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Gadlinks for Monday 10.19.09

Gadlinks for Monday 10.19.09 Welcome to another week of Gadlinks! There are plenty of cool travel reads on tap today. Have a seat and enjoy! Bummer! Just when I thought I'd seen everything in Colombia, I find the Cano Cristales river, which based on these photos, does look like an awfully beautiful...

First look: Tcherassi Hotel

First look: Tcherassi Hotel The Tcherassi Hotel + Spa in Cartagena, Colombia is now open! The stylish property is located on the Caribbean coast and blends the property's 250 years of history with two years of renovations and a fresh new look. Latin fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi's touch is salient...

Get out and go: Events around the world (September 30-October 1)

Get out and go: Events around the world (September 30-October 1) Happy Hump Day, Gadling'ers! It's time to look at the festivals and events happening around the world, and this week has a particularly international selection of happenings. If you're close and have time, then you have no excuse to get out and go! Victoria (Australia) -...

First day for reservations at Colombia's new Tcherassi Hotel!

First day for reservations at Colombia's new Tcherassi Hotel! Today is the first day the new Tcherassi Hotel + Spa in Cartagena, Colombia is taking reservations! This new property is the brainchild of Latin fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi and will be located in Cartagena de Indias, along Colombia's Caribbean coast. When the doors...

Drug tourism and cocaine bars

Drug tourism and cocaine bars What fun is travel without a little excitement? Rest and relaxation is a given, but excitement? That you have to look for, and it appears excitement for many is found in drugs. I came across an article yesterday that made me cringe. The world's first cocaine bar, it read....

High altitude adventure in Colombia

High altitude adventure in Colombia For years, Colombia was off limits for most travelers. It was a dangerous place filled with warring drug lords, violent guerrilla activity and rampant crime. But that has changed in the past couple of years, and visitors to Colombia are beginning to rediscover its natural...

Five Destinations for the "Super-Adventurous"

Five Destinations for the The Wall Street Journal has put together a list of five travel destinations that they deem are for the "super-adventurous" amongst us. They label these places as scary, saying that most travelers wouldn't venture anywhere near them, but for the adventure traveler who has...

"Taken" (the movie) and travel safety

Upon the suggestion of a family friend, my parents treated me to a $1 movie to see "Taken," the new movie with Liam Neeson. My dad had told me his friend thought it would be relevant to my travels abroad, but after reading the synopsis, I kind of scoffed at the idea that the...

Five-hundred-pound plane engine part falls from the sky

Five-hundred-pound plane engine part falls from the sky Earlier there was the story of plane engine parts falling from the sky, scattering across a warehouse roof in Queens, and smashing windshields of cars parked in the warehouse's lot. Here's another plane parts falling from the sky story--an even bigger one. Chicken Little...

Hostel Trail: Latin America's hostel network

Hostel Trail: Latin America's hostel network I think long and hard about what kind of cool, helpful knowledge I might be able to share with Gadling readers, and sometimes the most obvious material escapes me. But it only took me a few months to realize I've been keeping my best tips to myself because I don't see them...

International Value Destinations

International Value Destinations USAToday has put together an interesting list of 10 great international places to go for a value on your vacation. These places were specifically picked to allow us to get more bang for our buck when traveling abroad this year, something that seems to be on every traveler's...

Making light of Colombia's crime problem

Making light of Colombia's crime problem There was much debate in the comments on my article about "dangerous" travel destinations -- most of which pertained to the current clean-up of Colombia's city of Medellín. Having traveled to Colombia for three months during the spring of 2008, I believe Colombia as...

Top Destinations for Independent Travelers in 2009

Top Destinations for Independent Travelers in 2009 BootsnAll, a great online resource for independent travelers, has put together their list of top 10 destinations for 2009. The locations on the list are lauded for the options they offer the experienced traveler who is looking to explore on his or her own. Last year's list...

What is a "dangerous" travel destination?

What is a I've been thinking long and hard about what it means to travel to a "dangerous" destination lately because I'm in the process of planning a 2-month trip to Cuba. While Cuba is not considered "dangerous" to citizens of other countries, it does send a little shiver up an...

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...

Blogger Brenda Yun

Blogger Brenda Yun 1. Where was your photo taken: Somewhere along a three-day trek between Kalaw and Inle Lake in Myanmar. 2. Where do you live now: Honolulu, Hawaii 3. Scariest airline flown: Avianca (a Colombian airline) -- Avianca flights never depart on time. We once departed from...

"No Reservations" season 4, episode 12: Colombia

Location: This week Anthony is in Colombia, a country that finds itself the setting of one of South America's most remarkable transformations. In the 25 years since the death of Pablo Escobar, one of the world's most notorious drug lords, this once war-torn country has...

"When you construct a good sidewalk, you are constructing democracy"

So says Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, in a recent interview with the New York Times about urban planning in developing-world cities. Peñalosa (right) claims that too many world cities emphasize the building of roads at the...

GADLING TAKE 5: Week of 4-18-2008

GADLING TAKE 5: Week of 4-18-2008 I suppose this week will go down in travel-writing history as the week of the TKA. In case you've been at the South Pole all week, that would be the Thomas Kohnstamm affair. The whole fiasco prompted all stages of grief in the travel-writing world: shock, denial, anger,...

5 reasons to be outraged by the Lonely Planet fraud

5 reasons to be outraged by the Lonely Planet fraud We reported earlier today on a Lonely Planet writer named Thomas Kohnstamm who admitted to making up large parts of his books, and also said that he had never even been to Colombia, a country he covered for the guidebook series. In case this guy's behavior hasn't already...

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