New artifacts suggest Indigenous people in Australia could be up to 20,000 years older than previously believed, Poland gets a royal visit, Jordan’s epic new hiking trail, and more in your weekly wrap of adventure travel news.
New research in Australia’s Kakadu National Park has proven that Aboriginal people have inhabited the continent for at least 65,000 years, with some newly-discovered artifacts potentially up to 80,000 years old. The findings, published in the journal Nature, are the result of archaeological digs that uncovered some 11,000 artifacts, and overturn previous estimations that Indigenous people have inhabited the continent for 47,000 to 60,000 years. The traditional landowners, the Mirrar people, retained ‘total control over the dig and the artifacts’, reported the Guardian on Thursday.
In deliciously tropical news, a Cook Island man has become the world’s first-ever coconut tree-climbing world champion. George Iona beat 16 competitors to take home the title, which he earned by climbing an eight-meter tree in under six seconds. Iona secured the win over pre-race favorite, Fiapa’i Ellio, by a slim one hundredth of a second.
A travel blogger and Instagrammer has been called out for posting images to her 467k followers that are said to be fake. In a story published by The Times titled ‘Fake views: blogger doctored holiday pics‘, the newspaper’s picture desk confirms that Amelia Liana’s envy-inducing shots were subject to a not-insignificant amount of photoshopping. One image, uploaded in May, featured Liana gazing out into an NYC skyline—one that didn’t feature the One World Trade Center, which was built in 2013. The Instagrammer has denied misleading her followers.
This year, Jordan opened the Jordan Trail, a 400-mile route that’s been dubbed ‘the Inca Trail of the Middle East’. As Emma Thomson writes for Adventure.com, the trail runs from Um Qais in the north to Aqaba on the Red Sea coastline, taking in 52 villages en route, as well as the UNESCO-listed city of Petra and Wadi Rum valley. US author, travel writer and TV presenter Andrew Evans—part of the team that completed the first-ever end-to-end hike of the trail–said: “[The trail] allows you to see the unabbreviated version of Jordan.”
Tinder has sent a pair of US students to Hawaii after a three-year text conversation went viral. Josh Avsec posted the humorous exchange with Michelle Arendas–which featured month-long delays in replying and various excuses–to Twitter, and it’s since gained over 30,000 retweets. Part-fairytale ending, part-great PR stunt, Tinder replied and offered to send the haphazard pair, who had previously never met, to a destination of their choice. “This is like some sort of dream”, tweeted Avsec. “A date in Hawaii is far more epic than I could have ever imagined.”
Elsewhere, Sir Ranulph Feinnes shares why he never travels with a toothbrush, stunning footage shows a whale playing with dolphins off Australia’s west coast, Disney releases photos of its much-anticipated Star Wars Land, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embark on a five-day tour of Poland.
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Billed as the ‘Inca Trail of the Middle East’, travelers can now trek from north to south Jordan on the 400-mile Jordan Trail, thanks to the efforts of local hiking groups, volunteers, Bedouin tribes, grants and donations.
Earlier this year, Jordan announced its first long-distance hiking trail. An epic 400-mile route dubbed—rather predictably—the Jordan Trail, it runs from Um Qais in the north to Aqaba on the Red Sea coastline, taking in 52 villages en route, as well as the UNESCO-listed city of Petra and Wadi Rum valley.
Billed as the ‘Inca Trail of the Middle East’, the Jordan Trail is expected to shake up travelers’ impressions of Jordan, which have been greatly affected by the country’s proximity to neighboring Iraq, Syria, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
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New York City is known for being a big and beautiful mishmash of cultures, but there’s one borough in particular that lets you taste the whole world within just a few blocks. Erik R. Trinidad heads off in search of deliciousness.
Standing in the food court of the New World Mall in Flushing—a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens—and first glance, it appeared like the mall hangouts of my teen years in suburban New Jersey. However, upon closer look, the culinary selections were a tad different.
In a spot where there might have been an Auntie Anne’s, women at Joong Han Bon Sik were not hand-making pretzels, but Korean-Chinese dumplings with different fillings from fish to lamb. In lieu of a Cinnabon, a man was garnishing bonito flakes over takoyaki—balls of Japanese batter filled with diced octopus. And across the way, I saw big wooden bowls of Sichuan malatang, a spicy stir fry containing some familiar ingredients like chicken and beef, and some not so common, like lotus root, tripe, woodear mushrooms, fish cake, and frog legs. Panda Express, this was not.
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