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World record-holding Russian adventurer says the world needs more explorers

Fyodor Konyukhov is a 66-year old ordained priest who, in 2016, set a world record for the fastest solo around the globe in a hot-air balloon, has previously climbed Mt. Everest twice, and has been to the North and South Poles, believes the 21st century is off to a “disappointing” start.

Radio Free Europe (2016):

“I was 10 years old when Yury Gagarin flew [into space], and soon after that the first men walked on the moon,” Konyukhov told RFE/RL in an interview. “At the time, I was convinced that by the 21st century we would already have scientific stations on Mars and settlements on the Moon. But the 21st century came and all we do is wage war, make money, and stuff ourselves.”

The Earth’s oceans, he lamented, also remain largely uncharted.

“There are seven billion people on this planet but we lack curiosity, we don’t seek adventures,” he said. “Humans should be more curious — they should strive to discover new worlds.”

Safari Botswana

From the Okavango to Chobe to the Kalahari, Botswana is home to some of the best wildlife in the world. This is a quick glimpse into what you may encounter while visiting this beautiful country.

Shot and edited by Tyler Fairbank.

DPReview’s look at compact underwater cameras (2018)

The 2018 roundup looks at the Olympus TG-5, Nikon W300, Fujifilm XP120/XP130, and the new Panasonic TS7 (Amazon links).

Australians’ top adventure destinations

The inaugural Intrepid Adventure Index contains current information and research examining topics such as top destinations for Australian travellers, how Aussies define adventure travel, trends in the travel market,  and even a handy infographic on getting bang for your buck around the world.

The top destinations for Australian adventurers:

  1. Vietnam
  2. Peru
  3. India
  4. Cambodia
  5. Morrocco
  6. Cuba
  7. Italy
  8. Nepal
  9. Mexico
  10. Ecuador

Read more on the Intrepid site.

VW celebrates it’s 100,000th California Camper Van at the Hannover Plant

And it’s not available in North America.

The German marque has announced the completion of its 100,000th California camper van at its Hannover-Limmer plant. To date, more than 160,000 examples of the vehicle have rolled off the production line since its debut nearly 30 years ago – but this 100,000 milestone is a big one for VW. It makes the California one of the best-selling, most successful mobile home in its class.

Traveling the World With a 71-Year Old Kayaker

Great Big Story via YouTube:

At the age of 34, Aleksander Doba paddled his first kayak. From there began a love affair with the sea that continues nearly four decades later. Driven by a fearless curiosity, Aleksander took to exploring the world from the seat of a kayak. In 2017, at the age of 70, he kayaked across the Atlantic for the third time, spending 110 days solo at sea. His entire journey from New Jersey to Brittany, France, took him 5,039 miles across the ocean, battling tropical storms and treacherous waves. For some, his expeditions seem impossible, but with every new adventure, Aleksander discovers a new, beautiful way to see the world.

The beginner’s guide to sailing

Caleb Paine, Popular Mechanics:

  • Why You Should Learn To Sail
  • Finding a place to learn
  • Understanding what’s happening
  • Tying off a line
  • Getting equipped
  • Questions for first time sailers
  • Should you buy a boat?

Two Sherpa climbers set new summit records on Mount Everest

Kami Rita Sherpa, 48, set a new world record on Wednesday by ascending Mount Everest for the 22nd time.

Meanwhile, Lhakpa Sherpa, 45. reached the summit of Mount Everest for the ninth time, thereby breaking her own record for the most summits of the world’s tallest peak by a woman.

More: Outside Magazine, Reuters, Associated Press

Why would anyone want to run ultra marathons?

From GoshDamn via Vimeo:

Ultra-running is one of those sports that takes everything. The training, the diet, the lifestyle, it all requires an immense amount of dedication if you want to compete seriously. Robbie Britton is taking it seriously.

Just what goes through the mind of someone who wants to be best, in one of the world’s most punishing sports?

Many are now choosing to travel alone

Annabel Fenwick Elliott, The Telegraph:

As far as younger travellers go, according to data from the Abta, almost one in eight 18-24 year olds reported going on a holiday by themselves in 2017. In 2011, this question was asked to 15-24 year olds and the figure was just 4.5 per cent.

According to Hostelworld, the number of solo bookings made by Britons has increased 60 per cent over the past three years, the highest rise globally.

Singles holiday operator Just You says the age of their clientele ranges from 21 to 90, but averages out at the 55+ age group.

What does appear to be consistent, however, is that women are much more likely to travel alone than men, and that’s only rising.

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