They say rock climbing or mountaineering is not a profession and not even a hobby – it is a vocation, a calling, which cannot be explained or understood using traditional rational approach.

They say rock climbing or mountaineering is not a profession and not even a hobby – it is a vocation, a calling, which cannot be explained or understood using traditional rational approach.

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Studio Dass designed an indoor playground for Norteshopping in Senhora da Hora, Portugal. The playground was inspired by the rainbow, and other landscape elements: small mountains, houses, trees, and lakes.

Studio Dass designed an indoor playground for Norteshopping in Senhora da Hora, Portugal. The playground was inspired by the rainbow, and other landscape elements: small mountains, houses, trees, and lakes.

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Visit the Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa, Japan, for a fusion of ancient beauty and modern art.

Visit the Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa, Japan, for a fusion of ancient beauty and modern art.

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"Sounds of Stockholm", a music documentary on Swedish artists in Stockholm. A musical journey around the city and nice artists to discover.

"Sounds of Stockholm", a music documentary on Swedish artists in Stockholm. A musical journey around the city and nice artists to discover.

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Matador's take on ten of the world’s best towns for getting on (and occasionally off) the trail.

Matador's take on ten of the world’s best towns for getting on (and occasionally off) the trail.

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I would love to ride a firetruck to the Tromsø Firestation in Forsøket, Norway. Designed by Stein Halvorsen Sivilarkitekter.

I would love to ride a firetruck to the Tromsø Firestation in Forsøket, Norway. Designed by Stein Halvorsen Sivilarkitekter.

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Though only 2 months old, we'd be remiss not to include NotVentures in our Top 100 of 2010 roundups!!!

FEATUREDThough only 2 months old, we'd be remiss not to include NotVentures in our Top 100 of 2010 roundups!!!

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If you're curious what a former-NOTCOTer brings on a world tour for a few years(?) ~ take a look at this extremely thorough peek at the gear on Dan's back as he explores.

If you're curious what a former-NOTCOTer brings on a world tour for a few years(?) ~ take a look at this extremely thorough peek at the gear on Dan's back as he explores.

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A display of fireworks from around the world last New Year's eve. Maybe you'll be there to catch this year's celebrations!

A display of fireworks from around the world last New Year's eve. Maybe you'll be there to catch this year's celebrations!

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The Big Picture's collection of photographs capturing Christmas celebrations from around the globe.

The Big Picture's collection of photographs capturing Christmas celebrations from around the globe.

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Frequent Flyer ~ the documentary! Frequent Flyer  Mileage collectors, you are not alone.

Frequent Flyer ~ the documentary! Frequent Flyer Mileage collectors, you are not alone.

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Matt Gross writes about being embraced and ignored, beloved and rejected, entrapped and, in the end, liberated by the city of Chongqing, China.

Matt Gross writes about being embraced and ignored, beloved and rejected, entrapped and, in the end, liberated by the city of Chongqing, China.

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Travel & Leisure lists the world's most visionary cities - Tallinn, Estonia, for public internet, Cleveland, OH, for urban farming, Dezhou, China, for its energy grid, Paris for its new take on public housing, and many more!

Travel & Leisure lists the world's most visionary cities - Tallinn, Estonia, for public internet, Cleveland, OH, for urban farming, Dezhou, China, for its energy grid, Paris for its new take on public housing, and many more!

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Boeing's new 777-300ER is the first to have Skycoach seats. Each seat has a footrest that can raise to create a sofa-type sleeping arrangement.

Boeing's new 777-300ER is the first to have Skycoach seats. Each seat has a footrest that can raise to create a sofa-type sleeping arrangement.

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Noryagjin fish market in Seoul, South Korea is like a better organized more tourist friendly version of Tsukiji in Tokyo. And there's a hidden restaurant underneath.

Noryagjin fish market in Seoul, South Korea is like a better organized more tourist friendly version of Tsukiji in Tokyo. And there's a hidden restaurant underneath.

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The NYTimes: Deaf Divers Sign in the Soundless Depths - On dive trips that mix deaf and hearing passengers, both groups benefit from the interaction.

The NYTimes: Deaf Divers Sign in the Soundless Depths - On dive trips that mix deaf and hearing passengers, both groups benefit from the interaction.

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Famille Summerbelle world map! (They also have fun city totes!)

Famille Summerbelle world map! (They also have fun city totes!)

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OpenTravel predicts the top 10 destinations for 2011, including Rio de Janeiro because of the improvements being made before the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

OpenTravel predicts the top 10 destinations for 2011, including Rio de Janeiro because of the improvements being made before the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

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C/O is an old post office in Berlin that has been converted into a gallery - there is a historic dimension in the space,  and mixes well with contemporary photography.

C/O is an old post office in Berlin that has been converted into a gallery - there is a historic dimension in the space, and mixes well with contemporary photography.

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New Zealand has nine designated Great Walks — networks of trails and backcountry huts — six are on the South Island. These lesser-known walks on the island are just as pretty, cost less, and see smaller crowds.

New Zealand has nine designated Great Walks — networks of trails and backcountry huts — six are on the South Island. These lesser-known walks on the island are just as pretty, cost less, and see smaller crowds.

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How to Navigate Mumbai’s Train Culture - zip between the south and north by taking the commuter train. It costs a fraction of  the price of a taxi, provides fabulous photo opportunities and gives visitors an authentic taste of the city.

How to Navigate Mumbai’s Train Culture - zip between the south and north by taking the commuter train. It costs a fraction of the price of a taxi, provides fabulous photo opportunities and gives visitors an authentic taste of the city.

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Tempted to go with a Rimowa Trunk for extended trips instead of the usual suitcases... a modern day polycarb version of the steamer trunks? (Super tempting in Black... letting it collect stickers)

Tempted to go with a Rimowa Trunk for extended trips instead of the usual suitcases... a modern day polycarb version of the steamer trunks? (Super tempting in Black... letting it collect stickers)

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The Crescent Lake near Dunhuang in western China is an amazing oasis in the Gobi desert.  Yet this millennia old landmark may not be around much longer.

The Crescent Lake near Dunhuang in western China is an amazing oasis in the Gobi desert. Yet this millennia old landmark may not be around much longer.

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The Tinted Mint has fun Asanoha Laser Cut Cityscapes ~ here's Paris

The Tinted Mint has fun Asanoha Laser Cut Cityscapes ~ here's Paris

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Spanair, a spanish airline surprises its passengers with Christmas gifts. By Shackelton.

Spanair, a spanish airline surprises its passengers with Christmas gifts. By Shackelton.

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Quark Expeditions’ Spitsbergen Explorer Arctic Cruise... as seen through the eyes/lens of Jetsetter correspondent Roderick Eime!

Quark Expeditions’ Spitsbergen Explorer Arctic Cruise... as seen through the eyes/lens of Jetsetter correspondent Roderick Eime!

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Sherakhan, taking yachts to the next level!!!

Sherakhan, taking yachts to the next level!!!

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Croatia’s Istrian peninsula ~ croatian with a hint of italian, and on a clear day you can see venice across the way and they are well known for their truffles!

Croatia’s Istrian peninsula ~ croatian with a hint of italian, and on a clear day you can see venice across the way and they are well known for their truffles!

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'Travelers I Met and Liked' notebook from Archie Grand

'Travelers I Met and Liked' notebook from Archie Grand

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A  fixed-wheel bike race ride around Singapore, stopping in at some of the city's most famous hawker centers for some amazing street food.

A fixed-wheel bike race ride around Singapore, stopping in at some of the city's most famous hawker centers for some amazing street food.

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Marcel Wanders' Lute Suites, where he designed everything from the furniture to the custom wallpaper and textiles.

Marcel Wanders' Lute Suites, where he designed everything from the furniture to the custom wallpaper and textiles.

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A Food Tour of Paris' Montmartre Neighborhood, including where to find the freshest oysters.

A Food Tour of Paris' Montmartre Neighborhood, including where to find the freshest oysters.

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Lovely Louis Vuitton City Guide Postcard Box - 100 postcards from 100 world cities. This postcard Box celebrates the 100 world cities illustrated by Ruben Toledo that capture the unique essence of each destination.

Lovely Louis Vuitton City Guide Postcard Box - 100 postcards from 100 world cities. This postcard Box celebrates the 100 world cities illustrated by Ruben Toledo that capture the unique essence of each destination.

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SceneAsia takes us through some of Asia's best penthouses for your dream staycation, one of them is the Opposite House in Beijing.

SceneAsia takes us through some of Asia's best penthouses for your dream staycation, one of them is the Opposite House in Beijing.

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Been There Done That - a checklist for your travel life; what you wish to do, where you wish to be! In the digital dominated world of today, the analog nature of the diary and its easy-to-carry size makes it a true travel companion.

Been There Done That - a checklist for your travel life; what you wish to do, where you wish to be! In the digital dominated world of today, the analog nature of the diary and its easy-to-carry size makes it a true travel companion.

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A new eatery at London's Barbican Centre - the Barbican Foodhall, offering a brand new foodie experience with a cafe serving fresh Monmouth coffee and mouthwatering international food.

A new eatery at London's Barbican Centre - the Barbican Foodhall, offering a brand new foodie experience with a cafe serving fresh Monmouth coffee and mouthwatering international food.

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A peak inside Vancouver's Old Faithful Shop - a rustic shop in historic Gastown full of carefully conceived and crafted products.

A peak inside Vancouver's Old Faithful Shop - a rustic shop in historic Gastown full of carefully conceived and crafted products.

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Il San Pietro overlooking the town of Positano on the Amalfi coast. Stunning, and just won Luxist's Editors' Choice Award for Best in Summer Travel

Il San Pietro overlooking the town of Positano on the Amalfi coast. Stunning, and just won Luxist's Editors' Choice Award for Best in Summer Travel

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If yoga is your thing, here are 20 yoga retreats around the world.

If yoga is your thing, here are 20 yoga retreats around the world.

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Here are just a few of the beautiful destinations showcased on Notventures this week. Where will you be off to next?

FEATUREDHere are just a few of the beautiful destinations showcased on Notventures this week. Where will you be off to next?

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36 Hours in Marrakesh, Morocco - souks, palaces and night life

36 Hours in Marrakesh, Morocco - souks, palaces and night life

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Ice-skate in LA at a 1,300 sq. ft.  eco-friendly rink at the W Los Angeles-Westwood. The rink has snow machines that create flurries at 7, 8 and 9pm. Get comfort food at the snack bar and decorate your own gingerbread man cookie.

Ice-skate in LA at a 1,300 sq. ft. eco-friendly rink at the W Los Angeles-Westwood. The rink has snow machines that create flurries at 7, 8 and 9pm. Get comfort food at the snack bar and decorate your own gingerbread man cookie.

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design of The Bayside Marian Hotel is based on shipping containers, each pre-fab cottage is randomly placed on the site, allowing for each guestroom to have a different view of the seaside in Yokohama, Japan

design of The Bayside Marian Hotel is based on shipping containers, each pre-fab cottage is randomly placed on the site, allowing for each guestroom to have a different view of the seaside in Yokohama, Japan

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Beautiful photos of Barbados!

Beautiful photos of Barbados!

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The Elqui Domos in Atacama Desert, Chile - an 'astronomic hotel'! The Coquimbo region boasts  of the clearest skies has four observatories.  The hotel allows guests to lay down and look up at the stars from their beds.

The Elqui Domos in Atacama Desert, Chile - an 'astronomic hotel'! The Coquimbo region boasts of the clearest skies has four observatories. The hotel allows guests to lay down and look up at the stars from their beds.

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