One of our most popular posts to date is this article on ways to travel like a nerd, so I'm sure you'll dig what I'm about to introduce you to.
Group Tour Magazine recently hipped me to the very nerdy--and very cool--company Geek Nation Tours. The front page of Geek Nation's website reads like militant, revolutionary propaganda. Slogans like "It's time to rise up and take our rightful places in society," and, "The time of the GEEK is at hand and we will rise in our multitudes and finally show our true colours to everyone," adorn the site. What is the geek's rightful place in society? I don't know, but if Revenge of the Nerds offers a road map to revolution, it takes a panty raid or two to get there.
There are theme parks and zoos galore in Orlando, but where do you go if you want to see some native wildlife that aren’t enclosed? From brown pelicans to the majestic manatee, a relation of the elephant; there is so much to see without being exposed to some of the tiresome commercialism that floods the state.
Manatees; The New Dolphin
Seeing the manatees at Sea World can be expensive if you have a large family. It’s so much nicer to see them in their natural habitat, floating about and munching on the vegetation. On the Crystal River you can see the manatees swimming from the banks or by boat. But the best thing by far is taking a swim with them--these giant mammals are incredibly gentle and beautiful. Just take your swimsuit and the rest of the dive equipment is provided for you. Dolphins are so last year. Manatees are where it’s at! And considering the size of them they’re not at all intimidating, just stunning creatures that remind you how life on Earth must once have been.
If you don’t fancy taking the plunge in the river however, there are plenty of tour companies that offer glass-bottomed boat rides. It’s far cheaper and you won’t get nearly as wet!
Sushi is everywhere in Vancouver. In fact, there are over 200 sushi restaurants in the city. 200! That's a lot of choices. How do you make sure you don't get burned by a bad spot if you're unfamiliar with Vancouver's sushi scene? We asked two of Vancouver's top food bloggers for their sushi suggestions.
"For me, it has to be Ajisai. It's a small place which has a pretty traditional menu (ie. no fusion stuff). It is Japanese-operated and I find the food prepared carefully and correctly (trained sushi chef). It's a bit on the pricier side, but well-worth it."