Two Australian travel bloggers who were jailed in Iran this summer for flying a drone without a license have been released and are reportedly back in Australia. The Australian government isn’t saying whether the two were swapped for an Iranian prisoner in Australia, but the timing of their release would suggest that’s precisely what happened. Jolie King and Mark Firkin, both from Perth, Australia, quit their jobs in July of 2017 and set out to travel the world and document their adventures across 36 countries on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram under the name “The Way Overland.” They have not posted any new content since their release. Advertisement King and Firkin were financing their trip through the crowdfunding tool Patreon but were arrested this summer in Tehran after using a camera-equipped drone near a military installation, according to the Iranian government. They were reportedly held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, a frequent site of … [Read more...] about Iran Releases Two Travel Bloggers Jailed for Flying Drone Without Permission
Two Australian travel bloggers have been arrested in Iran for flying a hobby drone without a permit. The bloggers often take photos with their drone and publish them to social media, but the couple disappeared from the internet in June after posting from Pakistan. The bloggers, Jolie King and Mark Firkin, operate the website The Way Overland, which also has YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. The bloggers quit their jobs in July 2017 and started traveling the world with the goal of visiting 36 countries via an overland route from Australia to the UK. They support their travels through donations to their Patreon page. Advertisement Followers of their social media accounts had no idea what had happened to the couple until Pouria Zeraati, editor-in-chief of the Persian-language media outlet Manoto News, reported on Wednesday that they were being held. Their trial has not yet taken place, according to Zeraati. The couple were reportedly arrested in July but their identities were … [Read more...] about Travel Bloggers Arrested in Iran For Flying Drone Without a Permit
Prince Harry got candid about his private jet travel after the launch of his new initiative Travelyst. The prince announced the initiative Tuesday, according to a report published by Entertainment Tonight. View this post on Instagram We are excited to announce the launch of ‘Travalyst’, a global initiative striving to change the impact of travel, for good. Partnering alongside key travel industry giants @Bookingcom, #Ctrip, @Skyscanner, @TripAdvisor and @Visa_US, our aim is to spark a movement to transform the future of travel, putting communities at the heart of the solution. We believe in the power and importance of travel. We also have a shared responsibility to our planet and to each other. • “I want to start with a little bit of background as to specifically why I’m here today, because as you may know, I am not a tourism or business expert, but through my travels I have observed the unique relationship between community and environment, … [Read more...] about Prince Harry Defends Private Jet Use After Debut Of New Travel Company
A growing number of authorities around the world may be banning selfies – most recently the Japanese city of Kyoto put the kibosh on the taking of photos in its geisha neighbourhood – but one company is hoping to cash in on people’s desire to capture memorable moments, by introducing “the world’s longest selfie stick”, in the form of an app that takes photos from space. Spelfie.com allows users to take a selfie at the exact time that a satellite camera captures their location from space. Users of the app click on the event they are attending, then, once they are at the venue, the app provides coordinates so the user knows precisely where to position themselves and at what time. They then take a photo of themselves at the moment the satellite is taking its photo and later the same day the app sends back the satellite image juxtaposed with the selfie to be viewed in its gallery. Spelfie spokesman Anthony Burr said that in future the images will be … [Read more...] about The final selfie frontier: app takes pictures from 36,000km up in space
Karen Cheung is a writer and editor in Hong Kong. The opinions expressed in this commentary are her own. She tweets @karenklcheung (CNN)In late May, two weeks before the first major anti-extradition bill march in Hong Kong, four high school friends and I took a day trip to the Chinese city of Shenzhen for a birthday celebration. We spent the Sunday hopping around town, watched a bizarre art installation known as the "Bubblecoat Elephant" squirt water out of its trunks, queued twice for the millennial-favorite cheese-topped bubble tea, and dunked thinly sliced pieces of beef into a Sichuan spicy hotpot. The restaurant brought over fruit and a neck pillow as a gift, and we ended the night with a photograph featuring a tacky blinking sign that celebrated my birthday. But just before midnight, as we were preparing to cross the Shenzhen border to take the train back into Hong Kong, I became anxious that this trip had been an unnecessary risk to take. Hong Kong protests I … [Read more...] about If I protest in Hong Kong and travel to mainland China, will I be able to come home?