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Marriott International to open first luxury hotel in Jordan

Marriott International to open first luxury hotel in Jordan The Marriott International hotel group will open its first luxury hotel in Jordan in 2013. The 264-room JW Marriott Hotel Aqaba will sit on the northern beach of the Gulf of Aqaba and provide easy access to top tourist spots including Petra and Wadi Rum. Marriott is...

The Abercrombie & Kent online sale starts now!

The Abercrombie & Kent online sale starts now! You looking to go to Botswana next year? Or, maybe Chile? Now's the time to book your trip. Abercrombie & Kent, which sends its guests on the road in style, is starting its rare online-only sale now. The discounts start at 5 percent off the itineraries' usual prices....

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 ready for the next A&K online sale

Get ready for the next A&K online sale Get ready for another hot online sale from upscale travel provider Abercrombie & Kent. The rules haven't changed: you still have to book online, and the discount structure's the same. Starting at 10 AM (EST) on December 10, 2009, nine itineraries will go on sale at a 5...

The Longest Climb: from the Dead Sea to the summit of Everest

Many adventurers are driven to go to extremes. They visit remote places and seem to revel in the challenge and suffering that goes along with those expeditions. Back in 2006, a team of climbers from the U.K. took that philosophy to new limits, when they set out on an...

Abercrombie & Kent announce extreme adventures for 2010

Abercrombie & Kent announce extreme adventures for 2010 Adventure travel specialist Abercrombie & Kent have announced their "extreme" adventures for 2010, offering up 15 amazing opportunities for travelers looking for unique experiences, provided of course they also have plenty of cash to pay for them. No matter what kind of...

The Five Most Overrated Tourist Attractions

The Five Most Overrated Tourist Attractions Want to know what the world's most overrated tourist attractions are? You're in luck, as the Times Online has compiled their selection of the Five Most Overrated Tourist Sites, naming some very famous places, while suggesting alternatives that they feel are more worth our...

Gadling + BootsnAll - Picks of the Week (5.22.09)

Gadling + BootsnAll - Picks of the Week (5.22.09) Welcome back. Here we are again for Gadling's weekly roundup of links from the independent travel experts at BootsnAll. This week's links are custom-made to get your wanderlust racing and put you in the right travel mindset. So pull that suitcase out of the closet and start...

Big in Jordan: How to reenact Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Big in Jordan: How to reenact Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade This week, Big in Japan is on vacation in the Middle East, and will be bringing you travel news and happenings from around this often misunderstood region. With the world premiere of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull scheduled for May 22, 2008, it's no...

The Onion explains Our Dumb World

The Onion explains Our Dumb World To correspond with the release of their book Our Dumb World, the Onion has set up an online atlas to "reveal mind-expanding factoids about the lesser, conquerable nations of the Earth." The atlas is loads of fun, just like most everything related to the Onion, and it is...

New Airline in Iraq Bans Iraqis

New Airline in Iraq Bans Iraqis There's a brand new airline in Iraq fittingly called ExPat Airways, and aside from limiting food and alcohol on the flight, they're also banning citizens of Iraq, among other countries. According to ABC News, "Expat Airways said it is only accepting U.S. and Western...

Petra Video

Petra Video A friend of mine is in Egypt right now living and learning about Egyptian life, and he seems to be getting out a lot with his camera to do some shooting around the Middle East. I got this link from him the other day and immediately moved the ruins of Petra in Jordan higher...

Jordan and Egypt

Jordan and Egypt I feel like I've been doing a lot of US and European travel posts lately, so I figured I'd drop one in here about one of the places in the world that really intrigues me: the Middle East. Now ,I did my honeymoon in Israel and Dahab, Egypt, both of which are now dear to me....

Don't Drink the Water

Don't Drink the Water The famous River Jordan, described as a raging or "violent" river in the Bible, is now just a sad trickle of raw sewage and agricultural runoff. Even on the site where John the Baptist performed the ritual on Jesus, Kasr Al-Yahud (near Jericho), the river is now "an opaque,...

Racing Chariots in Jordan

Racing Chariots in Jordan Here's one of those rather odd posts that make you do a double-take just before you say, yeah, that's actually rather cool. A young Swede named Stellan Lind has gone to Jordan to recreate chariot races for tourists. Lind is a former executive in the pharmaceutical industry...

This is the Life Contest

This is the Life Contest We mentioned a while back a pretty cool contest by the makers of Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky wherein they offered several lucky souls $100,000 and the opportunity to travel the world. The winners would globetrot and then send back their notes, photos and such on the various...

23 Years Old and on the Road

23 Years Old and on the Road Oh, to be 23, free and on the road. To be able to travel around the world...AND, get this...to have a newspaper pay for it? Or at least, have them publish regular articles while you travel. Such is the life right now of 23-year old Haley Edwards, a world-weary gal,...

War: The Advantages for Tourists

War: The Advantages for Tourists I quite like having a popular tourist destination all to myself. Unfortunately, this usually means one of two things; either I'm traveling in the off season and it is raining, or some recent catastrophe or civil unrest has swept through the region. Or, it's the Middle...

Teen Gets Passport & Heads to Middle East for MySpace Man

Teen Gets Passport & Heads to Middle East for MySpace Man This I don't understand. Apparently a 16-year-old girl out of Michigan tricked her parents into letting her get a passport to go on a trip to Canada with some friends of hers, but in reality the young girl was on her way to Israel, alone. Katherine R. Lester was on her way...

Middle East Vacation: Try Jordan

Middle East Vacation: Try Jordan The ruins of Petra are world-famous for their beauty and historical heritage. They were used, you might remember, in the third Indiana Jones film. Jordan has gotten a bad rap because of the war on terror and because when people think of the middle east they get all weirded...

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