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iPad users rejoice - your tablet is finally welcome in Israel

iPad users rejoice - your tablet is finally welcome in Israel In the weeks after the launch of the Apple iPad, travelers to Israel encountered a less than friendly welcome for their new toy when they arrived at the airport. Citing lack of regulatory approval, the Israeli government banned the import of the new Apple product into...

Photo of the Day (4.13.10)

Photo of the Day (4.13.10) This is what travel photography is all about. If I decided to omit any sort of caption from this image, you'd probably still be able to guess quite a few things about where it's taken and what's happening in the picture. But since it's not my job to make you guess,...

Trade Mocked

Trade Mocked You were a cheerleader, you dated a cheerleader, or you hated the cheerleaders. As I recall, that's how high school worked. Thanks to travel PR, that same primeval paradigm lives on long after graduation. That miniskirts-shouting-slogans thing still works, whether you're...

17 of the world's strangest natural wonders

17 of the world's strangest natural wonders Nature has the power to amaze. From towering mountains to vast grasslands and immense oceans, there's a world of natural wonder out there waiting to explore. But sometimes the outdoor world isn't just amazing - it's also downright weird. Mysterious sliding rocks,...

Adventure Tourism Development Index rates top adventure destinations

Adventure Tourism Development Index rates top adventure destinations The Adventure Tourism Development Index is a study put together by the Adventure Travel Trade Association, in conjunction with George Washington University and Xola Consulting. The joint effort examines 192 countries and ranks them based on their commitment to sustainable...

Photo of the Day (1.24.2010)

Photo of the Day (1.24.2010) You know when you look at a photo and can't quite figure out why you like it? That's how I feel about today's selection, courtesy of Flickr user zackly76, who took this photo in Tel Aviv. Perhaps its the creepy "stalkerish" perspective? I feel like I'm spying out from...

Santa crawl around the world: Ho! Ho! Ho! from Gadling to you

Santa crawl around the world: Ho! Ho! Ho! from Gadling to you Last Saturday night, Times Square was literally a Santa free for all. I first noticed the Santa madness as I approached from the direction of the Empire State Building while walking along Broadway. Along the way, a group of five Santas passed me. Then another group of...

10 Tips for visiting Bethlehem this Christmas

10 Tips for visiting Bethlehem this Christmas Those of us who travel to Bethlehem soon discover the huge gap between our happy Sunday School expectations and the heavy realities of visiting the West Bank in person. It's not such an easy place to get to, though world interest makes Bethlehem far more accessible than say,...

Beyond pins on a map: Three great physical reminders of your trips

Beyond pins on a map: Three great physical reminders of your trips If you're looking for a great way to impress a potential suitor with how well-traveled you are, you can't go wrong with hanging a massive world map on your wall at home and sticking pins in the countries you've visited. "You've been to Croatia!" she'll marvel. "You are so...

Photo of the Day (12.4.2009)

Photo of the Day (12.4.2009) This shot from Gadling favorite Nestor Lara-Baeza was taken in the super-buoyant Dead Sea, located between Jordan (in the distance) and Israel. With its incredibly high salt content, the Dead Sea allows swimmers to float effortlessly-- and even kick back with the latest...

Get out and go: Events around the world (November 18-21)

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! Mexico - Birders will unite in the Yucatan...

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...

The ten toughest castles in the world

The ten toughest castles in the world Castles make a pretty backdrop to any vacation. They conjure up images of brave knights and damsels in distress, but the reality was less romantic. Castles were fortifications built to defend important cities, ports, fords, or mountain passes. The best military minds in the...

Clash at Jerusalem sacred site

Clash at Jerusalem sacred site Police and Palestinian protesters have clashed at the entrance to Al-Aqsa mosque, part of the Temple Mount, Jerusalem's holy spot for both Jews and Muslims. Details are unclear. Palestinian sources say the protesters threw rocks at a Jewish prayer group trying to enter the...

Small town in Israel hopes to get tourism boost from mermaid sightings

Small town in Israel hopes to get tourism boost from mermaid sightings The small town of Kiryat Yam, near Haifa in Israel, may have a mermaid living in its waters. At least, the town council hopes they do. They say that dozens of people, in separate incidents, have reported seeing a half-girl, half-fish creature that jumps like a dolphin and...

Owner books entire business class cabin for scared pooch

Owner books entire business class cabin for scared pooch Buying more than one seat for yourself on your flight is nothing special - some people are even forced to do it. But to book an entire cabin just for yourself and your pooch - that is one I'd never heard of before. That is exactly how a lady dealt with her scared dog last...

Leftover notes from an Israeli press trip

Leftover notes from an Israeli press trip Back in March, I was invited on a press trip to Israel and wrote about the experience in the should-have-been-award-winning series "Heathen in the Holy Land." But the trip yielded more notes, quotes, and quips than I could ever hope to fit into a series of blog posts. After...

Museum Junkie: Museum of the Good Samaritan opens in Israel

Museum Junkie: Museum of the Good Samaritan opens in Israel One of the world's largest mosaic museums recently opened in Israel. The Museum of the Good Samaritan displays artifacts from the many cultures that lived in the region. The main attractions are the intricate mosaics found in synagogues in the West Bank and Gaza. The...

Sinkhole travel: The Dead Sea isn't the only place to see where the earth has caved in

Sinkhole travel: The Dead Sea isn't the only place to see where the earth has caved in The story about Eli Raz who fell into a sinkhole at the Dead Sea and wasn't found for 14 hours--alive, thank goodness, about environmental changes and the traveler's experience. In the case of Raz, the message is look, but be alert for heaven's sake when out in the natural...

Beach party in Central Park!

Beach party in Central Park! Tel Aviv (pictured) is bringing a beach party to Central Park in New York City! Sunday, June 21st (Father's Day), the Naumburg Bandshell will be converted into one of Israel's world-famous Mediterranean beaches for an all-day party. It might not look exactly like the above,...

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