Driving in Delhi…

Driving in Delhi...

Delhi has banned more than a million cars from its roads as part of drastic new measures to cut smog in the world’s most polluted capital city. On January 1st pollutants in Delhi hit 429 on the air quality index – more than 10 times the World Health Organization’s safe limit

As of January 1st, only cars with odd-numbered licence plates will be permitted on the roads on odd numbered days – with the evens taking up even-numbered days. An estimated 8.5 million vehicles ply Delhi’s roads each day – just under three million of these are private cars or vans, which are included in the alternate day ban.

The new rules won’t apply on Sunday, to motorcycles, women driving alone or politicians and other VIPs.

But many Delhiites have been quick to complain that the new scheme will cause considerable inconvenience, add to their monthly expenses and lead to an increase in fraud and corruption.

Security issues, especially for women, mean carpooling is less popular in India than in many other countries.

Despite Delhi having a modern six-line Metro system, commuters say the public transport system doesn’t cover the whole city added to which it is over subscribed and regularly sees up to two million passengers riding on a single day.

Check out our very own Ian braving the Delhi roads for his very own wild ride earlier this year!

Coffee and Curiosity

Coffee and Curiosity

As Globe Trekker HQ winds down for the holidays, our production team are busy wrapping up an exciting new documentary coming out in the Spring, Coffee – The Drink that Changed America, produced in collaboration with PBS.

Earlier this year the Globe Trekker team were out and about shooting the final sequences at veteran coffee shop, Caffe Vita at Capitol Hill, Seattle – home of American artisan coffee scene. Caffe Vita has been around for 20 years and now operates nine cafes in the Pacific Northwest, a roasteria cafe in New York City, and a cafe in Los Angeles.

at artisan coffee house Caffe Vita at Capitol Hill

              Our team was treated to a cupping session - that's a coffee tasting - and a look at the roasting process.

Our team was treated to a cupping session – that’s a coffee tasting – and a look at the roasting process.

cupping session of Dean and Daniel Shewmaker (Caffe Vita).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next documentary director,  Ian Sciacaluga met Mark Pendergrast – author of Uncommon Ground – the definitive history of coffee and Dean Cycon from Dean’s Beans. Dean Cyon has a long history as a lawyer and activist in indigenous rights and through activism, ecological responsibility and innovative direct development programs for twenty years has utilised coffee as a vehicle for progressive change throughout the coffee lands of Asia, Africa and the Americas.

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The politics and Pleasures of Treasure

The politics and Pleasures of Treasure

The Colombian government has announced the discovery of what may be the holy grail of treasure ships – the largest and most valuable wreck of a Spanish galleon ever found, with gold, coins and precious stones  estimated to be worth billions of dollars.

Colombia’s discovery of the 300-year-old, shipwrecked galleon San Jose was sunk by the British in 1708 near the Colombian port city of Cartagena as the vessel was trying to outrun a fleet of British warships off the island of Baru where on June 8, 1708 an explosion sent it to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea.

The ship is thought to be loaded with gold, platinum and precious gems but just as valuable are the images brought up by autonomous underwater vehicles showing dolphin-stamped bronze cannons confirming the ship’s identity. Weapons, ceramics and porcelain vases have also been noted at the wreck site and could shed light on an important period in Spanish colonial history but also potentially spawn legal battles over the valuable cargo. Colombia has been involved in a three-decade legal battle with the Seattle-based Sea Search Armada, or SSA, a commercial salvage company that claims it first discovered the wreck’s location in 1981.

The San Jose, described as the holy grail of shipwrecks, is lying in about 700 feet of water and the Colombian government says it will build a museum to house the treasure.

To find out more about Galleons, Pirates and Treasure, explore our Globe Trekker special here

Galleons, Pirates & Treasure from Globe Trekker on Vimeo.

main image: Action off Cartagena, 28 May 1708. Oil by Samuel Scott

Travel ‘Appy Part 3: Find, Eat, Photo

Travel 'Appy Part 3: Find, Eat, Photo

We all love to do it really! Here’s how to in style 🙂

FIND, EAT, PHOTO

AlPineQuest GPS Hiking: For the outdoorsy type, take a look into AlPineQuest GPS Hiking. A gold-

mine investment for hikers, this app allows you to access online topographical maps even if you are

outside of cell service. With its GPS detector, AlPineQuest GPS Hiking localizes yourself into real time

on the map so you can be sure to see where you are going. AlPineQuest is the perfect solution for

those wanting to be secure adventure-seeker.

Available on Android (£6.49)

 

Maps.Me: We all know that data roaming charges cost a fortune and Maps.Me knows it too.

Maps.Me is a global map that allows you to zoom in and download detailed maps of different

cities/regions offline. The map will give you directions from point A to point B in great detail. It will

also show you locations of hidden gems, unlike the general location GoogleMaps provides.

Available free on iPhone and Android

 

TV Food Maps: Ever look at the food on Top Chef, Man vs. Food, and Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives and

thought, “God that looks good. I want that!” With TV Food Maps, you can road trip around the

United States following the famous food you see prepared on television. TV Food Maps interactively

helps you find the famous or hidden locations of some of the most delicious cuisine you can find in

the West. Make a road trip of it and go explore famous eateries as seen on the telly!

Available on iPhone (free), Android (free), and Windows (free)

 

The Photographer’s Ephemeris: The world holds the perfect backdrop for anybody wanting to model

against this scenery or photograph the set; and for all you models and model citizens out there, The

Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE) helps you plan the perfect outdoor photoshoot that has natural

lightings against urban and landscape scenery. Time and direction of the sun/moon with the altitude

of the weather will allow you to capture that perfect postcard picture. Do it for the memories!

Available on iPhone ($8.99) and Android (£3.22)

 

Image courtesy of: Moyan Brenn

 

Travel ‘Appy!

Travel 'Appy!

When a bright-eyed traveler regales you with tales of their adventure, for the most part you hear about breath-taking views, awe inspiring sites, soaking up the atmosphere and wild ideas for their next trip. Rarely do you hear about the unavoidable calamities attached to travel when things inevitably go awry. You miss your flight; you forget your high school level French; you need a taxi but have run out of cash – a myriad of things can fall apart at any time. With the advent of technology, however, the solution to your anxiety is only a tap away. Travel apps have the ability to save you from the unforeseeable mishaps that happen whilst on holiday, making your adventures more enjoyable. Whether you need to learn how to say ‘sorry’ in Vietnamese or find the nearest transportation system in the middle of Morocco, it can be guaranteed that, “there’s an app for that!” From transportation to eateries, apps can help navigate you to get the most out of your traveling experience.

Part One

REST WELL

Air b’n’b
Airbnb encompasses the best parts of traveling all into one. Meeting new people, staying at safe locations, and cheap havens creates a traveling experience that allows you to be stress free! By choosing through a list of people that offer up their homes as a place to stay, you can participate in smart travel in an interesting way. This app gives you an itinerary as well as all the information you need to know about your host and their room.

Free for iOS and Android

iCampsites
A great value guide to more than 8,000 campsites in the UK and Europe, backed up with user reviews, pictures and inch-perfect GPS coordinates. If you’re looking for more than just somewhere to bed down for the night the filter local results by facilities and you’ll soon be en route to a patch that’s right for you.
Available on Android (£1.99)

Hostelworld
Hostels are a fantastic alternative way to stay in central city locations across the world as well as interesting historical buildings and more off the beaten track places for a lot less than a hotel. This is a geo-tagged directory of 25,000 listings for budget hotels at your fingertips. The app also provides access to over 3.5million user reviews, minimising the likelihood of a nasty surprise when you turn up after that all night train ride.
Available on iPhone (free) and Android (free)

Couch Surfing
Couchsurfing’s motto stands as: “the world is full of friends you haven’t met.” This app allows you to insert yourself into a global community of over 9 million traveling enthusiasts across 120,000 looking for someone with a shared enthusiasm for exploration. The app (and much more developed website) provides a platform for members to surf on couches by staying as a guest at a host’s home, host travelers, or join an event. The system is reciprocal though this is not compulsory, and review based so you can offer up your sofa or stay somewhere new; either way, this app gives you a place to stay or someone to meet, broadening your travel experience.

Available on iPhone (free) and Android (free)

We’ve Walked in These Wild Woods! Trekking the Appalachian Trail!

We've Walked in These Wild Woods! Trekking the Appalachian Trail!

This weekend sees the UK release of A Walk in the Woods; a film that took Robert Redford ten years to get around to making, based on the 1998 book by travel writer Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail which describes his attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with friend Stephen Katz.

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The trail is 2160-miles  and is the longest continuous footpath in the world, stretching along the East Coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, through some of the most arresting and celebrated landscapes in America.

The Appalachian Trail is famous for its many hikers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season. Others have managed to perform a round-trip of the trail where they thru-hike from one end to the other and then turn around to thru-hike the trail the other way, otherwise known as a yo-yo.

Eli Christman/Flickr, Creative Commons

Eli Christman/Flickr, Creative Commons

 

 

 

So we thought it apt to show off a little; cos Megan and the Globe Trekker got there before Robert Redford, (though after Bill Bryson 🙂 She even meets a group of thru-hikers -enjoy!

World’s best beaches

World's best beaches

Dreaming of a summer escape? Probably not if you’re in the southern hemisphere (we are hearing reports it’s been unbearably hot in Australia this past week); but some in the north are beginning to taste spring! Holidays are being booked, and excitement is mounting over impending days by the sea.

This week The Independent (UK) published a sublime list of the world’s 25 best beaches.

We’ve got a few favourites of our own!

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And the winner is… New England

And the winner is... New England

What an amazing showdown between the Patriots and Sea Hawks earlier this week at the 2015 Superbowl! Did you catch ‘California Girl’, Katy Perry’s huge half time show?

Of course, it’s really all about the game though, and there can only be one winner – this time around, New England scraped in by just a few points on the board. It’s had us dreaming about this beautiful part of the world ever since.

Have you visited? Here’s our guide, if you’re keen.

[Feature image by Elliot Gilfix]

 

 

New York overtakes Paris as top 2014 destination

New York overtakes Paris as top 2014 destination

Travel trade publication, Travel Weekly, reported this week that according to the latest Hotels.com annual Hotel Price Index, in 2014 New York overtook Paris as the most popular destination for travellers from around the northern hemisphere. It’s the first time in three years that Paris hasn’t made the top spot.

Making up the top five last year for travellers the world over, were Amsterdam, Dublin and Rome.

New into the top 20 are Majorca and Munich, knocking both Los Angeles and Singapore out of the list. London was once again the most-visited city for inbound travellers, with Edinburgh a close second.

Here at Globe Trekker HQ, we love all these destinations, but which one is to be ticked off next on your bucket list? Enjoy a brief wander through some of them now…

Globe Trekker – New York 2 – Trailer from Globe Trekker on Vimeo.

Globe Trekker – Amsterdam City Guide 2 – Trailer from Globe Trekker on Vimeo.

An Ottoman circus in the palace?

An Ottoman circus in the palace?

Bewildered comments on social media and throughout international media portals this week were rife with regards to one particular event …

 

Turkey story

[Click on image for full Guardian feature]

 

Spear-carrying guardsmen, fake mustaches and super-shiny armor played a key part in this ceremony in Turkey being dubbed a “circus”, with comments reflecting thoughts such as, “Wannabe sultan at his fancy dress party,” and, “He’s lost touch with reality”.

The extravagant palace reportedly cost $350 million and is now a controversial addition to the  Ankara landscape.

You can read the full Guardian UK story here.

One incident of pomp and ceremony aside, the region does boast a rich and interesting history which we have explored in our series, Short History of the World: Ottomans versus Christians – click below for a preview.

 

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