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40 shocking facts about water
40 shocking facts about water

Water: we once thought it was an endless natural resource. Now we know better.Photo: mattman231. Over 1.5 billion people do not have access to clean, safe water.Photo: ePi.Longo2. Almost 4 million people die each year from water related diseases.12. The average toilet uses 8 litres of clean water in a single flush.

Pico Iyer On “Why We Travel”
Pico Iyer On “Why We Travel”

Why We Travel is a classic essay from the world’s greatest living travel writer, Pico Iyer.Worldhum.com recently republished one of my favorite essays – Why We Travel by Pico Iyer – as part of their 8th anniversary celebration.The essay is an absolute masterwork. Why We Travel elucidates the inner journey of travel in Iyer’s classic style of lyrical juxtaposition.

Southwest Airlines: Still cool after all these years
Southwest Airlines: Still cool after all these years

Since its beginning almost 40 years ago, Southwest has been known as the airline that’s a little kooky, a little unconventional.Rather than conservative, pressed, navy-colored uniforms, flight attendants used to wear hot pants. Today, they’re dressed in khaki shorts.Instead of boring, predictable safety announcements, the crew tends to make the delivery of even the most rote information an opportunity for entertainment.

Do You Know What’s Crawling In Your Hostel Shower?
Do You Know What’s Crawling In Your Hostel Shower?

There are few things in the world that are universal. How many variations could there be?The answer – more than you can imagine. Consider the various elements involved: plumbing, setting, temperature, interior design…fauna.I had my first taste of unique plumbing in Ireland. In the hostels where I was staying, the shower heads had no cold or hot taps, just one big knob.

10 Reasons We Should Say No to the 700 Billion-Dollar Bailout
10 Reasons We Should Say No to the 700 Billion-Dollar Bailout

As the markets today plummet amid the country’s hesitation to bail out the bankers, institutions, and leaders that have utterly failed us, we think you should take a deep breath and read our 10 reasons why accepting the bill would be disastrous for our country.Taxpayers would take the fall for a problem Wall St created.

Notes on a Picture I took in Haiti
Notes on a Picture I took in Haiti

Jared Krauss recently returned from several weeks volunteering in Haiti. When his friend and family asked “what was it like?” he found the best answer was this photo.THIS PICTURE epitomizes Haiti for me. This boy had just ran nearly a mile to keep up with our van in the stop-and-go traffic clogging the exits of Port Au Prince.

What’s in your backpack, Leif Pettersen?
What’s in your backpack, Leif Pettersen?

Leif Pettersen hanging in a hammock in Ko Chang, ThailandLeif Pettersen (pronounced “Life”) is a road-worn wordsmith who has worked in the travel writing racket for nearly a decade.Known for his hilariously irreverent style, Leif’s candid travelogues are enjoyed by thousands each month on his blog Killing Batteries.

Calling China from your mobile with Gmail
Calling China from your mobile with Gmail

Free in-country calls and dirt cheap internationals, video conferencing and text features – Google Voice is stepping in on Skype territory.After reading through Wired’s review of the new Gmail calling feature, I headed straight to Google Voice to check it out myself. I’m a fan of Skype for sure, but I’ve only used it for video calls on my laptop (that iPhone app has just never worked for me).

Notes on Riding Palestinian Buses
Notes on Riding Palestinian Buses

On buses in the West Bank, Robert Hirschfield learns how a Jew can fear other Jews.I WAS WARNED. Then, I was treated to fits of Jewish hand wringing in the classical style. But mainly I was warned.The fuss was caused whenever Israelis heard I was traveling to the West Bank on Palestinian buses to interview Palestinians.

5 things living abroad has taught me about being Canadian
5 things living abroad has taught me about being Canadian

I’ve often puzzled over what it means to be Canadian; how to define a culture that draws from so many others.It wasn’t until I started traveling and building a comparative perspective that the definition of Canadian-ness became a bit clearer. It’s an ongoing question on my mind, but I’ve drawn a few conclusions so far.

Notes on My Polish Informant
Notes on My Polish Informant

Now fully in love with Poland, Matador Goods Editor Lola Akinmade remembers her very first date with the country.September 2003. We cross the border into Poland from Slovakia. Our party bus is pulled aside and a control officer hops on. He glides down the aisle, sucking air and grabbing passports. He must love his job.

How to beat the back-home relationship blahs
How to beat the back-home relationship blahs

Returning home after an awesome trip is tough; when you’re a couple, it can be even harder.Don’t let your relationship fall into a post-travel rut.After weeks or months of all day face-time in exotic destinations-along with the intimacy (good and bad) that it creates-going back to the drudgery of cubicle life can put a serious damper on even the strongest relationships.