Nick's Travel Bug http://nickstravelbug.com Travel Often, Create Adventures, and Live Vicariously Through Yourself Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:43:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 FotoFriday: Hot Air Ballooning in Portlandhttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-hot-air-balloon-portland/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-hot-air-balloon-portland/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:43:35 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5445 This week’s photo comes from the closing party of World Domination Summit. In addition to the Bollywood dancing, food trucks, and beer, there was also a hot air balloon for people to ride in. What will they think of next?

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This week’s photo comes from the closing party of World Domination Summit. In addition to the Bollywood dancing, food trucks, and beer, there was also a hot air balloon for people to ride in. What will they think of next?

Hot Air Balloon Portland

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Breaking ANOTHER World Record: The Great Namaste!http://nickstravelbug.com/wds/worlds-longest-yoga-chain/ http://nickstravelbug.com/wds/worlds-longest-yoga-chain/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:59:14 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5434 One of the highlights of the World Domination Summit last week was the chance to break my 2nd Guinness World Record. The first was at the World Float last year during WDS. I think from now on I’m going to list World … Continue reading

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Longest Yoga Chain

One of the highlights of the World Domination Summit last week was the chance to break my 2nd Guinness World Record. The first was at the World Float last year during WDS. I think from now on I’m going to list World Record Holder Extraordinaire on my business cards. What do you think?

This time the record was for the World’s Longest Yoga Chain, called The Great Namaste. We assembled early in the morning at Pioneer Courthouse Square, the line of people wrapped all the way around. As we were let in, everyone was seated to a yoga mat provided by the WDS team. At first, nobody was sure if we were going to have enough to break the past record of 696. However, as more and more people filtered in it became clear that we just might do it. In fact, we didn’t just break the record…WE CRUSHED IT!!! I believe the final count was 808 yogis lined up in the longest yoga chain ever recorded! Here’s a quick video of the attempt:

Now how did this whole thing go down you might ask. The group was seated in rows spanning the entire square. The idea was that there were 5 different poses for everyone to complete. Starting at the very front, the first person would perform the pose and it would snake up and down the rows until it got to the very back where I was sitting (in the shade). Everyone was required to hold the pose until the next pose came along in sequence. Since it was my first time ever doing yoga I’m not sure what the different poses were called, but none of them were too terribly complicated. After a quick practice run, we ended up holding each pose for about 10 minutes until the next came along down the line.

Longest Yoga Chain

Photo courtesy of Armosa Studios

It’s always amazing what can be accomplished when a large community of people come together with a common goal in mind. All it takes is a great idea and a little perseverance by the members of the group. In this case, we were able to absolutely crush the previous record for the world’s longest yoga chain and make some new friends in the process.

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FotoFriday: Multnomah Fallshttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-multnomah-falls/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-multnomah-falls/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:59:42 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5429 This week’s photo was taken while hiking around Multnomah Falls, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.

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This week’s photo was taken while hiking around Multnomah Falls, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.

Multnomah Falls

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FotoFriday: Temples in Bangkokhttp://nickstravelbug.com/thailand/temples-in-bangkok/ http://nickstravelbug.com/thailand/temples-in-bangkok/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:43:02 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5423 This week’s photo is one of the somewhat gaudy temples in Bangkok, this one Wat-Tri Mit Wit Thayaram.

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This week’s photo is one of the somewhat gaudy temples in Bangkok, this one Wat-Tri Mit Wit Thayaram.

Temples in Bangkok

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My Experience at BlogHouse Chicagohttp://nickstravelbug.com/usa/bloghouse-chicago/ http://nickstravelbug.com/usa/bloghouse-chicago/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:58:50 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5256 What do you get when you put 20 travel bloggers and writers in a giant Tuscan-style villa in Chicago for 4 days, stock it with good craft beer, and cram their brains with blogging strategy? At first you might think … Continue reading

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Bloghouse Chicago Group

Photo courtesy of Lisa Lubin

What do you get when you put 20 travel bloggers and writers in a giant Tuscan-style villa in Chicago for 4 days, stock it with good craft beer, and cram their brains with blogging strategy? At first you might think of The Real World, but this was BlogHouse Chicago. Much better indeed.

A few of the bloggers I had met before while on previous trips, but most of the crew I was meeting for the first time. The funny thing is that even from the very beginning everyone seemed to click and the bonding continued throughout the weekend. The entire group were genuinely interesting people from all over the globe and at all different levels of blogging. Some were just starting out while others could be called professional bloggers and making a living off of the platform they’ve built. There was no question, though, that the entire weekend was a whirlwind of information for all of us.

Working Hard at Bloghouse

Working hard at Bloghouse! Photo courtesy of Lisa Lubin

The sessions throughout the weekend included topics like Facebook for Haters, pitching and working with brands, not being annoying on Twitter, travel photography, search engine optimization techniques, and other ways to improve your blogging skills. While I thought a lot of the sessions were extremely useful, the most value for me was being able to vet some of the crazy ideas in my head with fellow bloggers and writers to see what might make sense and what I should scrap.

Once the sessions were done, then the real fun began. Thanks to our awesome sponsors, we got to experience some of the best of Chicago. One night was Industry Night held at the Vertigo Sky Lounge, located on the rooftop of the Dana Hotel. The views from the roof were pretty amazing while we networked with people who work in different aspects of the travel industry.

Bloggers on a Boat

This is what happens when you put a bunch of bloggers on a boat #BloggersTakingPhotosOfBloggersTakingPhotos

The next night was my favorite. We started with a boat ride down the Chicago River, courtesy of Chicago Electric Boats. We sailed up and down the Chicago River and got some great shots of the Chicago skyline. Out of the 2 boats, of course we had the better boat. No question there. After the boat ride, we headed over to Mercadito for dinner and drinks, courtesy of the good folks at Gogo. There were a lot of margaritas consumed that night!

The other awesome bloggers that were at BlogHouse Chicago included:

I had a great time and learned a ton at BlogHouse Chicago. I highly recommend future BlogHouse events for any travel bloggers looking to grow and develop their brand while having a lot of fun doing it. Cheers to all of our sponsors for making the weekend possible, including FlipKey, Megabus, Gogo, and Vertigo Sky Lounge.

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FotoFriday: Chicago Skyline from Millennium Parkhttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-chicago-skyline-millennium-park/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-chicago-skyline-millennium-park/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:29:51 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5304 This week’s photo is of the Chicago Skyline, taken in Millennium Park at dusk. It always amazes me that no matter what time of day I go there are always loads of people surrounding the Bean. It’s not really surprising … Continue reading

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This week’s photo is of the Chicago Skyline, taken in Millennium Park at dusk. It always amazes me that no matter what time of day I go there are always loads of people surrounding the Bean. It’s not really surprising as there are some pretty good views of the Chicago Skyline.

The Bean and Chicago Skyline

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Adventures in Paihttp://nickstravelbug.com/thailand/adventures-in-pai/ http://nickstravelbug.com/thailand/adventures-in-pai/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:22:06 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5290 Pai is an interesting place, located up in the mountains of northern Thailand. However, the adventures in Pai began before we even left. Although I’d been riding motorbikes in Chiang Mai, I heard from several friends I met that driving … Continue reading

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Pai Canyon 2 Pai is an interesting place, located up in the mountains of northern Thailand. However, the adventures in Pai began before we even left. Although I’d been riding motorbikes in Chiang Mai, I heard from several friends I met that driving from Chiang Mai to Pai on a motorbike was something I shouldn’t attempt. My buddy Dave had crashed TWICE IN ONE DAY going to and from Pai on his motorbike because the roads are so treacherous.

So my friends and I, heeding the advice of all the wounded travelers we met, decided to take a minibus on the 3-hour journey. Looking back now, I’m not sure which would have been better. Crammed into a small van going at breakneck speeds around narrow roads on the edge of mountains or taking my chances with the motorbike. Most people got sick along the way, but I just closed my eyes and fell asleep for most of the trip.

Spicy Pai Backpackers Hostel Once we finally made it to Pai (in one piece), we headed out to Spicy Pai Backpackers which was about a mile outside of town. It was worth the walk because it was a pretty cool place to stay. The bungalows were basically made of straw and quite open, but luckily each bed had a mosquito net. The mosquitos were pretty brutal up there and I felt like I spent half my time putting on bug cream. The hostel also had an elevated common area where everyone hung out. The actual town of Pai wasn’t all that exciting. There are a surprising amount of restaurants and bars in such a small area, but I guess they cater to the hippy dippy tourists that frequent the area. So outside of taking a Thai cooking class, I spent most of the time exploring the areas surrounding the town. Pai Canyon

One of the best things I went to see was Pai Canyon. Think of the Grand Canyon (not quite as large), but without any type of railing or protection to keep you from falling to your doom. The ledge I was sitting on above was less than 2 feet wide with a more than 60 foot drop on both sides. I don’t normally have a fear of heights, but this was beginning to test my limits a bit. Mo Paeng Waterfall Pai

Next was Mo Paeng Waterfall and the rock slides. There were a lot of pretty fearless kids jumping all around these falls. It was fun watching all of them go down over and over again. Like my animated GIF? Kid Sliding Down Waterfall Pai

Another highlight at the end of a long day was the Tha Pai Hot Springs. There were 5 or 6 different springs, each at increasingly hot temperatures. They ranged from moderate up to I feel like I’m being cooked alive. That last one I would stay in for no more than a couple of minutes unless you want to know how a lobster feels. Nonetheless, they were relaxing after roaming around all day. No Boil Egg

One final thought. Apparently it’s not cool to boil eggs in the hot springs.

There are lots of adventures in Pai to be had. It’s definitely worth a trip up from Chiang Mai. Once you’re there, make sure to get out of the city and explore.

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FotoFriday: Doi Suthep Templehttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-doi-suthep/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-doi-suthep/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:42:07 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5225 This week’s photo was taken at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a temple atop a mountain roughly 10 miles outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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This week’s photo was taken at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a temple atop a mountain roughly 10 miles outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Doi Suthep Temple

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FotoFriday: Is That A Bear?http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-detroit-street-art/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-detroit-street-art/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:12:46 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5194 This week’s photo is of some great Detroit street art near downtown. This art work leads me to the question: Is That A Bear? What do you think?

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This week’s photo is of some great Detroit street art near downtown. This art work leads me to the question: Is That A Bear? What do you think?

Detroit Street Art

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FotoFriday: The Heidelberg Projecthttp://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-heidelberg-project/ http://nickstravelbug.com/travel-photos/fotofriday-heidelberg-project/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 18:14:56 +0000 http://nickstravelbug.com/?p=5191 This week’s photo was taken at the Heidelberg Project, an outdoor art project in Detroit. The Polka Dot House is one of only a few that are left after several have burned down over the past few years.

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This week’s photo was taken at the Heidelberg Project, an outdoor art project in Detroit. The Polka Dot House is one of only a few that are left after several have burned down over the past few years.

Polka Dot House at the Heidelberg Project

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