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November 24, 2010

Video Spotlight: Visit Scotland with Danny MacAskill

Mesmerizing. Check out this video of Scottish mountain biker Danny MacAskill riding his way from Edinburgh to his hometown on the Isle of Skye. Quite apart from the amazing stunts, enjoy some beautiful scenes from around Scotland.

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June 10, 2010

Experience Africa from the Comfort of Your Swively Office Armchair

The Web has lit up like a blinking switchboard with chatter and viral marketing about the World Cup, which kicks off tomorrow. There’s no way to keep up with it all, but we thought this ad spot from Puma nicely captures the freewheeling spirit of Africa. Enjoy the armchair tourism. For more travel resources related to the World Cup and South Africa, check out our 2010 World Cup Special Issue, including periodic updates from our correspondent on the ground, globetrotting journalist Evelyn Spence.

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February 11, 2010

Video Highlights: Worst Winter Olympics Wipeouts

With the 17-day ice- and snow-fest that is the 2010 Winter Olympics about to get underway in Vancouver, British Columbia, we took a stroll down memory lane to award our own medals for the most bone-jarring, can't-take-your-eyes-off-it winter-sports wipeouts.

GOLD - Nagano 1998: Austrian Herman Maier tops the podium for one of the most spectacular crashes of all time during the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan. Remarkably, he walked off the course with only bruising and went on to take double gold in the super G and giant slalom a few days later. Maybe that's why fans nicknamed him "Das Monster."

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January 27, 2010

News Alert: Heavy Rains and Mudslides Hit Inca Trail

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Heavy rains and mudslides around Machu Picchu have knocked out thousands of homes and stranded hundreds of tourists. is reporting that up to seven people have died, while the U.S. State Department posted an alert yesterday that landslides throughout the Sacred Valley have blocked routes in and out of Cusco. The Peruvian government is coordinating a rescue effort to airlift stranded locals and tourists.

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October 30, 2009

Adventures of a Lifetime: Sky2Sea International

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We're excited to welcome Sky2Sea International (S2Si) as the newest provider on, an sister site that provides comprehensive listings for the world's best active vacations and adventure-travel trips. With over two decades of bespoke expedition-planning experience, S2Si runs wilderness trips through landscapes as diverse as the pristine rainforest in Guyana to an amazing one-week multisport expedition through Chilean Patagonia. Check out the video below for a glimpse of what to expect! This film shows the first 24-hour crossing of Patagonia by river, which was completed by a team of paddlers including S2Si guide Jon Clark.

Visit to discover thousands more adventures of a lifetime, from rafting the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River to hut-to-hut trekking in the Alps.

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September 23, 2009

Video: Desert Dust Storm Blankets Sydney

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Residents of Sydney awoke this morning to an eerie scene as a massive dust storm, the city's worst in 70 years, blew in clouds of fine red sand over Australia's largest city. Check out the video below:

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September 11, 2009

Watch Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Kelly Slater's New Surfing Movie

Nine-time world champion surfer, Kelly Slater, and his big-wave companion, Raimana Van Bastolaer, have just wrapped principal photography for Ultimate Wave Tahiti, the first 3D IMAX and giant-screen movie to use extreme surfing to focus on the science of waves, according to its executive producer, K2 Communications, Inc. The film, scheduled for worldwide release in February 2010, was primarily shot in Teahupoo, a legendary "slab wave" in Tahiti. Check out the behind-the-scenes clips below for a look at some of the awesome cinematography, not to mention surfing! wiae6pyn87

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August 04, 2009

Dumpling Man: East Village Neighborhood Restaurant

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Believe me when I say a really delicious dumpling is hard to come by. (I've had horrible to mediocre ones everywhere, including in Shanghai and various Chinatowns around the world.) Luckily for me, my mom perfected the recipe decades ago.  But as much as I love her dumplings, she admittedly doesn't make her own dough.  Dumpling Man, a small restaurant in New York City's East Village, apparently does the traditional Chinese dish justice—or even one better, with the owner claiming people have praised his dumplings as even tastier than those in the motherland.  These small locally-owned restaurants are just the types of establishments that give neighborhoods like the East Village their flair and personality.  Although I've never been to this dumpling diner, this video definitely intrigued me, and I'll definitely have to try it out next time I'm in the Big Apple.

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May 22, 2009

Video: Freediving World Record Set at 288 Feet!

In April of 2009 an astounding mark was set at the Vertical Blue freediving competition in the Bahamas. Will Trubridge established a new world record for constant-weight, no-fin freediving at 288 feet. Check out this video of the dive in its eerie, utterly inhuman entirety here:

As Trubridge explains in the YouTube comments, the reason he starts to sink at the 1:20 mark is because, at a depth of around 60 meters, the body becomes negatively buoyant, letting him free fall the rest of the way. But, Trubridge explains, "This obviously works against you in the ascent, as you feel heavy after the turn at the bottom and have to swim all the way back to the surface." He also wears nose plugs and liquid-filled goggles to reduce the degree of equalization needed as he descends.

The deepest I've ever been is 110 feet—and that was with a full scuba tank. This guy, he's just amazing.

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May 05, 2009

Consider Voluntourism

By Karen Chen

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I'll confide that I've never been to Africa, but it's one of the top places in the world that I want to visit next. Everything about the continent fascinates me, and I imagine it to be a place bursting with culture, life, and landscapes that I have yet to encounter anywhere else in the world.  Many safari outfitters take travelers up close and personal to the amazing wildlife of the African savanna, and while some of these travel companies do give back to local communities and help to develop sustainable tourism, what many travelers may overlook when planning travel to Africa is the incredible amount of need that exists in these countries for aid and volunteers and a kind, helping hand.  Consider voluntourism, a way in which you can still travel and experience new places and cultures, all while contributing to the greater good. And with the handy help of the Internet, you can easily find volunteer vacation opportunities.  A simple search of "voluntourism" on Google brings up 116,000 results.  But of course, before you commit to going with a certain company, do some research and make sure your dollars and your time are being put towards a credible cause and organization.  For some inspiration, here's a video featuring volunteers at World Camp in Malawi, an organization committed to empowering impoverished children through education.

For more voluntourism ideas and resources, check out our Volunteer Vacations Guide.

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