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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...

'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,...

Two Travelers Are Making Their Way Around The World ... In A Tuk Tuk?

Two Travelers Are Making Their Way Around The World ... In A Tuk Tuk? In possibly the slowest form of transportation known to man, backpackers Rich Sears and Nick Gough have recently set out on an interesting journey. Their goal is to break the world record for longest ride in a tuk tuk (shown above). Beginning in France, they're...

Infographic: How Your Travel Habits Influence Your Social Media Persona

Infographic: How Your Travel Habits Influence Your Social Media Persona We love this new infographic from Expedia Media Solutions that shows what types of social media you're most likely to use based on your travel personality. Are you a "Sunset Explorer" who barely uses social media or an "Elitist" who updates frequently with every device...

Travel Troubles: What To Do When You Lose Your Passport Abroad

Travel Troubles: What To Do When You Lose Your Passport Abroad Some people are accident-prone. Others attract bad relationships. Me, I get into travel trouble. I once broke a piece off a plane mid flight – luckily not one crucial for flying. I've been robbed and swindled – in Bolivia, both in the same morning. There are...

Woman Claims United Airlines Killed Her Golden Retriever

Woman Claims United Airlines Killed Her Golden Retriever A California woman claims that United Airlines killed her 2-year-old Golden Retriever, Bea, on a flight from New York to California two weeks ago. The accusation appears on her beamakesthree blog, which prominently featured her puppy. "I'm writing this with my anger...

Woman Pays Ryanair $390 To Print Boarding Passes, CEO Calls Her 'Stupid'

Woman Pays Ryanair $390 To Print Boarding Passes, CEO Calls Her 'Stupid' Travelers taking issue with budget airline Ryanair is nothing new. In fact, it now seems to simply be commonplace. First, there was the Norwegian man who was arrested after complaining that the in-flight sandwich he purchased tasted like rubber. Then, of course, there...

YouTube Sensation: Real Actors Read Yelp

Possibly, I've been living under a rock, but I just discovered the hilarious YouTube series "Real Actors Read Yelp," the brainchild of Gotta Kid to Feed Productions. Broadway thespians and television bit players provide heart-wrenching (and sometimes downright terrifying)...

'The Perennial Plate' Partners With Intrepid Travel For Online Food Documentary Series

'The Perennial Plate' Partners With Intrepid Travel For Online Food Documentary Series I'll be the first to raise my hand and say I despise most of the food shows currently on television and online. That's why I got so excited when I heard about "The Perennial Plate," a weekly online documentary series, "dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous...

Virtuoso's Travel Week Highlights New Luxury Travel Trends

Virtuoso's Travel Week Highlights New Luxury Travel Trends Earlier this month in Las Vegas, leading luxury travel agency Virtuoso conducted the largest meeting of luxury brands in the travel industry, Virtuoso Travel Week. While we sadly were stuck on the East Coast for this event, we kept close tabs on the "meetings of the...

Hotel Employees Dish Industry Dirt In Reddit Discussion

Hotel Employees Dish Industry Dirt In Reddit Discussion Reddit, the popular social news website, has been hosting a lively discussion amongst (alleged) current and former hotel employees across the globe, in which they serve up tantalizing tales of misdeeds, mishaps, scams and shocking industry policies. Note that there is...

The Dos And Don'ts Of Voluntourism

The Dos And Don'ts Of Voluntourism In Juarez, Mexico, a group of American university students build houses. In Quito, Ecuador, medical professionals spend two weeks correcting cataracts – pro bono. In Kenya, handfuls of Hollywood stars try "making a difference" at orphanages. At the same time, these...

Assigned Seats? Airlines Face Heat For Discriminatory Seating Policies

Assigned Seats? Airlines Face Heat For Discriminatory Seating Policies A recent example from Qantas airlines illustrates a rare form of what some are calling "reverse discrimination" after a man was told to move seats because he was sitting next to an unaccompanied minor. Qantas and Virgin both have safety policies that require unaccompanied...

World Speed Record Broken By Cheetah

Before last month, the world record holder for the 100-meter dash was Olympian Usain Bolt, with 9.58 seconds. However, on June 20, Sarah the cheetah beat this time, clocking in at 5.95 seconds. The 11-year-old cheetah, whose home is the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio, was...

Japan's Newest Summer Treat: Cream Puff With Soy Sauce Ice Cream

Japan's Newest Summer Treat: Cream Puff With Soy Sauce Ice Cream For those interested in creative cuisine, look no further than Japan. Last week, we told you about Tokyo's traditional Eel Day and how they prepare this special dish. Now, a Japanese confectionery company has come out with a cream puff filled with soy sauce flavored ice...

Video: Burkina Faso Plastic Bag Recycling

"Burkina Faso Plastic Bag Recycling" from Corentin Banzet on Vimeo. In Burkina Faso, hope doesn't seem to always come easily. With one of the lowest GDP per capita figures in the world ($1,200) and a tumultuous political past that has led to widespread unrest, it's...

New Yorkers Fight Back Against Airbnb Renters

New Yorkers Fight Back Against Airbnb Renters While many travelers enjoy the benefits of using budget-friendly vacation rental sites like Airbnb, residents of New York are growing angrier over the service. The main reason for the unhappiness is when people use sites like Airbnb, they are supporting a sharing economy,...

Artist Campaigns To Convert Abandoned Detroit Neighborhood Into A Zombie Theme Park

While Detroit, Michigan, doesn't exactly have the best reputation when it comes to safety and quality of life, Mark Siwak wants to help change that. The artist has made a request on Indiegogo, asking for help with a new idea to turn an abandoned Detroit neighborhood into...

Reducing Your Slavery Footprint

Reducing Your Slavery Footprint Despite my awareness of sweatshops, I was shocked while flipping through the July issue of Marie Clare on a recent flight, when I came across an article entitled, "What's Your Slavery Footprint?" According to slaveryfootprint.org, (which is backed by the U.S. State...

Liquids Surrendered At Airport Security: Is There An Afterlife?

Liquids Surrendered At Airport Security: Is There An Afterlife? Ever looked at the mountain of liquids (or, in my case, that luscious, unopened jar of dulce de leche, and countless yogurts) accumulated at airport security and wondered where they end up? Yeah, me too. I've always hoped they go to charity and the water bottles recycled,...

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