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I have never even been tempted to climb mountains. I am not a thrill-seeker, at least one who wants to risk their life, but I do have a strange fascination for those who take on the most challenging adventures. I am addicted to reading books on an extreme adventure.
Despite his lack of experience of water adventure, in 1995 Joe Kane joined a group of adventurers intent on being the first American to travel the full 4,200-mile length of what may be the world’s most treacherous river: the Amazon.
“The River of Doubt” by Candice Millard sets out to tell the story of Roosevelt and his partners in their journey on the previously unexplored river, the Rio da Dúvida, or River of Doubt in the dense Amazon rainforest of Brazil. If you like stories of adventure and exploration then this is a great read.
The documentary, Pedal the World, available on Netflix is the amazing story of a young German, Felix Starck who undertakes the huge personal challenge of cycling around the World for a year. In that time he covers over 11,000 miles and 22 countries and along the way discovers the soul of humanity and himself.
“Food Evolution” the movie looks at the controversial subject of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) from the perspective of the food science community. My personal bias, through the media I gravitate to, has made me anti-GMO so I watched this movie with an open mind to get a different perspective.
SEED: The Untold Story, follows passionate seed keepers intent on protecting our 12,000-year-old food legacy. It follows the story of the dedicated few working to preserve what remains of our crop diversity against powerful corporate forces who are seeking to drive us to use their products exclusively against our best interests.
As part of Patagonia’s mission to educate they commissioned a documentary, Unbroken Ground, to be made that focuses how farming practices can be changed that don’t do permanent damage to the environment, destroy biodiversity and drive climate change.
This is the story of a flight experience we had on a holiday to India (which was a wonderful adventure), what happened when things did not go exactly as planned and the lessons we learned that we will take with us on future journeys.
After a recent accident whist away on vacation in an exotic location I came away thankful to be alive, still hungry to travel but reflective on the experience. It will change the way I plan and prepare for future journeys.
#itchyfeettravellers Over the years I have had quite a few people tell me I resemble this person or that person. Unfortunately, the comparison has never…
I have been watching Rick Steves travel shows on Public Television for several years. He comes across as a jovial chap and his shows are informative in a light and fluffy way. So, I was somewhat shocked when I recently caught one of his programmes entitled “Travel as a Political Act”
This is going to be a strange posting, but on our recent trip to the Far East, we were both entertained by posters we found in toilets on etiquette and safety. It did feel creepy pulling out our mobile phones to snap pictures of these but the temptation was too much!
I am never sure what gives me the most pleasure the experience of a journey or the planning of the trip. One thing for sure it is not the getting there. I write this as I wait with Karen at the airport in San Francisco for our flight to Hong Kong at 1:30 am.
I have been capturing our families travels over the last 10 years or so in blog postings and also in picture books. As technology has improved since I first set out keeping these records I decided to upgrade to a new site.
Documentaries about climate change are sobering and somewhat scary intending to frighten people into action. HBO’s “Ice on Fire” is no different but it does have some enlightening moments that provide us with some opportunities to reverse the direction we’re heading with respect to climate change and how to live in a more sustainable way.
Matt Kepnes book “How to Travel the World on $50 a day: Travel cheaper, longer, smarter” is a useful guide for the budding world traveller with a tight budget.
A life-threatening event which may result in many dangerous consequences, including a stroke or heart attack A couple of years back we had a calamitous journey…
It is sad to think that our children may never see a night sky full of stars, but there are real consequences. In June 2016, it was estimated that one-third of the world’s population could no longer see the Milky Way. This included 80% of Americans and 60% of Europeans.
The documentary film Plant Pure Nation tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the health benefits of a plant-based diet.
In my researching on vegan diets many months back I came across the story about a documentary that was being made called the Game Changers. I was very excited recently to here it was coming out in September this year – so I immediately bought tickets and was lucky enough to see the film earlier this week.
As we plan to spend time outside this summer we should be conscious of the danger from over exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. There is a new 2019 report from Consumer Reports on the best sunscreens. The advice is cover up when possible, stay in the shade, apply sunscreen frequenty and use sunscreens with a broad spectrum and an SPF of at least 30.