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Overland Expo 2014

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when overlanders from around the world converge on a small mountain meadow outside Flagstaff, Arizona. Now in it’s eighth year, the Overland Expo is North America’s largest overlanding even, with thousands of attendees expected this year alone. As we have done since the beginning, Expedition…

Map of the Week: Sightsmap.com

Get ready to have your daily productivity blown to bits. For the worldly traveler, this might be the ultimate time-suck. What we have here is Sightsmap.com. This is a massive repository of images from around the globe, cataloged on an interactive map. Ever wondered what the Metro entrance looks like under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris? Want to see the sites of Egypt from your computer? Here you go: www.sightsmap.com  Special thanks to ExPo moderator Haven for finding this and destroying a few hours of my workload.

Map of the Week: Tracking the Aurora Borealis

If you have witnessed the spendor of the Northern Lights, you know there is no way of properly describing them. Words simply fail to convey the sense of magic that comes with these curtains of light as they flicker in the night sky. If you happen to be in a portion of the globe where the lights may be visible, this map will help increase your chances of seeig them. To view the current Aurora forecast CLICK HERE.

Map of the Week: Unesco World Heritage Sites

UNESCO’s World Heritage Program was formed in 1954 when the government of Egypt decided to build the Aswan Dam, which would have deluged a valley containing priceless and irreplaceable treasures from the ancient world. The World Heritage Program was establish to relocate and safeguard those treasures for posterity. From there, the program expaned rapidly to protect other man-made and natural treasures around the world. Today there are 981 properties, of which 759 are cultural sites, 193 are natural wonders, and the remaining 29 are a mix of the two. The map above is an interactive guide to those sites. It also denotes sites currently under threat. To view the map and learn more about the UNESCO World Heritage program – CLICK HERE.