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World's Highest Airport Opens

World's Highest Airport Opens Flickr, Erik Tomer China claimed a new record for world's highest airport when Daocheng Yading Airport opened this week in the Tibetan province of Sichuan, taking the title from Changdu Bangda Airport, also in Tibet. The new airport is at an elevation of 14,472 feet above...

New Museum Will Be So Big China Needs To Build An Island For It

New Museum Will Be So Big China Needs To Build An Island For It Photo Credit: MAD Architects China recently announced it had built the biggest building in the world and now it's set to build a massive art gallery to house its national treasures. At more than 430,000 square feet, the Pingtan Art Museum will be the largest private art...

'Living Rocks' Could Be The Strangest Local Delicacy Ever (VIDEO)

From the outside, it resembles a rock or coral. But on the inside, pyura chilensis is a gooey mass of blood red. This immobile, hermaphroditic sea creature survives on microorganisms and produces vanadium, a rare mineral also found in crude oil and tar sands. But despite...

5 Ways To Preserve Your Travel Memories (That Don't Involve Photos)

5 Ways To Preserve Your Travel Memories (That Don't Involve Photos) LEOL30, Flickr If you're an avid traveler, chances are you've experienced some type of fantastical sight, to which no photograph can ever do justice. Talent and camera quality have no bearing whatsoever on the ability to capture this moment, and so you resign yourself to...

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...

Learn Spanish With Lonely Planet's Fluent Road

Learn Spanish With Lonely Planet's Fluent Road Courtesy of FluentRoad.com Traveling to Spain or Latin America this summer and want to say more than "Donde esta el bano?" (though, that's an important one to know)? Lonely Planet has just launched a new online foreign language program, Fluent Road, partnering with Spanish...

Irish Gaelic, Rapa Nui And More Endangered Languages From Around The World

Irish Gaelic, Rapa Nui And More Endangered Languages From Around The World Mariano Kamp, Flickr There are nearly 7,000 languages spoken throughout the world today, the majority of which are predicted to become extinct by the end of this century. Half the world's population speaks the top 20 world languages - with Mandarin, Spanish and English...

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...

The Best Cities For Street Art Around The World

The Best Cities For Street Art Around The World I've always loved a good art gallery but I know not everyone feels the same way. I get it. Looking at still life oil-on-canvases isn't for everyone. But the good news is that some of the coolest art in the world isn't locked away in stuffy art galleries or museums...

Olympic Bid Holds Tournament On 7 Continents Over 7 Days

Olympic Bid Holds Tournament On 7 Continents Over 7 Days Traveling to seven continents in seven days is grueling enough. Throw in a daily match against a former professional squash player and that makes for some pretty exhausting travel. Two former pro squash players, Peter Nicol and Tim Garner, are in the midst of a...

Antarctica For Sissies? Hardly, As Luxury Cruise Line Turns New Page

Antarctica For Sissies?  Hardly, As Luxury Cruise Line Turns New Page Antarctica draws the dreams of many and the visits of just a few. Located so very far from civilization, travel to Antarctica is the stuff of hearty explorers, burly men of substance and adventure travelers. Luxury cruise ships and their pampered passengers? Not so much....

The Patagonian Expedition Race: A Hellish Endurance Test In A Heavenly Setting

The Patagonian Expedition Race: A Hellish Endurance Test In A Heavenly Setting It starts at midnight with a 108-kilometer mountain bike ride into the teeth of a biting Patagonian wind. And then, in the morning, there is the brutal realization that there is another 593 more kilometers of mountain biking, trekking and sea kayaking to be completed in no...

Chile's Valle Nevado Resort Launches Early Bird Promo For North American/UK Skiers

Chile's Valle Nevado Resort Launches Early Bird Promo For North American/UK Skiers One of South America's top ski destinations is Valle Nevado, located just 20 miles east of Santiago, Chile. Already the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere, Valle offers access to over 7,000 acres of Andean terrain, as well as a full-service, self-contained resort....

Video: A Sublime Disruption

"A Sublime Disruption" from Gareth Nolan on Vimeo. Gareth Nolan shot this short film, "A Sublime Disruption," during a trip around the world he took in 2011. "This video is not about the places I visited, but merely an attempt to evoke the feeling of wonder and...

10 Big Travel Adventures For 2013

10 Big Travel Adventures For 2013 Though 2013 may only be a few days old, it is never too early to start planning our travels for the year ahead. If you're looking to put a healthy dose of adventure into your life this year, then Gadling is here to help. We have ten suggestions for big travel adventures that...

Voyage To Rapanui: 5,000 Miles Down With No GPS, Maps Or Compass

Voyage To Rapanui: 5,000 Miles Down With No GPS, Maps Or Compass How would you feel about sailing 10,000 nautical miles from Auckland, New Zealand, to Easter Island and back on a double-hulled canoe with no GPS or navigational equipment? In August, after reading a story my colleague wrote on the Waku Tapu Voyage to Rapanui Expedition, I...

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...

Discovery Adventures Announces New Tours For 2013

Discovery Adventures Announces New Tours For 2013 The calendar may still say 2012, and I know we all have a busy holiday season to navigate yet, but it is never too early to start planning our trips for the new year ahead. To help us out with that process, Discovery Adventures has announced a host of new tours and...

Video Of The Day: A Trip To Chiloé Island

Upon learning that LAN Airlines launched service to Chiloé Island in Chile, I became immediately curious about what the remote island has to offer. I sought out to find a video that gave an overview of the place, and luckily, Vimeo user Benito Larraín...

LAN Becomes First Airline To Service Chile's Chiloé Island

LAN Becomes First Airline To Service Chile's Chiloé Island Late last week, LAN Airlines became the first airline to regularly service Chiloé Island off the coast of Chile. Four weekly flights are now available to the island from Santiago via Puerto Montt. Previously, the island was only accessible by ferry. ...

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