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Why Do We Give Countries Different Names?

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names? EndonymMap.com You booked a trip to Germany, so why does your passport stamp say Deutschland? Your name didn't change from John to Johann, so why should the country's name change? If you've ever wondered why countries go by different names in different languages, you can...

Two-Wheeled Tourism: 10 Cities to Visit If You Love Bikes

Two-Wheeled Tourism: 10 Cities to Visit If You Love Bikes Anna Brones Why spend your summer vacation on subways and buses when you could be out exploring places on two wheels? Thanks to an explosion in bike-share systems and a general appreciation for bike culture, making cycling a central part of your travels is becoming...

China's State-Controlled Media Recommends Top 10 Nude Beaches

China's State-Controlled Media Recommends Top 10 Nude Beaches Looking for nude beach recommendations this summer? You probably wouldn't think to consult Xinhua, China's state-controlled press agency, but here comes editor Yang Yi's list of their "Top Ten Sexy Nudist Bathing Spots Around the World." I stumbled across the link to the...

6 Destinations Made More Popular By Celebrities

Travel Channel and the Esquire Network are both set to air TV shows that ask celebrities to give local perspectives on their favorite destinations. While one can argue that Travel Channel is taking Esquire's already developed idea and running with it, it's undeniable that...

Travel Like A Boss: Paragliding In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro boasts some of the beaches you'd spy on calendars, postcards and the odd screensaver in your dentist's office cubicle farm. So when we passed through on a whirlwind trip to Brazil, I took the advice of our friend Kent Wein to jump off a mountain to get a...

Meet Pat Farmer, The Aussie Who Ran 20,919 Kilometers From Pole To Pole

Meet Pat Farmer, The Aussie Who Ran 20,919 Kilometers From Pole To Pole Just weeks before Pat Farmer was scheduled to depart for a 20,919-kilometer run from the North to the South Pole, his major sponsor pulled out and he was faced with a choice: give up his dream to be the first man to run Pole-to-Pole or sell everything he owned to finance the...

Wave Of Protests Over World Cup In Brazil (PHOTOS)

Wave Of Protests Over World Cup In Brazil (PHOTOS) Alexandro Auler/LatinContent/Getty Images A wave of protests is cascading through cities in Brazil, including in Brasilia, where demonstrators stormed the country's National Congress building, Reuters is reporting. The protests, which are the largest seen in Brazil for more...

Two Pilots Fired After Brazilian Pop Star Takes Captain's Seat Mid-Flight

Two Pilots Fired After Brazilian Pop Star Takes Captain's Seat Mid-Flight Latino / Instagram (Courtesy The Aviation Herald) A Brazilian pop star who calls himself Latino has put TAM Airlines in the hot seat after he was allegedly invited to sit in the captain's chair during a cross-country flight from Recife to Rio de Janeiro. Pictures of the...

Man Attempting To Dribble Soccer Ball To Brazil Killed In Accident

Man Attempting To Dribble Soccer Ball To Brazil Killed In Accident It sounded like one of those crazy ideas that should have led to fun and adventure and ended in triumph. Instead it ended in tragedy. Richard Swanson, pictured here, of Seattle, decided to raise money for charity by dribbling a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time...

Video Of The Day: Modern Day 'The Motorcycle Diaries'

Before beginning his doctorate in biomedical sciences, "Alex the Adventure Biker" took a break to realize his lifelong dream: to ride a motorcycle through the Americas. Over the course of nearly a year and a half, he rode his bike through 22 countries as he made his way...

Cockpit Chronicles - Paragliding In Rio: Best Layover Ever! (Video)

Cockpit Chronicles - Paragliding In Rio: Best Layover Ever! (Video) The adage goes something like this: The worst day of fishing beats the best day of work. Years ago, I knew I found the right job when I was a co-pilot on a charter flight in a 15-seat Twin Otter for a day of fishing on an Alaskan beach. I remember thinking of that...

Video Of The Day: Finding Fortaleza

Rio de Janeiro-based production company MOOV maintains Fortaleza is "one of the most beautiful cities in Brazil," and in the video above we get to see it through their eyes - or, rather, their camera lenses. Located in Northeastern Brazil, Fortaleza is the state capital of...

Whereaguay? First impressions Of Paraguay, South America's Most Underrated Country

Whereaguay? First impressions Of Paraguay, South America's Most Underrated Country Ever notice how die-hard travelers tend to compare places to other places? Like, constantly? It may be annoying, but it goes beyond mere aesthetics. It's often a reference point; a way to describe not only the feel of a destination, but the spirit of its people. I arrived...

Exclusive Gadling Playlist: Tropical Beats And Rhythms Even If You're Not On Spring Break

Exclusive Gadling Playlist: Tropical Beats And Rhythms Even If You're Not On Spring Break Once a month we put together an exclusive Gadling playlist – a little something to bring you sounds from around the world. Every month we choose a theme paired with one of our #ontheroad Instagram locations and choose some of our favorite tracks, giving you a...

Video: Amazon Ants Transform Into Life Raft

If you're still haunted by the sight of spiders raining down on a Brazilian city, as we brought to your attention last month, this heartwarming nature video might be a palette-cleanser. Captured by the BBC, fire ants in the Amazon adapted to a flood by ganging together...

Photo Of The Day: A Plus Cathedral

Photo Of The Day: A Plus Cathedral Today is March 14, also known as Pi Day (in case it's been awhile since you took math, pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, 3.14), a day to celebrate mathematics, or just eat some pie. If you are in Cambridge, Massachusetts, today and can remember a...

The World's Prettiest Destination Tunnels

The World's Prettiest Destination Tunnels Size matters – with tunnels, anyway. Most lists of the world's most spectacular designs pant over the longest passageways, like Norway's Laedral Tunnel, currently the record-holder at 15.25 miles. But beauty before distance, I say. Give me the arched canopy of...

Spiders Blanket The Sky In Brazil (VIDEO)

As many of us in the northeast scramble because of heavy snow and delayed flights, at least we can rest assured knowing we don't have it as bad as these people in Brazil. The terrifying video above shows a strange phenomenon: thousands of spiders dangling in the sky....

Video Of The Day: New Year's Celebrations Around The World

As the year comes to a close, here's a look back on how the world rang in 2012. From Sydney to Cape Town, these impressive fireworks displays highlight some of the most famous cities and landmarks throughout the world – whether that be the London Eye or the beaches...

Win A Trip To South America With Richard Bangs

Win A Trip To South America With Richard Bangs South America is a land of diverse cultures, stunning scenery and breathtaking adventure. Travelers can climb to the highest peaks of the Andes, experience unique wildlife, explore the biodiversity of the Amazon and indulge in a variety of wonderful cuisines. The continent...

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