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About L’appel Du Vide
There exists a psychological phenomenon in which perfectly sane people, with no desire to die, find themselves faced with a steep cliff and experience a strong desire to leap. To jump from their safe vantage point into the unknown. This phenomenon is so common in fact, that the french have a term for it: L’appel du Vide – Call of the Void.
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Monthly Archives: April 2012
This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Brooke Schoenmen from Brooke vs. the World shares her tale of getting stuck at the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border. Tell me a little about yourself and your current/next trip: I am the blogger behind Brooke vs. the World. When it comes to travel bloggers, I guess you could say I’m one of the trailblazers in this sphere with RTW travel plannings reaching back to 2006. I set off in late 2007, participated … Read More
Before anyone gets all excited – No, I am not going to Australia. However, one of my maybe not entirely healthy hobbies is planning out imaginary trips that I hope to take someday. I’m hoping to do a series of What If? posts that will help me focus on new locations I haven’t been to and also help me learn about places I didn’t even know I wanted to go to. Think of it like those “mood boards” they have over on home improvement blogs. Anyway, in that spirit, and because two of my good friends are going to Australia next month and I … Read More
The Sarajevo War Tunnel is a relic from the recent Bosnian War in the 1990s. During the war, the city was put under siege by the Serbian Army and began to suffer from lack of food, water and other resources. During different points in the war, the tunnel was used to transport arms, people, water and even electricity. At some point, a rail cart type system was installed in the tunnel to make transportation easier. The ceiling of the tunnel is a lot lower than you would expect. At 5’6 I still had to crouch significantly at parts. I can imagine … Read More
As I announced on Thursday, I will be departing for Iceland next month for five very full days of adventuring. After booking and everything, and getting super excited, I realized that I in no way owned proper foot wear for a glacier walk…. my normal travel wear of flip flops just wasn’t going to cut it… Luckily, Planet Shoes had the answer and hooked me up with this great pair of Merrell Shoes. The Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof should keep my feet warm and toasty and well supported thanks to them being both water proof and ankle height. Totally a huge improvement on … Read More
This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Jackie DesForges from Jackie Travels shares her tale of getting robbed at the French Riviera. Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip: Hello! My name is Jackie and I spend most of my time googling pretty places I’d like to visit (sometimes this is substituted with that game where you close your eyes, spin your globe, and put your finger on a random spot to see where you end … Read More
Easytobook.com is an accommodation booking site that helps you find and compare cheap hotels and offers discounts of up to 80 percent off. They asked me to take their site on a test drive of their site. For a long time, I’ve had a number one airfare booking site, but now I think I may have a go to hotel booking site. To be honest, I was prepared to be underwhelmed, but easytobook.com offers a lot of unique features that make it worth checking out for your next trip. Starting off, it operates like many other hotel booking sites but right away … Read More
As you might already have guessed if you’ve seen some of my tweets or if you ever talk to me in person (or if you can see the giant graphic at the top of this page) my next trip will be to…. …drum roll please… ICELAND!! I know, I know, you are just as excited as I am. So what are the details? My friend and I booked a package trip through Iceland Air that includes all the hotels, flights and a whale watching trip. We will be leaving in Mid-May and staying for about 5 days. We already have … Read More
My friend, Caroline, recently went on a volunteer trip to Kenya. During her visit she had the opportunity to participate in a wildlife safari. I asked her to share with us some of her photos and experiences: Going on safari in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in southern Kenya felt like stepping back in time 100 years. Granted, we were aiming cameras at the wildlife instead of guns, but the feeling was still definitely there. To start with, instead of the hotel having rooms, there were instead “luxury tents.” Each room was actually a large canvas tent on a platform. … Read More
As a travel junkee, I’m always on the look out for cheap holidays, but the questions always comes down to, do I want to go back to a place I loved or do I want to try something new? In the past I’ve always opted for something new. However, Wandering Early just did a post about Why he won’t be visiting every country in the world because he has so many that he wants to go back to someday. It got me thinking about all the places I’ve visited too briefly, fallen in love with and want to go back to someday. And at the top … Read More
This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Erik Smith from On my Feet and on my Mind shares his Masada hiking disaster. Erik from “On my Feet and on my Mind” Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip: I’m 39 years old and I traveled all over with my family growing up. After a few years break in college where I didn’t travel- I rediscovered my travel bug in 1996 when my family took a three week cruise to … Read More