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Faux Cityscapes: 5 Fake Places To Snap A Tourist Photo

Faux Cityscapes: 5 Fake Places To Snap A Tourist Photo Steve Jurvetson, Flickr What are the main reasons people travel? To see the world, gain new perspective, learn about other cultures, get a photo of themselves in front of a famous destination. Let's be honest, in the world of social media, the latter is of the utmost...

Top 10 Most Outrageous Hotel Fees

Airlines receive substantial criticism for their ever-increasing fees. While complaints about surprise fees associated with air travel are warranted and deserving of productive conversation, similarly unsuspected hotel fees are often overlooked. A recent New York Times...

Video: Destination Afghanistan

Afghanistan certainly doesn't rank highly on most people's bucket lists. This wasn't always the case. In the '60s and '70s Afghanistan was a key stopover on the hippie trail to India. Kabul and Kandahar, cities that conjure up images of explosions and war, were more...

Balochistan, The Unluckiest Corner Of The World

Balochistan, The Unluckiest Corner Of The World The earthquake that shook Iran and Pakistan last week has already been overshadowed by fatal tremors in Sichuan, China, a few days ago. Perhaps not surprising given that both places are in seismically active areas, but both of these disasters are repeats of far more...

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: Tribute To Slain Diplomat Anne Smedinghoff

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: Tribute To Slain Diplomat Anne Smedinghoff The Foreign Service lost one of its own on Saturday when a suicide bomber detonated explosives that killed 25-year-old Foreign Service Officer Anne Smedinghoff and four other Americans, three soldiers and one civilian Department of Defense employee in Afghanistan....

Trek Through Afghanistan Or Explore The Congo With Wild Frontiers

Trek Through Afghanistan Or Explore The Congo With Wild Frontiers If you still haven't settled on an amazing adventure for 2013 then perhaps you'll want to take a look at some of the trips that Wild Frontiers has to offer. The adventure travel company that operates out of the U.K. specializes in unique, one-of-a-kind tours to a number of...

8 Delicious Street Foods From Around The World That You Can Make At Home

8 Delicious Street Foods From Around The World That You Can Make At Home There is a certain beauty to street food: it's simple and with one bite you have a true taste of the local culture. Some people even pick their destination based on how much street food they can get. But exotic street food doesn't have to be restricted to the alleyways...

Biking In Afghanistan: The Power Of Two Wheels To Change Perspective

Biking In Afghanistan: The Power Of Two Wheels To Change Perspective "Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike." John F. Kennedy Bikes have long been a simple mode of transportation, getting us from point A to point B. But riding a bike doesn't just get you somewhere; the process is fun. There is joy in riding a...

World's Worst Places: Top 10 Places In The World You Do Not Want To Visit In 2013

World's Worst Places: Top 10 Places In The World You Do Not Want To Visit In 2013 I'm the kind of person who can conjure up an excuse to visit just about any place. I grew up in Buffalo, America's most unfairly maligned city, and so I identify with underdog destinations – places with bad weather, crime, ugly people, rude people, you name it and I...

Faces Of Afghanistan: Why A Personal Connection Is The Most Important Part Of Travel

Faces Of Afghanistan: Why A Personal Connection Is The Most Important Part Of Travel "The people are sweet, the country's a mess." I had asked an NGO worker with a teaching and military background about his perspective of Afghanistan. It's always hard to sum up a place in a sentence, be it Australia or Afghanistan, but this one kind of said it all,...

What Does Kabul Really Look Like? Exploring The Streets Of Afghanistan's Capital

What Does Kabul Really Look Like? Exploring The Streets Of Afghanistan's Capital The first time I sat in a car in Kabul I was tense. This was the place of car bombs and terrorists after all, wasn't it? My eyes darted back and forth between the driver, the road and all that was taking place around me. It was sensory overload. The security situation...

For The Intrepid Traveler: The Top 5 Destinations In Kabul

For The Intrepid Traveler: The Top 5 Destinations In Kabul Kabul might not be the world's number one tourist destination, but there's plenty to see in and around the busy capital that boasts 5 million residents. Hire a driver and check out some of the city's top destinations....

More Cow's Head: Eating Local In Afghanistan

More Cow's Head: Eating Local In Afghanistan "Chaay?" Tea? "Balay lotfaan." Yes, please. Yet another glass of tea was being served. Tea is the social lubricant of Afghanistan, the thing that brings people together, fuels meetings and provides for an afternoon excuse for a break. There are no pints of beer or...

Moments Of Serendipity: Daily Life In Afghanistan

Moments Of Serendipity: Daily Life In Afghanistan Good travel pushes you to let go of control, and Afghanistan is certainly one of those places. Here, daily life is dictated by security decisions, which roads are safe to travel on and which ones are not, and if you are trying to stick to a concrete plan, something will...

Mountain2Mountain: Advocating For Voice And Women's Empowerment In Afghanistan

Mountain2Mountain: Advocating For Voice And Women's Empowerment In Afghanistan Three years ago I was in Telluride, Colorado attending Mountainfilm festival. I was particularly blown away by a series of huge photographs that depicted life in Afghanistan. I remember being particularly moved by one of a beggar woman in a burqa, sitting in the middle of...

A Trip Through The Kabul Airport - With A Few Extra Security Checks

A Trip Through The Kabul Airport - With A Few Extra Security Checks "You go to Afghanistan for holiday?" I was trying to explain why I was spending a couple of weeks in Kabul to the Afghan man sitting next to me on the airplane, attempting to be as vague as possible so as to not give away too many personal details about what I was...

To Afghanistan And Back: The Process Of Getting A Visa

To Afghanistan And Back: The Process Of Getting A Visa "I need to include a prepaid, self-addressed Priority envelope to get my passport sent back," I said to the young man at the mail counter. "Oh, are you sending this to the passport processing center?" he asked looking up from his computer. "Um, no ... the Embassy...

Why Would Anyone Ever Go To Afghanistan?

Why Would Anyone Ever Go To Afghanistan? "I got asked to go to Afghanistan." The parents obviously weren't excited with that statement and what ensued was a "we support you but this is going to be difficult for us" conversation. When you pitch your parents on traveling to a conflict zone, this conversation...

Mes Aynak, One Of The World's Great Archaeological Treasures, Is About To Be Destroyed

Mes Aynak, One Of The World's Great Archaeological Treasures, Is About To Be Destroyed Time is running out to save one of the world's great archeological sites. On Christmas Day, archeologists who have been working to preserve Mes Aynak, a stunning archeological site in Afghanistan with more than 5,000 years of history, will be forced off the site to make way...

National Museum Of Afghanistan Struggles To Rebuild

Afghanistan has a rich heritage. As a crossroads of trade it spawned numerous civilizations that were influenced by cultures as far away as Macedonia. There was even a thriving Buddhist culture in Afghanistan that created art inspired by Classical Greek models. It's...

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