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Category: Travel

15 Oct

7 Tips for Recording Your Next Cross Country Road Trip

In the summer of 2012, I decided that I would travel over 3,700 miles in my Rav4 from Washington, DC to my new job in San Francisco. I also decided that I would record the whole thing. After all, I'd be alone for over 2 weeks on my northern route that would take me up to Yellowstone before heading down through California. I'd need something to do. The video I recorded wasn't perfect. It didn't suck, but it also didn't blow me away like I wanted it to. If I was going to go on another road trip tomorrow, here's what I wish I would have known the first go-around. 1. Give yourself more time than you think you need. You don't want...
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9 Oct

The City of Counts: Barcelona at a Glance

Since hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics, Barcelona has transformed into a prime destination spot for tourists from all over the world. The city drew nearly 8 million tourists in 2014, and according to BarcelonaTurisme (Barcelona Tourism), it is not only a destination for leisure, but for business as well, drawing vacationers and CEOs alike to bask in the warm, Spanish sun. History Although there is evidence that humans have lived in the area since 5500 BC, there are two legends that detail the creation of the city. The first legend states that the Greek hero Hercules founded the city, while the other states that the Carthaginian Hamilcar Barca (father of the more famous Hannibal, who was known for waging wars against Rome)...
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18 Sep

7 Tips for Travel Photography

There's a lot to consider when prepping for a photo trip, most important of which is your gear. There's nothing worse than realizing you're missing something when you're faced with a tremendous once-in-a-lifetime shot. It's best to research your locations, weather patterns, best times to shoot, and if there's a lens or specific body you don't have but need, you can always borrow gear. Below are a few tips on what type of gear works best, camera settings, and traveling with your gear. 1. Be Prepared with Your Gear Here are some things that should be in your bag: DSLR camera body  A wide angle lens, like a 10-24mm A Telephoto lens, maybe a 24-70mm A variable ND filter for bright conditions A lightweight travel tripod or monopod Multiple...
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14 Sep

Explore Japan’s Prefectures With the First-ever Cat Street View

Ever wonder what it would be like to walk around Japan’s iconic cities as a cat? Thanks to a Hiroshima-based marketing firm, now you can strut around the town of Onomichi using an online cat-view map. Kitty POV Overload A lot of work (and cat treats) went into the massive project by the local tourism division. The team deployed 360 cameras and filmed around the clock, capturing nearby streets, relaxing cafes and malls. Similarly, the technology resembles the recording methods used for Google Maps. For now the site only covers Onomichi, a port city 70 km east of Hiroshima prefecture. "We were seeking to introduce a different way to look at our cities and offer a view of the streets that wasn't available...
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12 Sep

Self-driving Golf Carts Signal the Start of the Autonomous Future

Before Google’s self-driving cars, there were self-driving golf carts. The autonomous vehicles pecking order makes sense- golf carts don’t require strict federal road regulations and are manageable on a smaller scale at slower speeds. Taking the technology to mainstream markets are scientists from the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). “We would like to use robot cars to make transportation available to everyone,” highlighted Daniela Rus, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a senior author on the conference paper. “The idea is, if you need a ride, you make a booking, maybe using your smartphone or maybe on the Internet, and the car just comes.” Dynamic Virtual Bumper The development of self-driving golf carts is...
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11 Sep

See the World from the Comfort of Your Own Couch with TeleTrip

A concept that definitely takes couch surfing to a whole new level, TeleTrip is a recently launched Kickstarter campaign aimed to let people explore and see the world in the comfort of their own environment by piloting and manning virtual travel robots. An iPad acts as the head of the little travelling robot that could, allowing pilots to see with their own eyes the wonders of the world without having to take precious time off work, book costly airfare and unabashedly embarrass themselves in a foreign country as a lazy tourist who only learned three phrases in a given country’s native language. So far, backers of the Kickstarter campaign have been given access to TeleTrips arsenal of robotic travellers to see...
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11 Sep

Remote Year Enables People to Travel the World While Working Remotely

For many would be travelers and adventurers, the prospect of seeing the world and immersing oneself amongst other cultures and lifestyles is stymied by those boring everyday responsibilities and tasks, namely work, and the money and time commitment traveling requires. But with technology connecting us to each other more so than ever outside of the physical, person to person realm and the rise of the freelance economy granting individuals the ability to work beyond the traditional constraints of an in-office, 9-to-5 job, a bold startup looks to capitalize on the telecommuting age in order to help people see the world. Remote Year is a program designed to gather and connect a group of unique, interesting people together from all walks of...
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1 Sep

Get Smart for Wanderlust

Are you planning a trip some time soon and need a new set of luggage? Rarely does luggage met the criteria for long distance travel, especially when that traveling requires numerous connection flights, relying on airport personnel, and security checkpoints. So much can go wrong! But alas, fear not! The reign of Samsonite’s plastic hard-shelled cases are now artifacts of long ago, just like Heelys and fanny packs. In other words, they just don’t make the cut in today’s jagged world. Here’s a look at a few local contenders who’ve merged modern conveniences with elegance in design and performance. And the best part about these definite crowd pleaser are the fact that it starts here in our own backyard. Barracuda, a San Francisco-based...
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27 Aug

Could Uber raise transportation standards in the Philippines?

The Philippines is an interesting market for tech investors—a great command of English, lower costs of doing business, and close ties with the United States make the Philippines one of the most promising markets for tech and business. Call centers have been moving from their traditional hub in India to the Southeast Asian island nation, and economic growth has exploded—car manufacturers have reported a 27 percent growth in sales. Demographics also tie into their favor—the Philippines has an average age of 23, making it one of the youngest nations in Southeast Asia and the world. Uber's entry into the Philippines, however, has had a rough start. Like any other country, there are political issues, and the Philippines is no stranger to...
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23 Aug

Scrubba: Portable, Lightweight Washing Machine, Fits in Your Pocket

Traveling light usually means foregoing essential necessities like pillows and extra sets of clothes. Instead of lugging around more gear, why not bring a pocket-sized washing machine with you on your next trip? Now you can with the Scrubba Wash Bag. No Batteries Required When folded, the portable washing machine is about the size of a soda can. Per session, you can fit a couple of shirts, a pair of socks and underwear. Pants generally take up more room, so you’ll have to do those separately. Inside the contraption, there are little bumps that stimulate the washing process. After unraveling the bag and putting your clothes inside, you'll need to add a bit of water and laundry detergent. Compared to a regular washing machine,...
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