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Intrepid Travel Offers Epic Journey In Footsteps Of Ernest Shackleton

Intrepid Travel Offers Epic Journey In Footsteps Of Ernest Shackleton The term "once in a lifetime adventure" is tossed around a bit too lightly in the travel industry these days and seldom is it used accurately. But when Intrepid Travel uses the term to describe their latest offering, it just might be an understatement. Their recently...

Great 'Cultural' Spa Experiences From Around The World

Great 'Cultural' Spa Experiences From Around The World Even if you're not a spa junkie, it's hard to deny the appeal of a great massage or other self-indulgent treatment. I'm actually a massage school graduate, and although I ultimately decided not to pursue that career path, I've parlayed my experience into doing the odd spa...

Video: The Tropic Of Capricorn

The Tropic of Capricorn is one of the five major lines of latitude on Earth, the others being the equator, the Tropic of Cancer and the arctic and antarctic circles. It marks the southernmost point at which the sun can fall directly overhead, and while its location is...

Video(s) Of The Day: The World In Two Minutes

If you only knew the world through viral videos, what would our perceptions of other countries look like? Video company Woki Toki mashed together some of the most famous videos from their home country, Chile, as well as the United States, India and Russia. Although Woki...

10 Unique Experiences To Have In Chile

10 Unique Experiences To Have In Chile When I backpacked South America, one country I found difficult to plan was Chile. While I had heard they had great wine, adventurous hikes and beautiful landscapes, I had no idea where to actually go and what to actually do. After traveling through the country, I now realize...

Vagabond Tales: Dodging Toxic Gases And Peering Into The Center Of The Earth

Vagabond Tales: Dodging Toxic Gases And Peering Into The Center Of The Earth "You see that smoke?" asked Andreas. "Tell me if you see the smoke." Gazing towards the thin patch of smoke emanating from the icy summit, our group of volcano-climbers nodded in silent agreement. "That smoke is very important," he continued, his rapid-fire speech...

Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa Opens September 1 On Easter Island

Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa Opens September 1 On Easter Island Easter Island is getting a new, 75-room luxury boutique hotel, located just a five-minute walk from the only town of Hanga Roa. The Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa officially opens on September 1, with a soft opening August 31, for which guests will receive 30 percent off...

Favorite Travel Destinations: Where's Your 'Happy Place?'

Favorite Travel Destinations: Where's Your 'Happy Place?' Long ago, a friend of mine referred to Colorado as my "spiritual homeland." I frequently jest that I'm spiritually bankrupt except when it comes to the outdoors, and she was referring to my long-held love affair with the Centennial State. My friend was right. There are...

Video: Scientists Make Easter Island Statue Walk

Video: Scientists Make Easter Island Statue Walk Easter Island is a remote and mysterious place best known for the iconic and other worldly stone faces that dot its landscape. More than 880 of those statues, known as moai, are spread out across the island, some of which weigh in excess of 80 tons and stand more than 10...

What South America Has To Do With Microbes and Marijuana

What South America Has To Do With Microbes and Marijuana It's no secret that many of us here at Gadling love South America. I mean, with the hallucinogenic netherworld of the Salar de Uyuni, the stunning scenery of Patagonia and the culture and history of Peru, what's not to like? Now, some recent news out of South America is...

Grilling Around The Globe: A Memorial Day Photo Tribute

Where there's smoke, there's barbecue – and there's no better time than Memorial Day to light that grill. This year, instead of the same old, same old post on burgers, food safety and how not to burn the patio down, I thought I'd offer a photo tribute to grilling in...

Sandboarding And Sunset In The Atacama Desert, Chile

Sandboarding And Sunset In The Atacama Desert, Chile "They call this Death Valley because of all the people who don't make it out alive," our tour guide, Steve, whispered in a haunting voice. Staring at the enormous sand dunes and unworldly rock formations, I felt fearful of what I was about to do. Of course, Steve was...

Cheesey Street Foods Of Latin America

Cheesey Street Foods Of Latin America With the possible exception of Argentina, most people don't associate Central or South America with cheese. Like all of Latin America, these countries are a mix of indigenous cultures, colonizing forces, immigrant influences, and varied terroir, climatic extremes, and levels...

Tips For Backpacking South America

Tips For Backpacking South America Backpacking South America is a worthwhile adventure I recommend everyone to have at least once in their lives. Before I arrived on the continent, I was unsure of what to expect. To help prepare you before you go, here are some things I wish I had known before I left for my...

A Rainy Day Option For Exploring Torres Del Paine In Patagonia, Chile

A Rainy Day Option For Exploring Torres Del Paine In Patagonia, Chile No trip to the Patagonia region of South America is complete without a trip to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. The park is regarded by many as the "trekking capital of the world." After visiting for myself, it was easy to see why. While many travelers choose to...

Astronomers In Chile Searching For Clues To Origin Of Universe

Astronomers In Chile Searching For Clues To Origin Of Universe Don't look now, but in one of the world's most inhospitable climates a hardy type of human beings are gradually beginning to thrive. Perched on the empty, windswept plains of the Atacama Desert, a high-altitude expanse of desolation that ranks as one of the driest places on...

Rising Fuel Costs Cause No Reason To Kill Vacation Plans

Rising Fuel Costs Cause No Reason To Kill Vacation Plans As travelers make plans for summer, rising fuel costs are coming into play more than ever. Still, a recent survey indicates that vacation loyalists continue to plan summer travel by land or air, despite rising fuel costs. "Many Americans consider travel a mainstay to our...

Photo Of The Day: Easter Island P.D.

Photo Of The Day: Easter Island P.D. Spring is in full swing and Easter and Passover are coming this weekend. Looking for something seasonally appropriate, I searched the Gadling Flickr pool but instead of Easter the holiday, I found images of Easter the Island. This shot by davitydave especially caught my...

Whole Foods To Ban Sale Of Unsustainable Seafood: The Global Impact

Whole Foods To Ban Sale Of Unsustainable Seafood: The Global Impact In a landmark move, Whole Foods has just announced that starting on April 22 -- Earth Day -- it will no longer sell seafood from depleted or otherwise unsustainable fisheries, or species harvested with ecologically damaging methods such as trawling. The industry ratings for...

Travel Smarter 2012: Travel tips for health and wellness

Travel Smarter 2012: Travel tips for health and wellness Films like "Contagion" (which I very much enjoyed, and not just because Gwyneth Paltrow bites it within the first 10 minutes) instill a paranoia in the public consciousness about the hazards of air travel. It's true, however, that most public transportation is the...

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