Adventure Travel

9 Travel Tips for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games (Many from Yakov Smirnoff!)

by Zach Everson. Posted Feb 4th 2014 04:00 PM
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The Opening Ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics is just three days away. If you're heading to Russia to watch the Games. Here are nine tips to help your trip go as smoothly as possible.
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Crazy New Video of Felix Baumgartner's Space Jump Will Give You Chills (and Possibly Nausea)

by Zach Everson. Posted Feb 3rd 2014 02:16 PM
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New video of Felix Baumgartner's space jump was released last week and, um, holy crap. The best way to describe the eight-minute video: pretty much the opposite of last night's Super Bowl.
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Let's Watch Sully Land US Airways 1549 Again on 'Miracle on the Hudson's' Fifth Anniversary

by Zach Everson. Posted Jan 15th 2014 03:07 PM
Plane Splashdown Pilot
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Today marks the fifth anniversary of Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III safely landing US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after geese strikes shut down both engines, just after taking off from LaGuardia Airport.
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A View to a Kill: Tagging Along on a Tuscan Boar Hunt

by Dan Allen. Posted Oct 4th 2013 11:00 AM
Morning sunshine beamed down on the Tuscan valley before me. The first few days of my visit here had been rainy, so this was my first proper glimpse of the hills I'd dreamed so long of seeing, gently rolling across the horizon in soft shades of green and autumn brown, kissed by the bright blue sky above. I took a deep breath. The crisp fall air smelled faintly of harvested vineyards, wood smoke-and death.
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The Way of Kindness

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Sep 25th 2013 02:30 PM
India Buddhist Festival
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In his preface to a collection of stories called "The Kindness of Strangers," His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote, "Kindness and compassion are among the principal values that make our lives meaningful... At any given moment there must be hundreds of millions of acts of kindness taking place around the world."
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The Way of Kindness: Bedouin Hospitality in Damascus

by Sean McLachlan. Posted Sep 25th 2013 02:30 PM
Syria, Damascus, Umayyad Mosque
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The first thing I noticed about Abdullah was that he was dying. A large-framed, bony old Bedouin, he sat slumped in an armchair in the lounge of my hotel in Damascus, Syria. He always sat in the same chair. Sometimes he didn't leave it all day. His djellaba was worn but clean, and he wore a black-and-white checkered keffiyeh on his head despite the fact that I never once saw him go out into the sun.
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The Way of Kindness: The Kindness of Dangers

by David Farley. Posted Sep 25th 2013 02:30 PM
Crowd on Tung Choi Street (Ladies Market).
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"I only travel to safe places," Ernest told me. I wanted to ask what he meant by that, but he continued. "No Egypt, no Mexico, no Russia. Hell, I didn't even feel safe here on the subway in Vancouver."

I had struck up a conversation with Ernest when I sat next to him in my hotel lobby, waiting for my room to be cleaned so I could check in. Before I could ponder why he'd compare Vancouver to, say, Ciudad Juarez in Mexico or Cairo, he added, "Now China, there's a place I wanted to go. But Berta here" -- he nodded over to his wife -- "she put the eighty-six on that one."
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The Way of Kindness: As Natural as Daylight

by Pam Mandel. Posted Sep 25th 2013 02:30 PM
Sunset over whitewashed village on volcanic rim of caldera.
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We were going to sleep on the sidewalk, if we were going to sleep at all. It was that or the freeway median, and that seemed an even worse choice. I did not want to sleep on the sidewalk or the freeway median, but there were no hotels, there were no campgrounds, there was ... nothing. The town was little more than a crossroads, a few streets lined with white stucco houses. We had been dropped there hours -- or was it days; it felt like days -- before and could not catch a lift out.

And now, the sun was going down. Sunset ends a hitchhiker's day. Drivers want to see the goods. They want to see the battered cardboard sign -- ours said PATRAS -- and the backpacks with the unraveling seams. Drivers want to see your face. Once you've turned into a cut-out shadow, the day is over. There would be no rides and, to the dismay of my increasingly noisy stomach, no dinner.
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The Way of Kindness: The Man Who Boiled My Noodles

by Candace Rose Rardon. Posted Sep 25th 2013 02:30 PM
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When I woke up at 3 a.m. just two days after returning to India, I knew the churning in my stomach could mean only one thing: Delhi belly.

I had spent three months in India the year before, three months during which I fell hopelessly in love with the country while also becoming intimately familiar with the ailment that most often befalls its visitors.
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The Way of Kindness: A Journey With No Steps

by Colleen Kinder. Posted Sep 25th 2013 02:30 PM
Poor Roads Hinder Reporting
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When I think about Liberia, I'm back in a van with Ernest. He's driving, the van is shuddering, sounding like a just-dropped bag of scrap metal, and I'm somewhere in the chasm of the van's back seats, bobbing, as we ride out the force of the latest pothole.

We spent our days like this, Ernest and I. His job was to shuttle around a group of grad students from Harvard-in the morning, to the government ministries where they interned, and at night, back to a gated, barb-wired compound where they slept. When one of the interns urged her little sister to come join-just pitch an article and come research it-Ernest was saddled with a 25-year-old white American who had places to be only if she could arrange interviews, and zero grasp of what "post-conflict" means for travel.
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