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Before You Book: Eco-Friendly Hotel Or Just Greenwashing?

Before You Book: Eco-Friendly Hotel Or Just Greenwashing? velo_city, Flickr We've all stayed at hotels that proudly boast, via little signs on the bed and/or bathroom sink, that they're doing their part to save the environment. Don't want towels changed in order to save water? Just hang 'em up, and the housekeeper will know that...

"Gringo Trails": What Are Travelers Doing To The Places They Visit?

"Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to...

Could A Malaria Vaccine Be On The Way?

Could A Malaria Vaccine Be On The Way? USAID and the President's Malaria Initiative support the distribution and use of bednets to protect against malaria. Bednets are important for children and pregnant women who are most vulnerable to the disease. Photo: Alison Bird/USAID The UK drug company GlaxoSmithKline...

Yawning Travelers Rewarded With Free Coffee In Airport Ad Campaign

Goodness knows the number of times we've walked through endless airport terminals feeling like a zombie – jet lagged, disoriented, and in need of a serious caffeine fix. Well, a new airport advertising campaign is rewarding bleary-eyed passengers with a free cup of...

The Way Of Kindness

The Way Of Kindness AP In his preface to a collection of stories called "The Kindness of Strangers," His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote, "Kindness and compassion are among the principal values that make our lives meaningful... At any given moment there must be hundreds of millions of acts of...

Is This The Ultimate (And Least Practical) Round The World Trip?

Is This The Ultimate (And Least Practical) Round The World Trip? e8odie If you have a thing about cartography, Reddit's "MapPorn" page is almost too much to bear. If you also have a thing about travel as well, beware – this one can devour entire afternoons. For example, here's one map that has captured the imaginations of...

Egyptian Police Stop Modern Burials Near Pyramid

Egyptian Police Stop Modern Burials Near Pyramid Wikimedia Commons Egyptian police have stopped an attempt to expand a modern graveyard right next to the ancient site of Dahshur, home of the Bent Pyramid, Ahram Online reports. The pyramid had already been damaged earlier this year by the encroaching cemetery....

Map of the World's Most Dangerous Countries to Drive In

Highway deaths are adding up. On a global scale, what is now 1.24 million deaths a year will triple by 2030 if something is not done. To raise awareness, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has come up with Roads Kill, a project that draws on the Center's worldwide...

Slideshow: Souvenir Travel Clothes That Don't Translate Back Home

We've all done it. Caught up in the excitement of a great trip, we find ourselves "going local," and buying an article (or wardrobe) of indigenous clothing to show our love for a place. Sometimes, as with vintage aloha shirts, pretty kurtas, handcrafted leather sandals or...

Flying With Your Dog: New Class Makes Canines Better Airline Passengers

Some people are naturally better travelers than others; so it is with pets. But whereas humans can temper their anxiety or irritation at the airport bar or by downing an Ambien, dogs don't have that option (although, to be accurate, your vet will prescribe a travel...

The Joys of Traveling Solo

The Joys of Traveling Solo Rob, Flickr As travel writers, taking solo trips goes with the territory, so to speak. Sometimes, we're able to take along significant others or friends, but that's the exception. For my part, I prefer to travel alone, be it work or pleasure (which, given my occupation,...

How Can Airline Websites Improve?

I recently visited the mobile website for midwest-based Sun Country Airlines, where I could check a flight status, view schedules or check my itinerary. Basically everything except what I came to do: book a flight. The confusing, unattractive, user-unfriendly design of...

Egypt's Ancient Heritage In Peril As Turmoil Continues

Egypt's Ancient Heritage In Peril As Turmoil Continues Mallawi Museum One of the stolen artifacts. The political instability in Egypt is taking a heavy toll on the country's ancient heritage. Thieves have taken advantage of the chaotic situation to steal artifacts to sell on the illegal antiquities market, while vandals have...

5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens

5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens Flickr, Celine Aussourd In this lull between fun summer TV like "True Blood" and the fall premieres of network television shows, many people have been binge watching the Netflix comedy, "Orange is the New Black." Set at a women's prison in Rockland County, New York, the...

How to Win Free Travel (Hint: You'll Have to Get Creative)

Like free travel? Of course you do. There are a few contests you should enter, especially if you are a seasoned business traveler or a bubbly sociable traveler. Like most online contests, they will require social media savvy and some old-fashioned popularity...

What Happens When You Give Birth In-Flight?

What Happens When You Give Birth In-Flight? Christian Haugen, Flickr Last week a Royal Air Maroc flight traveling from Casablanca, Morocco to Bologna, Italy was forced to divert to Barcelona when a woman aboard the flight began to give birth. And as it turns out, when a baby decides to come into the world, it could...

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...

40 Crazy Facts About the World, in Maps

40 Crazy Facts About the World, in Maps Andrew Fahmy If you love maps and data, you should click on over to TwistedSifter.com, which has rounded up 40 maps to give you perspective on the world. See the global distribution of McDonald's and the rainbow of Antarctica's time zones. You can marvel at America's rivers...

White Rhino Shot As Poaching Increases In Kenya

White Rhino Shot As Poaching Increases In Kenya Joachim Huber A white rhino has been killed by poachers in Nairobi National Park in Kenya, the BBC reports. While it's the first time in six years that a rhino has been killed in the park, unfortunately the poaching of rhinos in Kenya has been on the rise in recent years. ...

National Geographic's Mindblowing Interactive Serengeti Lion Feature

National Geographic recently published an interactive Serengeti lion feature that has the internet swooning. Complementing the coverage of the lions in the August 2013 print issue of the magazine, the interactive feature allows users to get up close and personal with...

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