Costa Rica Tops List of ‘Happiest’ Nations

January 18, 2013

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Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From the crashing oceans of both the Pacific and Caribbean to the majestic volcanic mountains. There is so much natural beauty in this little place.

And now it’s even being referred to as one of the “happiest” places on earth… hmmmm. This place may be worth a second look if you have not traveled there already!

Read the full article from CNN here…

Costa Rica Tops List of ‘Happiest’ Nations

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Top 10 Backpacking Destinations in the World

December 10, 2012

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Image: Borneo Jungle Canopy Tour

So, you have two weeks of vacation time to use up and are dreaming of the ultimate backpacking vacation. With a whole world of possibilities, how do you decide on the perfect adventure?

With several uncommon suggestions you have probably never even considered, this list of “must see” backpacker’s destinations is sure to please….

Top 10 Backpacking Destinations in the World

 
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Plane crashes, car crashes, getting lost in the wilderness, tsunamis, earthquakes, terrorist attacks – you name it, book covers it! The SAS survival handbook
 
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Northern Lights In Norway – Best View Points

November 16, 2012

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Visiting Norway has to be on the top of just about any adventurer’s bucket list. With amazing mountain views, fjords and endless outdoor activities you can’t go wrong.

Here’s yet another reason why you should visit Norway – the northern lights. Some of the most stunning photos of Norway show the incredible aurora borealis in all it’s glory. For your best viewing options, make your way above the arctic circle.

Here’s a guide to some of the best places in Norway to see the northern lights….

Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Norway

 

1000 places to see before you dieP.S. This book makes a great gift or addition to your own collection! The definitive list of places you MUST see from all around the globe. I have my own copy already and love it. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the second edition: Completely Revised and Updated with Over 200 New Entries

 

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How To Train For Your First Ultra Marathon

November 14, 2012

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As a runner there is always the allure of doing longer and longer races. I remember after my first 10k I vowed to never do one again and declared that the most I ever wanted to race was a 5k.

But as time passed I looked for bigger and bigger challenges and eventually ended up running my first marathon. Now, my next dream is to run my first ultra marathon.

Here’s a great blog post that covers some great points on training for your first ultra…

How To Train For Your First Ultra Marathon

 

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Kjeragbolten Norway – Afraid of Heights?

October 31, 2012

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Where Is This?!

When I saw this image on pinterest I absolutely had to find out where this photo was taken. Some quick google sleuthing brought me to this link on wikipedia.

Mystery solved! This photo is of a place called Kjeragbolten in Norway.

Kjeragbolten – Norway

My very next thought was, “I wonder how dangerous it is to actually climb out on this boulder as it looks like it may be pretty narrow. Some more sleuthing revealed this photo below that shows the boulder is actually quite wide when looking at it from the top.

kjeragbolten lysefjord

Kjeragbolten Deaths?

I was not able to find any reported deaths from people accidently falling off this boulder so it must be pretty safe for the average joe to climb out on. I did find reports though of base jumpers who have died in this same area but that’s a whole other world and something I am pretty confident I will never be doing in this lifetime.

To further satisfy my curiosity, I did find this youtube vid of someone actually climbing out onto the boulder. If I am ever in the neighborhood. I’ll definitely be grabbing my own photo!

Would You Stand On The Kjeragbolten?

Let me know in the comments below!