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Friday Round-Up: Disconnecting and Diving In

November 5th, 2010

Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each Friday. Every month, we’ll be choosing a theme that fits with the Osprey lifestyle. Since it’s about this time of year that people seem to start getting antsy with wanderlust, we figured we’d feature one of our favorite topics: travel. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

Disconnecting

In the day and age of all-internet-all-the-time, even when we embark on an adventure it’s hard to totally disconnect. Case in point: you can now tweet from Everest. But what’s it like to really unplug?

New York Times media columnist David Carr embarks on “a vacation that’s about absolutely nothing,” to find out exactly that. Six straight days completely disconnected on a lonely island in the Bahamas; no Twitter, no Facebook, no anything, just a Flip video camera to capture his thoughts. The resulting video — which you can watch here — reminds us how easy it is to get caught up in the everyday flurry of a “connected” life. As Carr muses, “I think the modern lifestyle gives us very poor visibility into the environment that we move through.” Agreed!

Photograph by Abraham Nowitz, National Geographic

Diving in

The great thing about travel is that you’re forced to push your comfort zones. Language barriers, cultural differences and even confusing and humorous road signs are all part of the game. But to get the full effect you have to go all out and dive right on in. That’s particularly true when it comes to food. National Geographic has a great photo gallery on street food to get you thinking about all the culinary possibilities your next trip could entail, if you’re ready to take them on.

And speaking of diving in, apparently Americans are not. At least according to a new survey that says Americans are the least adventurous travelers. Now granted the survey was based on respondents answering how likely they were to eat fried tarantula, stay with a local family, haggle at a local market and other activities, but the fact that America is lagging behind some of our anglophone friends is a little cause for concern. Maybe it’s because we’re spending too much time concerned with being connected??

Solution? Get out and get more active! At least that’s the Osprey mantra.

So in celebration of disconnecting and diving in, here’s to a great weekend!

Image: Giorgio Montersino


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