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Guest Post: Photo Essay from Chris at the Grim Lab

Chris from Grim Lab Photography is a great photographer who captures stunning action, landscapes and portraits shots.



Thailand Grim Lab

I first met Chris Moran from the Grim Lab when I did a ski season at  Mammoth Mountain in California a few years ago. His photographs have always inspired me and when he took off on a round the world adventure travel trip I knew he would take some amazing photos.

Below are just a handful of those photos from that trip. Enjoy!

Mammoth Snowboarding Grim Lab

Chris started his adventure travels from his base in Mammoth by finishing up the spring snowboarding season in style.

New Zealand Snowboarding Grim Lab

And landed in our home country of New Zealand just in time for the start of our winter ski season.

New Zealand Grim Lab

The South Island of New Zealand is home to some of the best scenery in the world. Mountains plummet from the sky to the lakes in the valleys below.

Tahiti Jandals Grim Lab

Jandals (flip flops) on the beach in Tahiti.

Tahiti Grim Lab

Sunset from the dock in Tahiti.

Thailand Grim Lab

Traditional boats, beaches and backdrops in Ko Phi Phi in stunning Thailand.

Indonesia Sunset Grim Lab

The sunsets on another day in paradise as surfers catch the last rays of sunshine in Indonesia.

India The Grim Lab

From the peaceful beaches of Southeast Asia to the madness that is India.

India The Grim Lab

India gives photographers so many opportunities to catch people in their day to day lives.

New York City Grim Lab

After a whirlwind trip around some of the most diverse and beautiful places in the world there is sometimes nothing better than seeing your home city (New York) skyline lit up.

Chris is still living the dream photographing various pro snowboarders, skaters and fashion models around California. Make sure you go check out his photography site The Grim Lab. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. The Travel Fool

    March 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Those are great photos I like the one in New Zealand the best.

  2. Andrea

    March 19, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Wow – these are awesome shots! You went to some amazing destinations.

  3. Ali

    March 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Those are amazing photos! I especially like the sunsets, but I’m a sucker for sunset 🙂

  4. Jarmo @ Arctic Nomad

    March 19, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Stunning photos. I especially enjoy the snowboard ones as I am in the alps right now in Val Thorens, unfortunately doing just skiing as the snow hasn’t been quite right for boarding.

  5. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    March 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    That second photo of the snowboarder catching air (is that the phrase all the cool kids are using?) is really awesome. I tried snowboarding once and almost died (on the bunny hill, no less), but Kali’s younger brother is really into it.

  6. Laura

    March 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Wow! Another collection of breathtaking shots.

  7. Francy R

    March 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Really stunning pictures!! In particular I love that of the sunset in Indonesia! So cute!

  8. Laurence

    March 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    I think I like the Jandals on the beach shot the best 😀

  9. Wanderplex

    March 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Incredible shots 🙂 I actually really like the photo of the barber shop – love seeing “insights” into regular daily life in other places.

  10. dtravelsround

    March 23, 2012 at 3:43 AM


  11. Andrew

    March 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    I love pictures that play with perspective, especially really low angle stuff like the flip flops. Added bonus the depth of field effects. Love it.

  12. Turtle

    April 11, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Awesome shots. My fave is the flip flops/jandals/thongs/things for your feet.

  13. cheryl

    April 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Beautiful collection of photos! Best way to remember your past travels. Quite like the sunset photo.

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Crypto-Currencies: The Future In A Nutshell






Bitcoin was considered to be a mere flash in the pan by many when it came out. Boy, looking back even just a few years, how completely wrong they were!

More and more, it is becoming an institution, and it seems to be a bastion of not only holding its value, but adding value, and this in a world full of inflation and economic deterioration wherever we turn!

Crypto-currencies are becoming more and more useful, not just as an investment, but as an instrument for daily life. Here are some situations where Bitcoin and its brothers and sisters come in very handy:



The fact is: if you hold Bitcoin and are a even a little bit savvy about your destination, you no longer have to pay tribute, er…. commission, to the money exchange places anymore. As of this writing at the end of the year 2017, most world destinations have people more than willing to trade BTC for the local currency. Even in surprisingly remote areas, you will generally be able to pull this off for the going rate, with no “spread” necessary.



Believe it or not, the age of the crypto-casino has arrived! And it’s not just Bitcoin that is in use these days, you can take out your Ethereum, Monero, Dash or Litecoin and party on with that too. Winnings can be deposited back in any of the above currencies, or converted to “hard (whatever that’s supposed to mean anymore) currencies if you so desire.


The online casino industry has always been at the cutting edge of implementing new tech, and they are certainly not going to be left behind as far as digital and/or blockchain currencies are concerned.

Paying for Goods and Services:

More and more merchants are starting to accept BTC and other cryptocurrencies these days. And it’s only going to get more and more common. In addition, you can get debit cards that withdraw from your BTC accounts, although there is sometimes a service charge for this feature.

B2B transactions are also more and more being conducted using this medium, both for reasons of convenience and security.

We predict that in the future, it may well be possible that BTC and/or other crypto-currencies will be more common than government-issued currencies in much of the planet. Frankly, they are a superior instrument in so many ways, their rapid and explosive growth is hardly even surprising anymore.




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Adventure Travel

Air Mattress Camping Guide – What Are The Best Picks?




Have you ever gotten up one morning feeling like you’ve just slept in the wilderness? If so, I bet you felt pretty uncomfortably. But imagine if you did sleep out there in the bushes and grass! What if you had to spend another night there? If you’ve tried getting even 40 winks of sleep out under the stars, then you know of the intense pressure that it puts on both your back and joints.

Of course, a good night’s sleep is crucial to the success of any outdoor experience. But do you think it’s possible to have enough sleep on hard ground? Well, yes! You’ll only need a good air bed mattress. Last year, I decided to take my family on a camping trip, and I was in the hunt for different air bed mattresses. I went through several products and finally through a simple comparison at try mattress; I came up with a list of comfortable air bed mattresses. Take a look!


The SoundAsleep Dream Series

Tossing and turning in your sleeping bag is neither fun nor exciting. It destroys your outdoor experience and makes you long for your bed back at home. So, what I love about these mattresses is how they get rid of these constant back, forth and round movements which affect a lot of experienced campers. The coils of the bed keep you perfectly asleep all through the night.

As an outdoor community, we love its incredible features which make it ideal for almost all kinds of environments. Some of the things I like about it include:

  • Efficient internal pump for better deflation and inflation.
  • A firm grip at the bottom that holds it in place throughout the night.
  • Water resistant top with extra thickness.


Light Outdoor Camping KingCamp Light Air Mattress

Here is a portable, lightweight, and long-lasting air bed. When I first came across it, a few aspects caught my eye. First, it’s a budget-friendly mattress that puts together the comfort of camper designs and the portability needed when it comes to packing. Other impressive features include:

  • Efficient mobility
  • Perfect convenience
  • Comfort

However, it took me quite some time to pump air into it. Of course, I did not like this, but you get used to it. I bet you’ll have no issues.


Sable Inflatable Camping Bed

The Sable camping bed is one of the most advanced air mattresses that I’ve come across. It’s entirely constructed with coil beams that give it extra comfort and support. What shocked me the most is its versatility and flexibility, factors which I think have made many hikers and campers love it too!

Also, it only takes 3 minutes to pump these mattresses, which works perfectly for you if you’re in a hurry. Besides, it’s a firm mattress that can hold close to four people! As if that’s not enough, despite such strength, it still folds down quickly for better storage. Because of these fantastic qualities, its price tag is slightly above the other products on this list.

Camping and hiking in the wilderness are some of the best outdoor experiences. So, why should you spoil the moment by using an uncomfortable air bed? From the above list, you can choose the most suitable mattress for you, your family and even friends!


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Vaping: Good for the Environment?



People often think of vaping for many reasons. It could be anything from simple fashion sense to loving the flavor of the vape to using it to quit smoking or to be able to get their nicotine without having to go outside etc. Indeed there are many reasons why people vape.

But one thing that’s often overlooked is that vaping is actually an ecological net positive compared to traditional cigarettes.

Source Materials:

It all boils down to source materials. Vape juices are made from pure high-quality essences and pharma grade nicotine (ingredients often subject to high level lab scrutiny) and vaping is an extremely efficient use of resources because of this. On the other hand, tobacco cigarettes rely on one of the world’s crops most known for its destructive impact on the environment, both in the amount of water it consumes, and its negative effects on the quality of the soil. The French actually destroyed many of the most fertile lands of Haiti over the years by turning it into a big tobacco plantation.

The Litter Factor:

There is no second hand smoke to speak of from vaping. We all know, of course, about the effects of second hand smoke from regular cigarettes. And another lesser known fact is that cigarette buts are actually the number one cause of litter in cities all over the world, accounting for approximately 80% of all street litter in major cities.  This is not just like a piece of gum or  paper in the street, or even food garbage. These are harborers of nasty bacteria, and contain all the same chemicals cigarettes contain. This of course can wind up in the water tables etc.

The Manufacturing Process:

Vape kits, of course, do contain things like batteries, which need to be properly disposed of at the right time. However, the footprint of the tobacco manufacturing industry is massive and nasty by nature. And the industrial wastes from cigarette productions include such substances as toluene, methyl ethyl ketone, ammonia, and sulphuric and hydrochloric acids. As you can see, cigarettes are a problem much deeper than it would appear on the surface.

So if you are a habitual cigarette smoker, switching over to vape is not only healthier, and may be the means to end your nicotine addiction, it’s also a positive move in an ecological sense. If you didn’t have enough reasons to stop cigarettes by now, you now have one more big one.

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...