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Gadling on the Road

Explore the world with Gadling writers as they tour the globe in search of exotic destinations, far-flung adventures, and exciting gems in your own backyard.  


Infiltrating North Korea

By Neil Woodburn
Infiltrating North Korea follows Neil Woodburn as he peels back the curtain and peeks into the most peculiar, oddball member nation of the Axis of Evil. Visiting this reclusive, enigmatic country is like back in time to Stalin’s Soviet Union; red banners hang from light posts, portraits of Marx and Lenin are showcased in the central square, and countless statues and monuments paying homage to the Cult of Kim permeate the landscape.  There is really nothing quite like it anywhere else. 


Postcards from Antigua

By Neil Woodburn
A winter vacation in a Tropical environment was the inspiration behind this New Year's Eve journey to the wonderful island of Antigua.  Join Neil Woodburn as he visits three separate resorts across the island as well as the capital, St. Johns.

 

Band on the Run

By Ember Swift
Ember Swift, Canadian musician and touring performer, kept readers up-to-date on life on the road as a musician and band member in North America between July and September, 2007. This series is truly a musician's perspective on traveling. It chronicles the rhythm of a touring musician -- what it's like both on and off the road -- and offers a glimpse into the daily life of a modern day minstrel.

Across Northern Europe


By Brook Silva-Braga
Brook Silva-Braga traveled northern Europe for the month of August, 2007 and reunited with some of the people he met on the yearlong trip which was the basis of his travel documentary, A Map for Saturday.

Chinese Buffet

By Kelly Amabile
Chinese Buffet is a 20-part travelogue that dishes up one woman's first taste of China. Join Kelly Amabile on a three-week urban tour that includes stays at a hutong hostel in Beijing,  an expat home in Shanghai, and a Hyatt in Xi'an. Daytrips to Suzhou and the Great Wall are also featured, as well as helpful hints about visiting city museums, parks and shopping markets. This mixed-bag of personal perspective and practical travel tips may serve to inspire other travelers to take their first look at China too.

 

A Canadian in Beijing

By Ember Swift
A Canadian in Beijing is a series that explores life in Beijing from the perspective of a Canadian musician named Ember Swift. Talking about everything from traffic to eating vegan, live music to accessibility issues, Ember journeys through life in this huge city (as well as some forays out of town) across a three-month period. If you're planning a trip to China, this series is perfect for you. It will open your eyes to some interesting customs, some fantastic tourist sites to check out as well as some philosophical insights into the current merging of cultures between the West and the East.

 

Alaska without the Cruise Ship

By Neil Woodburn
Alaska without the Cruise Ship is a 17-part series exploring the ease and advantages of touring Alaska on your own steam and at your own speed. Join Neil Woodburn as he journeys to Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway and fully immerses himself in the bounty of rewards and adventure that such a trip has to offer. If you've ever dreamed of vacationing to Alaska but worry about the cost of a Cruise Ship or the challenges of traveling without one, then this is the series for you.

 

Haiti

Tap Tap By Adrienne C. Wilson
Forget about splashy titles for this quick look at one of the Caribbean's most turbulent countries. Simply titled "Haiti," this six piece series goes beyond the negative images so often attached to the nation to explore Haiti's hidden treasures. Go hand-in-hand with Adrienne Wilson as she traverses over for a quick weekend excursion to learn about Haitian arts, music, culture, cuisine, and some of the Caribbean's best-kept beach secrets like the Cyvadier Hotel & Plage.

 

Weekend in Miami

ClevelanderBy Willy Volk
The sexiest city in America is also among the smartest, most cultured, and most visitor-friendly. Join us as we explore sexy South Beach; tour laid-back Little Havana; and chill out on cool Key Biscayne. We'll take you from the beaches to the nightspots to the most unusual bar you'll ever have the good fortune to visit. Hip and hot, today's Miami is no longer the Miami of your grandparents. It's bursting with young, vibrant energy and sizzling attractions. 
 


St. Lucia There & Back

Fleur By Adrienne Wilson
Diving into the island country of St. Lucia without a plan, Adrienne Wilson took off on a seven day trip for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. By playing it one day at a time she was able to explore popular beach areas like Rodney Bay by foot, Cas en Bas by horse, and the surrounding waters by cruise. There are enough fun-filled ideas for any traveler whether hitched, planning a honeymoon, vacationing as a large group or going at it alone. Experience all that St. Lucia has to offer!


Volunteer Vacation: Tajikistan

Building Homes

By Adrienne Wilson
One of the greatest rewards in traveling across the globe is being able to give back to the local communities. In this Volunteer Vacation: Tajikistan series Adrienne dishes the details on building both homes and hope with Habitat for Humanity International in Tajikistan's capital city - Dushanbe. While there was a good amount of cement made, dirt buckets carried and water fetched there was also a healthy amount of dining done in Dushanbe and when the two weeks with the rest of the volunteer crew came to an end there was some additional solo sight-seeing in the Pamirs. If you're looking to get lost in remote parts of the world, see what Dushanbe and the Pamirs has to offer and while you're at it - pick up a shovel or patch up a roof.

 

Balkan Odyssey

By Neil Woodburn
The Balkans are the last, remote section of Europe where adventurous travelers can still indulge in an old world charm that is rapidly disappearing from the continent.  Neil Woodburn dives into the heart of this fantastic region with an extensive tour of Albania followed up by excursions into Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Croatia. With the exception of Croatia, this region remains largely undiscovered by tourism and still offers visitors plenty of empty beaches, isolated mountains, picturesque towns, and great deals. 



Postcards from Trinidad & Tobago

Carnival

By Adrienne Wilson
Each year the tropical pair of Caribbean islands known as Trinidad & Tobago plays host to one of the world's biggest street Carnivals where masquerading, drinking and dancing in the streets of Port-of-Spain are a MUST. Follow Adrienne Wilson in her escape down to T&T for the calypsos, fetes and a little beach side liming in Tobago. In this "Postcards" series you'll not only discover snapshots of the country and her people during one of the most spirited times - you'll also discover personal dispatches providing tips and how-to in planning a Carnival trip to the islands on your own.

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