The Best Damn Travel Tips You’ll Ever Need

In the Streets of Havana (Photo by Ryan Bolton)

Travel is the best education. It’s also the ideal form of rebellion.

It’s the no-bullshit way to find out who you really are. What you’re made of. Hell, some of the best travel advice quite possibly ever comes via Bill Fucking Murray: “Take that person [you love] and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world… And if when you come back to JFK and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.” Genius, that Bill Murray. Traveling will change your life. It will. Getting lost in a foreign country in which you only know how to say “hi” is the best way to develop character. I’ve been lost on five continents. (Drinking may or may not have been a factor on occasion). Every time, though, I discover something new. Here are my three quick and dirty rules for travelling. Follow them. It’ll change your life.

Rule No. 1. Ask the locals.

I can’t stress this enough. Nobody likes a tourist. Tourists are needy and annoying with their point-and-shoot cameras, typically ignorant (which, truthfully, is fair as you know jackshit about the local culture at this point), and just plain confused. Avoid that—ask the locals. Where’s the best place to eat? When there, what local dish should you try? Where do you go for a pint after a long day of hiking some godforsaken waterfall in rural Togo that the guide book told you to? The locals know best. The guide books are going to lead you to the overpriced and trite tourist traps. Hell, if you think that the CN fucking Tower is Toronto, then you’re batshit. And a tourist. Get off the beaten path. Read More

Let’s Go to Mars! (But Seriously)

Mars Trip

The phrase “men are from Mars” might not be so far fetched any longer. Indeed, both men and women might be using a Mars area code by 2023.

That is if you’re willing to book a one-way ticket, of course.

Some 56.4 million kilometres. That’s the brief distance from Earth to Mars. With current day technology, it would take roughly seven months on a spaceship—or a ‘89 Porsche 911 Turbo—to get to the Red Planet. To date, no human has ever been to Mars, well, otherwise than Bill O’Reilly for ancestry research. We have, however, landed two unmanned spacecrafts on its surface—the Mars Rover Opportunity and the science laboratory and secondary rover, aptly titled, Curiosity.

That is all about to change if Mars One has anything to do about it.

Mars One is a Dutch not-for-profit with the goal to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Fair enough. Formally launched in 2012, co-founder Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch entrepreneur and mechanical engineer, has quite the plan set in place that includes reality television as one of the chief revenue drivers for the Mars mission. “Human exploration of Mars will be the most exciting adventure mankind has embarked upon in decades,” says Lansdorp in a press release. “It will inspire a new generation of engineers, inventors, artists and scientists. It will create a new generation of heroes—the first explorers to go to Mars will step straight into the history books.”

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The Cuba Experience No. Tres

Shot in Cuba. Naturally.

Here’s the last and final instalment of Cuba photos. Good god, I miss Havana and its streets. Take in the classic cars, the gorgeous Spanish architecture and a little Che, naturally. As always, enjoy!

—RYAN BOLTON

Best Photos of 2012

Josh Headshot

It’s been a fantastic fucking year. Truly has. And although I had my camera (and all my photos) stolen in Ecuador in March, it was a great year to bring the camera along. Here are some of my favourite shots from the past year, including trips to New York City, Boston, Vermont and Montreal. Anyway, here’s to 2012 and looking forward to shooting in 2013. Enjoy.

Click on any of the photos to expand in the lightbox. It’s fun.

Vermont: In Photos

The Swimming Cove

I just returned from the bucolic land also known as Vermont. It’s a beauty. See why below. The sunset shots are from the sky somewhere between Montreal and Toronto. Click on the below photos to expand in viewer.

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