The “civilized” wilderness of Europe

Europe is many things, but one thing that is consistent across almost all of the European countries is the general approach to tolerance.  Good, mature behaviour is recognised, and rewarded with few limitations or rules.  The  Europeans intrinsically get this. And one area where this all blends together for Europeans is camping.  This article talks about “wild” camping:  pitching your…

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Nothing up my sleeve, presto!

Your flight tickets will be $550.  Your suitcase will be another $212. Give this man, Bruno, a medal. Overpacked and no room in my carry on, this is the outcome of that predicament – the travel coat: a couple meters of nylon from the Flea Market in two perfect tones of forest green, 29 carefully folded items of clothing, 6.8…

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I’m sorry, Dave – I’m afraid you can’t do that

Sometimes, you wonder where peoples’ minds are. The USA’s TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Blogger Bob Burns once shared funny, but serious, messages with the public.  Now,  Lisa Farbstein and the team on duty now are doing a great job of keeping the public informed with light but serious messages about what can and cannot go through airport security checkpoints. Read…

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It’s how you see the world

Although the world is still very far away from inclusiveness, humans are making strides – and that includes new thinking in facilities for the disabled. Technology, of course, is leading the way, especially with new materials and ways of manufacturing.  But, you will also find humans and companies really thinking hard about to make those who are less-abled feel freer.…

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First viewer will buy! Don’t wait!

The electric interwebs are full of articles and videos about failed attempts on a grand scale.  We know that there was thought and planning put into these – there had to be.  But, in the cases here, the dreams crumbled in a number of different ways.  Rather than ridcule, let’s be glad that we’re able to learn from these examples.…

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Do good, feel good UNESCO style

This is a simple, but very important request.  For those of us who are fortunate enough to travel, this should almost be mandatory. UNESCO has created the Sustainable Tourism Pledge. The pledge takes an industry-first approach to environmental and cultural protection, requiring hotel operators to introduce firm measures to eliminate single-use plastics and promote local culture. The intention is to…

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H2Go!

Nature provides, if we respect her.  And respect is something that seems to be in short supply nowadays.  Automobiles still (mostly) run on 1900’s technology, we still pump fuel out of the ground, which has untold repercussions. The worst thing is that we know better and have the technologies, and yet, we as humans, are slow to adapt. Well, let…

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Take a “trip” to Hong Hong

No, this is not about drugs.  But it is about sensory experiences that you can enjoy no matter your mood. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is featuring a collection of four autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) videos that show off the acoustic ambience from the all parts of the city. Custom-made to arouse the viewer’s perceptions and arouse a…

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Saab story

This post may be somewhat specific – it’s about Saab automobiles, so look away if you have no interest in that.  But there is a reason why we’re writing this. However, if you do have an affection for the brand, your love of Saab is probably a long, happy and sad story.  Created and manufactured in Sweden, Saab was bounced…

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But, will we have enough extension cords?

Mother earth is heating up – dangerously – but so is the race to enable humans and animals to live in a world that will not burn to a crisp, like it seems now.  We have the brains and the technology, but our will needs a kick in the pants. Fortunately, more and more evidence of green thinking appears everyday. …

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Too little, too late?

Europeans – and we include the UK here – generally tend to be ahead of the curve when it comes to things like healthcare, social security, immigration  . . . and the environment. The UK has published its Transport Decarbonisation Plan.  The intent to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050. Is that too late, given what we’re hearing…

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Hot, hot … rot

Even if you’re a climate denier, you can’t deny that the earth is sending all sorts of messages to us.  Read the news – we don’t need to explain it here. The National Geographic has been following this for a long time.  They say that weather and climate patterns around the world are already shifting because of human-caused climate change. …

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The campings

Europeans love to camp.  There are literally thousands of them dotted around the continent.  Not only are they plentiful, they are usually in beautiful, if not stunning, locations and are a very cost effective way to holiday. You can enjoy all of the traditional ways of camping, including tents and resorts, but hiring a fuel-efficient European camper is really the…

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Lies and honest mistakes

The other day, I told a friend that Knoxville is the capital of Tennessee. Five seconds and a blur of fingers later, he said: ‘No, it’s Nashville.’ My statement was obviously not true. But since I sincerely believed in the accuracy of what I was saying, I was nonetheless being truthful. I was mistaken, not mendacious. This distinction between truth…

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20,000 rental campers. 24 countries. 4 continents. Go!

We love camping, and we love campervans even more, especially when they’re the smart new models – good on petrol, good on space, good on the environment. We’re also really happy to welcome our new affiliate friends, CamperDays.com Their portfolio includes up to 20,000 rental vehicles that can be booked directly in 24 countries on four continents. Read more about…

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Lufthansa Bus lines

Well, not exactly, but we wonder if this will become a thing as airlines start to react to the climate situation. “Lufthansa is scrapping its shortest route, replacing the service with a bus. The route between Munich and Nuremberg is just 86 miles (138 km) as the crow flies. Lufthansa operates many domestic services across Germany, connecting major cities with…

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Oh, we go …Ouigo

Oh, we go Ouigo! As if European rail wasn’t as appealing as it is now, they’ve made it even better. High-speed train travel between Spain’s most beautiful cities has no more reason to cost the earth, with Rail Europe opening ticket sales for OUIGO, Spain’s new affordable train network. Prices can be as low as €7.00.  That’s a bargain, no…

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A double-edged sword

War is always terrible –  we can agree on that.  But, some wars truly show the caliber of some countries and some individuals. As you may know, during the mid-1800’s the United States of America was torn apart by a divisive civil war.  There were a number of factors at play in that war, but a major rift was between…

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Boeing diagnostics

Boeing has had a rough ride (pun intended) over the last few years, related to aircraft build quality and / or maintenance.  Their 737-500 has been a safe plane to fly. But, the series it belongs to, which includes the 737-300 and 737-400, has had 19 fatal accidents over more than three decades in operation. Statistics aside, those numbers don’t necessarily instill confidence in…

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Nice! Azman

It’s always nice to see new (or old) airlines bring themselves back to life, especially if there is sufficient desire and cash to make it work.   One example is Nigeria’s Azman Air.  They have  been given approval to fly the airline’s only plane, a Airbus A340-600 on international flights. After a string of recent affirmation flights, Nigeria’s safety regulator OK’d…

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