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Moments of Serendipitous Travel Bliss In Nicaragua

Moments of Serendipitous Travel Bliss In Nicaragua I was sitting on the Che Guevara ferry, which was bouncing over choppy waters in Lake Cocibolca on the way back from Ometepe island in Nicaragua, when I heard a sweet melody drifting slowly through the humid night air like a message in a bottle floating in the lake. I peaked...

Book Review: 'The Food Traveler's Handbook'

Book Review: 'The Food Traveler's Handbook' Full disclosure: I know Jodi Ettenberg, author of "The Food Traveler's Handbook." I've eaten with Jodi and explored cities with her; she's even inspected the spices in my Istanbul sublet apartment. Rather than let my friendship with her just guarantee a great review of her...

Book Review: Lonely Planet's 'Better Than Fiction'

Book Review: Lonely Planet's 'Better Than Fiction' What is travel writing? Is the genre defined by its commitment to true-to-life recounting of the people, places and cultures we have experienced and lessons to be drawn from them? Or is travel writing something more malleable, simply a style of writing, true or not, that...

Tim Leffel On The World's 21 Cheapest Countries

Tim Leffel On The World's 21 Cheapest Countries Tim Leffel's mission is to help skinflints like me find travel destinations they can afford. He traveled around the world on a shoestring with his wife three times and decided to write a book about the world's cheapest countries after realizing that there was no single...

Travel Hacking: Best Holiday Gifts For Low-Tech Travelers

Travel Hacking: Best Holiday Gifts For Low-Tech Travelers I'm an unapologetic Luddite. My colleagues at Gadling will attest to this. The fact that I write for AOL is both cosmic luck and hilarious irony given my initial reluctance to embrace the digital era. I can't help it; it's hereditary. At least, that's what I tell...

A Review Of The Best American Travel Writing 2012

A Review Of The Best American Travel Writing 2012 Tijuana. Chernobyl. Sicily's mafioso strongholds. Cairo's Garbage City. The contaminated holy waters of Varanasi, India. Bosnia. Norway's frozen tundra. These might not be the places you'd like to visit on your next holiday, but you will want to read about them in the latest...

The Wandering Writer: A Tour Through Manhattan's East Village With Tony Perrottet

The Wandering Writer: A Tour Through Manhattan's East Village With Tony Perrottet Tony Perrottet won't talk to me. When I call him from the lobby he picks up his phone but doesn't utter a word. Rules dictate that he can't speak in the Writers Room, the shared workspace where he churns out articles and books, and the first stop on our walking tour of...

Video Of The Day: 'Half The Sky' Visits Cambodia's Toul Kork Road

Watch Meg Ryan Visits Cambodia's Toul Kork Road on PBS. See more from Independent Lens. "Half the Sky" is more than a four-hour PBS documentary series; it is a movement to turn oppression into opportunity for women worldwide. The documentary, which premiered earlier...

Anthony Bourdain Bids Farewell To 'No Reservations'

For lovers of food, snark and real or armchair travel, a sad day is nearly upon us: the final episode of the Travel Channel's "No Reservations." On Monday, November 5, "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – The Final Tour" will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT. As befitting the...

'Crap Souvenirs': New Book Explores Souvenirs So Bad They're Good

'Crap Souvenirs': New Book Explores Souvenirs So Bad They're Good Admit it. We've all bought terrible souvenirs while traveling. Even worse, occasionally even though we know it's tacky, inauthentic, cheap, or just plain useless, we end up buying them anyway. Why? Because the human mind is a really weird thing. Oftentimes,...

Author Lisa Napoli On The Perils And Pleasures Of Bhutan

Author Lisa Napoli On The Perils And Pleasures Of Bhutan When a midlife crisis hit Lisa Napoli in the wake of turning 40, she needed a break from L.A. and her job as a reporter for the public radio program "Marketplace." A chance encounter with a good looking guy led her to a volunteer opportunity at Kuzoo FM in Bhutan, the tiny...

Appreciating Arab Cuisine: A Conversation With May Bsisu

Appreciating Arab Cuisine: A Conversation With May Bsisu Earlier this month I had the pleasure of hosting an event at National Geographic Auditorium in Washington, DC, with the lovely, learned and gracious cuisine expert May Bsisu. Our event focused on the tastes and traditions of cuisine throughout the Arab world, based on...

Beautiful And Bizarre Bookstores Of The World

Beautiful And Bizarre Bookstores Of The World Wherever I travel, I always find myself drawn to bookstores. They're a pleasant comfort zone when far from home. I love hunting for local authors and books of local interest while chatting with the people who frequent these places. I've found that bibliophiles are pretty...

Padlocks Of Love Removed From Bridge In Rome

Padlocks Of Love Removed From Bridge In Rome Officials in Rome have removed the so-called "padlocks of love" from the famous Ponte Milvio, the BBC reports. This is the latest phase of an ongoing struggle between the city and romantic couples that we've been reporting on since 2007. It all started when Italian...

Global Street Food Celebrated In Recipes And Stories In New Book

Global Street Food Celebrated In Recipes And Stories In New Book For those of you who are unfamiliar with the reign of the "Two Hot Tamales," Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken were the badass female chefs/restaurateurs of the '80s and '90s, and the darlings of the Food Network in its infancy (read: when it was good). They helped to...

Think Globally, Eat Locally At Culinary Backstreets

Think Globally, Eat Locally At Culinary Backstreets Budget-savvy and food-loving visitors to Istanbul have found an excellent resource in Istanbul Eats for several years, and now can find more authentic and off-the-beaten-path tips in Athens, Barcelona, and Shanghai, with Mexico City on the way. Culinary Backstreets was...

I Found My Silver Lining At Grayton Beach State Park

I Found My Silver Lining At Grayton Beach State Park My husband and I were wandering down the East Coast with our two dogs. We had just made an unplanned visit to West Virginia to be with my family during a medical emergency and, as a silver lining to the sudden and stressful trip, we figured we'd meander down the Atlantic...

The Problem With Guidebooks, Or How I Came to Hate Lonely Planet On A Sunday in Crete

The Problem With Guidebooks, Or How I Came to Hate Lonely Planet On A Sunday in Crete Have you ever been so annoyed with a guidebook that you wanted to track down the author and bludgeon them to death with a rusty hatchet? Neither have I, but yesterday I came close. I almost always invest in a guidebook when I take a trip. But I'm not sure why, because...

Medieval Tarot Deck, Webster's Dictionary Manuscript Among Treasures On Display In New York

Medieval Tarot Deck, Webster's Dictionary Manuscript Among Treasures On Display In New York The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City has opened its annual summer exhibition of rare items from its collection. These include everything from a draft of George Washington's inaugural speech to a deck of medieval tarot cards, including the one shown here in this...

Classic Travel Writing: Jack Kerouac's 'Lonesome Traveler'

Classic Travel Writing: Jack Kerouac's 'Lonesome Traveler' While blogs take up most of my travel reading these days, every now and then I like to dip into an old classic. So on a recent flight to Washington DC to attend the Gadling bloggers summit, I read "Lonesome Traveler" by Jack Kerouac. This slim volume contains eight...

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