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"Create a color-coded Visited States Map, showing off your road travel in the United States and Canada."
The map above represents where I have been (green) and where I have lived (orange). Super easy, anyone can use this site to create a PNG file that maps out North America (maximum of 5 colors, including white). For more on how to create your own, read here. Canada, Alaska and Hawaii can be included as well.
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This is pretty flexible in that you can use 4 different colors to shade individual states.
create your own map is interesing because it allows you to visualize and share with others your own journey around the country in terms of residence and visits being in seperate colors. Compared to the size of the country I myself have only been to very few states. I have yet to go to Alaska, Hawaii, the Midwest parts, and much of the Western part of the country. I am convinced that extensive travel is something i will accomplish in the yeard ahead. For the professor himself he still has several more states to visit. It is propbable that he will visit many more in the years to come
Students color code states involved in expedition. Louisiana Purchase , and US circa 1803.
South Korea's tourism ministry estimates that more than 2.5 million Chinese visitors spent an average of $2,150 per person in 2012, more than any other nationality. That's helping companies such as iWedding, which is the largest of the South Korean wedding planners hosting Chinese tourists, to flourish.
"Chinese look up to South Korea for its sophisticated urban culture, style and beauty," said Song Sung-uk, professor of South Korean pop culture studies at the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul. "Rather than visiting traditional palaces or shopping for antiques, they would rather go to Gangnam to experience state-of-the-art shopping malls."
Tags: popular culture, South Korea, East Asia, China, tourism.
Seems that the Chiese are skipping over their ally to head to South Korea for a better time. Seems that international isolation really does have an effect on the domestic life, and toursim, in North Korea. They really also want to just go shopping somewhere new and modern and see what just might be avaliable in their neighbor to the south. Guess this time they won't be invading South Korea with an army, as in 1950, but with tourists.
This is a look at 3 billion tweets - every geotagged tweet since September 2011, mapped, showing facets of Twitter's ecosystem and userbase in incredible new detail, revealing demographic, cultural, and social patterns down to city level detail, across the entire world.
In this this great social media dataset, patterns of population density are immediately evident, with areas with great population densities not surprisingly representing the greatest concentration of social media usage. On closer inspection though, the major transportation arteries (or in this particular map map of NYC, tourism districts) become much more visible than a population density map would suggest.
Tags: visualization, social media, transportation, globalization, mapping, NYC, tourism.
Blue countries are more welcoming, red countries less. Where does yours rank?
The World Economic Forum compiled a report on global tourism and part of that was an estimation of the attitude of each countries' population toward foreign visitors--this map is a visualization of that data. Why would some particular countries be more or less welcoming? What surprises you about this map?
Disclaimer: according to this article, there is much that is methodologically wrong with this map.
When it came time for the Super Bowl, Clemmie Greenlee was expected to sleep with anywhere from 25 to 50 men a day.
There certainly is a dark side to large sporting events as this article on human trafficking makes perfectly clear. The 'event economy' based on tourism (even without trafficking) also has some negative impacts.
This a very sad situation, I can only imagine, the torture and abuse this girls endure. This video should be play as super ball commercial, every year to bring awareness of what is going on behind closed doors. I bet they won’t play it, because we don’t like to hear about unhappy stories. Every year we get so caught up on the excitement and in our everyday life that we forget how bad other people are having it.
Africa has a lot to offer the adventurous traveller. We've compiled a list of the must-see places any trip should include.
There are great iconic places of Africa in this Top 10 list (and yes, I'd love to see Victoria Falls from above).
Tags: tourism, Africa.
it's very cool spot on the plant, thats for sure.
Jeffrey Gettleman, The Times’s Nairobi bureau chief, reports on how Kenya’s wildlife conservation corps is learning from a reformed poacher how to counter the growing threat to elephants.
In Somalia, former pirates are helping to patrol the coasts to prevent piracy. This idea of reforming and recruiting past criminals is also seen in Kenya as former poachers are trying to protect elephants that are essential to the local ecology as well as the tourism-driven economy. In addition to the attached video is this article which expands on these issues.
Tags: biogeography, tourism, Africa, consumption, resources, ecology, Kenya.
For over 1400 years, Mecca has been one of the most important cities in the Arabian Peninsula. By the middle of the 6th century, there were three major settl...
As the heart of Islam, Mecca brings in pilgrims from around the world. This documentary gives a great overview of the historical, spiritual and cultural reasons why this is sacred space to over one billion Muslims. Additionally, this documentary contains an analysis of the logistics that are a part of the Hajj.
Tags: Islam, tourism, place, transportation, religion, Middle East, culture.
These skylines are not to scale, but are composite skylines to groups together the iconic representations of the particular cities into one. Thanks to APHG teacher Ricard Giddens, here are some U.S. skylines.
Tags: urban, Paris, London, place, tourism.
Facebook most social cities: People everywhere use Facebook to check in to places. Here you can see the 5 top hotspots of the most "social"cities.
Questions to ponder: What attributes do these commonly 'checked into' landmarks have in common? Are you surprised that some are or are not on the list?
Tags: socialmedia, place, tourism, infographic, London, NYC, Paris.
Just a few weeks ago, warnings were flying thick and fast that the Olympic Games would reduce London to chaos, jamming the capital's roads and clogging up its aging transport system.
The Olympic Games have had a very uneven impact on the various neighborhoods of London. Many businesses that cater to tourists on the western end of London have not seen the typical crowds for a regular summer, much less a summer that was so highly anticipated. The majority of the neighborhood renovation projects were carried out on the East End. So the question: "are the Olympics an economic success for London?" is not one with a simple, straightforward answer.
Two hundred countries and 20 times around the planet - a man's amazing journey in his Mercedes.
This 5 minute video is a glimpse into the life and travels of Gunther Holtorf, on a 23-year, 500,000 mile journey. This man has experienced, lived and seen so many of the places, cultures and environments that we try to make come to life for our students as we study the wonderful world we live in.
Don't count on gaining much from your moment in the sporting sun.
Cities love the advantages of having the Olympics in town; the cultural prestige, the international publicity and the recognition as a globally significant city. The tourism and economic impact is the rationale for so many expensive infrastructure projects, yet research indicates that economic boost during the Olympics is not always the boon that it is made out to be.
Or the world's most terrifying runways, depending on your perspective and sense of adventure. Pictured above is the Matekane Air Strip in Lesotho. It is too short to start flying the conventional way so you drop on a cliff until the aircraft starts flying...if that is not your kind of funmaybe some extreme tourism would suit you in your travels more.
Tags: transportation, tourism.
Who would want to be a pilot
I have been to an airport, St. Barts, that should be on this list but didn't appear to make it. Basically, if these airports are even worse places to land, I want to completely pass on ever trying them. Thrilling is one word we could use....terrifying is likely the other...no thank you!
Construction has started on a cave hotel resort by Atkins that will nestle into the rockface of an abandoned water-filled quarry near Shanghai, China.
Once complete, the hotel will offer around 400 rooms, as well as conference facilities, a banquet hall, restaurants, a swimming pool and a water-sports centre.
The building will use geothermal technologies to generate its own electricity and lighting, while greenery will blanket a roof that extends just two storeys above the edge of the quarry.
Sustainability is integral to Atkins' design of this unique resort, built into an abandoned, water-filled quarry.
It seems even the Chinese tourist industry is at the forefront of hotel construction. This place looking breathtaking.
China is a major topic this year, could be good.
Researchers are heading to Dharavi, Mumbai, to study the impact of slum tours on the residents.
The article leaves me with more questions than answers. What do the residents think about the tons of tourists wondering through their winding streets? The very idea of tourism to see poverty in situ in an authentic slum is riddled with power and cultural imbalances. Why would wealthy tourists from the developed world want to more fully explore the slums in the developing world? What do you see as the 'wrong' and the 'right' within this situation? Is slum tourism ethical?
Visiter des bidonvilles, nouveau trend pour touristes en mal de nouveauté? Je me souviens avoir personnellement visité SOWETO en 2000, avec un groupe de journalistes belges. Nous avons logé chez une dame qui cédait une partie de sa maison pour se faire un peu d'argent, pour contribuer aux frais de ses deux fils étudiants à l'Unif. Ce fut une expérience inoubliable. Nous n'avons pas entendu le son de sa voix, elle nous servait à manger en silence et même si nous ne savions pas très bien comment réagir, nous avions l'impression que nous lui venions en aide, d'une manière ou d'une autre. En tous cas, la visite de ce bidonville fut pour moi éclairante.
I don’t find nothing right about tourist visiting the slum, I feel that the tourist are violating there privacy. They are human being not some historical landmark. If the tourist are not helping this people why are they going? If you are going to visit this places do it because you want to help them, not because you think is interesting their way of living.
South America is a land of natural exotic beauty that will leave you speechless, a land of mystery and great historic importance. If you make a trip to the southern hemisphere, be sure to include these precious gems.
I think Brazil would be my place of choosing. Love the beaches!
Per treballar sobre itineraris de viaatge amb Google Earth
Ten beautiful places to visit in South America. The picture of the waterfalls shown above, shared by three countries, is my number one.
Oh, Machu Picchu, ancient city of the Incas, pride of Peru, must-see travel destination: You've never been so appropriately photobombed by a llama.
Millions of tourists have already taken a picture of Machu Picchu from this angle, and yet, tourists all want to replicate the iconic shot as for themselves--proof that they were there and had the full experience. Iconic images are perfect for internet memes (and in this instance a photobomb) because there is a shared cultural understanding of what the picture should look like normally and inverting that provides the comic relief. CAPTION THIS PHOTO IN THE COMMENTS SECTION.
Tags: Peru, South America, tourism, images.
The Great Mosque of Djenné, Mali, is a magnet for tourists, but it is increasingly difficult for locals to live a normal life around it.
This New York Times short video is an intriguing glimpse into some of the cultural pressures behind having the designation of being an official world heritage site. The grerat mosque combined with the traditional mud-brick feel to the whole city draws in tourists and is a source of communal pride, but many homeowners want to modernize and feel locked into traditional architecture by outside organizations that want them to preserve an 'authentic' cultural legacy.
Tags: Islam, tourism, place, religion, culture, historical, community, Mali, Africa.
This is more for the teachers than the students since this is most certainly not a current pop culture reference. Still, what's better than an interactive map displaying the locations where Johnny Cash has been while listening to him sing "I've Been Everywhere?" (Tech support: Use Google Chrome or Safari to play and ignore the finger).
Some buildings and features are so well known they have become icons of place.
This is a great collection of important world landmarks including the pictured Potala Palace in the Tibetan city of Lhasa. Who wouldn't like to see some of these places?
Tags: geo-inspiration, tourism, images.
Papua New Guinea, once home to cannibals, still has an exotic aura. The local tourist economy caters to those notions, and visitors may see a hybrid of the traditional and the modern.
This story is an intriguing blend--we see traditional cultures engaging in the global economy. They have created two villages: a traditional one designed for tourism filled with emblems of their folk cultures, and another one where people work, live eat and play with various markers of outside cultural and technological influence.
"Tourists are taking pictures. They don't want to take pictures of those who are in Western clothes. People who are in Western clothes are not allowed to get close to people who are dressed up in the local dressings."
Questions to Ponder: Which village do you see as the more "authentic" one? How can culture also be a commodity?
Tags: folk culture, tourism, indigenous, culture, economic, rural, historical, unit 3 culture, Oceania.
The more authentic village is the one with the folk culture the rural one, because they haven’t lost their traditions and their identity. Culture can be a also a commodity for example you have Papua New Guinea. People are intrigue on their way of living so they will pay to go see them. Places like Papua New Guinea attract a lot of tourist. A country with tourist is a country that is receiving money.
This NPR audio source reveals two totally different lives in Papua New Guinea. There is one side that caters to tourism by showing the "old" Papua New Guinea. This village promotes tourism and it has tours that show old, sort of primitive traditions in Papua New Guinea. It is still important to the natives because it does preserve their past culture. The villagers feel that the world is becoming so westernized that they cannot go back to the old ways of traditions such as cannibalism, wearing little clothing, etc., but when tourists travel to this village, those are the things they want to see. The man in the audio source then traveled to another village where he witnessed how people of Papua New Guinea actually live, which is westernized. I think that both villages are authentic. One village represents their past culture and traditions and origins which is still important, and the other village represents globalization and the changes that the people of Papua New Guinea adapt to. Culture can be a commodity because people such as westerners buy into what they think a country's particular culture is, even though that culture existed centuries ago and the culture has drastically changed since.
La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Bunol, located inland from the Mediterranean Sea, that brings together thousands of people for one big tomato fight – purely for fun!
La Tomatina is a cultural festival in Spain that is world renowned for it's exuberance and playfulness. This gallery of 26 images shows some of the dynamism and appeal to this extraordinary event where more than 40,000 people engage in the world's largest foof fight using upwards of 100 tons of tomatoes in the yearly food fight known as 'La Tomatina.'
Notice the signs for storing backpacks and luggage that are now pastered with tomatoes on the store in the background of the image. These hastily-composed, informal signs are written in three languages (Spanish, English and Japanese). What does this tell us about the festival? Also, notice how the comments section revolves around the concepts of waste, poverty and consumption.
Tags: Europe, food, tourism, seasonal, culture, unit 3 culture, consumption.
The story behind the the International Date Line.
Not too long ago (Jan. 2012), the arbitrary International Date Line (roughly opposite the Prime Meridian) was moved to better accommodate the regional networks and economic geography of the area straddling the line. American Samoa, although politically aligned with the United States, was functionally more integrated on the Asian side of the Pacific Rim when it came to their trade partners and their tourism base. Dynamic economic networks, political allegiances and cultural commonalities create a beautifully complex situation near this 'border.'
It made sense for American Samoa to ask for the move even though it is US territory. It is more closely linked with the economies of the China, Japan, Australia, New Zeland and South Korea. For them to all be on the same day just makes sense. You can coordinate things better if everyone is on the same day, financial markets and be in line when the trading day starts and ends. Seems to me to make sense that they are on the same day as their main economic partners.
This line clearly needs to be redrawn. It just does not make sense that it could be monday in one area and tuesday 50 miles directly south of it. While the new dateline does not necessarily have to be perfectly straight, it should at least not go directly horizontal as it does now. Whoever lies on the line must deal with whatever place they have been placed in, and not complain.
My class examined this and we agree that it makes sense that American Samoa would want to be those they do business with like Asia, Australia and New Zealand. ALthough American Samoa is a US territory, it definately does more business with the countries who are nearby and therefore they should be pushed to the other side of the dateline.
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