The Tour d’Afrique 2011 kicks off today in Cairo, Egypt. It was this time three years ago that we started our transformation from working class career oriented professionals to adventurers and full time travel bloggers. It started out as a New Years Resolution on the eve of 2008. We were feeling blue after 2 years of working too hard and traveling too little. We were stuck in a rut. It was just after midnight on a very gloomy New Years Eve for us. We were watching TV and luckily a profile of ultra marathon runner Ray Zahab came on the CBC. We were instantly inspired and made a pact to do something extraordinary in the New Year.
It has been many a year since Dave and I celebrated Christmas on actual Christmas day with our families. We always tend to be traveling during the winter months and have yet to put down any roots to start a regular holiday tradition. So here we are celebrating another Christmas by ourselves in yet another country. This year it is Thailand and we will be kickboxing through the entire holidays. That will definitely help to take our minds off of not being at home.
Our favourite travel photographs by country of 2010. We had amazing photo opportunities during our travels to 10 countries in 2010. These are the best moments we had.
What were our best travel moments of 2010. We had amazing adventures and it is tough to wrap up, but we did it. We had extraordinary moments in some of the simplest things.
2010 is drawing to a close and it is the perfect time to reflect on the events of the past year. We have had quite an amazing year when we stopped to think about. It is funny, when it is your own life, you don’t really realize just how incredible things are while they are happening, but in retrospect, life can be quite extraordinary. I won’t lie, things haven’t been all roses. We worry about where the money will come from, what the future will hold and if we will ever feel comfortable enough to actually stop counting every penny that we spend.
Canadian winter is a manifestation of nature’s harshness. In most parts of the country, people trudge through the snow for almost six months of the year, from November to April. Though some may prefer to hibernate, there are others who do not wish to fall prey to the boredom of cabin fever during the long winter season. The sense of fun coupled with the spirit of adventure of winter enthusiasts has given rise to diverse outdoor activities that are truly entertaining. Hence, to experience the excitement of Canadian winter, you need to participate in the following activities…
With the advent of digital cameras most people don’t really think of photographing in Black and White. Well I think people are missing out. If you look back over time you will see that some of the most striking and evoking photographs were taken in Black and White. It gives images a certain impact. Ansel Adams is a perfect example.
We wrap up this media week with songs that inspire travel. Like all of our lists this past week this was not easy to narrow down our choices to only six. There are many other songs out there that make us want to travel. Even as I write this introduction I am thinking of others but I won’t bore you with my thoughts, let us know if you have any songs that make you want to visit a country or city.
It’s media week at ThePlanetD and what is a week about travel in the media without travel movies. Dave and I worked in the film business for over a decade so we take our movie choices as seriously as our travel destinations.When we choose a movie that inspires travel, we don’t take it lightly. Picking a travel movie is important business. The type of movies you like says a lot about a person, so we are putting ourselves out there and tacking the hard hitting news of the travel world, Movies that Inspire Travel
We thought it would be fun for this Photo Story Friday to compare some of our photo’s to those of National Geographic. We tried to choose photo’s that were places we had been before and had a similar subject matter. In doing this it was a great learning experience.