Saturday, November 21, 2009

Art of Travel - How to See the World

How to See the World
Art of Travel;
European and World Backpacking;

On $25 a Day or Less;
Read This Book
Copyright © John Gregory 2009
Here in 25 chapters, 100,000 words, and 120 illustrations is How to See the World. Written by an independent traveler of 35 countries via eight economical tours, this complete online guide has tips, commentary, and humor for travelers of every kind. It contains no advertising or commercial contracts.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Prologue
  3. Author's Note
  4. Coming Soon/Here Now
  5. What Readers Are Saying

Part One: Art of Travel

  1. People and Diplomacy
  2. Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
  3. Hostels, Backpacker Hotels, Private Homes, Campgrounds, Palapas, And Free Accommodation
  4. How to Get Cheap Flights
  5. Passports and Visas
  6. Fears and Concerns
  7. Money, Bargaining, and Begging
  8. Pickpockets, Thieves, and Self-Defense
  9. Effects of the Sun, Maladies, etc.
  10. Water
  11. Guidebooks, Other Information Sources, and Emergency Thinking
  12. Items of the Eye
  13. Hitchhiking

Part Two: Backpacking

  1. Walking and Backpacks
  2. Clothing and Laundry
  3. Essential Items
  4. Sleeping Bags and Pads
  5. Tents
  6. Stoves and Cooksets
  7. Organization and Packing

Part Three: Compendium

  1. Considerations
  2. Poems
  3. Selected Sites
  4. Checklists
  5. Bibliography


  1. Search
  2. Reader Comment
  3. About the Author

I WROTE How to See the World because too many people are missing the experience of world travel, mainly because they don't realize how easy, fun, and economical it is to pack a bag and just go.

I also wrote this book because how one travels is more important than where one travels. Not only is low budget independent travel the best way to experience other cultures on an intimate, participatory level, but it's a great way to learn about yourself.
And while the subtitle On $25 a Day or Less suggests an unrealistic figure for many readers, it's there to make clear that world travel is at least a possibility for almost anyone living in a free society, and to describe the book I knew how to write after eight independent tours through thirty-five countries.
In Part One you will learn:
  • How to meet people
  • How to communicate simply and effectively
  • How to get cheap airline tickets
  • About all kinds of accommodation, including hostels, backpacker hotels, pensions, private homes, and campgrounds
  • About exchange rates, black markets, and other money issues
  • How pickpockets operate, and how to avoid them and other rip-offs
  • How to protect your health, including information on travel clinics, immunizations, women's concerns, water purification, travelers' diarrhea, twenty serious maladies such as malaria and yellow fever, how to avoid insect bites, foot care, skin wounds, heat and humidity, altitude sickness, and medical kits
  • About common pre-travel fears and concerns
  • Interesting passport and visa information, hitchhiking realities, and more
Part Two discusses:
  • Walking and backpacks
  • Efficient travel clothing, and tips for doing laundry on the road
  • Twenty essential items
  • How to select a good sleeping bag
  • For those who go the camping route, how to choose a tent and stove
  • How to organize for less stress and more fun
Part Three is a compendium of tips, considerations, and poems from myself, other travelers, and literature. Topics include street food, attitude, telephone and mail, hustlers, drugs, car travel, camels, trail tips, favorite countries, itineraries, etc.
There is also a bibliography of recommended reading, a comment form for your input, and eight useful checklists so you won't forget much or burden yourself unnecessarily.
This book will save you time and money, and help you travel more safely. It may also encourage you to have some of the best and greatest times of your life. I wish you informative reading and happy traveling.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Trial Biking - Julien Dupont

It's new video of Julien Dupont in Lyon's streets in France !
Amazing Freestyle Trial $$ !!
Julien is a newcomer in the Redbull family and scott team.
Have a good moment !

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Royal Enfield tour of Rajasthan

Feel the sands, the desert heat and the night chill, ride the dunes in Thar and ride open roads that disappear into the horizon. Discover a Fort made from Jurassic stone, ancient trees that have turned to stone, Palace that some say is as beautiful (if not more) as Taj, hypnotic stunning Haveli, the Battle of Braves where a 100 defeated 1000s. Ride the road to Pakistan but be careful - don’t cross over, walk through a sea of rats, go flat out on salt flats, eat rich food, stay in the lap of luxury but don’t miss out on the camp, the folks and their dances and songs. Experience an age old culture in festive mood in all its splendor and colour… a Royal Ride through the Sands of Time.

Click here to download the registration form for Royal Enfield tour of Rajasthan.

Royal Enfield tour of Rajasthan | Bike preparation

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1. At ground level the most important thing is your tyres and your wheels. Ensure that you have adequate tread on them. We recommend you start the ride with a brand new set of tyres and tubes; you are less likely to face punctures etc.

2. Get the rims balanced (this will prevent breaking of spokes and unnecessary wobbles that could spoil your bike's ride and handling). When you are getting your wheels balanced make sure that the spokes are not protruding from inside the rim. If they are they could puncture the tube from inside. After this, ensure that there is a rubber strip (good condition) around the inside of the rim. When you disassemble the wheels, check the wheel bearings as well.

3. Inspect and make sure that your bike has only genuine OE parts, especially hubs, spokes, rims and other engine components. We cannot provide support for modified items and in such case you are requested to carry your own spares. We can make arrangements to carry them in the service truck.

4. Get your shock absorbers inspected. They should be in top working order. Check the bushes for the rear shock absorbers and replace if necessary.

5. Check condition of front fork oil seals and replace if needed. Make sure that there is no crack on the fork bottom tube. If your springs have sagged or your main tube has worn out get them replaced.

6. Check the rear swing arm bush and replace if needed.

7. Check your chain and rear sprocket for wear. If you find that there are less than four notch adjustments to go on your chain adjuster cam, replace your chain and both your sprockets.

8. Your bike's clutch is really crucial for this trip, so make sure that your clutch is in good order and adjusted properly without the trace of any drag, slip etc. When you open your clutch cover, also check the primary chain and the adjuster. Do not use any kind of additional insert under the chain adjuster. If the adjuster has reached its limit replace the primary chain.

9. Check your battery and the earthing connections. If you have any history of electrical trouble, be sure that the problem is completely solved. The vibrations, dust and maybe water that riders are likely to encounter on the route could further accentuate existing problems.

10. Check for play in the steering column and replace the ball race joints if necessary.

11. Check all the rubber components like carburetor hose, fuel lines, air filter rubber etc for cracks and tears and replace if in doubt.

12. Check all cables and if found bent of frayed, replace immediately. Do not use oil in friction free cables.

13. Finally tighten all the nuts and bolts and if it is found to slip or the threads are damaged replace the relevant parts.


This is a very crucial part.

If your bike is working fine let it be. It would be a good idea to do a weekend trip to try it out and see how it behaves. It would be a good idea to ride a new bike and make sure that your bike is up to the mark. If there is any doubt please visit your Royal Enfield showroom. Do not leave the fixing of your bike to the last min and start the trip with an untested bike.

Things to avoid on the bike

1. Anything that is likely to take a beating from rough roads and vibrations, this includes:
• Extra lights
• Extra horns
• Extra mirrors
• Heavy after market horns
• Side boxes
• any other unnecessary add-ons

2. Non standard high rise or low handlebars.

3. Alloy wheels.

4. Some number plates fitted on the front mudguard are likely to break the headlamp at full travel.

5. Smaller wheels if they drastically reduce your ground clearance.

6. Imported street tyres, as these could puncture and suffer for grip on dirt surfaces.

7. Extended front forks.

8. Modified swing arms.

9. Shortened or extended chassis, chain.

10. You should either remove any non standard item from your bike or be prepared to service it on your own.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Same Day, Same Name, Totally Different Sports

Same Day, Same Name, Totally Different Sports

“Mountain Biking” is too big a term.

Consider this. Last Saturday, a small group of friends — Dug, Kenny, Dan, Racer — and I went mountain biking. It was a seven-hour epic circumnavigation of Mount Timpanogos: thirty seven miles, the first 22 of which took almost six hours (yes, we averaged about four miles per hour) because it was so brutally steep.

Dug and Racer had their cameraphones with them, and so got a few pictures.

The ride starts with a ride along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, which connects to Grove — a narrow, steep, shale-strewn trail with a clff going up to your left and, often, a cliff going down to your right.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Island Expedition 2009 - Udupi YHAI Unit

Udupi YHAI Unit is organising a State Level Island Expedition on October 30, 31 and November 1st of 2009.
Full details in the Brochure....

Prior Registration Compulsory.... Limited seats only !

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

National Motor Bike Expedition by YHAI


Last date for Registration is 31th May 2009. The YHAI reserves the right to close the registration early or extend the date of registration.
Date of announcement for selected Participants:- 6th June 2009
Last date of submission of the Participation fee:- 15th June 2009
Expedition starts on: August 24th.

100 Motor Cyclists will undertake about 2500 km journey starting from New Delhi to Chandigarh, Kullu-Manali, Leh & Khardungla Pass covering the most challenging mountain route via Rohtang Pass (13,051 ft.) (3978mtr.), Bara Lacha Pass (16,040 ft.) (4890 mtr), Lachung La Pass ( 16,600 ft.) (5059 mtr.) and Tanglang La Pass ( 17,582 ft) (5359 mtr.) and finally to
world’s highest Motorable road reaching Khardungla Pass (5602 mtr, 18380 ft.). They will return via Kargil, Drass through Zozila Pass (3528 mt, 11575 ft ), Srinagar, Jammu & Ludhiana, Delhi.

Delhi-Panipat-Ambala-Chandigarh-Kullu-Manali -Tandi- Sarchu – Upshi- Leh-Khardungla-Leh--Kargil-Drass –Zozila Pass- Srinagar-Jammu-Ludhiana-Karnal-Delhi.

The actual route may change depending upon geographical, social and environmental conditions.
Duration: 17 days. Participants will report at Base Camp, International Youth Hostel, New Delhi on 24th August 2009. After expedition, they will leave from New Delhi on 09th September 2009.

Criteria for Selection:
• Preferred Age Group: 20 Years – 50 years
• The participant (male/female) should be in excellent physical and medical fitness.
• They must have a taste for adventure and willing to live life in the rough and tough terrain.

Rs. 9,500/- per participant (USD 225 for foreign national)

Registration & More inforamtion:

Monday, May 11, 2009

National Mountain Biking Expedition from YHAI, 19th August 2009

100 mountain bikers will undertake about 600 kms of cycling through world’s most hazardous and difficult terrain on Mountain Bikes starting from 19th August, 09. They will cover this distance in 17 days climbing Rohtang Pass (13,051 ft.) (3978mtr.), Bara Lacha Pass (16,040 ft.) (4890 mtr), Lachung La Pass ( 16,600 ft. ) (5059 mtr.) and Tanglang La Pass ( 17,582 ft.) (5359 mtr.) and finally to world’s highest Motorable Khardung La Pass (18,380 ft.)(5602 mtr).

Kullu-Manali - Solang Nala-Marhi-Rohtang Pass-Sishu-Jispa-Zing Zing Bar-Sarchu-Whisky Nala-Pang- Debring-Rumtse-Choglamsar-Leh - South Pullu - Khardungla Pass-Leh
The actual route may change depending upon geographical, social and environmental conditions.

17 days. Participants will reach at Base Camp, Seobagh, Kullu on 19th August 2009. After concluding the expedition, they will leave from Leh on 04th September 2009.

How to reach Base Camp at Seobagh,Kullu-Manali
Kullu-Manali is well connected from Delhi, Chandigarh & Pathankot by Bus, Train & Air. Nearest Railway station is Chandigarh & the nearest Airport is Bhuntar(Kullu). The base camp at Youth Hostel Seobagh is 3 km from Kullu bus stand on left bank, near Jairu Mineral Water Plant. Tel. no. +91-1902-230113.

Criteria for Selection:
Preferred Age Group: 20 Years – 50 years
The participant (male/female) should be in excellent physical and medical fitness.

Participation Fee:
Rs. 4,500/- per participant.

KULLU (1230 mt.) – LEH (3500 mt.) – KHARDUNGLA PASS (5606 mt.) ‐LEH
Day 1: 19.08.2009 Reporting at Seobagh(Kullu) Base Camp & Orientation.
Day 2: 20.08.2009 Bike Acclimatization, Equipment distribution
Day 3: 21.08.2009 Kullu to Solang Nala (52 km)
Day 4: 22.08.2009 Solang Nala to Marhi (3320 mt.)( 23 km)
Day 5: 23.08.2009 Marhi – Sishu (3100 mt.) (43 km)
Day 6: 24.08.2009 Sishu – Jispa(3142 mt.) (58 km)
Day 7: 25.08.2009 Jispa ‐ Zing zing bar (4150 mt.) ( 31 km )
Day 8: 26.08.2009 Zing zing bar –Sarchu Plain (4253 mt.) (54 km)
Day 9: 27.08.2009 Sarchu Plain ‐ Whisky Nala(4700 mt.) (46 km)
Day 10: 28.08.2009 Whisky Nala – Pang (4240 mt.)( 29 km)
Day 11: 29.08.2009 Pang – Debring(4572 mt.) (43 km)
Day 12: 30.08.2009 Debring ‐ Rumtse (48 km)
Day 13: 31.08.2009 Rumtse ‐ Choglamsar ( 57 km)
Day 14: 01.09.2009 Choglamsar – Leh( 3500 mt.) (08 km)
Participating in Ladakh Festival, Leh.
Day 15: 02.09.2009 Leh to South Pulu(4636 mt.) ( 26km)
Day 16: 03.09.2009 South Pulu to Khardungla (5606 mt.) ( 12 km)
03.09.2009 Khardungla to Leh , (50 km) Valedictory Function.
Day 17: 04.09.2009 Group breaks after Lunch.
Note: There may be changes in the mountain biking route and final programm due to any
unforeseen event.

Registration & more information:

Friday, February 27, 2009

Karwar Wild Life Endangered

The death of a leopard near Amdalli village in Karwar taluk, which was noticed on Saturday by the forest officials, clearly indicates that wildlife is threatened in Uttara Kannada district.

In fact, continued human interference in the forest has made life miserable for wild animals in their natural habitat.

Cases of wild animals sneaking into the human habitat in search of food are on the rise. These animals are either killed by people before being noticed by the forest officials or die of starvation or disease.

The forest region of Uttara Kannada district is no longer safe for wildlife. The rich vegetation of the district is under heavy pressure today than ever before. For instance the once beautiful wooded hills between Karwar and Honnavar have been mercilessly mutilated.

According to the Uttara Kannada Gazetteer, the rate of denudation of forest is four times the rate of replanting in the district.

Large forest areas had been destroyed in the past three decades in the district licitly and illicitly. The statistics provided by the forest department indicate that around 10.5 lakh hectares of forest area had been lost for various reasons.

This included nearly 20,000 hectares of area lost under the Kali hydel project, 50,000 hectares released for agriculture and 26,713 hectares for iron ore mining. These lost regions provided a safe shelter for elephants, bison, tigers, king cobras, leopards, black panthers and spotted deer to name a few. These statistics exclude the forest encroachment, which is about 26,000 hectares and also illicit felling by poachers. In fact at least once in a week the local papers carry reports on forest smuggling. Added to these, indiscriminate poaching of animals has proved disastrous for the survival of these animals.The forest officials complain there are not enough staff. One guard has to manage around 10 sq km of forest region. Moreover, the staff are not provided modern weapons to match those of smugglers.

People allege that many forest officials are hand in glove with the smugglers and funds provided for forestation are misused.

The forest development programme launched under the assistance of Overseas Development Agency of UK, which envisaged the joint management of the forest by the forest department and the villagers, proved a failure.

The village forest panchayats formed under the programme have become defunct today, thanks to the apathy of the forest officials, who did not want others to participate in the management of the forest.