Author: Ryan Lum

Would You Rather Have Your Health or the Ability to Constantly Travel?

Would You Rather Have Your Health or the Ability to Constantly Travel?

I’ve been asking this question to people that I meet along the way. It’s a difficult question because both are quite important in life. It’s obvious that health is important; however, for those who have done a lot of traveling, they realize how much traveling has shaped the person they are today. It is through travel we learn to be more confident in who we are and learn to apprec... »

Travel Start-Up Guidestock Creates New Method of Augmented-Reality Traveling

Travel Start-Up Guidestock Creates New Method of Augmented-Reality Traveling

Guidestock – an easy-to-use application for travelers and city walk lovers that provides the opportunity to interact with city sights. Users can also earn money for sharing their unique travel experiences, by recording and publishing audio tour guide. Guidestock is a new way of interacting with a city and its sights through a cell phone application based on augmented reality. A combination of GPS ... »

The Beautiful Undercity: Urban Exploration with Steve Duncan

The Beautiful Undercity: Urban Exploration with Steve Duncan

“To explore the unknown and the familiar, distant and near, and to record in details with the eyes of a child, any beauty, horror, irony, traces of utopia or Hell.” – Dan Eldon Urban exploration is the exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned ruins or not usually seen components of the man-made environment. Photography and historical interest/documentation are heavily featured i... »

5 Reason To Skydive Right Now

5 Reason To Skydive Right Now

Imagine looking out of an open door only to see the pure blue sky. It feels like there is nothing around you. You instantly get tunnel vision and stare into the void that is outside that door. You’re skydiving. Lets face it, if you’re reading this post, you have an interest in jumping out of planes. It’s probably one of the many things on your bucket list. It’s definitely a... »

Tallinn, Estonia: Medieval Charm & Party-Goers

Tallinn, Estonia: Medieval Charm & Party-Goers

I decided to take a little detour from my planned route. My couchsurfing host, Maija, told me that it would be very easy to take a ferry from Finland to Estonia.  After researching that it would be about 48 euro and 2 hours one-way, I decided I had to do it. Apparently all the Finns visit Estonia to party because beer and cigarettes were cheaper than in Finland (and yes, I saw many people coming b... »

30 of the Best HDR Travel Photos of 2013

30 of the Best HDR Travel Photos of 2013

High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a set of methods used in imaging and photography to capture a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging methods or photographic methods. HDR images can represent more accurately the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often cap... »

What It’s Like to Stay In The World’s Largest Ice Hotel

What It’s Like to Stay In The World’s Largest Ice Hotel

Sleeping in the ICEHOTEL was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience that I’d recommend to anyone in a heartbeat. Although staying at the ICEHOTEL in Sweden is quite expensive, especially if you want to actually sleep inside one of the art suites, it offers a magical experience that was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The hotel i... »

Top 10 Places You Should Go While They’re Still Cheap

Top 10 Places You Should Go While They’re Still Cheap

It’s a fact almost every traveler faces: The world is bigger than our wallets are deep. And while there are plenty of tricks for squeezing the most out of every vacation dollar, one of the simplest options is to find a place that has a lot to offer but hasn’t yet been hit by the price inflation that comes with big-time popularity. Here are 10 destinations great enough to make the journ... »

There Is No Such Thing As A Touristy Destination

There Is No Such Thing As A Touristy Destination

So there I was, engulfed in the smell of beer. The music was loud and the crowd was plentiful. I was in Europe, but I just heard a lot of English speakers. I was at Oktoberfest 2012. During this 16-day festival, tourists from all over the world flock to Munich to drink their faces off and have a jolly good time. There are over 6 million people that visit this festival every year. I was at one of t... »

Gear Review: Osprey Meridian 22 Inch/60L Pack

Gear Review: Osprey Meridian 22 Inch/60L Pack

Finding the right bag for your trip can sometimes be a daunting task. Thankfully I’ve been through the pain of using every kind of luggage and have to say that this is one of my favorites. This luggage is very versatile because it has the benefit of roller luggage and also a backpack. To be quite frank, I often used the roller part of the bag the most as it saves your back and also it’... »

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