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11 tips for winter desert camping
11 tips for winter desert camping

Photo above by ChadicaWinter is upon us, and snowbirds are alighting on the American Southwest for moderate temperatures and world-class hiking. And why not? The searing heat has dissipated, the monsoons and dust storms are over, and the scorpions and rattlesnakes have retreated underground, inviting travel and exploration throughout the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, Great Basin, and Mojave deserts.

“Revolution First Friday” in Cairo’s Tahrir
“Revolution First Friday” in Cairo’s Tahrir

A large protest is taking place in Cairo’s Tahrir Square today – and in other cities across Egypt – as Egyptians take to the streets frustrated at the slow progress on their revolutionary demands.“Why do you want to enter the square?” The kid at the makeshift checkpoint at the entrance to Tahrir is, well, a kid, and suspicious that I have only my UK driving licence on me as ID.

Last chance to visit 13 Arizona state parks
Last chance to visit 13 Arizona state parks

The Arizona State Parks Board voted on January 15 to close 13 more of the state’s parks by June. Learn which ones are shutting their doors, and when.A SPECIAL SESSION of the Arizona State Legislature cut an additional $8.6 million from the budget of the Arizona State Parks Board in December. Now, the department says it has no choice but to close 13 more state parks, leaving only 9 open.

Iran protests in pictures
Iran protests in pictures

We’ll let the photos do the work that words can’t.Feature photo: Hamed Saber; Photo above: .faramarzPhoto: .faramarzPhoto: .faramarzPhoto: .faramarzPhoto: .faramarzPhoto: Hamed SaberPhoto: Hamed SaberCommunity Connection:Want to take action to support Iranian activists? Read 6 Ways the Western World Can Support Iranian Activists on Matador Change.

10 Reasons Why A Scarf Is A Must Pack
10 Reasons Why A Scarf Is A Must Pack

There are two things I never travel without. The other is a scarf.A scarf is a great multi-purpose item for when you’re trying to pack light. Here’s why.FashionNo doubt your clothing will not see a washing machine and iron very often on the road. A scarf can help spruce up a suffering wardrobe.Sleeping SheetLay a scarf on your bed to cover those questionable looking stains on guest house sheets.

Real Travel: In Search Of Authenticity
Real Travel: In Search Of Authenticity

In an age of commodified culture and globalization, does true authenticity even exist?Authenticity. It’s the buzzword of the enlightened traveler. We seek the genuine experience, something unspoiled by commercialism or prior visitors; we seek the perfect interaction with the culture we’re visiting.Maybe our fantasy is to be adopted by a tribe, to receive some kind of acknowledgment that we’re not just another camera-toting white-shoe wearing tourist.

Gadget Review: MSI GX630 Laptop
Gadget Review: MSI GX630 Laptop

While the MSI brand may be a bit of an unknown, don’t let that scare you away from considering the value packed MSI GX630.With it, you’ll be able to browse the web, look at some spreadsheets, write that next great American novel, and then blast away some enemies in a game of BioShock.This laptop has a 2.

Haiti volunteer project: evening update 1/14/10
Haiti volunteer project: evening update 1/14/10

UN forces performing rescue operations in Haiti. Photo: UN Development Programme.After spending a day at the Haitian Consulate in New York City, we have a clearer picture about the best way to channel our energy and assistance.Please donate now to support relief efforts:– UNICEF. Go online to unicefusa.

Ignorance or Bravery?  A “Moral Holiday” in Indonesia
Ignorance or Bravery? A “Moral Holiday” in Indonesia

Photos: authorAn American gets in over her head searching for challenge and adventure, and comes to understand something quite different from what she set out to learn.“Is it a man of a war?” I asked my boyfriend. In an instant, the scalding burn of the sting had progressed into an ache, shooting its way to my groin from the blisters it had left on my ankle.

With Aryeh Under the Bodhi Tree
With Aryeh Under the Bodhi Tree

Robert Hirschfield visits the Bodhi Tree, where “one breathes first and asks questions later.”I BREATHE him in. I breathe him out.Under the Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya, one breathes first and asks questions later.Everything loses itself in currents of breath, in small measures of sanity.Where the Buddha sat, I can almost feel the calm waters that opened to yank his hiking feet (Swimming was another story.

Matt Harding talks travel (seriously, no dancing)
Matt Harding talks travel (seriously, no dancing)

A thoughtful interview with the mega-internet star Matt Harding.Many of you know Matt Harding from his ludicrous trips around the world, dancing his ‘prosector dun struck gold’ dance.He’s appeared in major media all across the US, and featured as one of the top internet stars.I figured Matt was pretty darn sick of talking/doing his dance, so when I contacted him for an interview, I promised I wouldn’t ask about the shtick that made him famous.

Notes from an Old Leftist in Fading Red Bengal
Notes from an Old Leftist in Fading Red Bengal

Robert Hirschfield reflects on his “low grade affection” for a political party in India and how political change is yet one more filter through which to look at place.A FEW MONTHS ago, waves of trucks from rural West Bengal flying red flags spotted with hammers and sickles converged on the Maidan in Calcutta.