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10 countries Americans need advance visas to visit

10 countries Americans need advance visas to visit We live in an increasingly borderless world and we have access to many countries that were closed (or non-existent) 20 years ago. As reported earlier this week, Americans are especially lucky with access to 169 countries visa free. Still, there are still many countries that...

New world's tallest building planned for Saudi Arabia

New world's tallest building planned for Saudi Arabia Less than two years after the Burj Khalifa opened in Dubai, Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has announced a new world's tallest building to be built on the Red Sea resort town of Jeddah. The Saudi building is planned to be 172 meters (564 feet) taller than the Burj...

Traveler Q & A: Pavia Rosati

Traveler Q & A: Pavia Rosati Pavia Rosati is the founder of Fathom, a recently debuted travel website. Fathom is smart and beautifully designed. It's full of exciting short briefs about various destinations across the globe. Rosati, as you'll see from her answers below, is an experienced editor and...

Top ten most crowded islands in the world

Top ten most crowded islands in the world From an island microslum in Colombia to a haute enclave in central Paris, the ten most crowded islands in the world bear scant similarities in class or culture. In fact, every entry in the top ten comes from a different country. But being islands, each shares the common...

Photo of the Day - Hong Kong Junk

Photo of the Day - Hong Kong Junk I don't know that any city in the world can match the sheer "wow" factor of Hong Kong's harbor. The city's massive skyscrapers sit precariously perched on the lips of mountainous islands, always looking as if they're about to fall into the sea. There's probably no better...

Gallery: More travel sketches from BBC's Tim Baynes

Gallery: More travel sketches from BBC's Tim Baynes We wrote yesterday about Tim Baynes' delightful travel sketches from around the world on BBC and liked them so much we came back for more. You can (and should!) get lost for hours looking at his drawings on Flickr with fun anecdotes and scribbles bringing depth and humor...

Watch out, obnoxious passengers! Kung fu lessons for Hong Kong Airlines cabin crew

Watch out, obnoxious passengers! Kung fu lessons for Hong Kong Airlines cabin crew Working as part of an airline cabin crew can be a tough job, just ask Gadling's very own Heather Poole. Passengers get drunk, passengers get rude, sometimes even passengers go on strike. Now the cabin crew of one airline are getting trained to strike back. Hong Kong...

Top 10 Hong Kong experiences

Top 10 Hong Kong experiences Hong Kong is all about balance. Nature and steel. Silt and sparkle. Yin and Yang. This masterpiece of divergences is a Feng shui city bereft of boring angles or a predictable head turn. Spicy aromas billow from a flaming street wok. An animated hawker peddles jade from...

Top 20 countries for life expectancy

Top 20 countries for life expectancy "Old people" - we all hope to live long enough to earn this distinction. In some countries, the probability of living well into your eighties is much better than in others. The worldwide average for life expectancy is just a smidge over 67, with the highest and lowest...

Top 20 travel destinations - The 2011 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report

Top 20 travel destinations - The 2011 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report Every couple of years, the World Economic Forum crunches a bunch of numbers and releases a list of the top countries in the world to visit. While ranking 139 countries, they measure aspects such as pricing, culture, environmental protection, safety, and infrastructure. For...

Fine Dining in Hong Kong: Mandarin Grill + Bar at Mandarin Oriental

Fine Dining in Hong Kong: Mandarin Grill + Bar at Mandarin Oriental If you keep up on celebrity chef buzz, you might remember hearing something about a certain renowned chef who recently aired his laundry at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. Famed chef, Thomas Keller, brought his signature three-Michelin-starred cuisine from The French...

Daily Pampering: InterContinental Hong Kong's million dollar Valentine's Day date

Daily Pampering: InterContinental Hong Kong's million dollar Valentine's Day date Looking for a totally over-the-top way to spoil your special someone this Valentine's Day? The InterContinental Hong Kong has planned the ultimate Valentine's Experience for only HK$1 million (approximately $130,000 USD) Valentine's Day Date in the hotel's Presidential...

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong closes out 2010 with 'quirky' stats from spa, restaurants

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong closes out 2010 with 'quirky' stats from spa, restaurants There's more to hotels than guest rooms and bars. The people behind the scenes - from the food and beverage staff to the spa therapists and general management - work to make your stay special. But did you ever stop to wonder just what they do when they're planning their...

Daily Pampering: Reidel Room at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong

Daily Pampering: Reidel Room at JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong What's better than a night of fine wine and cocktails? An evening of fine wine and cocktails served in some of the best crystal stemware available. With around 40 wines to choose from by the glass and 170 by the bottle, the world's only Reidel Room at the JW Marriott Hong...

Lady Gaga now a waxwork model at eight Madame Tussauds museums

Lady Gaga now a waxwork model at eight Madame Tussauds museums Ah, Lady Gaga, what would we do without your telephone hats and nude suits? Now the famous wax museum Madame Tussauds has unveiled Lady Gaga models at eight of their branches: London, New York, Las Vegas, Hollywood, Amsterdam, Berlin, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The...

Forbes Travel Guide announces annual four- and five-star hotel, spa, restaurant winners

Forbes Travel Guide announces annual four- and five-star hotel, spa, restaurant winners The star-rating for hotels, spas, and restaurants is similar to the Academy Awards for Hollywood. If Oscar is the type prize, a five-star rating for a hotel can be called "Oscar." Luxury properties waited with bated breath for today's announcement from Forbes Travel Guide:...

Ten great bands that I only discovered by traveling

To travel is to trade. From the 15th century Portuguese explorers to the overconfident 18-year old who crosses the ocean with a loaded iPod, travelers are always in the business of exchanging things: ideas, food, fashion, genes and diseases. Music is right up there, and...

Top ten hotel rooms with a view

Top ten hotel rooms with a view Hotels aren't the sum of travel, but the right hotel can bring magic to a journey. Friendly employees, amazing furnishings, and great locations can all make a good holiday great. And an exceptional view, above and beyond the rest, can stick in one's memory forever. Here...

Zombies with passports: The Walking Dead goes worldwide

Zombies with passports: The Walking Dead goes worldwide In order to promote the new show The Walking Dead on AMC, swarms of zombies invaded 26 cities worldwide (including my city of Istanbul, pictured above and filmed here) earlier this week, lurching around major tourist landmarks and generally freaking out passerby. The...

Cathay Pacific wants your dessert

Cathay Pacific wants your dessert Pastry chefs, caterers, home cooks and Mom's packing lunches, listen up: Cathay Pacific wants your dessert to feature on their international flights. The "Art of the Dessert" contest asks travelers to create their own Asian-inspired dessert, and submit a photo and recipe...

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