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When was the last time you flew over the Equator and, at the exact moment, toasted the occasion? Probably never, right? That's because it's not that big a deal anymore and airplane pilots have stopped announcing it. But trust that there was a time when heading over the equator was a very big frickin' deal and flight crew not only noted it, but celebrated it by passing out official certificates of equatorial passage to passengers.
This was a time before seatback TVs and the moving map channel, of course. In fact, the ritual of "Crossing the Line" goes back to the days of exploration by tall ship, a fact that wasn't lost on Pan Am when they borrowed the practice to break up the monotony that set in on those long Clipper (also a maritime term) flights, from the 1930s through the early 1960s.
What would you say if we told you that the History Channelnot the Travel Channel has an excellent new reality travel TV show? We know, it's weird, especially considering that flipping channels usually finishes with some History Channel documentary on the weapons of World War I or how the NYC subway was constructed.
This season, however, the History Channel has introduced Around the World in 80 Ways, starring Survivor and Amazing Race alum "Boston Rob" and monster truck driver Dennis Anderson. Yeah, we don't give a crap about Boston Rob either, but we do give a crap about airplanes, trains, boats, cars, rickshaws, camels and hot air balloons.
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Well, everyone; today is the day. It's the day we can begin "tracking" Santa Claus on his gift-giving journey around the world via NORAD's annual Santa Tracker. There once were days when NORAD, or the North American Aerospace Defense Command, would just send little Santa travel status update videos to the networks, for them to broadcast during newscasts, but these days things are tad more hi-tech than all that. Santa is being tracked by Google Maps.
Over at the official Santa Tracking websitewhich is a cute site to let your kids check every so often during Christmas Eveyou can
watch grass grow watch as Santa slowly (or pretty quickly, really) makes his way around the world, spending no more than 4 minutes in one place. He's already finished with the Pacific Islands (he got to visit Palau a moment ago), New Zealand, Australia andfrom what it looks likeNorth Korea. As we type this, his butt is getting stuck in some minimalist chimneys around Japan, as he's still got quite a while before he hits North America airspace.
You know how everyone always wants to know how to make a living just traveling around the world, but not like a budget traveler...as a business person with an expense account and frequent flyer status? Yea...forget it because Fred Finn has had it all figured out from decades ago, and his jetsetting profession allowed him to experience the best of it, like 3 Concorde trips in one day.
Finn earned the Guinness Book of World Records title "World's Most Traveled Man" when he achieved 7 million miles flown in 1983, but the Daily Mail reports that he holds that title more strongly now, after notching up his total to a ridiculous 15 million miles. Their article on him is a really beautiful story of a man so in love with air travel and the world that he made international business travel his lifestyle. The statistics alone are enough to make airline CEOs stutter:
We love a good airfare sale, but when around the world travel is involved, we love it all the more. Until September 30, you can score SkyTeam's around-the-world ticket for up to 30% off.
The offer is to celebrate the airline alliance's 10th anniversary after it began in 2000 with just four membersDelta, Korean Air, Air France and Aeromexico. Now that they're up to 13 member airlines, including newest joiners Vietnam Airlines and Romanian carrier TAROM, you can really push that around-the-world ticket into some exotic locations.
You can travel around the world by plane, bus, ship, or even pogo stick, but what if you could go from New York to Alexandria, Egypt simply by changing trains in Lyon, France? This is the dream of Mark Ovenden, who partnered with an illustrator and the London Transport Museum for this special inclusion in the book "Metro Maps of the World."
Although it might be a dream, the idea is so appealing. Perhaps if we had world peace, better tunnel-drilling technology and faster bullet trains, it wouldn't be such a fantastical idea. But we don't have those things, and so we must be content with staring at the full size version of this map and imagining the possibilities. How awesome would it be to hop an express bullet subway train in Newark and be in Bucharest after only 5-6 stops?
We do have one issue with the map, however. As inspiring as it is, they've put Chicago further out than Minneapolis. Switch! Illinois comes before before Minnesota when you head west, and we're not so sure Chicago would be happy as anything less than a hub. Do we need a 2010 revision of the map? Perhaps!
· Full-size of the world metro map [Flickr Creative Commons]
· Google Earth Zooms In on the US Military's Huge Aircraft Graveyard [Jaunted]
· Maps [Jaunted]
[Photo: Mark Ovenden/Annie Mole on Flickr]
All this week, we've been trying to help you make that bucket list dream come true: to travel around the world. Any way that you can moveincluding pogo stick, somersaults, or tent on a SUVyou can get from point A to point B, so long as the journey takes you on a circumnavigation of the globe. For our purposes, we'd stick to the usual routes: plane, boat and bus. We considered adding in train travel, but that can be too dangerous/expensive/limiting to bother with, aside from certain countries.
And we know there are tons more ways that intrepid traveler are making this awesome journey. For instance, we'd love to travel around the world by cargo ship or heck, even by Palanquin, but we aren't experts in that as we are air, bus and ship travel. So let us know your tips for around-the-world travel. And...What is your dream around-the-world itinerary?
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There’s plenty of potential aggravation and claustrophobia to be had with a trip around the world by plane or bus, but taking a ship around the globe should allow for a little more room to stretch out. People have been sailing to exotic locations for centuries, and even if you think you’re too cool to cruise—it’s still a solid option. It will take quite some time to complete your travel, which is a good thing, but just start saving those vacation days at the office. So if you’re looking for permission to come aboard, here are some of our ideas on how to do it.
Ideas on How to Cruise Around the World, after the jump!
If your dream is to take time off and travel around the world, there is more than one way of doing it. Typically, people think of taking airplanes from point-to-point, but as we've recently seen with National Geographic's project to take buses from Washington DC to Antarctica, other transportation options are out there. Plus, those with small budgets or fear of flying shouldn't be deterred from fulfilling their travel dreams.
So we've got a few idea on how to take the bus around the world, after the jump!
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If the usual travel destinations have gotten a little boring, it might be time to consider something a little more adventurous. Traveling around the world is slightly intimidating, but doing it by airplane isn’t too tricky. There are plenty of options for flying around the globe, and there’s three main ways to get you to and from your home with time for pit stops on most continents. The best part is things are somewhat flexible, so feel free to skip over countries you’ve seen before or ones you’d rather avoid. Here’s a rundown of where to go to get things done.
· Star Alliance
Star Alliance is ready, willing, and able to take you to your dream destinations, and they can do it with help from lots of airlines including United Airlines, ANA, and Singapore Airlines. Tickets are priced depending on total mileage planned for your trip, and you can choose from 29,000, 34,000, or 39,000 miles. For those that enjoy the pain and suffering of a seat in the back of the plane, there’s a special economy option available with a 26,000 mileage allowance—in case you only have a week to finish exploring.
Taking the idea of the road trip to the extreme, an art director from the Associated Press is about to embark on an around-the-world driving adventure. Nicolas Rapp will be departing New York on November 15, 2009 and hopefully returning at around the same time in 2010 after having traversed more than 40 countries on his journey.
Headlines down in Australia these past few weeks have been heavily littered with opinions on how 16-year-old Jessica Watson will fair with her attempt to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world solo. While there were plenty of experts saying she shouldn't even trynot a good omen that she crashed into a huge ship on her way down to Sydney to start the voyageshe finally set sail on Sunday.
Jessica's journey should take her around 240 days, following the recognized southern hemisphere "round the world" route which includes some mighty difficult sea conditions. But she's not as alone as past solo sailors have been; she's got plenty of communications and she's even keeping a blog, which is now getting hundreds of comments per post.