"Anse Lazio" by TravelPod member oandb

Making TravelPod Better: August 2015 edition

Autumn is nearly upon and August has come and gone, so here’s a list of some of the most important things we improved on TravelPod last month:

  • We’ve (finally) removed the flash requirement for all of our photo-uploads, so you can now upload profile photos, trip photos, and do mass-uploading of blog photos directly from your mobile device!
  • The TravelPod iOS app has been updated to work with iOS 9. The new version hasn’t yet been released, but should be out in time for iOS9’s autumn release.
  • Blog photos now occupy the full width of the display when reading on mobile devices.
  • Comment-notification emails now include image thumbnails and snippets of blog content to provide a little more context.
  • As usual, we’ve also made a number of bug fixes and visual tweaks.

TravelPod is a big site, and we absolutely depend on your input for deciding what to give the most love. Please keep sending your feedback and tell us how we’re doing and what you’d like us to do better.

** Photo by TravelPod member oandb

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A Year of TravelPod Travel Blogs

With new TravelPod blogs appearing every day as our members travel the world, we thought it would be interesting to see what what all the blogs from one year would look like when we mapped them out together. You can watch the results in the video below, as a year’s worth of blog entries unfolds in 1.5 minutes. To build this, we made every entry a dot based on its location and used lines to connect entries within trips. Viewed all together, the result is kind of magical, and some obvious trends emerge. Lots of travel between Europe and Australia, for example, and the vast distances covered by travelers in Asia, South America, and Africa.

It’s great to see the wide variety of trips being saved and shared on TravelPod. Keep traveling!

This visualization was produced using Processing.
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The TripWow travel slideshow experience

Remember the days when your Great Aunt Agatha back from her trip, invited everyone over and gathered around the slide projector to show off your photos?

Snore. Boring right?

Your dad could never get the screen set up properly, a lot of times the slides would be out of order and the projector jammed in the middle of it.

Luckily, with digital cameras and the miracle of the internet, we don’t have to deal with that anymore.

Introducing: The TripWow slideshow experience.

Preview Lucky's TripWow experience

Anyone with a Flickr, Facebook, Picasa or TravelPod account can create one.

(TravelPod members can click the top corner of any of their blog entries to create one)

Import your photos from any of these accounts, add some music to match and magically, you’ve created very own, cinematic slideshow experience.

This is not your grandma’s slideshow

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Lifehacker loves TravelPod

Australia’s version of Lifehacker.com has featured TravelPod in their travel section.

Lifehacker shows users how to simplify their lives using TravelPod

Lifehacker shows users how to simplify their lives using TravelPod

Just another reason to blog with us. TravelPod organizes your travel memories into one convenient package, making it an appropriate “life hack” for anybody doing a trip, no matter what size.

Thanks to Lifehacker and Gail on Tech for showcasing our site!

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Print your blog professionally with Trip Book

You can’t always impress people with a travel blog.

Sometimes having an actual book to display on the coffee table is what you really need.

Today we’re announcing a long awaited feature. Professional blog printing. For cheap.

Inside of your Trip Book

Inside of your Trip Book

Your blog can now be printed in soft or hard cover starting at $13.95 USD.

To get started, just click on “Turn blog into a book” in the side bar of any blog entry.

Alternatively, there is a banner ad that appears under all trips in your Dashboard and a link in the “Tools” drop down menu in your Dashboard.

Your Trip Book cover

Your Trip Book cover

You can customize the cover of your book with any photo, but it looks best with a horizontally oriented picture like this one. There will also be space for an author bio, blog comments, a table of contents and an introduction.

Check it out and then let us know what you think.

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Pittsburgh TravelPod meetups

On my latest foray into the good ol’ U.S. of A., I met up with a bunch of awesome TP bloggers in Pittsburgh! VisitPittsburgh was kind enough to provide me with airfare and a hotel room during my stay there.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t all get together on the same night, so I met up with everyone in the area individually.

Here’s a run down of the awesome bloggers I met in Pennsylvania:

Jeremy, aka Jeremystravels, was only in town for Halloween weekend. He’s a frequent forum poster and just came back from a whirlwind tour of Egypt.

We met up for my first taste of the famous Primanti’s sandwiches and then joined his girlfriend Angie at Clearstory Studio for an amazing hipster-tastic costume party.

Jeremy and I at Primanti's on Halloween

Jeremy and I at Primanti's on Halloween

Jeremy and his girlfriend Angie all ready for the Halloween party at Clearstory Studio

Jeremy and his girlfriend Angie all ready for the Halloween party at Clearstory Studio

On Monday, Erwin aka mrshyguy and Allison aka jessnallie came out to enjoy the nighttime view of the Pittsburgh skyline at the Grand View Saloon. Erwin is a new member of TravelPod, just checking out the scene. Allison is quite the frequent blogger herself, writing about the trip she took with her daughter to New Zealand earlier this year.

Allison, Erwin and I at the Grandview Saloon

Allison, Erwin and I at the Grandview Saloon

Allison and I at the Duquesne Incline outlook at the top of Mt. Washington

Allison and I at the Duquesne Incline outlook at the top of Mt. Washington

And then there is Ray, Mr. Roundtheworld.

Later on in the week, I met up with Ray who happened to be in the area on his big giant American road trip to Florida. He has been a TP blogger for the better part of the last three years, writing and posting about all his adventures in Asia and Australia.

He picked up a shiny new TP water bottle and we shared some beers with my Couchsurfing host, Arunan at BBT (Bloomfield Bridge Tavern)

Ray at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ray at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ray with my Couchsurfing host at BBT

Ray with my host at BBT

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A Brand New TravelPod

At TravelPod, we want to make your travel blogging experience the best it can be, anywhere on the planet. For 12 years, we’ve been working diligently to reach that goal and today we are launching a brand new look for your blogs.

Say “Adios” to the old:

The old interface one last time

And “Hola” to the new!

Brand new look to for your blog

We’ve listened to all of your feedback and this update is more than just a facelift for your blogs, we’ve also packed in tons of great features you’ve requested.

As of right now, you can look forward to trying out these new features:

  • A cleaner, professionally designed look for your blogs with bigger thumbnails to embed in your entries
  • Improved navigation for your visitors
  • An interactive timeline at the top of the screen and maps, maps and more interactive maps
  • A simple one-click “I like this” voting system on entries and pictures
  • Your guests no longer need to register on TravelPod to post comments on your photos and entries!!!!
  • A hugely improved picture browsing experience with quick previews and the ability to easily jump between albums
  • A single spot on your Dashboard to manage and reply to ALL comments left on your entries and pictures
  • An additional world map clearly displaying your trip in the right-hand sidebar
  • The ability to change your hometown and country with a handy auto-complete feature
  • A new email privacy option for messages and notifications that you send (Thanks for the idea, Woz!)
  • No more popup windows! None. Zip. Zero.
  • A free-form html field for your profile page where you can can add badges, widgets, links to your facebook profile or what ever else you want

It’s this functionality that has kept you coming back year after year, to record and share your travel experiences with the world. To make sure TravelPod is as useful as possible to our bloggers, it is extremely important that each and every one of you tell us what you think of the new look, so please don’t be shy.

The TravelPod community would be nothing without you, and your input literally shapes our future.

Please leave comments at the bottom of this blog post, and let us know what you think.

Happy travels!

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TravelPod bloggers victim of Kelowna fires

I’m putting a simple plea out to all travelers in the TravelPod network.

Arikandcharis are victims of the devastating fires in the Kelowna, B.C. area. The fires themselves have long since died down, but this traveling duo has lost everything they own.

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Arik is not so worried about his personal belongings, but he does miss the knick-knacks and souvenirs he and his wife picked up along the way during their travels.

Here’s his story in his own words:

We returned home 2 weeks ago and this weekend the home we were staying in and everything we own except for our beach clothes burned in the West Kelowna forest fires. We’re not sure if anything we own is covered by the insurance of our familys home where we were staying short term.

The trip gave me a lot of understanding about the important things in life.

Personally I’m holding up good, but my wife, not so much. We spent years planning for our trip and then an entire year traveling. Along the way we picked up little insignificant knick-nacs, magnets, bowls, cups, postcards. It’s all gone.

I don’t know if you do this, or if travelpod would like to help but we’re asking for some help from the community. We were wondering if people could send us some little knick knacks or even just post cards from the countries we visited on our trip.

Sending out a little gift to the couple won’t solve all their problems, but at least it would make their transition in life a little easier.

So, how can you help? Send me a message on TravelPod and I’ll put you in touch with ArikandCharis

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Your feedback shapes TravelPod’s future

We’ve had some great feedback about the new interface over the last month and we just wanted to recap some of the changes we’ve made in response.

Your feedback and input is greatly appreciated and really important for making TravelPod the best it can be. So we thank you all for sharing your ideas with us and taking the time to report bugs.

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Here’s a list of the changes we made because of your feedback:

  • Reordering entries is now as simple as dragging and dropping them on your List of Entries
  • Added city pins to compliment the highlighted countries on the Travel Map on the Dashboard
  • Vastly increased the number of cities available in our database from 65,000 to 2,000,000!
  • Re-added the “Upload to the end of your album” option
  • The List of Entries now remembers the options you set
  • A new and improved Edit Entry Light page that detects when you’re on a slow computer
  • Cleaned up a lot of little bugs thanks to your reports! Thanks!
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4 Quiet Places in New York

Sometimes the sights and sounds of New York City can overwhelm a person. Sometimes you just need a place to get away. Here are some stories from TravelPod bloggers finding their own peaceful places in the city that never sleeps.

1. New York Botanical Garden

Julietran found a little piece of heaven in a rose bush

Julietran found a little piece of heaven in a rose bush

Garden Moment I am in the Cherry Tree Garden, the Jazz concert is in the background and the scents of the Rose Garden to my left are drifting my way. I’m really starting to feel like I have a life here.Julietran

2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Davidsmi's travel partner, Veronica loved the Met

Davidsmi's travel partner, Veronica loved the Met

We spent 2 hours in the Egyptian exhibit before stopping for a coffee break. On the way back to the Egyptian exhibit we wandered through other areas of the museum. If David and I were lucky to live in NYC for a year we would get a membership to this museum. There is so much to see and enjoy – it would take several very long visits before even just walked through every room in the building. In all we spent 4 hours in the Egyptian exhibit, visiting all the rooms and hearing a good selection of the audio tour. The best piece that I remember is a fragment of a woman’s face made of bright yellow (mustard colour) stone. David took a picture of it.Davidsmi

3. The Cloisters

Desertscot really enjoyed her quiet time in The Cloisters

Desertscot really enjoyed her quiet time in The Cloisters

So the Cloisters were just the coolest place ever! A little touch of heaven in the upper tip of Manhattan. I really adored the building itself and the way that they laid it out, it was as though you could walk through time and see the very best of medieval architecture connected for you to see all just right in front of you. I took a lot of pictures and really just loved being there.Desertscot

4. Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram

Elrigster enjoying the view of Manhattan from Roosevelt Island

Elrigster enjoying the view of Manhattan from Roosevelt Island

When we got the cable car from Manhattan over to island, viewing the sunset as we streamed though the Skyscapers and over the Hudson I knew that we were in for something special and if the incredible views from his flat were not enough well we went up to the roof terrace and well it was for me, the top of world. The views are hard to put into words and even though I am well pleased with the photos that I took, they still do not give you what it is like to be there and see the great city of light gleaming at you fon the little island to the side… a very lucky man and I feel even luckier to have sat there drinking american beer, and eating a Spanish supper with a group of about 20 Spaniards who could not have done enough to make you feel more welcome. Elrigster

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100 things to do before you die, TravelPod style (Part 5)

If you’ve got a life-goal, chances are, someone on TravelPod has already done it! Here’s part five of things to do before you die, as compiled by TravelPod members.

41. Go to the top of the Empire State Building in New York City

Twinkfran makes it to the Empire State Building

Twinkfran makes it to the Empire State Building

Day two I go to the top of the Empire State Building to see the amazing views over the city and then catch the circle line boat ride to see the Statue of Liberty. – Twinkfran

42. Feel the mist from Niagara Falls

Jtopping visits Niagara Falls on his Great American Road Trip

Jtopping visits Niagara Falls on his Great American Road Trip

The aura of the falls was present the moment we crossed the bridge into Canada. You could see the mist from the falls even when you could not see the falls themselves… We headed out to the falls around 10 pm, and got to see fireworks over the water and the light show that happens nightly at Niagara via the Canadian side. It was a spectacular sight to see, the water changing colors and the mist from the water all around you. I could have sworn that it was raining at one point, even though there wasn’t a cloud in the sky… The next morning, we did the journey beneath the falls where you can get within feet of the bottom of the waterfall. You could stand there for about a minute and be completely soaked, poncho or no poncho. – Jtopping

43. See rock band REM in concert, finally!

Giulianat got great shots of REM in Milan

Giulianat got great shots of REM in Milan

We had a great evening and after waiting three hours in the queue out the front we were rewarded with access to the mosh pit just 5 metres from the stage! I can tell you the lead singer Michael Stipe is a fantastic performer and it was great dancing around and singing with Alessia and the rest of the crowd to songs I knew and also the newer ones that I’m not so familiar with. – Giulianat

44. Enjoy writing more

Hsb deeply enjoyed writing her blog in Argentina

Hsb deeply enjoyed writing her blog in Argentina

I’m only here for a few days, and I’m obsessed writing this blog…! Well, it’s still time well-spent, as I enjoy writing, and I have definitely enjoyed reminiscing about Bolivia. It’s given me an opportunity to slowly re-live it, and has forced me to remember views and images that would have otherwise been relegated to the back of my brain forever. – Hsb

45. Start a travel club

Nancy.chappell attended a travel club meeting in Oxford, England

Nancy.chappell attended a travel club meeting in Oxford, England

Today we had a lazy morning and then they drove me to High Wickam at noon for my luncheon of Women Welcome Women Worldwide, the travel club I belonged to off and on for the last 20 years. There were about 122 of us there to celebrate the 25th anniversary – mostly from the UK, also France, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and 4 of us from the states. – Nancy.chappell

46. Visit a Vineyard

Jimandnat sample wine in Argentina

Jimandnat sample wine in Argentina

We caught the bus about 45 minutes out of Mendoza to one of the main wine-growing regions to visit some “bodegas” (vineyards). So we decided to all hire bikes, and we chose to hire a tandem which added much hilarity to the whole experience. The afternoon was gorgeous, warm, blue skies and sunny and we were cycling along tree lined avenues in the countryside and then popping into vineyards in between so it was fabulous fun. We visited a few bodegas, La Rural which is the biggest wine producer of the area where we got to have a look at some of the old equipment, like old grape-presses and lots of other little quaint bits. And then we got a free tasting of a Malbec, which is the red wine which the region is famous for. – Jimandnat

47. Explore Australia in an RV

Serenitynow playing in a park in Perth, Australia

Serenitynow playing in a park in Perth, Australia

The magnificent Kings Park is described as the jewel in the city’s crown, and one of the largest inner city parks in the world. We spent the afternoon hear and wish we could have spent longer. The park overlooks the city and provides excellent views. It is meticulously maintained with cultivated gardens and natural bushland along with many grassy lawns, all featuring grass like that of a golf course. – Serenitynow

48. Go adventuring in New Zealand

Apoc100 boating around New Zealand

Apoc100 boating around New Zealand

On the way we were very lucky to see some wild dolphins swimming next to the boat and they got quite close the boat so naturally I had to take 100 photos in the span of a minute. We also saw several waterfalls such as the Stirling Falls which created a beautiful rainbow in the light, and many “temporary waterfalls” that appear only when snow melts. These temporary waterfalls look like veins on the side of mountains that fall slowly towards the lake, usually forming bodies of ice on the way. Apoc100

49. Trek The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

Jimmyandkristen hike the Annapurna Circuit

Jimmyandkristen hike the Annapurna Circuit

In a couple years, the circuit as we know it will be gone. The whole point is that it is a working road…but one without motorized vehicles. The only way to get to these places is to walk. The road will, as some bloggers have written, “ruin” the circuit. And I suppose for Trekkers it will. The road will make it so that you can pretty much drive almost all the way to the Throng La (Throung Pass), and will turn that achievement into a 3-5 day trek, not a 15-20. – Jimmyandkristen

50. Eat tapas in Spain

Jeffandash eat tapas in Barcelona

Jeffandash eat tapas in Barcelona

We just got back from a restaurant with some tasty tapas for dinner. Tapas are little appetizers and Jeff tried all kinds of new food…salmon eggs for example! Jeffandash

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100 things to do before you die, TravelPod style (Part 4)

If you’ve got a life-goal, chances are, someone on TravelPod has already done it! Here’s part four of things to do before you die, as compiled by TravelPod members.

31. Diving in Antarctica

Blairn99 went diving in the frigid Antarctic

Blairn99 went diving in the frigid Antarctic

The depth was only around 15m and the vis is much better. There were hundreds of star fish lots of Kelp weed again and an iceberg that had grounded right in the middle of where we were diving. – Blairn99

32. Learn another language

Wolfieboy69 went to Buenos Aires to learn Spanish

Wolfieboy69 went to Buenos Aires to learn Spanish

If the Spanish lessons had proved a thorn in my side then there was a silver lining, which was getting to know some of the students in the other classes and I thoroughly enjoyed their company. – Wolfieboy69

33. Travel by yourself

Jack of Laurenandjack continued on his own through India

Jack of Laurenandjack continued on his own through India

I am now traveling alone, as Lauren decided to go home. I wanted to keep going to experience solo travel and to see the sights of the south. I miss Lauren dearly, but I must say I am having a great time going solo. Being alone makes for many more opportunities to meet interesting people and change my mind on a whim. I have met more people out here than I can count, sometimes I’ll make a friend and we’ll travel together for a day or so or until our itineraries branch. I continue to be reunited with people I’ve met and last seen hundreds of kilometers away. – Laurenandjack

34. Experience Beatlemania in Liverpool

Kaylashoe at The Beatles Story exhibit in Liverpool

Kaylashoe at The Beatles Story exhibit in Liverpool

Ohh the Beatles pilgrimage- a highly necessary excursion on my British invasion tour. – Kaylashoe

35. Visit Stonehenge

Alanna.holloway was disappointed by Stonehenge

Alanna.holloway was disappointed by Stonehenge

In the afternoon I went out to Stonehenge which was on my to do list before i left the UK. This was actually pretty disappointing – it is an amazing monument but you can’t actually get anywhere neat it and you can’t walk through it. Also there are tourists everywhere. oh well – still was something I had to do. – Alanna.holloway

36. Shop at Portobello Road Market

Jennie's Portobello Road Market treasures

Jennie's Portobello Road Market treasures

First stop was Portobello Road Market! The holy grail of all flea markets/antique shops. The road went on for blocks and blocks and we didn’t see all of it, much less all of the shops along the road. – Jennie

37. Explore London’s sites, sounds and fun stuff

Ethansamjencol visits Tower Bridge

Ethansamjencol visits Tower Bridge

After lunch we caught the river boat town to tower bridge (much to Ethans delight) and then did a tour of London Bridge. We also saw it open right up and let a cruise ship through. – Ethansamjencol

38. Try the Amsterdam cafes and brownies

Ksunderhill tried the space cake and lived to tell the tale

Ksunderhill tried the space cake and lived to tell the tale

Two hours and 1 and a half space cakes later, chocolate was the winner in my book, we or at least I am completely in my happy place. Must say this is just what I remember from college, totally relaxed, feeling like I am floating. Trying to type right is posing a very challenging task. – Ksunderhill

39. Gamble in Las Vegas

Semi-backpacker's friend, Caro gambles in Vegas

Semi-backpacker's friend, Caro gambles in Vegas

Caro gambled a big $1.00 and I gambled a whopping $5.00. Hey, like I said, we were on a budget! – Semi-backpacker

40. See the Grand Canyon by helicopter

Brent-n-toby over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter

Brent-n-toby over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter

Our helicopter ride took us into the canyon below the rim level, the drop as you pass the edge of the canyon is spectacular, one minute you are skimming the trees then the ground just drops away as you swoop down the canyon. – Brent-n-toby

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100 things to do before you die, TravelPod style (Part 3)

This is part three of a 10 part series that will feature some of our users’ inspiring travel goals.

A while ago, whereshegoes started a forum discussion about 100 things to do before you die. Here’s part of the list that was cobbled together with help from the rest of the TravelPod community. What would you add to it?

21. Watch the sun rise from the middle of the ocean

Q09elle's photo of a sunrise over the Pacific Ocean

Q09elle's photo of a sunrise over the Pacific Ocean

There is something about water that calms people, or maybe it’s just me. Yes, I need water to survive, but there`s something more than that to me about ocean … This is a view from a town called Kozu. It is close to Odawara, if anyone is familiar with that area.Q09elle

22. See a wild tiger

It's fuzzy, but that's a real wild tiger that Indianature captured in this photograph

It's fuzzy, but that's a real wild tiger that Indianature captured in this photograph

Taking a last peek through our binoculars before we left, we heard Prema cry out that the tiger was under a tree. What sharp eyes she has. Sure enough, there it was, sprawled majestically under a tree barely a few metres away from the calf. Perhaps the tiger had been there all along while we were up. Perhaps not, or the crows would not have come near. Nor was there any tell tale animal smell. All excited, we stayed put, eyes glued to the binocs.Indianature

23. Smell the sweetest flower

Richardbarrow88 had a chance to smell sweet flowers in Bangkok

Richardbarrow88 had a chance to smell sweet flowers in Bangkok

Even if you cannot get here for the flower festival, the park is a refreshing break from the city and a chance for you to refresh your lungs and smell something beautiful for a change.Richardbarrow88

24. Help/volunteer at an elephant sancutary

Beka feeding elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand

Beka feeding elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand

Basically I had a great time and I loved working with the elephants. It may sound like an obvious things to say but they really are big! Majestic, intelligent and very funny to watch and I can understand why people go back year after year.Beka

25. Learn to surf

Romero on their honeymoon in Australia learning to surf

Romero on their honeymoon in Australia learning to surf

I got up on the board and I was actually riding the wave! It was so cool! I was the first one of the day to get up and actually ride the wave. I fell off close to shore and it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. The hardest part was getting back out to the deeper water where everyone was. I kept getting POUNDED by the waves as they would crash on me, and they would send me back underwater.Romero

26. Grow a tree

Eddakath planted trees on the barren hills of China

Eddakath planted trees on the barren hills of China

I seriously can not remember once in my entire life ever being asked to plant a tree on Arbor Day nor do I actually ever remember hearing about Arbor Day until I moved to China.Eddakath

27. Fly in a bi-plane

Jenandjeffmilum in the pilot's seat in New Zealand

Jenandjeffmilum in the pilot's seat in New Zealand

It’s amazing that in NZ you can get into a two seat open cockpit high-performance stunt plane and in a few minutes you are not just flying the plane, but are actually doing rolls and loops. The thrill of flying his own stunt maneuvers made this a highlight of the trip for Jeff. The flight was capped off by the stunt pilot taking back the controls and taking the plane through his repertoire of crazy stalls, rolls, upside down flying, and five-g loops. Too much fun.Jenandjeffmilum

28. Visit a nude beach

Chattermouth visited a nudist colony in Australia

Chattermouth visited a nudist colony in Australia

The next day we took a day trip to a local commune, complete with a nude beach, meditation centre and vegetarian café. I happily participated in all three, but I’ll spare you the details. About 200 people reside in this totally self-contained community-dreadlocks and unleashed hounds seemed to be a requisite for membership. But the food was excellent, I had homemade pumpkin and almond pie. Yum. Later on, we lazily floated down a river in inner tubes. Relaxation at its finest.Chattermouth

29. Go on a round the world adventure

Krissy before she embarks on her round the world trip

Krissy before she embarks on her round the world trip

Well the time I was anxiously waiting for had come, my backpack was packed (now that was a challenge!) and I was ready to go, at least that’s what I was telling myself! Krissy

30. Be in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day

Maw922 on St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

Maw922 on St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

St. Patrick’s Day activities were very interesting in Dublin. It is true that bigger celebrations are held overseas in America. The parade was not as big as I thought it would be and there were a lot of American bands that played in it and I did not see any Irish dancing or hear any Irish music. – Maw922

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100 things to do before you die, TravelPod style (Part 2)

This is part one of a ten part series that will feature some of our users’ inspring travel goals.

A while ago, whereshegoes started a forum discussion about 100 things to do before you die. Here’s part of the list that was cobbled together with help from the rest of the TravelPod community. What would you add to it?

11. Accept my weaknesses

Travoholic has accepted one of her weaknesses

Travoholic has accepted one of her weaknesses

She went through my application form, questioning some of the answers I’d given and trying to gauge my opinion on certain things. There was a little knowledge quiz which I aced and all seemed to be going great. UNTIL… my weakness! Common sense! The problem is that I am well known for not having much of it. So eventually the interview rolls around to ‘what if’ and scenario type questions. I think I must have come across as the most indecisive person in the world, flip flopping back and forth with every new point my interviewer raised. – Travoholic

12. Have a good relationship with my mom

Katieontherun with her mom on a cruise

Katieontherun with her mom on a cruise

My Mom won a cruise and decided to take me along. We never would have dreamed of buying cruise tickets, but since we got a free ride, we made sure we enjoyed it as well!Katieontherun

13. Learn Aikido

Everardt participating in an Aikido seminar in Floridia

Everardt participating in an Aikido seminar in Floridia

On the weekend I attended an Aikido seminar. It felt great to be able to move the body and mind again as I have for so many years. It’s very funny training Aikido in Italy – you kiss the instructors and the other students, the lunch break is 4 hours and you go and have a full meal with wine, beer, grappa, etc.Everardt

14. Find true inner peace

Tompsblogs found peace in Maaloula, Syria

Tompsblogs found peace in Maaloula, Syria

Stripped of opulence and spared of vastness, this small place seemed almost to speak directly to my soul, filling me with peace. Indeed, for the first time since my reluctant Catholic childhood, I found myself humbled into dabbing my forehead with the Holy Water in a Benediction of sorts. High praise indeed I should say from someone who generally considers himself an atheist.Tompsblogs

15. Learn how to fly a plane.

Liammichelle got to fly the plane over Victoria Falls

Liammichelle got to fly the plane over Victoria Falls

Sometimes it is worth getting up before the sun, for Michelle it is a half hour micro-light trip over Vic Falls. Without a doubt her best experience, Michelle found herself free and exposed as she flew over the falls. It was the closest thing to having wings! Brilliant way to see one of the natural wonders of the world, the spray, Livingstone Island, Zambezi River and various posh hotels. Then flew over Long Island and saw giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, zebras and even a bird and her chicks in a nest. They are look pretty small from above. Having told the pilot that she’d done a few flying lessons, he let her take control, that was it, her trip was made!Liammichelle

16. Parasail

Gonetilwhenever parasailing at Airlie Beach

Gonetilwhenever parasailing at Airlie Beach

We were strapped into the harness and then attached to the Parachute. A few tips and safety checks later we were airborne. We shot out to full extension, about 30 meters above the water, and straight away decided to invert so that we were hanging upside down, with nothing but the harness holding us in – it was pretty scary letting go that first time, praying that the harness would hold! – Gonetilwhenever

17. Dive the Great Barrier Reef

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Danielandrachel dove the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is stunning and an excellent place to dive, the corals are beautiful and there is an abundnce of marine life ranging from tropical fish including clown fish (nemo), rays, sharks, turtles, cuttle fish, eels and even a whale shark which unfortunately I did not get to see.Danielandrachel

18. See Bob Dylan live

Lizconnie attends a free Bob Dylan concert in San Sebastian, Spain

Lizconnie attends a free Bob Dylan concert in San Sebastian, Spain

The middle of August brings a huge jazz festival, but while i was there, the city was building its way up there!! A free Bob Dylan concert on the beach added to the hippy style of this town.Lizconnie

19. Run A Marathon

Cezzah ran the London Marathon

Cezzah ran the London Marathon

One word to describe the marathon – hot. It was frickin boiling, there were people dropping like flies all over the place.Cezzah

20. Get married

Coryandlaura got married in Florence

Coryandlaura got married in Florence

The music played as my father walked me into the most beautiful, historic room. Paulie and Christina were our witnesses and were standing off to the side of the Vice Mayor’s desk. The entire room was bathed in red and gold. Gilded mirrors and antique tapestries decorated the walls. Ben stood as our translator next to the Vice Mayor who wore the colors of Italy across his chest. My grandfathers bible lay next to our rings on the Vice Mayors desk. Daddy gave me away and Cory gladly accepted. It was all perfect. I couldn’t stop smiling. The ceremony was dignified. The Vice Mayor married us in Italian and Ben translated. Stefano and our family took millions of photos. We signed paperwork and then started all of the wedding photos.Coryandlaura

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