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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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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
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
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
Recently, I was asked to review ChinaTours.com, a travel agency specializing in tours of China and the surrounding area. The company offers a wider variety of tour options including private and group tours of various lengths and prices. They also offer “extension” tours which can take you to nearby countries after your trip through China. The webs site itself is very easy to use. It’s well laid out, written in clear language and informative. It’s very easy to find the tours that are offered for each category: Private, custom, Join – etc. Each tour has it’s own page with detailed … 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
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
The Clever Travel Companion is a line of products that helps travelers conceal their passports and other valuables from pickpockets. They have an entire line of products that include tank tops, t-shirts, undies and long johns. They sent me a pair of long johns and a tank top to try out and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. In my experience, “traveler clothes” are typically ill fitting, colored like pea soup and made of weird materials. Thankfully, the Clever Travel Companion’s clothes were actually surprisingly flattering. But don’t take my word for it. Let’s go to the video … Read More
Don’t worry… this isn’t some crazy pretentious post about how what I do is an art and there is so much beauty in the world blah blah blah… No, instead this is just blatant marketing for any other travel bloggers who happen to read my site and are looking for some great advice and help on how to get their blog up and going (don’t worry I won’t be the one giving it.) I just joined the “Art of Travel Blogging,” a community that helps bloggers learn all there is to know about creating content, SEO, and setting up wordpress/hosting. … Read More
San Francisco is located just south of some of the country’s best wine tasting regions. So, when I started planning my visit, I knew I wanted to spend a day checking them out. I had been to Napa a few years earlier, so I was excited when I found out that Extranomical Tours offered a day trip to another famous region, Sonoma, combined with a trip to the Muir Woods, another area near the city that I was eager to see. The tour started out bright and early with a pick up in downtown San Francisco. I had been nervous … Read More