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We Love Friday! Wonderful World of Wanderlust

Friday 05.10.2013 , Posted by


St. Augustine once said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” With the rise in remote jobs, more and more people are traveling while they’re still young, rather than waiting for retirement, and seeing others living this way through social media is helping wanderlust to spread like wildfire. It’s also causing a positive shift in global consciousness, since the more people travel, the more accepting of other cultures they become. Mark Twain said it best:

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the Earth all one’s lifetime.

To celebrate those with wanderlust, like most of the Visual News team, who have caught the travel bug, and spend their free time planning their next trip, we searched Instagram for this lovely collection of travel pics that will undoubtedly have you price checking plane tickets to someplace awesome.

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Motorcycle Diaries: 1 man, 503 days, 83,459 miles

Monday 05.06.2013 , Posted by

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We all have dreams, but some of us turn them into a reality. Before he dives into his doctoral studies, Alejandro Chacon decided to pursue the adventure of a lifetime. He sold everything he had and left his home in El Paso, Texas to drive halfway around the world! He went through Mexico, Central America, reached the Southernmost tip of Argentina, then went up through the Amazon and back up North all the way to Alaska and all the way home 503 days. His trip totaled 83,459 miles and he was able to see 22 countries along the way. He documented his adventures with his GoPro camera and compiled the highlights into the video below. [Read more…]


Hungry Planet: What the World Eats in a Week

Saturday 04.27.2013 , Posted by


Well known for his eye-opening book Material World: A Global Family Portrait where he asked an average family in 30 locations to empty out their homes to show their possessions, Peter Menzel came up with another brilliant book idea. Teaming up with his wife Faith D’Aluisio, the duo got to spend time with 30 families around the world and analyze their weekly groceries for Hungry Planet: What the World Eats in a Week. In the book they describe the weekly food purchases and costs, showing photographs of the family at home, at the market, in their community, and these portraits of the entire family surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries. [Read more…]


Young couple set across the Pacific on their 30 ft boat

Thursday 04.11.2013 , Posted by

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It only made sense that adventurer nomads Charlie Brigham and Lily Barlow set their sights on a trans-pacific voyage. They both had lots of travels recorded in their lifebooks, including biking across continents and deserts, sailing as crew across the Atlantic and hitchhiking in 6 continents. While they were both individual nomads themselves, their paths would continually cross and through time their feelings for each other grew stronger. In August 2011, they committed their lives to each other and expressed to their family and friends that if anyone wanted to give something to them in honor of their love, that it be related to their dream: obtaining a sailboat and making it their home for adventures to come. They moved to Marina Del Rey in California, got a Cape Dory Clipper and named her “Portal.” Now after a full year of preparation, the couple and two of their friends set sail on March 10th, 2013 waving good bye. [Read more…]


The Art of “Jet-Hiking”

Tuesday 04.09.2013 , Posted by

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In the realm of travel, there have been plenty of stories about hitchhiking and even boat-hitching, but have you ever come across a “jet-hitcher?” Let’s introduce Amber Nolan, who likes to go by the alias of the “Jet-Hiking Gypsy.” A travel writer by trade, she had the crazy idea one day to hitchhike around the country on general aviation planes and private jets. Deciding it wasn’t too crazy to try, she began the JetHiking Project with the goal of hitching on aircraft to all 50 states in the USA. [Read more…]


Horizontal Rows of Film Reconstruct Landmarks

Wednesday 03.27.2013 , Posted by

Golden Gate

Landmarks are what makes a city recognizable, thus have become one of the most photographed structures out there. Seen in just about every person’s travel pics, postcards, and travel blogs they start to lose their excitement, but German artist Thomas Kellner has remixed landmarks in a unique photomontage style. He takes hundreds of pictures, scanning the entire structure one tiny portion at a time, then horizontally places the film strips of the individual pictures to reconstruct the landmark, thus creating an entirely new picture. The process is as complicated as it sounds, yet the final result makes it all worth the painstaking hours to get a new twist on something so familiar.
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Sustainable “Tea Bus” sets off on worldwide journey

Tuesday 03.26.2013 , Posted by


When Guisepi Spadafora was temporarily living and working out of his truck in Hollywood, he didn’t know that the simple idea of sharing his food and tea at the end of the day would turn into a life calling. What he discovered was that in the midst of a hectic atmosphere on Hollywood Boulevard, there was suddenly an instant community created. Many people came together from diverse backgrounds and, through the act of serving tea freely, they shared life for a short moment. Thus, the “Free Tea Party” had begun. [Read more…]


Two Superb, Hand-Drawn Maps of London

Monday 03.25.2013 , Posted by

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When I visited Rome last summer I picked up a free, hand-drawn map of the city. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much, but when I started navigating using the small map, I was astounded at the detail it contained in each hand-drawn line. To be finding my way around the ancient city using only someone’s fine penmanship was like stepping back into the bygone era of hand-made cartography. Today we have Google Maps. It’s a tool which blows away any hand-created map as far as accuracy and search-ability, but something is certainly lost in the aesthetic beauty and ability to roll out a large city on the table before you. These fine maps of London from Wellingtons Travel, bring back the maps of old and do it with useful style. [Read more…]


We Love Friday!- Lovely Lines of Laundry

Friday 03.22.2013 , Posted by

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After the refrigerator, a clothes dryer is the biggest energy hogging appliance out there. Consumer Energy Center estimates that it costs an average of $85 to run annually, which adds up to $1,530 for the average lifetime of a dryer on top of the cost of the dryer itself. Although East Coast winters would make it hard not to use a dryer, there are plenty of months when the sun will do all that drying for free, yet in the US there are outdated laws in some states from after World War II that make hanging clothes outside illegal ( Since 1995 Project Laundry List has been working to get these laws changed and has helped with the passage of “right to dry” legislation in 11 states so far. If you have a minute, sign the petition so that all Americans can have the right to use free energy to dry their clothes. To bring awareness to this issue and encourage sun-kissed laundry that won’t shrink, we searched Instagram to show you how beautiful clothes lines can be. [Read more…]


Felice Varini: Anamorphic Paintings Cover the World

Thursday 03.21.2013 , Posted by

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At first they appear to simply be gigantic swooping shapes painted across buildings around the world… but find the correct focal point and they pop into astounding geometric forms. Swiss artist Felice Varini has been creating these massive pieces since 1979; starting small with room based installations, but later growing to pieces that cover entire villages and require a hike up a mountain to properly appreciate. His anamorphic paintings have impressed a generation of creatives, and continue to be emulated to this day. [Read more…]

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