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2007-12-01 17:16 - Angel Falls Travel Blog posted

I just finished posting the blog for our adventure to Angel Falls. It's complete with a near-death experience, great travel stories from fellow campamento-mates, and photos of the tallest waterfall in the world as well as other treats!

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2007-12-02 15:31 - Regional Top 10 Best Waterfalls Lists

After realizing that it was a little too much high maintenance to keep Regional Top 5 Lists of Best Waterfalls in a particular country or region, I decided to expand them to Regional Top 10 Lists of Best Waterfalls for those countries or regions. Now I feel places like Norway and Iceland have a better sampling of what's superlative in those regions. Same goes for the other regions I've put in as well like New Zealand, Australia, and Hawaii.

Have a look and please don't hesitate to let us know what you think about them. [read more]

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2007-12-03 07:34 - New Featured Waterfall


Anderson Cascades, New Zealand


Anderson Cascades, New Zealand
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2007-12-06 07:32 - Water Wars

This isn't exactly encouraging news, but it does affect waterfalls (which tend to flow on freshwater streams).

The UN Chief warns that water is becoming scarcer as there's a combination of overpopulation (leading to increased water use) and global climate change (altering the distribution of precipitation). Since resource shortages tend to lead people to migrate and search desperately for ways to mitigate their situation, you can imagine the conflicts that can occur as incumbents worry about their own strain on resources. We're already seeing things like this going on in Africa and the UN worries that such conflicts will increase and spread worldwide.

I think news like this should signal to us to watch our way of life and who we're putting in power through our votes and our purchasing decisions. See the link below for more of what the UN had to say. [read more]

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2007-12-08 09:50 - Benefits of Waterfalling Extends Beyond Nature

Our recent short-but-sweet weeklong trip to Venezuela certainly had tremendous benefits in terms of beautiful scenery and one of the wonders of the world in Angel Falls. However, one of the things that moved me most was the type of people we met on the trip. These included fellow mates at the campamento who made great conversations and shared some advice and travel stories with us as well as local Venezuelans who were quite helpful and friendly and eager to show their land to us.

Indeed, I think the benefits of waterfalling extend beyond the subtle benefits of being in nature because you're out there learning about different cultures while meeting open-minded people willing to go beyond the familiarities of home and do something different (and often out of their own comfort zones). It's amazing that people from all different parts of the world with different backgrounds, languages, and mindsets find common ground in nature travel.

It's for this reason that I believe of all the industries that are out there, travel (i.e. not the "home away from home" travel) is by far the one industry that I think brings people closer together and benefits everyone. Sure it's not a perfect industry (e.g. greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes, degradation of local natural resources, high cost, etc.) but in general, I truly see the world as a better place if we all can embrace each others differences and find that common ground that reinforces the notion that we're really not all that different from each other.

You can read about our Angel Falls experience (which inspired me to reflect upon our trip in this blog entry) by following the link... [read more]

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2007-12-09 09:16 - New Featured Waterfall


Anderson Cascades, New Zealand


Anderson Cascades, New Zealand
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2007-12-12 07:07 - Falling Dollar Continued...

I don't want to be political, but money and politics are just about one and the same these days, and unfortunately for international travelers, the interest rate has fallen again. This means the value of the dollar continues to weaken as borrowing costs continue to decrease thereby diminishing the true value behind our printed currency. Bottom line, international travel just got even more expensive.

At a time when there's about to be a correction from irresponsible lending and spending practices of the past few years, it seems like the current Feds are trying desperately to bail out certain Bush allies at the expense of the stability of our economy. Of course, this isn't going to stop us from traveling and seeing what makes the world beautiful. We just worry about what consequences this monetary policy will have in the long term.

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2007-12-17 07:28 - Gabon's Kongou Falls to succumb to development

A Chinese-funded project seeks to dam the river feeding arguably Central Africa's most beautiful waterfall - Gabon's Kongou Falls. With the Gabonese government determined to see the project through, what will this mean for the waterfalls of Gabon and the future of what many consider the earth's last Eden? [read more]

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2007-12-18 07:50 - New Featured Waterfall


Anderson Cascades, New Zealand


Anderson Cascades, New Zealand
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2007-12-18 16:32 - The Waterfaller Newsletter Coming in 2008!

We're kicking off the New Year with the release of our FREE monthly email newsletter called The Waterfaller. Now you don't have to go through the trouble of remembering to revisit the website for updates, news, stories, etc. We'll bring the content to you!

Subscribers will receive a FREE World of Waterfalls Screensaver featuring 20 of the world's most beautiful waterfalls.

They'll also receive travel tips, specials, current events, and anything else relating to the wonderful World of Waterfalls.


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2007-12-18 16:40 - Latest Waterfall Travel Specials

The World of Waterfalls now contains travel specials making it even easier for you to book your dream waterfall vacation.

These specials come and go so you can either check the World of Waterfalls Travel Specials often or you can subscribe to The Waterfaller! [read more]

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2007-12-19 00:08 - Patagonia is Next

This year's Holiday Period Trip will take place in Patagonia. In case you don't know where that is, it's in the Southern Andes Mountain Range towards the southern end of South America. It straddles both Argentina and Chile, and it's fairly close to Tierra del Fuego - the southernmost tip of the Americas and the closest land mass to Antarctica.

While there are a handful of waterfalls we intend to collect on this trip, Patagonia is really more of a hiking destination featuring sharp peaks, glaciers, lakes, and endangered wildlife. Sure it's going to be windy with unpredictable weather this time of year (which is their Summer Solstice; go figure), but that's nature for you.

And as usual, we hope to return from this trip with photos, stories, waterfalls, and more. Stay tuned...

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