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A Traveler In The Foreign Service: The Best Foreign Service Blogs

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: The Best Foreign Service Blogs The World Wide Web is saturated with amateurish blogs created by people who'd be lucky to command the devoted readership of their immediate family members, let alone the wider public. There are scores of blogs managed by Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) and while many of them...

6 surf destinations you'd never think of

6 surf destinations you'd never think of Sure, we all know the world of surfing revolves around Hawaii's fabled North Shore. If you've ever owned a board, you can probably rattle off some of the other global hot spots: Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Fiji, California, Costa Rica...the list goes on and on. ...

Dubai tour company offers pirate hunting cruises off horn of Africa

Dubai tour company offers pirate hunting cruises off horn of Africa After years of murders, kidnappings, and heists, the lawless sea near the horn of Africa seems to be getting worse. A Dubai firm is capitalizing on these pirate infested waters with a strange new form of pirate tourism. The tour company, Dubai based Seahunters LLC,...

10 breeds of pirate - Somalis to Vikings to Japanese Pirate Ninjas

10 breeds of pirate - Somalis to Vikings to Japanese Pirate Ninjas A yacht carrying a quartet of Americans was recently seized by Somali pirates, the latest in a string of hijackings that reaches back millenia. According to MSNBC, the seized yacht, the "S/V Quest," is owned by Jean and Scott Adam - a couple on a worldwide quest...

UNESCO delists a World Heritage Site

UNESCO delists a World Heritage Site It would be easy to think that once a location becomes a UNESCO World Heritage Site that such an honor is irrevocable. UNESCO, however, recently shocked the world by proving that they can just as easily remove a site from the list as they can add one. And why would they do...

Where On Earth? Week 23: Oman

Where On Earth? Week 23: Oman Well done to moody75 for the winning answer of Oman. To be precise it's standing at the top of the Jebel Shams mountain range loooking into the Wadi Ghul canyon. Wadi Ghul rivals Peru's Colca Canyon and is about as unknown. It looks incredibly isolated but when you get...

Name That Hat: Oman

Name That Hat: Oman T Thanks to all who posted answers for the inaugural Name That Hat. The winner was Moody75 who correctly guessed Oman. The name of the hat is a kumma, not "Steve" as the oddly named oddsocks opined. This one was bought at the main souk on the Muscat Corniche. A couple of...

What Makes a Good Travel Guide?

What Makes a Good Travel Guide? On October 4 the excellent British travel magazine Wanderlust will announce the winner of their annual guide awards. Named after the late Paul Morrison, one of the founders of Wanderlust, the awards recognise excellence in travel guiding. Bill Bryson and Michael Palin will...

Undiscovered Oman

Undiscovered Oman It is a wonderful moment in time when undiscovered locales register their first blip on your travel radar.  This happened to me this morning when opening the LA Times and running across this sentence; "Oman is a peaceful wonderland of dramatic gorges, sweeping deserts...

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