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Man Is Crossing Atlantic in Barrel Stocked With Wine, Foie Gras

Jean-Jacques Savin set 'sail' Wednesday from Spain's Canary Islands, headed to the Caribbean

(Newser) - So far, Jean-Jacques Savin's barrel is "behaving well." Hopefully it will continue to do so, as the barrel—actually a large "barrel-shaped orange capsule," per the BBC —is transporting the 71-year-old Frenchman on a monthslong journey across the Atlantic Ocean. The former pilot, park... More »

In Antarctica, 2 Vie to Finish 'Impossible First'

Louis Rudd, Colin O'Brady are separately trying to become first to cross continent unsupported

(Newser) - Two years ago a man died trying to take on "the new Everest." Now, the New York Times reports that two more men are attempting the feat, and they're racing to not only conquer a frozen continent, but also each other. Both 33-year-old Colin O'Brady and... More »

Hiker Fell 60 Feet, Spent 6 Days in Australian Wilderness

'She couldn't proceed any farther and she had no way to get back out'

(Newser) - A Korean hiker survived for six days in the Australian bush after falling 60 feet down a steep ravine. Twenty-five-year-old Joohee Han had hiked to the summit of Mount Tyson in Queensland, and took some pictures before she slipped and fell. She was knocked unconscious for five hours. When she... More »

Airline Contest: Hole Up in Iceland, Travel, Get Paid

You'll have to win Wow Air's contest, though, and do quite a bit of content creation

(Newser) - If you have a BFF and no big summer plans, an Icelandic airline is making a tempting offer. Per Business Insider , Wow Air will set up one lucky duo in a fully furnished apartment in downtown Reykjavik, which will serve as home base from June 1 to Aug. 15, with... More »

The World's Greatest Hitchhiker and His 'Wandering Princess'

Juan Villarino and Laura Lazzarino wander the world together on $7 a day

(Newser) - It takes more than a durable thumb and the stomach for strangers to be a top-notch vagabond. Take it from Juan Villarino, dubbed the "world's best hitchhiker" by Wes Enzinna for the New York Times , which profiles Villarino and picks his brain for how he's become the... More »

She's Only 27, but She's About to Do Something Most Never Will

Cassie De Pecol wants to visit all the world's countries ... fastest and youngest

(Newser) - Cassie De Pecol is only 27, but she's set to reach a milestone that most elderly people haven't accomplished: visit all of the world's countries, in her case in the fastest time and at the youngest age. The Connecticut native has been documenting her travels on the... More »

Swiss Woman Treks 10K Miles Over 3 Years

Sarah Marquis endured dengue fever, sandstorms, Mongolian horsemen

(Newser) - When Sarah Marquis tells people what she's done, they usually tell her she's crazy. But neither those words nor the harsh weather, hunger, thirst, exhaustion, or even intimidating Mongol horsemen can keep the 42-year-old Swiss explorer's wanderlust in check: For three of the past four years, Marquis... More »

Holidays in Hell Writer Picks Top Travel Books

PJ O'Rourke dishes about the travel writing he most admires

(Newser) - Who better to recommend a good travel book than the author of Holidays in Hell , a self-described guide to the "world's worst places"? Now that PJ O'Rourke's follow-up, Holidays in Heck , is on shelves, O'Rourke reveals his six favorite travel books in the Daily... More »

12 Lost Treasures You Can Search For

In the mood for an adventure? Here are a dozen places to begin your search

(Newser) - There are still some places in the world where X marks the spot. The Huffington Post lists a dozen locations ripe for real-life treasure hunting:
  1. Superstition Mountains, Ariz.: The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine is supposedly hidden somewhere in these mountains ... and full of ancient Apache treasure.
  2. Kaliningrad, Russia: The Amber
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9 Kid Adventurers With Crazy Parents

Would you let your teen sail around the world?

(Newser) - Abby Sunderland’s dad may or may not have been attempting to cash in on his daughter’s solo sailing trip with a reality show—either way, should her parents have let her go? The Daily Beast thinks not, and offers up a list of other youngsters whose daredevil “... More »

Whisky Maker Revives Booze Treasure Hunt

Six cases of Canadian Club just waiting to be found

(Newser) - Assuming polar bears haven't guzzled it, a case of Canadian Club whisky stashed near the North Pole decades ago is still waiting for an adventure-seeking drinker to find it. The company has revived the "Hide-a-Case" promotion it began in 1967, and is offering drinkers a chance to join expeditions... More »

How to Make $96K as a Travel Blogger

Successful 20-something shows how it's done

(Newser) - Matt Kepnes is a 28-year-old Bostonian who's turned his passion for travel into a blogging gig that earns him up to $8,000 a month. He explains how in a New York Times interview. (Good publicity helps: His site, NomadicMatt.com , is down temporarily because of a traffic surge from... More »

Genre-Setting Travel Author Dies at 47

Dave Freeman visited about half the sites on his adventurous list

(Newser) - Dave Freeman, co-author of 100 Things to Do Before You Die, died at age 47 after falling and hitting his head at his California home last week, the Los Angeles Times reports. Published in 1999, the free-spirited travel guide, among the first to offer a sight-seeing agenda based on adventure... More »

Gnome Tours World, Returns

Cliché comes to life for one British woman

(Newser) - Months after her lawn gnome went missing, a woman in England got a huge surprise when it returned, accompanied by a photo album and immigration stamps from all over the world, the Gloucestershire Echo reports. Accompanying the prodigal lawn ornament was a note describing his adventures "across three continents,... More »

Branson's Aircraft: Beyond Space Tourism

Applications include satelites, drones and studying climate change

(Newser) - Though space tourism is an exciting feat in itself, it’s just the beginning of the possibilities for Virgin Galactic’s White Knight Two, the Economist notes. The carbon-composite plane doubles as a spaceship’s first stage, and is capable of launching satellites, transporting replacement engines, and facilitating the study... More »

Branson Rolls Out Space Plane

Craft could make first commercial flight—at $200K per ticket—by decade's end

(Newser) - At a remote airfield in the Mojave Desert today, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson unveiled the flagship of his new venture, an aircraft that will carry the first passenger space rocket to its launch height of 48,000 feet, the Los Angeles Times reports. Tickets are going for $200,000-plus,... More »

Fossett Search Is on Again

Missing adventurer declared dead in February

(Newser) - Ten months after Steve Fossett disappeared, a new search for the adventurer's body began yesterday under the guidance of a Canadian geologist and adventure racer who is scouring the Sweetwater Mountains on the Nevada-California border with a team of 10, reports the Reno Gazette-Journal. A competing search party has narrowed... More »

Grand Canyon Is No Disneyland

It takes 6,000 workers to keep park visitors safe

(Newser) - Every day from before dawn until around midnight, a staff of thousands unites to keep the Grand Canyon in good condition and its 4.4 million annual visitors safe. NPR travels to the iconic destination to see how it works. "I hope that you are not imagining a pony... More »

Time Slows on Easter Island

Ancient culture thrives despite tourism surge

(Newser) - Tourists have left no stone unturned on Easter Island, flocking at rates of 50,000 a year to arguably the world’s most remote habitation. Five hours of flying over uninterrupted Pacific Ocean lands you on this mostly undeveloped volcanic rock with its haunting stone figures (moai), but today it... More »

Essentials for Your Survival Kit

You'll be glad you packed this gear if that 3-hour tour hits a snag

(Newser) - A GPS unit and satellite phone may be handy if you're lost in the wild, but Wired offers a simpler list of cheap essentials for any survival kit:
  1. Knife, vital for shelter, food prep, campfires, and countless other tasks.
  2. Lighter and tinder, like waxed cotton, to start fires in wet
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