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Great Comeback Cities For Travel

Great Comeback Cities For Travel Flickr, Michigan Municipal League Recently, the former automotive boomtown of Detroit made history by filing for bankruptcy, making it an easy butt of jokes on Twitter and in the news. However, Motown has also been making strides to become America's great comeback city, with...

Photo Of The Day: Sarajevo Suburbs

Photo Of The Day: Sarajevo Suburbs BaboMike, Flickr The peaks of the Dinaric Alps form the lip of a bowl, at the bottom of which Sarajevo sits like a social science experiment. Three of the four Abrahamic religions and numerous ethnic groups grind against each other and have for centuries, the strain of...

Video Of The Day: Taking The Plunge In Boznia-Herzegovina

Often times, we "ooh" and "ahh" at landmarks – particularly the pretty ones – without giving much thought to the history behind them. In the old town of Mostar, Boznia-Herzegovina, the Stari Most (or "Old Bridge" in english) comes with a storied past, but...

Video: Top 10 Greatest Adventures For 2013 By Richard Bangs

Richard Bangs, the host of the television show "Adventures with a Purpose," has been called the "father of modern adventure travel" by Outside magazine. So when he makes a list of ten great destinations for 2013, it's a good idea to take notice. In the video below, Bangs...

Survey Ranks 'World's Most Unfriendliest' Countries

Survey Ranks 'World's Most Unfriendliest' Countries Have you ever been to a country that just seems to give tourists the cold shoulder? Now, there are some figures behind those unwelcome feelings; the World Economic Forum has put together a report that ranks countries based on how friendly they are to tourists. The...

G Adventures Announces New Destinations For 2013

G Adventures Announces New Destinations For 2013 Adventure travel company G Adventures has announced that starting in January of next year it will begin offering options to visit 12 new countries and expand its popular Local Living tours to more destinations as well. These additions to the G Adventures catalog will provide...

Are there lost pyramids in Bosnia? Probably not.

Are there lost pyramids in Bosnia? Probably not. For several years now, European archaeologists have been in a furor over a supposed lost civilization in Bosnia that built the biggest pyramids in the world. Scholars have dismissed the claims, made by Bosnian-American businessman Semir Osmanagic, as pseudoscience, yet...

Photo of the Day - Bubbles in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Photo of the Day - Bubbles in Bosnia-Herzegovina As children, we are captivated by bubbles. A little soap and water and the reflections can be magical. Outside of the occasional bubble bath (and the delicious bubbles in sparkling wine!), we don't have many occasions to enjoy bubbles as adults. In today's photo by Flickr...

Five ways to get more European stamps in your passport

Five ways to get more European stamps in your passport Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. Yesterday, I wrote about the fact that European passport stamps have become harder and harder to get. The expansion of the Schengen zone has reduced the number of times tourists are compelled to show their passports to immigration officials. For...

Weekending: Sarajevo

Weekending: Sarajevo Istanbul's unique position straddling two continents affords a lot of travel opportunities, with quick direct flights throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. As an American living in Turkey, I try to explore as often as I can, particularly to less-traveled...

Top five weekend travel media stories

Top five weekend travel media stories Here are five interesting stories from this weekend's newspaper travel sections around the world. 1. In Melbourne's the Age, Andrew West writes about a fabulous train journey from Jakarta to Yogyakarta to Surabaya and then back to Jakarta. 2. Sophie Cooke extols the...

Trade Mocked

Trade Mocked You were a cheerleader, you dated a cheerleader, or you hated the cheerleaders. As I recall, that's how high school worked. Thanks to travel PR, that same primeval paradigm lives on long after graduation. That miniskirts-shouting-slogans thing still works, whether you're...

Coming attractions: Sarajevo

Coming attractions: Sarajevo The memory of the Yugoslav Wars is too fresh for many of us to think of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a tourist destination, but in the ten years since the conflict, the country and its capital city, Sarajevo have made enormous strides. Long gone are the days of ethnic conflict,...

Photo of the Day (08.10.08)

Photo of the Day (08.10.08) Here's a destination you don't see too often. Flickr user Phojo11 captured this cool wall of Alice in Wonderland graffiti while traveling through Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina. It's heartening to see that tourism is returning to this formerly war-torn region,...

United Nations report: Balkans the safest region in Europe

United Nations report: Balkans the safest region in Europe When I arrived in Montenegro three months ago, one of the things that struck me first was how safe things felt. What was I expecting? Well, not a lot of armed thugs or anything. But I'd traveled enough in the former communist corners of Europe -- including past trips into...

Michael Palin's travel series "The New Europe" starts Monday

Michael Palin's travel series This coming Monday Michael Palin's new seven-show travel series, "The New Europe" starts on The Travel Channel. He's taking the TV audience through "post communist" Europe to highlight the natural beauty, history and culture of Macedonia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Hungary, and...

Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park

Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park Most people who visit Croatia stay close to the shore and enjoy the beautiful medieval cities that lace the coastline. If you spare a day or two, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is well worth the trip. Located in the north half of Croatia, about an hour from the coast...

Red Corner: Bangs does Bosnia

Red Corner: Bangs does Bosnia Having just returned from my own Balkan Odyssey, I was very pleased to discover another traveler who has also recently spent time in the region and has put together a wonderful webpage over at Yahoo Adventures. Richard Bangs (this has got to be a porn name--and, I'm sure...

Balkan Odyssey Part 20: Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Balkan Odyssey Part 20: Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina I've learned over the course of my travels that those "trouble spots" which make the news often stay lodged in the public consciousness far longer than such spots actually remain troubled. With this in mind, I was a little concerned about talking my girlfriend into...

Balkan Odyssey: Or, What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Balkan Odyssey: Or, What I Did on My Summer Vacation Today begins a short series on a long trip from which I've just returned. As you can tell from the title, my journey took my through the former Yugoslavia. Fifteen years ago, the majority of my trip would have been a visit to a single country. But today, after far too many...

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