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“I loved the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and I wanted to take a river trip like theirs.”

Ad and film professional Alex Oliver set out on a 1,000 mile journey down the Mississippi River on a mission. In “Voyage: East Tennessee to the Gulf of Mexico” from PKN Knoxville Vol. 14, we see how the goal of this trip was not only to conquer the Mississippi, but also one of self-discovery, and of the talented people around him.

“I had a dream I was in Japan. Next day I bought a ticket to the country. Talk about following your dreams.”

Fitri Ali tells us how he travels solo in search of ‘it’. In “Transition” from PKN Bandar Seri Begawan Vol. 1, Fitri conveys that — much to his surprise and delight — rather than discovering himself, he found some amazing people that have in essence contributed to his being.

Some of the most unique travel destinations can be reached by two flights or less. Seek them out!

Cynthia Drescher, travel editor for Condé Nast's Jaunted and pilot in training talks about small planes, remote destinations, and speed limits. In “Planes and Hard to Reach Places” from PKN Brooklyn Vol. 1, Cynthia goes into depth on discovering the rarest places you likely haven’t heard of that are just a quick flight away.

Great Britain’s economy of trade allowed the growth of many distinctive gardens.

Troy Marden takes us on a tour through England and its beautiful luscious green oases. In “The Secret Gardens” from PKN Nashville Vol. 13 he talks about the unique and sometimes odd gardens that can be found in the UK, and what inspired their creation.

Want a first-class ticket to the subculture underworld of Tokyo? You’ve come to the right place.

La Carmina is a travel TV host and blog writer, who travels the world seeking out the off-beat subculture of each city she visits. In “La Carmina’s Underworld Trips and Offbeat Travels” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 115, we see Tokyo is her favorite city because she finds something for everyone — from monkey taverns to Victorian dollhouse cafes. Come check out what La Carmina has discovered within Tokyo!

"She raises her sleeve with the tips of her fingers and hides her face behind it for a second. She smiles at me and delicate little syllables creep from her lips. The enchantment deepens with each passing minute."

After coming across Bernhard Kellermann's "Ein Spaziergang in Japan" in a used bookstore in Heidelberg in early 2013, Robert Blasiak was drawn completely into Kellermann's 100+ year old account of traveling through Japan and visiting teahouses, brothels, theaters, cedar groves and fishing villages along the way. In "A Traveler's Account of Early 20th Century Japan" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 114, he presents Kellermann's journey across Japan as well as his own journey as the translator of the book. 

Swiss native and travel agent living in Japan Thomas Koehler was devastated both mentally and financially by the 2011 earthquake disaster, and took the inititive to create his own project to raise awareness and show his love for Japan.

In "Walking through Japan" from a very special Swiss PechaKucha Night edition of PKN Tokyo, listen to this endearing story of his struggles and his experiences with friendly natives as he walked for 5 months straight from Hokkaido to Kyushu. Thomas' walk of the length of the island nation was made into a documentary, "Negative: Nothing" and has been screened throughout Europe and Japan

Rent a castle to get married in, have all your guests stay in it -- a true fairytale wedding!

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Your Castle for a Night" from a special Tokyo Designers Week 2013 edition of PKN Tokyo Vol. 107Hitomi Wakamatsu, from Airbnb Japan, goes into depth on the industry disrupting global housing/rental/hotel phenomenon that has taken the world by storm since 2008. She gives examples of how people have used Airbnb to finance their mortgages, travel the world for cheap, and spend the night in villas, castles -- even treehouses!

Salt flats, solar radiation, minefields, and extreme temperatures -- this is the Atacama.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Crossing the Atacama Desert" from Kuwait City Vol. 9Faisal Al-Nakib details his experience taking place in the brutal Atacama Crossing desert foot race in Chile. He describes the severe trials, tribulations, as well as how the challenge helped him grow and learn more about himself while on this one week, 250 km (155 mile) journey.

We spend billions of dollars to put robot-cameras into space -- but why?

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Why We Travel" from PKN Toronto Vol. 17, Zygmunt Strawczynski wonders why we go the places we go.

"Ziggy" loves to travel, and offers several possibilities; we want to change ourselves, we want to push our limits, we want a photo, we're curious, or perhaps -- we go purely because we can.

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