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What to Expect on an Overland Adventure

Simple Discoveries Exploration, Travel

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. It’s a quote by Helen Keller that seems to be a rallying call for those bitten by wanderlust, thirsty for adrenalin, or anyone else seeking a thrilling moment of exploration. When such an adventure calls you to Africa, an overland safari may seem the best way to scratch the itch. No other …

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Fighting Extinction: Matopos Rhino Experience

Simple Discoveries Exploration, Travel

It felt like a scene you might watch on a wildlife documentary. We were stooped over, shuffling through grass and brush, our eyes darting between the powerful creature we were approaching and the tall man in khaki. We were exploring Zimbabwe’s Matopos National Park and working our way closer to a pair of African White Rhinos. A pair of African …

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Exploring Chobe National Park

Simple Discoveries Exploration, Travel

The water lapping the hull of our pontoon boat had the appearance of being peaceful. It’s silky ribbons almost tempting one to swim and escape the scorch of the Botswana sun. But these waters are also home to some of Africa’s most aggressive animals. About halfway into our overland adventure with Acacia Africa and we’re exploring the Chobe River in Chobe National …

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Namibia’s Fish River Canyon

Simple Discoveries Exploration

The crunch of the gravel road softened and with a pop and hiss the brakes on our overland safari vehicle signaled our arrival. Just three days into our 25-day adventure across southern Africa with Acacia Africa and we were gazing upon the largest canyon on the continent. The nearly 100-mile stretch of Fish River Canyon cuts across southern Namibia and for …

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5 Rules for Simpler Travel

Simple Discoveries Travel

I’m typing this post up on a minibus in Laos as we jostle our way north to the town of Vang Vieng with 14 fellow travelers. What amazes me is the amount of stuff people are traveling with. Backpackers boarded with bags half their size, not including their hand luggage which essentially equates to a more normal-sized backpack. Our driver …

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Gilmour Space Technologies: Journey to the Stars

Simple Discoveries Innovation

Australia’s ticket to space may be nestled on the country’s eastern coast between the cities of Brisbane and Gold Coast. In the town of Pimpama, brothers Adam and James Gilmour have turned an unsuspecting strawberry farm into the headquarters for Gilmour Space Technologies – a company dedicated to advancing humankind’s exploration of space. Intermixed with the baying of a few hungry …

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Lessons from a Kiwi Entrepreneur: A Discussion with Pic Picot

Simple Discoveries Innovation

We didn’t realize we were about to meet an innovative Kiwi entrepreneur, but that’s exactly what happened after we stopped by a New Zealand i-SITE center in Motueka. We were nearing the end of our New Zealand roadtrip around the South Island and inquired about reasonably priced (a.k.a. “free”) activities available to us in the…

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How Travel by Campervan is Like Exploring Space

Simple Discoveries Exploration

Planes, trains, automobiles, and…campervans. In kicking off our around-the-world adventure in New Zealand, we added a new method of transport to our list – the campervan. A simple four-wheeled vehicle retrofitted with a place to cook, eat, and sleep, all the while enabling us to explore on our schedule. No hotel check-ins or crowded tour buses…