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Deep sea hunter fishes underwater for five minutes - on one breath

Deep sea hunting is something you have to see to believe - in the video above, an Indonesian hunter swims to a depth of 65 feet, and stays there for just under three minutes. Other dives can send them underwater for up to five minutes. Armed with nothing more than his...

Habitat for Humanity building an eco-tourism village in Indonesia

Habitat for Humanity has partnered with Asia Pulp & Paper, one of the world's largest paper producers, to bring a struggling village in Indonesia out of poverty in an unusual way: by making it into an eco-tourism destination where visitors can stay with families. ...

Piracy reached record levels in 2010

Piracy reached record levels in 2010 Pirate hijackings in the Red Sea and nearby waters reached their highest levels ever, the Associated Press reports. Pirate hijackings worldwide claimed 1,181 hostages and 53 vessels, a rise of ten percent since 2009. Of these, 49 ships were taken by Somali gunmen in the...

Photo of the Day (01.10.11)

Photo of the Day (01.10.11) Some meals are just made for the beach. When I think of sandy picnics, I imagine sandwiches, potato chips, fresh seafood (lobster rolls!) and lots of fruit. Other foods, however, just don't seem right for the beach. I've never woking up from sunbathing and said,...

Photo of the day (1.6.2011)

Photo of the day (1.6.2011) Part of the joy of travel is trying new foods, like wild boar spare ribs or roasted chestnuts. Or barbequed monitor lizard. Flickr user LadyExpat spotted these enterprising young men in Ubud, Bali, taking the unfortunate reptile to market where it is apparently in hot...

Q & A with travel and food writer Zora O'Neill

Q & A with travel and food writer Zora O'Neill Zora O'Neill is a travel and food writer, an editor, and the co-founder (with Tamara Reynolds) of an underground Astoria supper club so successful that it eventually spawned Forking Fantastic!, a cookbook and entertaining guide. Zora has authored guidebooks for Lonely...

Gastro-diplomacy and the politics of food

Gastro-diplomacy and the politics of food Food has been a trending topic in travel circles for some time now. But though a good meal can tell a traveler much about the local culture, it's not often that food is thought of as a force for political change at home. Yet, in a recent article for the Jakarta Globe, writer...

Volcano grounds jets in Indonesia

Volcano grounds jets in Indonesia Flights between Singapore and several Indonesian cities, including the capital Jakarta, have been grounded due to the latest eruption of Mt. Merapi. The volcano has been erupting for two weeks and has killed more than 130 people and displaced two hundred thousand. Several...

Bali company offers 'best dive job in the world'

Bali company offers 'best dive job in the world' Continuing the recent spate of "best job" offerings that began with Australia's tourism efforts, the Indonesian-based company Blue Season Bali is offering the Best Dive Job in the World which will give one lucky winner the chance to live in Bali for seven months...

Help arrives for Indonesian tsunami victims

Help arrives for Indonesian tsunami victims After a 7.7-magnitude earthquake and 10-foot tsunami hit Indonesia Monday, killing at least 272 people, relief efforts have arrived to help the wounded, search for the hundreds still missing, and bury the dead. The first cargo plane loaded down with 16 tons of tents,...

Ten hot backpacker destinations

Ten hot backpacker destinations Though the backpacker scene feels more hipster than hippie these days, the same formula remains: young travelers plus a small budget plus a long trip. While individuals certainly differ, the stereotype of a budget traveler toting a bedraggled pack to cheap destinations...

Photo of the Day (9.21.10)

Photo of the Day (9.21.10) Friendly photo subject, or dangerous primate? Most animal experts would gladly tell you that a monkey bearing its teeth is trying to communicate signs of aggression, no matter just how cute the aggression may be. However, this picture was one of those frames taken at...

10 Things to do in Bali

10 Things to do in Bali Located just south of the equator, Bali bombards you with beauty, beaches, and culture. The entire experience feels at once effortless and nonpareil – the apex of tropical living. Sure, the beaches provide a gravity that draws travelers from all over the globe to this...

Eat, Pray, Love movie review

Eat, Pray, Love movie review Elizabeth Gilbert's personal transformation from depressed divorcee to healthy, balanced woman in love were recorded in her bestselling memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love." The book resonated with so many people that a movie adaptation was made, with Julia Roberts playing the lead. ...

Cultures of Indonesia: From Sea Gypsies to cannibals and more

Cultures of Indonesia: From Sea Gypsies to cannibals and more Indonesia is a sprawling island nation with a rich cultural heritage. From the temples in Bali to the unique street food, it's easy to immerse yourself in all the aspects of Indonesia. If you've ever wanted to know about the culture, scene and surroundings of one of the...

Which country loves to work? See who doesn't take vacation time

Which country loves to work? See who doesn't take vacation time A friend of mine asked me a few days ago when I last went on vacation – a real one. I struggled to remember the last time I went on a trip and didn't write or, before that, keep up with what was going on at the office. After stopping and focusing, I remembered a...

Pico Iyer: The trip that changed my life

Pico Iyer: The trip that changed my life Bangkok these days seems about as alien and exotic as its sister City of Angels across the ocean. Hollywood cop films are shot there, New York bars open their second branches on its back-streets and for many a kid just out of college in Seattle, the Khao San Road is as...

Photo of the Day (7.18.10)

Photo of the Day (7.18.10) I've always been amazed by underwater photography. Underwater images remind me of fantasy and the surreal - a place of the imagination outside my everyday life. That's why I loved today's image from Flickr user justindelaney, who took this great shot while freediving in...

Rare, really smelly Sumatran "Corpse Flower" to bloom at Houston museum

Rare, really smelly Sumatran The botanical world is a fascinating thing, but fans of "Little Shop of Horrors" will be especially excited about the eminent blooming of the endangered Amorphophallus titanum, at the Cockrell Butterfly Center at Houston's Museum of Natural Science. Nicknamed the "Corpse...

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...

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