In the late 1800's, Cerro Gordo was one of the biggest producers of silver and lead. It was also one of the wildest mining towns around. Plenty of lawlessness (one murder per week) and brothels. A man's town in my opinion!
In addition to being a favourite film location for the likes of George Lucas, much of Monty Python’s The Life of Brian was shot here, as was The English Patient. However, it’s easy to see why this eerie, otherworldly landscape with its unique architecture and bizarre buildings could capture the imagination of a director looking to depict an arid, alien planet.
I often talk to people, especially those who travel often or live abroad, about the research they conducted before making the decision to visit or relocate. The number one complaint everyone has is that very few people are willing to talk about the bad and the ugly. This is a valid point. In their defense, people who travel and/or relocate tend to be the optimistic sort and those who would share their experiences usually share their experiences because they are so positive. It’s hard to share the negative when you don’t see the negative. That being said, I’m going to see if I can tackle the subject.
If you have ever driven the road from Scotty's Castle in Death Valley to The Racetrack, you will know what I mean when I say LONG DRIVE .........VERY LONG DRIVE! Because of the washboard we couldn't go over 10 mph. Of course, the shorter wheel based Jeeps were hauling ass and passing us. So do the math. It's 19 miles (give or take) from where the dirt starts to Teakettle Junction and then another 6 miles from there to the start of The Racetrack. It took hours and hours to get to Teakettle Junction. I'm not exaggerating..... Anyhow, Teakettle Junction is actually a landmark out in the desert, a waypoint for the lost, a beacon of hope........Okay, it's just a sign, and yes, teakettles hanging off said sign. I was impressed as to how many there were. I am thinking that they take them down every year because they were all from 2016. Nothing older than that.
Travel agents have had a rough past decade. The emergence of countless different online travel services has allowed people from around the world to book their trips and accommodations online with the click of a mouse. The independence this has created for modern travelers and adventurous spirits has certainly been a welcome addition to the people looking for new and affordable options in their booking arrangements. Unfortunately for the industry that was built upon making travel happen, the need for travel agents in particular has plummeted as a result of these changes. While there is still a clear hole in the business community where travel agents once thrived, the opportunity to remain prevalent in contemporary times is not as bleak as it may seem. By reinventing themselves as professionals and embracing a series of new roles as facilitators for travelers around the world, travel agents may still be able to remain a “thing” even today. Check out some of the new ways that travel agents could not only survive but also potentially thrive below!
Imagine for a moment you’re standing at the airline ticket booth. The ticket attendant asks you how many people are in your party and you say three – yourself, your husband, and your three-year-old daughter. You hand over your passports, relieved to have finally made it to the front of the line. The ticket agent looks at you perplexed. “Where is the third person?" he asks. Sure enough, the little face that you had constantly been checking on to make sure they stayed right by your side has disappeared.
For newly-minted travelers, it is understandable to start out by hitting all the regular tourist destinations. However I would see your Paris, Hawaii, and Amsterdam and raise you a different path, or rather many paths - the ones less travelled. The overlooked gems in the travel world offer a deeper look into the natural beauty of the world and the diverse cultures that call that place home. Some of these gems are hiding in plain site. Some you may have never heard of or even considered.
Iceland is beyond incredible, and you should most certainly put it at the top of your travel to-do, but there are things to know beyond just that before making the trip. Know that Iceland is unlike anywhere else you've been and likely entirely different from what you envision. Pictures and videos do not begin to capture the true beauty behind this country. Every country has a unique way of life, but Iceland is just... different.
Packing is arguably one of the most difficult parts of planning a trip and to be frank, this guide will help, but not that much: Hey, I'm not a miracle worker. This list is born out of trial and error from my past adventures. It can be daunting to look at your bulging closet and then see the small, compact suitcase lying empty on the floor.