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Photo of the day (12.16.10)

Photo of the day (12.16.10) What charmed me about this photo from Thimphu, Bhutan, other than the pleasant colors and lines, was the caption. Flickr user AndreaKW translated the suggestion box's Dzongkha script as literally "thoughts box" and I love the idea, much less pressure than coming up with...

Photo of the Day (11.21.10)

Photo of the Day (11.21.10) Ever seen your co-worker wearing a purple suit? Or an electric pink skirt? For whatever reasons, bright colors are not part of the fashion vocabulary of most Westerners. We tend to prefer the safety of muted colors like black and grey. Not so in Bhutan. Flickr user...

Great Himalayan Trail on schedule to open in 2011

Great Himalayan Trail on schedule to open in 2011 Way back in February of this year we told you about the Great Himalayan Trail, an epic hike more than 2800 miles in length that will eventually wind its way through the mountainous regions of Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. The trek, which is expected to take...

Baby snow leopard captured on camera for first time in Bhutan

Baby snow leopard captured on camera for first time in Bhutan Snow leopards are amongst the most elusive and shy creatures on the planet. The big cats live at high altitude and are rarely seen by man, let alone captured on camera. But the BBC is reporting that a snow leopard cub has been caught on video for the first time when it...

Photo of the Day (9.4.2010)

Photo of the Day (9.4.2010) One of my all-time favorite things in the whole world is riding second class buses in foreign countries. Though I could probably now afford to travel on a bigger budget than in my early 20s, I prefer the experiences of public transportation. It's not just mingling with...

Bhutan plans Gross National Happiness center

Bhutan plans Gross National Happiness center The Himalayan nation of Bhutan is famous for its government policy of measure progress not by Gross National Product, but by Gross National Happiness. The brainchild of former King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, it puts the well-being of the general population at the forefront of...

Photo of the Day (2.28.2010)

Photo of the Day (2.28.2010) For anyone with an urge to travel, Bhutan is one of those last great "untouched" destinations we all dream of visiting. A majestic kingdom of towering mountains, holy Buddhist retreats and smiling friendly locals. Flickr user sylhoo was lucky enough to visit Bhutan,...

New epic trekking route set to open in the Himalaya in 2011

New epic trekking route set to open in the Himalaya in 2011 Have you already conquered the world's top treks? Already hiked the Inca Trail, made the trek to Everest Base Camp, and scaled Kilimanjaro? Do the Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trails seem passe? Then get ready for a new long distance trekking route set to open in the...

Top 10 (+2) adventure destinations for 2010

Top 10 (+2) adventure destinations for 2010 With 2009 rapidly coming to an end, it is time to look ahead to 2010 and begin making our travel plans. For adventure travelers, the year ahead is full of possibilities, with amazing destinations just waiting to deliver the trip of a lifetime. Here are ten of the very...

Happy birthday King Wangchuck and other national holidays

Happy birthday King Wangchuck and other national holidays Going to a far-flung destination and want to connect with the people and see something special? One easy way is through local and national holidays. These are often unique to a particular country and provide insights into its culture and history. But it can often be hard to...

Last minute oddball Halloween costumes that reflect your travels

Last minute oddball Halloween costumes that reflect your travels While Catherine has Halloween costume ideas that reflect different types of travelers--(there are more ideas coming throughout today), and Heather previously posted on how to dress up like an awesome flight attendant, here are other costume ideas. These wander into the...

25 great adventures for 2010

25 great adventures for 2010 The latest issue of National Geographic Adventure has just hit the newsstand with a special treat inside for adventure travelers looking for their next big trip. The magazine has listed its selection for the 25 best new trips for 2010, offering up suggestions of places to...

World Monuments Fund announces list of endangered treasures

World Monuments Fund announces list of endangered treasures The World Monuments Fund, a private organization battling to preserve the world's great man-made wonders, has published a list of the most endangered monuments around the world. It's a depressing litany of priceless places that are under threat from a variety of...

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats A few months back I heard a fascinating bit on NPR's All Things Considered about a coffee table book that was recently published called, "Hungry Planet: What the World Eats," by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio. I had been meaning to find it in the bookstore, but like most...

Trekking the Himalaya in India

Trekking the Himalaya in India When adventure travelers set out to hike the Himalaya, they traditionally go to Nepal to take on the Annapurna Circuit or make their way to Everest Base Camp. Some will venture to Tibet or even Bhutan to get their high altitude fix, but many forget that the Himalaya run into...

Save big money on Geographic Expeditions' tours

Save big money on Geographic Expeditions' tours If you've dismissed the idea of a guided tour due to financial reasons, award-winning Geographic Expeditions has your back. Pointing out that the travel industry employs one out of every twelve jobs, the company has lowered its prices - by a lot - in their own effort to...

Gadling + BootsnAll - Picks of the Week

Gadling + BootsnAll - Picks of the Week Starting today, we're unveiling a new weekly feature here at Gadling. Each Friday we'll be highlighting the most interesting content from our friends over at BootsnAll, one of the best resources on the web for independent travelers. For those that have never taken a look,...

A Travel Guide to Shangri-La

A Travel Guide to Shangri-La The mystical, mythical Shangri-La has held a special allure to travelers since the release of the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton. In the book, the main character survives a plane crash in the Himalaya only to discover a hidden valley that is a paradise on Earth...

The lunar new year and first solar eclipse on the same day

The lunar new year and first solar eclipse on the same day January 26 comes with two huge events this year: the lunar new year (or Chinese New Year, for those of you lion dance and firework lovers) and the first solar eclipse of the year! The lunar new year of the earth ox is the second zodiac of the cycle. It is the craziest time...

Travel Read: 100 Places Every Woman Should Go

Travel Read: 100 Places Every Woman Should Go I never knew there could be a book so thoughtful and inspiring for women as this one. Stephanie Elizondo Griest's second travel book, which lists far more than just 100 Places Every Woman Should Go, is truly an encyclopedia for women travelers. It's the kind of book that...

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