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Better Know A Holiday: St. John's Day (And Eve)

Better Know A Holiday: St. John's Day (And Eve) f_jensen_at_sdr.vinge, Flickr AKA: Fete Nationale du Quebec (Canada), Kupala Day (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland), Festa Junina (Brazil), Foguera de San Xuan (Brazil), Jaanilaupaev (Estonia), Saint Jonas' Festival (Lithuania), Jani (Latvia), Dia de Sao Joao (Portugal),...

Woman Pays Ryanair $390 To Print Boarding Passes, CEO Calls Her 'Stupid'

Woman Pays Ryanair $390 To Print Boarding Passes, CEO Calls Her 'Stupid' Travelers taking issue with budget airline Ryanair is nothing new. In fact, it now seems to simply be commonplace. First, there was the Norwegian man who was arrested after complaining that the in-flight sandwich he purchased tasted like rubber. Then, of course, there...

Nida: Lithuania's cutest holiday town

Nida: Lithuania's cutest holiday town The end of summer is usually more bitter than sweet, and this is nowhere more the case than in a beach town emptying itself out for the season. In Nida, the last stop on the line along the Lithuanian coast before the Russian border, bitter and sweet were clashing like...

Travel then and now: Travel to the USSR and GDR

Travel then and now: Travel to the USSR and GDR This year is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union and 21 years since the reunification of Germany. While citizens of the USSR and GDR were unable to travel abroad and restricted in domestic travel, foreign travelers were permitted under a controlled...

Schengen and the disappearance of European passport stamps

Schengen and the disappearance of European passport stamps Creative new use for border crossing posts at German/Austrian border. In the late 1980s, an American spending a summer traveling across Europe with a Eurailpass would see his or her passport stamped possibly dozens of times. With a few exceptions, every time a border...

Don't piss off Ryanair: Disgruntled pilot transferred to Lithuania

Don't piss off Ryanair: Disgruntled pilot transferred to Lithuania Thanks to OnlineTravelReview for this gem: A Ryanair pilot has quit after being transferred to Lithuania, allegedly in response to his remarks against CEO Michael O'Leary in the Financial Times newspaper. Captain Morgan Fischer, a five year RyanAir pilot with more than 20...

Photo of the Day (6.12.2010)

Photo of the Day (6.12.2010) I look at this photo and I think, "ruh-roh." Besides the fact that the plane is facing the same direction a similar plane was faced in a recent nightmare of mine (I mean come, sign people. What the H happened with this one?), I also really like that the plane and the...

Trade Mocked

Trade Mocked You were a cheerleader, you dated a cheerleader, or you hated the cheerleaders. As I recall, that's how high school worked. Thanks to travel PR, that same primeval paradigm lives on long after graduation. That miniskirts-shouting-slogans thing still works, whether you're...

Adventure Tourism Development Index rates top adventure destinations

Adventure Tourism Development Index rates top adventure destinations The Adventure Tourism Development Index is a study put together by the Adventure Travel Trade Association, in conjunction with George Washington University and Xola Consulting. The joint effort examines 192 countries and ranks them based on their commitment to sustainable...

Top travel destination countries? Canada is number one and Nigeria is. . .?

Top travel destination countries? Canada is number one and Nigeria is. . .? When asked the to respond to the statement, "I would like to go to visit this country if money were no object," Canada ranked number one in a recent global survey conducted by Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brand Index. Where was the U.S. in the mix of 50? Number 10....

International Value Destinations

International Value Destinations USAToday has put together an interesting list of 10 great international places to go for a value on your vacation. These places were specifically picked to allow us to get more bang for our buck when traveling abroad this year, something that seems to be on every traveler's...

Where on Earth, Week 41: Frank Zappa Monument, Vilnius, Lithuania

Where on Earth, Week 41: Frank Zappa Monument, Vilnius, Lithuania Congratulations to Nuva and Oddsocks for correctly identifying this week's Where on Earth. It took a bit of wandering myself before I was able to find the monument featured in the above photograph, for the simple reason that government officials in post-communist Vilnius,...

Amazing Race Season 12, Recap 5

Amazing Race Season 12, Recap 5 Last week, Martha's recap left our Amazing Race traveling pals in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. That's where this episode started off since the teams stayed here for a night of R&R at the Hotel d'Ville. Although the people of Burkina Faso were described as...

Language Bus: Get on the Bus and Learn!

Language Bus: Get on the Bus and Learn! If you've ever ridden public transport, you know that brain-dead feeling that washes over you as you sit down and succumb to the boredom. A novel program in Vilnius, Lithuania aims to make productive use of this period of mental lapse by injecting some forced education...

Europe's Red Asphalt: The Most Dangerous Roads in the EU

Europe's Red Asphalt: The Most Dangerous Roads in the EU Thinking of renting a car and driving through Europe this summer? Want to come back alive? Well then, there are a couple of countries you should probably avoid--mainly those located in the Baltics. According to a recent EU report, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia had the...

Lithuania's Hill of Crosses (Happy Easter!)

Lithuania's Hill of Crosses (Happy Easter!) I've done a fair bit of traveling through the Baltics but had never heard anything about this fantastic cross-covered hill in Lithuania. It wasn't until I was surfing through EnglishRussia.com last night that I learned about this place. Alas, one of the great tragedies of...

Take The Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter Tour!

Take The Hannibal No, you haven't gone crazy -- Hannibal Lecter is still a fictional character. However, in the novel-turned-movie, "Hannibal Rising," the authors chose to set the serial killer's youth in Lithuania, a choice that the country hopes will boost tourism. Enter Saules Kelias, an...

Retracing Napoleon's Russian Footsteps

Retracing Napoleon's Russian Footsteps I posted a few days ago about how enjoyable Moscow can be in the wintertime despite the horrific cold weather which is so legendary in the Russian capital. The Russian winter, however, has regularly proved fatal to one type of traveler intent on reaching Moscow: the...

Changes in the European Union, 2007

Changes in the European Union, 2007 Every new calendar year brings about changes in the European Union which affect those who travel there regularly. My favorite change is the addition of two more countries to Europe's non-smoking club. Ireland was the first country to ban smoking in public places a few years...

Word for the Travel Wise (01/01/07)

Word for the Travel Wise (01/01/07) Okay, so after watching the comical yet sad video below out of Lithuania where a poor man tries crawling across the street after a night of too much drinking (Thanks Neil) it made picking today's word easy. My hope is that no one started their New Year's off this way. Its...

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