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Gonzo Traveler: Man Versus Animal In New Caledonia
Gonzo Traveler: Man Versus Animal In New Caledonia

Photo Saracino“We’ve got a 6-gauge shotgun, a bottle of vodka, a six pack of beer, 60GB of music and a new 4×4 with fat treads. At this point, we’re practically a force of nature.”New Caledonia is a cigar-shaped island in the South Pacific, a colony of France, with a population of about 250,000.Half the people are descended from white French colonialists; the other half are black Melanesians, called kanaks, descended from Papua New Guinea.

First Person Dispatch: Caring for Orphaned Kids in Mexico
First Person Dispatch: Caring for Orphaned Kids in Mexico

Matador contributor Dominic DeGrazier visits a Mexican orphanage and finds nothing that he expected.Photo: Dominic DeGrazierRun-down. A cold atmosphere. Dirty. Desperate.Apart from being a bit preoccupied with the swine flu, these were my images of a Mexican orphanage before visiting the Door of Faith Orphanage (DOFO) in Baja California, Mexico.

Packing and The Mantra of Minimalism
Packing and The Mantra of Minimalism

Just how much gear can you fit into a Kelty Redwing backpack? Molly McCahan shows you.My husband David and I are on a mad quest to simplify our lives after traveling around the world for 14 months. On that amazing adventure, we survived with the bare minimum crammed into packs on our backs.A nomadic lifestyle brings its own set of challenges, but it’s incredibly cathartic as well.

Five Expectations to Avoid Before Volunteering Abroad
Five Expectations to Avoid Before Volunteering Abroad

Photo: Courtesy of authorMany volunteers have harbored secret dreams of what the headlines will say when they return from their heroic adventures:“Volunteer saves rural village from mudslide.” “Philanthropist banishes malaria from Africa.” “Educated Westerner teaches hundreds of poor children to read.

Back in 1848? A Closer Look at the US / Mexico Border
Back in 1848? A Closer Look at the US / Mexico Border

Editor’s Note: Upon leaving the U.S. Marine Corps, David Danelo, a former infantry officer who also served as a convoy commander, intelligence officer and provisional executive officer in Iraq, was commissioned by the U.S. Naval Institute as a freelance correspondent. Writing from the U.S. Gulf Coast, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Vietnam, Danelo became increasingly interested in border issues affecting the United States and Mexico.

Review: Annotate Your Travel Photos With FotoTagger
Review: Annotate Your Travel Photos With FotoTagger

What is it? Fototagger: An image annotation tool that let’s you place tags directly on your photos.Who makes it? CogitumWhy should you use it? Being able to place information tags directly on your travel photos is pretty cool, since it really allows other people to understand a photo better and at a deeper level.

Eat, pray, love in France
Eat, pray, love in France

A guide to the food, wine, romance, and sacred spaces of the world’s most visited nation.Eat SlowlyLyon, the country’s oft-named culinary capital, is a good starting point if restaurant meals are what you’re after. But make sure not to confine yourself — after you’ve discovered what the city has to offer, pick a neighboring region and dive in.

The anti-irony of Khmer glamour photos
The anti-irony of Khmer glamour photos

Lauren Quinn gets an unexpected reaction after “going native.” Editor’s note: This article was published in its original form here. I ONCE SAT in a cafe in Tangier, Morocco. Some famous man-filled cafe where Western writers used to pen masterpieces. Or cruise for ass. Or trip out on exotic drugs. Or, most likely, some combination of the three.

Toys For Grown-Ups: The A.R. Drone Quadricopter
Toys For Grown-Ups: The A.R. Drone Quadricopter

Feature photo by David BerkowitzRobots aren’t just sex and eye candy. Some can even battle other robots, in midair.Remember those remote-controlled helicopters? The ones that you could control with a remote, and they’d be all fun until you got distracted and steered your expensive aircraft nose-down into the sidewalk?

No More Easy Money for English Teachers in Japan?
No More Easy Money for English Teachers in Japan?

English teaching in Japan is still a lucrative gig, but the days of easy money and great benefits might be coming to an end.After teaching English in Japan with the JET Program for two years, I saved enough money to travel in Southeast Asia for over a year and launch my career in travel writing.I lived rent free, didn’t work very hard and sent home about $1,500 per month.

Keep calm and carry on in Kingston
Keep calm and carry on in Kingston

Today in Kingston-upon-Thames, an outer borough of London, I turned a corner and came across a work van with its back doors open, revealing long sheets of plywood, boxes of nails and screws, and a long silver stepladder.These panels of wood weren’t for patching up windows that were smashed in during the riots, but were to protect storefronts that are still safe and intact.

How To Free Tibet?  Lhasang Tsering Has A Plan
How To Free Tibet? Lhasang Tsering Has A Plan

Has the Dalai Lama lost his clarity of purpose?Lhasang Tsering la is no Dalai Lama. Born in Tibet and brought into exile at a young age, he forfeited an opportunity to study medicine in the US, joining the armed Tibetan resistance force instead.For the past thirty years, he has been fighting for Tibetan freedom non-stop.