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G. John Cole

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Fictional Places Have Their Passports Too. And They Are the Coolest!

It can be difficult to let go of a beloved fictional universe when you reach the end of the book, series, or movie in which it was contained.

You visited the fictitious homeland of your heroes daily (or more likely spent one ‘bingey’ weekend there!) and suddenly your trip came to an end. If only there were a way to travel there for real…

This thought inspired the people at Budget Direct Travel Insurance to create their newest series of speculative illustrations. They’ve got the bureaucracy of your dimension-hopping vacation all sewn-up with these imaginative conceptualizations of what it might be like to get a passport from one fictional country or another.


Continue reading at MakeMyTrip.

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How to Feel like you’re Traveling even when you’re Not

Miksang is the Tibetan word for “clear eye,” and it is this attitude of openness and non-judgment that can allow a mindful photographer to discover, express and share astonishing images in the world around them. Rather than capturing an unrepeatable moment or a polished composition, it is about becoming aware of the shape, texture and color of the world around us.

Miksang photography cannot be reduced to set of stylistic rules, although you may sense an intangible thread running between the truly successful Miksang pictures that you take or observe. Rather, Miksang is about the suppression of thought in favor of pure perception. The mind, unencumbered by political or strictly aesthetic ideas, is freed to sense the presence of the scene as it presents itself as an image.


Read the whole piece at Elephant Journal.

50 Wilderness Backpacking Tips You Need To Know

You learn some pretty tough lessons in the wilderness, and that’s partly what backpacking is about – going beyond your safety zone and discovering something about yourself, your comrades and nature. But while you will inevitably become a more wizened traveller with every expedition, there will never be a time to turn your nose up at a well-meant tip. If you’re new to the game, you’ll certainly want to stock up on a little hand-me-down expertise before making your first big excursion.


Continue reading at The Outbound.

12 Rail Trips That Prove It’s The Journey That Matters

For those of us with itchy feet, the idea of an epic rail trip may not seem too enticing. You want to get out on the streets, pounding the cobblestones along narrow village paths, or kicking up the dust on a sun-bleached mountain trail. You want to be in and out of shops and bars, chatting with the locals, finding unique vantage points for once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities.


Continue reading at Amateur Traveler.

A 1-Day Guide To 11 European National Parks

Europe isn’t all sophisticated cafés and austere galleries. If your tastes tend towards something a little more physical, there are some serious doses of nature to be found on this wildly diverse continent. Tamed or untamed, photogenic or hands-on, Europe has a startling variety of national parks – nearly 500 of them – and if you find yourself attracted to a certain region’s culture you can usually find its natural equivalent in the nearby parkland.


Continue reading on The Outbound.

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