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Tai Shan: A Sacred Climb
Tai Shan: A Sacred Climb

Photo: kanagenAlmost 500 km south of Beijing, the city of Tai’an in Shandong province is home to one of the “Five Sacred Mountains” of China.At its tallest point, the Jade Emperor peak tops out at 1545 meters. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tai Shan is loaded with historical, cultural, and natural significance — pilgrims have been making the trek up the mountain for over 3,000 years to pay religious homage.

4 little kids covering pop songs on YouTube
4 little kids covering pop songs on YouTube

Four kids take cover the hits with charm and grace. Sort of.If you’re not one of the ten million people who’ve watched video of a kid playing Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” then you’re missing out. It’s viral media magic.Below is the clip in question, as well as three other kids who seem to be embarking on early singing careers.

How To Stay Connected In 150+ Countries
How To Stay Connected In 150+ Countries

Please Note: This is a Sponsored Post.Let me make one thing clear from the start: I don’t like mobiles, or ‘cell phones’ as we call them in the States.When I first checked out the website of Mobal, an international cell phone company that sells inexpensive GSM World Phones, I was deeply skeptical.

Purify Your Body, Your Mind
Purify Your Body, Your Mind

What the eyes are for the outer world, fasts are for the inner. GandhiIt’s Saturday. I’ve been fasting for over twenty-four hours. However, my statement is truthfully a lie.Last night, for a final supper in Paris before heading back home for the holidays, I forced a small bowl of vegetable soup down my throat.

Tours of Post-Katrina New Orleans: Bringing Awareness or Taking Advantage?
Tours of Post-Katrina New Orleans: Bringing Awareness or Taking Advantage?

The other day I was watching MTV’s Real World, which takes place in New Orleans this season, and in this particular episode the group took a tour of Post-Katrina New Orleans. From a van, with a tour company.I was immediately both angered and appalled.Many of the people affected by Katrina are still putting their lives back together, and companies are taking tour groups through there?

What’s in your backpack, Russell Simmons?
What’s in your backpack, Russell Simmons?

American icon and entrepreneur extraordinaire behind Rush Communications, Russell Simmons is co-founder of hip-hop label Def Jam, creator of clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics, and the current Editor-in-chief behind Global Grind.Well, technically Russell doesn’t carry a backpack, but he is an ultralight traveler.

Gonzo Traveler: Man Versus Animal In New Caledonia
Gonzo Traveler: Man Versus Animal In New Caledonia

Photo Saracino“We’ve got a 6-gauge shotgun, a bottle of vodka, a six pack of beer, 60GB of music and a new 4×4 with fat treads. At this point, we’re practically a force of nature.”New Caledonia is a cigar-shaped island in the South Pacific, a colony of France, with a population of about 250,000.Half the people are descended from white French colonialists; the other half are black Melanesians, called kanaks, descended from Papua New Guinea.

How to: Travel on a third-world passport
How to: Travel on a third-world passport

In response to our call for submissions on getting visas, Tiara the Merch Girl writes in to remind us that the process is a much bigger pain in the ass for some people than for others.I’VE BEEN TRAVELING ever since I was a baby (my first flight was at about 40 days old), but being on a “high risk” Bangladesh passport means I often have to fill out extensive visa applications months in advance of my trips.

The True Confessions Of A Language-aholic
The True Confessions Of A Language-aholic

Feature photo by bravenewtraveler. Photo above by Jeremy G.While most are content with knowing one language, others seek to learn much more.Being fluent in English is like laying on an inflatable raft in the middle of an ocean.It’s easy; it’s comfortable, and it gets you places. But I’m addicted to the process of looking at a symbol that means nothing and unlocking it until I lose access to that meaninglessness.

A French couchsurfer talks of food from home
A French couchsurfer talks of food from home

St. Goustan in Brittany, France. Photo: Tc7 / Feature photo: jmhullotCouchsurfer extraordinnaire Delphine Mazars is currently traveling around Australia. My wife and I had the pleasure of hosting her for a couple of nights here in Melbourne.Since she left us, she’s trekked the entire 8-day Great Ocean Walk solo and has gone unplugged for a month and a half in Western Australia.

How to: Choose a GPS device for traveling
How to: Choose a GPS device for traveling

I remember the days when I had to carry half a dozen paper maps that, once unfolded, would never fold back again, blew away in the wind, or disintegrated when wet…For most areas, a GPS device has made navigation easier, whether you’re just finding a hostel, driving to the airport, or trekking to a hidden temple.

Pico Iyer On “Why We Travel”
Pico Iyer On “Why We Travel”

Why We Travel is a classic essay from the world’s greatest living travel writer, Pico Iyer.Worldhum.com recently republished one of my favorite essays – Why We Travel by Pico Iyer – as part of their 8th anniversary celebration.The essay is an absolute masterwork. Why We Travel elucidates the inner journey of travel in Iyer’s classic style of lyrical juxtaposition.