Category Archives: Travel
Wilsons Promontory is a 125,000-acre national park in the Australian state of Victoria, and is the southernmost national park on the continent. The park is known for it’s beautiful rainforests, unspoiled beaches, and abundant wildlife. Being located only 157 kilometres (98 miles) southeast of Melbourne, the area is highly popular with bushwalkers and campers who are visiting from the state capital, in addition to numerous international tourists and backpackers who are temporarily residing in the city.
The Great Ocean Road is probably the top day trip in the Australian state of Victoria. It features the famous ‘Twelve Apostles’ limestone stack formations and the ‘London Arch’, which was formerly the ‘London Bridge’ until a section collapsed. This famous 243 kilometer stretch of road was built by former Australian soldiers between 1919 and 1932, who dedicated their work to their fellow soldiers who were killed during World War One. It’s deemed to be the world’s largest war memorial.
Hosier Lane is one of Melbourne’s quirkiest tourist attractions. It’s a cobbled pedestrian laneway which is literally covered in urban art. Notable for the very high quality and often politicized nature of the workings, the graffiti-covered walls and art-installations have become a popular backdrop for fashion shoots and, oddly enough, wedding photography.
David Choe, a Korean-American muralist who famously decorated the interior offices of Facebook for stock options instead of a cash payment (which eventually became worth nearly $200 million), hitchhikes his way across these United States with his friend Harry Kim, by using other people’s trains, cars, and boats. It’s all in the name of adventure and good fun, and they’re not going to pay a dime for accommodation.
Filmed in the late 2000’s (before smartphones killed any kind of inclination to actually go outside), this series was released in 2010. For your convenience, all five episodes of “How To Hitchhike Across America” are included in the post. So enjoy, and be “inspired” to go out and make the most out of life like these guys right here. Thumbs up America!
What better way to learn more about the fascinating history and culture of Iran, and how the country and it’s people are anything BUT being part of an “axis of evil”, than to hear it from the tourists themselves? Tourism in Iran is growing steadily as the country has developed a reputation for being very safe and astoundingly affordable.
Perhaps best of all, the word is out that western tourists are being “killed” with kindness and hospitality by the Iranian people. Persians are by and large very thankful for foreign visitors because their mere presence proves they do not believe in the incessant negative stereotypes of their country, which westerners are regularly bombarded with by their corporate media outlets.
US Passports require more visas and monetary fees to enter more South American nations than any other developed western country.
US passports are beginning to rank somewhere between manure and “meh” for extended travels in South America, especially when pitted against the privileges that European, Japanese, Korean, or New Zealand passport holders have for the region. This is primarily due to the severe restrictions and red tape that the U.S. government enforces upon Brazilians, Argentinians, Chileans, Bolivians, and Paraguayans who wish to visit the United States.
These governments respond in kind to holders of US passports, who must pay big fees for visas ($100+) in order to enter those countries. In total, these five countries amount to a whopping 13,557,596 square kilometers of South American territory that U.S. citizens must have paid additional money to legally set foot upon. By comparison, other western nations (who actually know how to get along with the world) are offered almost unrestricted access. Oh yeah, and we’re still the only country in the world that can’t (easily) travel to Cuba.
In the past several years a number of alternative news outlets have pointed out that Australia has a vastly higher minimum wage compared to the United States. In Australia, the minimum wage is set at $16.87 per hour as of 2014. Were they trying to point out that Australians must be enjoying a vastly higher material standard of living when compared to their U.S. counterparts as a result of such generous wages? And that higher minimum wages don’t necessarily correlate to an increase in unemployment?
The latter might be true, but the former almost certainly is not. A higher Australian minimum wage always leads to higher prices for end consumers and overseas visitors. What inevitably follows is the “sticker shock” for people coming from abroad, who suddenly find their Australian holiday isn’t quite as affordable, or enjoyable, as it could have been somewhere else around the globe.
‘The Ridge’ is the brand new film from the Scottish trials cyclist Danny Macaskill. For the first time in one of his films, Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline. Breathtaking views, amazing cinematography, and spectacular riding skills and stunt work make for a truly astounding visual experience. In the first 5 days, the video on YouTube garnered over 10 million views.
Sick of the debilitating regulations and pitiful economic opportunity in the United States? The ‘Nomad Capitalist’ has some suggestions for the best places to live and work overseas.
What does it take to be a global entrepreneur? Andrew Henderson, the proprietor of ‘Nomad Capitalist’, joins the Success Harbor podcast to talk about his favorite places for entrepreneurs to live, do business, and invest overseas.
After five months of travelling in Eastern Europe, he was admittedly underwhelmed. However, he believes Asia has a fantastic business climate. China, Vietnam, Malaysia, and even Cambodia were notable standouts.