Missing teen sailor found safe

Just starting sailing season here, so this is some good news for the 16 year-old solo sailor. Her parents must have been going crazy. While I think you’ve got to be a little nuts to try something like this, I can’t lay any blame on the parents for this, since the kid’s probably a better […]

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Sailing the Caribbean, the Frugal Way

Fantastically cheap way to sail in the Caribbean. I think I found a way to use up those vacation days this year. We were not, however, paying much. Our berths aboard the Illusion cost us each $55 a day, a sum that covered breakfast, dinner, basic instruction in sailing, plus mooring and customs fees — […]

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Sea-Bands – are they any good?

I was thinking about getting a pair of these for travel sickness, but figured they sounded a little bogus. So I checked online, and while there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence, there wasn’t any proof in proper clinical trials. The best information came from a New Zealand skeptics page. You know those sea-sickness bands: At this […]

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Travelling on a Freighter Ship

Interesting article on travelling by freighter. Takes care of some misconceptions, such as: 2. Freighter travel is similar to being on a cruise. The purpose of a cruise ship is to provide a relaxing and enjoyable time for everyone on board. The purpose of a freighter is to get cargo from point A to point […]

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Hilo, on the Big Island

May be going here for NoXmas. Sounds awesome. Say goodbye to the scenic drive, hello to museums and thrift shopping for hula girl lamps and Hawaiian shirts, right? Wrong. Forty minutes later, the sky was azure, the sun ferocious. The small, old-fashioned city of Hilo is on the east coast of the Big Island of […]

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Mardi Gras tips

A good list of no-nos to be aware of at Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras Moments: What Not to Do – Intelligent Travel Blog 4. Be wary of the scam artists! If someone approaches you with the question, “I bet you $100 I know where you got your shoes” or any question along those lines, do […]

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Kabuki buki buki

Staying at my favourite hotel in San Francisco — the Hotel Kabuki. Tonight, I’m on the club floor, which requires card access before the elevator will even move. Yeah, it’s pretty cool, but it all costs money. I inadvertently found out I get a continental breakfast too. That’s pretty good, no? The honour bar is […]

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Goofing off in a hotel room

I’ve been doing a little goofing off these days, working on some art projects, and generally playing around with Photoshop. I was going through some pictures, and had a bit of a laugh when I saw “The Teaching of Buddha” photo from Cancun. This book was in the hotel room instead of a bible. I […]

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