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5 Inspiring Travel Stories That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust

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All of us, at least once in our lives, have thought of dropping our banal jobs and going off on an adventure around the world. We have few interesting travel stories of women who pack their bags and decided to explore the world on their own terms break the monotony of life.

1. Three mothers drove from India to London 

Rashmi Koppar, Dr Soumya Goyal and Nidhi Tiwari drove a vast span of 21,477 kms from India to London by road. They traversed 600kms per day battling with heavy snow, rain and undulating terrain thereby covering major parts of India, Myanmar, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Czech Republic, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Representational Image: Rashmi Koppar, Dr Soumya Goyal and Nidhi Tiwari drove a vast span of 21,477 kms from India to London by road Mindfullnes free

2. Roshni Sharma rode a bike from Kanyakumari to Kashmir

Amid alluring nature, Roshni Sharma travelled all the way from Kanyakumari to Kashmir on a bike. She is the first India woman to do so passing through 11 states in 19 days.

Representational Image: Roshni Sharma travelled all the way from Kanyakumari to Kashmir on a bike. Pixabay

3. Indian tea seller couple travelled the globe

The 65-year-old Vijayan and his wife Mohana, who run a small tea stall, have explored 17countries in the last 40years. Motivated by ultimate wanderlust, they save money, take loans, visit a new country and repay the debts over a couple of years once they return. They have covered countries like Britain, France, and Austria among many others.

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The tea seller couple Vijayan and his wife Mohana. Facebook

4.English Teacher turned travel writer

Bored with her English teaching job in Washington, Liz Carlson accumulated some money to travel around the world. Bit by the travel bug during her teachership in Spain, Carlson traversed everywhere from Jordan to New Zealand meanwhile becoming a popular travel writer.

Representational Image: Carlson traversed everywhere from Jordan to New Zealand meanwhile becoming a popular travel writer. Pixabay

5. Lawyer turned travel writer

A Corporate lawyer of New York, Jodi Ettenberg quit her job to explore world keeping the people updated through her website titled “Legal Nomads”. The site shares pictures of her travels and is also a food blog.

Representational Image: A Corporate lawyer of New York, Jodi Ettenberg quit her job to explore world. Pexels

 

 

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Now Paralyzed Can Also Walk Due To Exoskeleton Technology

Technology helps in walking

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Patrick Wensing tests out an Ekso Bionics exoskeleton in his lab at the University of Notre Dame. He and his team are working to make the machines more intuitive.
Patrick Wensing tests out an Ekso Bionics exoskeleton in his lab at the University of Notre Dame. He and his team are working to make the machines more intuitive. VOA

An accident, a stroke, or a disease can leave someone paralyzed and unable to walk. That happens to more than 15 million people around the world each year.

But new technological advances and physical therapy could help some of them walk again.

Among the most promising is the use of robotic exoskeletons, like one made by Ekso Bionics. It looks a bit like a backpack that straps on the user’s back and around the midsection. Robotic ‘legs’ complete with foot panels extend from either side of the pack and wrap around the patient’s legs. A video game-style controller attaches to the pack with a long cord.

The EksoGT robotic exoskeleton is being used in more than 200 rehabilitation centers around the world, including Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital.
The EksoGT robotic exoskeleton is being used in more than 200 rehabilitation centers around the world, including Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. VOA

“I’m going to be a robot!”

Lindsey Stoefen has been doing physical therapy with the exoskeleton for an hour a day, as she works to recover from the rare disorder that put her in a wheelchair in October.

The 17-year-old athlete climbed into a specially designed exoskeleton for the first time in late April, after becoming an in-patient at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Chicago.

She recalls being nervous. “I was like ‘Dang, I’m going to be a robot!’ I was scared at first. I was like, ‘Am I going to like it? Will I be okay?’ And once I got into it, I loved it.”

Lauren Bularzik, Lindsey’s physical therapist, says the exo robots help to accelerate the rehabilitation process. “For someone who takes a lot of energy to only walk a few feet, exo can get them up, can get them moving, it can supplement their movements, get that reciprocal pattern, encourage the correct motor planning.”

Beside speeding up recovery times, these robotic skeletons are especially helpful for those with paralysis, from spinal cord injuries and strokes. Using the machine can help some patients rewire their brains to use secondary muscles, so they can eventually walk again – without the device.

The downside

Scientists at the University of Notre Dame are leading the way with their work on wearable robots that allow patients to regain some or all of their mobility. But Patrick Wensing, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, says exoskeletons have one big drawback.

Bionic exoskeleton helps wheelchair users stand and walk
Bionic exoskeleton helps wheelchair users stand and walk. Flickr

“While existing exoskeletons are very powerful, they don’t understand what the user wants to do. So in order to transition between activities in daily life, you often have to press a button interface to tell the exoskeleton ‘I would like to stand up now.’”

Wensing and his team are collaborating with Ekso Bionics, a leading developer of wearable robots, to create a machine that can understand what its user wants to do without implanted sensors and complicated control panels.

The new three-year project funded by The National Science Foundation’s robotic initiative, hopes to achieve a more fluid, intuitive system.

Taylor Gambon has spent the last year analyzing data from exoskeleton users and comparing them to models of everyday walking. “What we’re seeing is that slow walking in general, whether in the exoskeleton or just the human, is much different from walking at a speed that you would choose naturally.”

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Later this year, the team will travel to Ekso Bionics’ California headquarters, where they will work directly with exoskeletons to design programs that interact with users of various disabilities, so that more people like Lindsey Stoefen can get back on their feet again. (VOA)