by Oyster.com Staff
The country with the world’s happiest people makes for an amazing vacation escape.
Costa Rica can be anything from a peaceful oasis to crowded and touristy depending on the time of the year and the region visited. But it’s still far less developed than most popular beach destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, and there are so many options for where to go that it’s always possible to find a remote retreat.
Having to prepare for a hurricane, endure losing your luggage or drive through a snow storm are just a few examples of potential emergencies that may throw a proverbial wrench in your travel plans. Luckily, Travel Channel’s new web series, Travel 911, is here to offer precautionary advice to travelers. Our travel expert, Rob Pralgo, offers suggestions on how to handle many of the travel emergencies that we hope you never have to experience, including what to do if you have a painful jellyfish sting, how to choose the best sun screen and how to avoid a shark attack.
In addition to practical advice, Travel 911’s camping webisode has helpful tips on what you should pack on your next camping trip, and what you should do if you have a face-to-face encounter with a bear. It’s advice that’s relevant in light of a recent string of bear attacks.
In Fairbanks, AK, a bear dragged 21-year-old Julia Strafford 20 feet before letting her go, according to the Seattle Times. She survived, but 49-year-old Richard White wasn’t as lucky. The photographer was mauled and killed by a grizzly bear in Denali National Park, according to Fox News.
We hope this web series will help travelers plan ahead and take better precautions when traveling. Oh, and what about preparing for Hurricane Isaac? READ MORE
We can’t get enough of these Waterfall Wonders. This particular waterfall consists of a main chute that drops over a 120-foot vertical cliff. Hikers can stop and admire the cascading blue-green water from nearby picnic tables. But where in the world is it? Leave your guess in the comments and then find out »
The 72nd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is now in full gear — and so is the action. From the Black Hills to the Badlands, thousands of motorcyclists have descended on the area to celebrate the freedom of the open road — and maybe set a record or two. This year, stuntman Toby Baker returns to Sturgis to reclaim the Guinness World Record for the longest-running ride through a tunnel of fire. That’s 230 feet, 2,900 degrees. That’s just one of the highlights this week. READ MORE
- Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Blatt / Herd In Iceland
We asked filmmakers Lindsay Blatt and Paul Taggert to share their experience filming their documentary Herd In Iceland. They told us all about the traditions of the herders they encountered, the beauty of the countryside and the rich culture hidden away in the cities and farms of Iceland.
Iceland is an island nation of approximately 300,000 people and 80,000 horses, on a parcel of land about the size of Kentucky. Our documentary Herd In Iceland began filming in 2010, with a return trip in the fall of 2011. The film tells the story of the Icelandic herders, whose sheep and semi-wild horses spend their summers grazing in the highlands, free to roam and raise their young. Every September, farm owners from each county ride into the mountains to collect their herds and bring them home for the winter. The film documents this historic tradition, and shows the special relationship the people have with their hardy and curious horses.
You’ve probably heard of paragliding, and you may even know a bit about falconry … but we’re guessing you’ve never heard of the new sport that’s a fusion of the 2: parahawking.
Yes, it’s a real thing. READ MORE
As part of the travel blog community, we like to keep a weather eye on the horizon and bring things to our readers that happened to catch our attention this week on the blogroll. We found some tips on traveling to London for the Olympics, as well as gorgeous photos of Ecuador and the cenotes of Mexico.
Peter Greenberg offers suggestions for how to avoid hotels when traveling abroad for the Olympics.
Attention cubicle nomads and desk travelers: Google announced yesterday that their ever-popular street view now includes updated panoramic images of the Antarctic wilderness.
Google launched the first street view images of the Antarctic in September 2012, but the search giant added panoramic imagery of historic Antarctic locations as part of their World Wonders project, with which Google hopes to bring modern and ancient wonders to people’s desktops. You can find even more world wonders with our collection of World Heritage Sites photo galleries.
- Casa de Campo
Chances are, if you’ve been keeping up with the Kardashians, you know that the famous family stayed at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. But Casa de Campo is more than a respite for the rich and famous – as one of the best sporting resorts in the world, it’s offering its guests the opportunity to get away with family and friends to create their own 2012 summer games in the Caribbean.
Enjoy their luxurious accommodations, world-class sports facilities and 5-star meals while following the actual games on big screens displayed throughout the resort. When you’re not following the official Olympic Games, Casa de Campo’s summer inclusive package includes sporting adventures such as tennis, horseback riding, skeet shooting, 63 holes of legendary golf on 3 Pete Dye-designed courses, and an array of water sports ranging from freshwater fishing and kayaking along the Chavon River (backdrop to 1979 film, Apocalypse Now!), to deep-sea fishing in the Caribbean Sea and sailing at the 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club. Guests work with preferred travel professionals or the resort’s concierge service to personalize their adventure itinerary.
The annual Festival of San Fermin is underway, with locals of Pamplona, Spain — along with visitors from all over the world — filling the streets for outrageous parties, parades and, lest we forget, the running of the bulls.
A tradition with a hazy history, the running of the bulls has grown from a convenient way to get the bulls from the corral to the bullring, to an event worthy of any thrill-seeker’s bucket list.
Get your adrenaline pumping — and learn a little, too — with our Festival of San Fermin photo gallery.
Or vicariously run with the bulls with a personal account by one of our writers and learn how you, too, can live the experience of a lifetime in the streets of northern Spain.
Have you been to the Festival of San Fermin? Tell us about your experience in the comments!