Travel Gear

Jack Kerouac ‘On The Road’ Luggage Tag By Penguin Books

Penguin Books Kerouac On The Road Luggage TagSeems like Penguin Books is looking to expand their brand beyond straight out books these days.

Not long ago I came across a nice set of postcards each done in the design of one of 100 of their popular books, and now I see that they’re doing travel gear along the same lines as well.

Like this luggage tag done in the classic Penguin Books style of orange and white with the little Penguin logo at the bottom.

The book? On The Road by Jack Kerouac. Fitting, and it gives a while different dimension to the idea of a travel story.

May 2, 2013
Travel Activities

Sandboarding: Your Experience May Vary

Picture of a woman sandboarding down a sand dune with the moon rising behind the sand.You’ve no doubt seen people out snowboarding, but have you ever seen anybody sandboarding? As unlikely as it seems yes people do snowboard in the sand.

Imagine trekking out to the top of a sand dune in the middle of the desert, strapping on a snowboard, and flying down the dune gaining speed all the while as sand kicks up behind you.

Er, actually it doesn’t always work out like that lol. Sometimes it’s more like…go for a few feet and then friction from the hot sand slows you down to the point of falling over.

I first seen somebody sandboarding while watching Michael Palin’s Sahara travel show. He was traveling with a group of Wodaabe nomads across the desert and out of nowhere comes a person on a paraglider and another doing some attempts at sandboarding.

Picture of the DVD cover for the tv show Michael Palin Sahara that shows his face and the sands of the Sahara desert.Just shows that you never know what you’ll come across while traveling.

Anyway the person who was sandboarding wasn’t having a good time of it from the looks of things, they would go for a bit and then lose speed due to the friction of the sand, try to wiggle to propel themselves forward and then end up falling over.

It looked pretty damn miserable to me, especially after I thought about having to climb the sand dune in the searing heat.

But maybe that person just really sucked at sandboarding? I looked up some videos of people sandboarding and the experience of losing speed and falling seemed fairly common, with sometimes the guide of the sandboarding expedition having to step in front of the board and pull on in to help the person on the board regain a bit of momentum.

Picture of a man doing a jump and flying through the air while sandboarding.However, there was also videos of people doing quite well. Some people seemed to be able to counteract the friction (or at least had better boards for sandboarding) and were able to zoom down the sand dunes, even doing some tricks before getting to the bottom.

There’s got to be something to sandboarding though because it seems to be picking up in popularity. You can sandboard all over the world, from the Sahara to Dubai to…Oregon? I was surprised that there’s even sandboarding here in Alaska at the Kobuk Sand Dunes. Snowboarding in winter and sandboarding in summer, what a life!

May 2, 2013
Travel Philosophy

Whoa This Is Not How I’d Want To Sleep, How About You?

Picture of men who are rock climbing sleeping in sleeping bags while hanging off of a cliff.Welp, it’s been a hard day of climbing and pulling yourself up the mountain bit by bit has taken it’s toll.

Time to get some shuteye so you can recharge for tomorrow’s climb.

Okay so all you gotta do now is hang your sleeping bag on the side of the cliff and… go to sleep. No biggie right?

All I can say is holy crap just looking at this picture almost gives me a heart attack. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to actually sleep that high in the air with nothing next to you other than a 1,000 foot drop.

I guess if you’re already into rock climbing at that level then sleeping while dangling off a cliff is just part of the adventure. But that’s a little too much adventure for me thank you very much lol.

In case you can’t read the lettering on the picture it says:

“For me the most fun of climbing was bivouacking, getting up in a wall and sleeping in god-awful conditions, in hammocks or just hanging from your ropes all night trying to sleep.

You really get into the rhythm of the wall. It’s all about the process, not the goal.”

-Yvon Chouinard

First off, damn they just slept while hanging from their ropes sometimes, that’s hardcore.

And second off, I’m struck by the part where he talked of it being about the process and not the goal. That’s such a similar sentiment to the happiness and travel quote by Margaret Lee Runbeck that was posted here a couple days ago.

The whole ‘it’s not about the destination’ thing is definitely a universal truth (though a hard one to put into practice sometimes) and it’s really interesting to see how often it pops up in different aspects of people’s lives. One thing is for sure, I need to practice this philosophy more!

March 5, 2013
Travel Gear

Cute Hello Kitty Passport Cover!

Picture of a Hello Kitty passport cover which is pink and has Hello Kitty on the front holding a letter.

Saw this on Amazon yesterday, what a cute Hello Kitty passport cover X).

It’s done in the style of an air mail letter which is of course pink and has little Hello Kitty stamps on it. Hello Kitty is pictured on the front holding a letter, is she about to send the letter off or open and read it…who knows but it’s cute.

The reviews for this Hello Kitty passport cover are mixed, some people absolutely love it and others think that the plastic is too cheap. I guess if it didn’t work out you could always keep it around as a really cute decoration lol.

March 5, 2013