This incredible footage shows the moment a small plane crashes into the ocean off the California coast – before a pilot and his passenger on board filmed their own rescue while being stung by jelly fish and treading water.
Pilot Owen Leipelt filmed as the engine on his friend’s new Beechcraft Bonanza light aircraft failed and the plane hit the water off Half Moon Bay. Leipelt alerted air traffic control to the incident as he kept circling above the crash scene on Tuesday.
In the water below, pilot of the downed aircraft, David Lesh, 34, was also filming on his waterproof phone as he and his only passenger found themselves treading water for 40 minutes before being rescued. They were unharmed.
Want to max out the wisdom-inducing power of travel? Here are some experience-expanding parameters to impose on yourself the next time you leave home.Early humans moved — from the savanna to forests to mountains to islands, between hot and cold, from coasts and deserts and tundra and back again. We hunted, farmed and built increasingly larger communities, and then we left those places too.Humans were nomadic throughout the length of the Stone Age — and that represents 99% of our existence as a species.Travel has clearly played a formative role in our evolution.Our itinerant nature is also partly why our brains are so developed.When you’re exposed to new experiences, your mental plasticity (rewiring, repairing) increases in a way that it doesn’t when you stay in a circumscribed space and repeat the same behavior day after day. Continue at Source: Why travel makes you smarter and wiser
TripAdvisor revealed its top 10 experiences around the globe with its second-annual Travelers’ Choice Awards for Experiences. The list spotlights the top tours for travelers around the world, from various tour operators. The ranking ws determined using an algorithm that took into account traveler reviews, opinions and popularity over the last year, starting with No. 1: Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica Tour in Vatican City: The Vatican Museum is home to some of the world’s most iconic art, including the Cistine Chapel. The tour of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms and St. Peter’s Basilica leaves at the time of day (morning and evenings are busiest) when you can explore with fewer crowds. Continue at Source: The 10 best travel experiences around the world, ranked by TripAdvisor
Annual leave days are some of the most precious things in existence. Thing is, between festivals, weddings, vacations and family bits they seem to disappear in the blink of an eye. When they’re gone, they’re gone. I feel proper crappy when I get to the point of only having one or two left for the … Continue at Source: 24 Hours In Vienna: See A Stunning European City Without Taking Annual Leave
For the past three years, Lexie Alford has been traveling at a fevered pace. In her race to become the youngest woman to visit all the world’s countries, she’s seen some incredible sights — only to leave them and continue on her journey. Here are five of the places she can’t wait to return to. Continue at Source: 5 places the world’s youngest globe-trotter can’t wait to revisit
“I used to think living on a tropical island was a pipe dream. But I did it. And it wasn’t in my plan at all.”
Janine Hall was a burnt-out corporate executive when she made her first trip to Bali, desperately seeking an exit strategy not just from her job but her whole way of life.
Working in marketing for David Jones in Sydney, Hall, who grew up between Auckland and the Coromandel beach town of Whangapoua, was craving “radical” change but had no idea the Indonesian island would provide a long-term solution. Continue at Source: The truth about life in Bali according to Kiwis who live there