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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: May 2012
When you think of things to do in Iceland, some of the activities you read about make sense: Glacier Hiking, Snowmobiling, Dog Sledding. Then of course there is the great snorkeling…wait, what? That was pretty much my exact reaction when I heard that Iceland had some of the best snorkeling. I had this image of myself in a bikini paddling around ice and slowly (quickly) turning blue. Of course, it’s nothing like that – in fact, if you’ve ever gone snorkeling before you will find that Iceland snorkeling is a whole new experience. But let’s back up a bit. … Read More
Like many things we wish to achieve in life, the road to dog sledding was long, windy and often bumpy. However, far from being a metaphor, the twisty gravel road we took through the interior of Iceland in our tiny rental car was very very real. We had been driving for about 20 minutes, hoping that Adele’s motivational lyrics would propel our car to new feats of Suzuki strength. I was beginning to worry we had gotten horribly off track when we were alerted to the dog camp by the sound of 50 barking dogs. Dog camp of Dog Sledding … 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, Kyle and Briana from Roll Global share their tale of a dinner visit gone wrong in Cambodia. Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip: In January 2010 we got married and quit our jobs to take an indefinite honeymoon. Indefinite turned out to be reliant on money in the bank. In the end we traveled to 19 countries in 12 months. After being abroad for a year … Read More
Oh the famous Blue Lagoon, Iceland. The most famous attraction of the tiny Iceland, it sees more visitors each year than the country’s entire population. A giant geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon is known for its milky blue water, its steamy atmosphere and alien lava sculpted landscape. I had my reservations about the Blue Lagoon – I worried that like so many of these lauded tourist attractions, the Blue Lagoon would let me down. But – It’s amazing. It seriously lived up to every expectation. The Blue Lagoon is located very near Iceland’s international airport, making it the perfect place … Read More
As you approach the Svinafellsjokull Glacier at Skaftafell the first thing that hits you isn’t the sheer size of the glacier looming in front of you. In fact, the massive white summit is dwarfed by the impact of a small sign you approach the glacier entrance. Mounted on a unimpressive boulder, the square sliver sign lists two names with a simple note: “Missing on the glacier since 2007. With love from their family and friends” The sign was a sober reminder on a cheerful, sunny morning in Iceland. A reminder that Iceland’s famous glaciers are not simple tourist attractions. In … 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, Megan Starr from A Suitcase and Stilettos shares her story of an altercation with a cab driver. Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip: I’m Megan…a Virginian currently living in Norway. I spent my early years living in Europe and then after coming back Stateside, I spent a great deal of my time traveling for sports or sports related activities. And it just never stopped. The only difference … Read More
As you read this I am on my way to Iceland. I won’t be able to update you about my trip until I get back, but in the meantime here is some info about my adventures in packing….. No doubt this was a difficult trip for which to pack. Even though it was only 5 days, the wide range of acitivites planned made it a true challenge. First off I knew I would need cold weather clothes for glacier hiking and the like: Ski Pants Warm Socks My new Hiking Boots Coat Hat, Gloves, Scarf Next up I needed things for the … Read More
One of the worst tricks of traveling is that the more you see the more you realize how much you haven’t seen. You start to realize the world is a very VERY big place. As I’ve traveled, talked to others on trips and read travel blogs I’ve began to start my list of dream destinations and journeys. Below you will find the top contenders on my list (in no particular order). Kate, form Adventurous Kate recently wrote a good post about the important of actually accomplishing your bucket list. 1. Trans Siberian Railroad I have no idea why, but this … Read More
We all know that flying is a necessary evil. Pretty much no one enjoys it, but if we want to travel we all have to do it (unless you plan to confine yourself to long boat rides and overland trains). I could probably write a book about bad things that have happened to me at airports, but for the sake of brevity, I’ve gathered up a few of my ‘favorites’ for your reading…enjoyment? Even though we all agree flying isn’t the most fun, its something we must do to see the world. So, since we must fly, hopefully we can … Read More