems to be the year of the low-cost regional express bus service. (Catchy, huh?)BoltBus, Megabus, and Neon have all rolled out new routes in the US North East.The features? All three make near-identical boasts: wi-fi, extra leg room, “premium” service. They bill themselves as a quasi-luxury express service, for busy business travelers who need to rush between major cities with no milk-run stops along the way.
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How To Make New Friends On The Road

As your first backpacking trip approaches, you can’t help but feel the excitement.You’ll be tempted to pack and re-pack, study maps of your first destination, go over your budget for the millionth time, confirm your hostel bookings, check your flight times and obsessively keep an eye on the drawer with your passport.
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Ready, Set, Click!

Pull out your camera, review Lola Akinmade’s photography tips, and getting shooting… it’s contest time and the prizes are worth the effort!National Geographic Traveler has teamed up with Photo District News to sponsor the World in Focus photography contest.Open to amateurs and pros alike, the World in Focus contest is soliciting submissions for the following categories: travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place, spontaneous moment, and photo essay.
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How to Start a WordPress Travel Blog

Photo by Judy BaxterWanting to showcase your travels without a hundred-hour slideshow? Written diaries are often too private and don’t let people keep in regular contact. A travel blog is as simple as these 10 steps.There are a confusing amount of options for the novice, but in this step-by-step guide the author’s choice of best services are showcased along with their strengths.
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The Art of Spiritual Travel

You’re at home. You observe life, you fall into it, and then suddenly one day a choice presents itself.You feel a desire to leave everything: your work, your friends, your life behind. It is the inevitable moment of choice: shall you choose the same rigorous routine, or a whole new dream, unknown and only imagined.
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10 Key Points For Understanding The Protests In Thailand

Photo by adaptorplug – Feature photo Craig MartellPolitical passions are raging in Bangkok and the future of the Thai government is uncertain. Here’s what you need to know.Last week, thousands of anti-government demonstrators besieged the offices of Thailand’s prime minister, demanding his resignation.
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Gonzo Traveler: Man Versus Animal In New Caledonia

Photo Saracino“We’ve got a 6-gauge shotgun, a bottle of vodka, a six pack of beer, 60GB of music and a new 4×4 with fat treads. At this point, we’re practically a force of nature.”New Caledonia is a cigar-shaped island in the South Pacific, a colony of France, with a population of about 250,000.Half the people are descended from white French colonialists; the other half are black Melanesians, called kanaks, descended from Papua New Guinea.
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What’s In Your Backpack, Tom Gates, Matador Editor?

Matador Life Editor Tom Gates liesamidst the innards of his backpack.Matador Goods is starting a “What’s In Your Backpack?” series and I’ve been asked to take it for a road-test, since I’m about to do a lap around the world.The innards of my bag are currently spilled out on the floor and I’m about to make decisions about what stays and what goes.
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5 Gadgets You Can Pack for Long Flights

Long flights can take a toll on travelers, but you can wile away time with these gadgets.While flying may be the fastest way to get from one point to another, it can still take a long time to arrive at your destination.As airlines continue to “extend” their arrival times, here are a few handy items that will make your wait time go by much faster.
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In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2

Driving hypnotic drums. Deep guttural chants.I wasn’t sure what I was listening to, but I was loving every sound and rhythm emanating from my sister’s CD player as we drove to our destination.When the chorus came on, I strained to make out the words.“Bullet?…Bullet The Blue Sky? What is this?!“.Knowing I was a viral U2 fan, she’d purposely popped in this CD.
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Alaska Loves Sarah Palin… Right?

Hundreds of Alaskans rallied in Anchorage this week – but not, as you might think, to support their Governor in her Vice-Presidential bid.Instead, participants in what was reportedly the largest protest gathering in Alaskan history took aim at McCain/Palin, and made it clear their governor does NOT speak for them.
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5 (Western) Thinkers Who Understood Inner Travel

The history of philosophy has always seemed to me like a great big guide for travelers.HomerWithin its cryptic mysteries and abstruse ponderings lies that same rapacious spirit for travel as exists in any seasoned explorer.Whether you’re looking inward or hiking outward, the goal is always psychological: to open your mind and to challenge old ways of thinking.
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How To Handle Medical Emergencies On The Road

For every high-risk, adrenaline-seeking lifestyle, there are ten thousand high-risk injuries that might happen.You’re in an out-of-the-way corner of Japan, enjoying a mid-morning ride on a cheaply purchased mountain bike, viewing a landscape that only so many places can offer.A smoking volcano to the left, and a revolving sushi restaurant on the right, not yet open for the lunch crowd.
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5 Techniques For Surviving Political Debates

You are sitting with a family that has invited you in for tea, one of countless offers of hospitality you have experienced since you arrived in the new land.As you share stories of family, friends, travel and life you marvel at how easily people can bridge the differences between them. For that moment, everything is perfect.
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Why Getting Off The Beaten Path Is Sometimes A Bad Idea

Some places off the tourist radar, such as those in outer Mongolia, exist in their obscurity for a reason.To explore beyond the well trodden path is the independent traveler’s ideal. It’s what separates the tourist from the traveler, the superficial happy snapper from the serious journey of discovery and all that.
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Problem-Solving: Made in Africa

I don’t want to become that “look! a good news story about Africa!” girl, but hey, here I go anyway:Look! A good news story about Africa!AfriGadget.com is a website that showcases the latest inventions and problem-solving tools created by entrepreneurs – often self-taught amateurs – on the continent.
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