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Five Things To Bring On A Long-Distance Bus Trip In A Developing Nation

Five Things To Bring On A Long-Distance Bus Trip In A Developing Nation David Dennis, Flickr It may be a cliche, but it's true: if you want to get off the beaten path when you travel, at some point you're going to have to take a long-distance bus ride. Even if you're not a backpacker, some destinations are accessible only by the most...

World's Worst Places: Top 10 Places In The World You Do Not Want To Visit In 2013

World's Worst Places: Top 10 Places In The World You Do Not Want To Visit In 2013 I'm the kind of person who can conjure up an excuse to visit just about any place. I grew up in Buffalo, America's most unfairly maligned city, and so I identify with underdog destinations – places with bad weather, crime, ugly people, rude people, you name it and I...

The Caucasus, Central Asia And British Airways

The Caucasus, Central Asia And British Airways I traveled to Beirut earlier this year with bmi (British Midland International), the East Midlands-based airline partially absorbed into British Airways in the spring. My Beirut trip was meant to be the third installment in an ongoing series called "Far Europe and...

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Final Part

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Final Part Read parts one, two, three and four of this story. I said a tentative goodbye to Marina, not knowing whether she wanted to lose me or not. I didn't have the mental capacity to deal with the chaos and uncertainty of a new place, so I was pleased when Marina said we should...

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part Four

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part Four Read parts one, two and three of this story. Day Four I woke up in a sweat and was told by Marina that we had crossed into Turkmenistan, a country I had no transit visa for. The compartment was a white-hot crucible of heat that was exacerbated by the fact that none of...

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part Three

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part Three Read part one and two of this story. Day Three On my third morning on board an increasingly hellish train ride, I found a fully intact piece of excrement resting on the train's only toilet seat I could get to. It seemed not to have been an accident; in fact, the feces...

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part Two

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part Two Read Part One of this story here. Day Two We reached the Kazakh border before lunchtime and there was an unbelievable commotion as scores of merchants boarded the train while others threw big boxes through open windows. Two men barged into our compartment carrying...

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part One

Train In Vain: Four Days With A Pair Of Uzbek Prostitutes, Part One Read parts 2, 3, 4 and 5 of this story. After spending four sweltering, monotonous days on a dirty, cargo-laden train from Moscow to Bukhara, sharing a compartment with two Uzbek prostitutes, a Russian soldier and a capricious, alcoholic conductor prone to flashbacks from...

Space Tourists: a cinematic journey to the ISS (w/ Audio Interview)

Space Tourists: a cinematic journey to the ISS (w/ Audio Interview) Space Tourists airs tonight on the Documentary Channel at 8pm & 11pm When Anousheh Ansari boarded the International Space Station on September 20th, 2006, she became the first self-funded female, the first Iranian citizen, and the fourth human overall to...

Introducing Far Europe and Beyond

Introducing Far Europe and Beyond Far Europe and Beyond, a Gadling series in partnership with bmi (British Midland International) launches today. Europe's eastern borders cannot be defined simply. The western, northern, and southern perimeters are easy: The Atlantic, the Arctic, and the Mediterranean...

Travel then and now: Travel to the USSR and GDR

Travel then and now: Travel to the USSR and GDR This year is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union and 21 years since the reunification of Germany. While citizens of the USSR and GDR were unable to travel abroad and restricted in domestic travel, foreign travelers were permitted under a controlled...

World's tallest tent opens in Kazakhstan

World's tallest tent opens in Kazakhstan When you think of Kazakhstan you probably think of nomads living in tents, but today's Kazakhstan is rapidly modernizing thanks to an oil boom, so it's appropriate that the Central Asian nation is now home to the world's tallest tent. Technically, it's the world's...

AirBaltic expands, spruces up

AirBaltic expands, spruces up Yesterday, Latvian airline AirBaltic launched two new routes: Riga-Madrid and Riga-Beirut. Riga-based AirBaltic is an airline to watch. Little known in North America, the airline is notable for its low starting fares and the inclusion of most of Europe's most popular...

Russia pushes visa-free Russia-EU travel

Russia pushes visa-free Russia-EU travel At the 25th European Union-Russia summit in Rostov-on-Don, Russia yesterday proposed that both parties mutually abolish visa requirements. Currently, the two entities impose reciprocal visa requirements upon each other's citizens. In the name of improving business and...

Kazakhstan tries to sell its freezing capital

Kazakhstan tries to sell its freezing capital As I write you from my parents' home in the sub freezing winter wonderland of Minneapolis, I am pleased to report that this weather now apparently qualifies for envy. Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev made his annual speech yesterday, and attempted to lure...

North Korean departure leaves five detained in Thailand

North Korean departure leaves five detained in Thailand A cargo plane loaded with heavy weapons left Pyongyang, North Korea and had not a care in the world ... until the crew needed to land for more fuel at Don Mueang airport in Thailand. This emergency stop, according to Thailand's deputy prime minister, Suthep Thaungsuban, led...

Ship graveyards from around the world

Ship graveyards from around the world Eco-friendly website Environmental Graffiti has an interesting story on their site today that details some of the top cargo ship graveyards from around the world. The article also includes some amazing photos of the rusted out shells of former cargo and cruise ships that...

International CouchSurfing Day: Do you have a couch lined up?

International CouchSurfing Day: Do you have a couch lined up? Ten years ago on June 12, CouchSurfing was born--or rather CouchSurfing.com was registered as a domain name and sleeping on the couch of people you just met became an organized system. More than just a way to hook people up with a free place to call it a night, CouchSurfing...

Keep busy with 44 travel ideas

Keep busy with 44 travel ideas If the entire world is too much from which to choose, take a look at The 44 Places to Go in 2009 suggested by the New York Times. Some are obvious, such as Reykjavik, which was been on everyone's mind 2008. Others are easy, including Washington D.C. Our nation's capital has...

Amazing Race 13, recap 9: Russians don't laugh at you, they laugh with you

Amazing Race 13, recap 9: Russians don't laugh at you, they laugh with you With Terence & Sarah eliminated, and Starr & Nick coming in 1st four times in a row, it was any one of the team's game during episode 9 of the Amazing Race 13. As the teams headed off to Moscow, Russia from Almaty, Kazakhstan, I was curious what would trip up Nick...

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