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Vintage Travel Posters From Around the World to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Vintage Travel Posters From Around the World to Fuel Your Wanderlust Boston Public Library, Flickr While we live in a world where we can quickly jet from one side of the planet to the other, there's still something about vintage travel posters that inspires a sense of wanderlust. Reminiscent of a time when travel was more exotic, and often...

'Fake' Pilot Wanted By Police After Flying Jets To London

'Fake' Pilot Wanted By Police After Flying Jets To London An American man found guilty of working as an airline pilot without proper credentials is on the lam after he failed to appear at his sentencing hearing in England last week, the BBC is reporting. Michael Fay flew for Libya's Afriqiyah Airways on false credentials,...

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: The Best Foreign Service Blogs

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: The Best Foreign Service Blogs The World Wide Web is saturated with amateurish blogs created by people who'd be lucky to command the devoted readership of their immediate family members, let alone the wider public. There are scores of blogs managed by Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) and while many of them...

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: Diplomacy Isn't Just For Diplomats

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: Diplomacy Isn't Just For Diplomats Protests over a film that insults the Prophet Mohammed are still ongoing, but it's already clear that American diplomats and their families will bear a huge professional and personal burden as a result of the attacks on our embassies and consulates around the world. The...

Death Valley Officially Named Hottest Place On Earth

Death Valley Officially Named Hottest Place On Earth Death Valley has officially been declared the hottest place on Earth after a team of atmospheric scientists invalidated a temperature reading in Libya that had long been believed to be the warmest ever recorded. That means that the new record of 134°F/56.6°C was...

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: Thoughts On The Murder Of 4 American Diplomats In Libya

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: Thoughts On The Murder Of 4 American Diplomats In Libya On Tuesday night, the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, four American diplomats, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed in Libya when a rocket-propelled grenade struck their vehicle in Benghazi, Libya. They were fleeing the U.S. consulate, which was attacked by...

Roman sites in Libya survived the war mostly unscathed, initial reports show

Roman sites in Libya survived the war mostly unscathed, initial reports show The recent fighting in Libya that toppled Gaddafi destroyed many lives and laid waste to many neighborhoods. Now that the country is beginning to rebuild, Libyans are taking stock of other effects of the war. Libya's beautiful Roman remains, it appears, got off easy....

How to get a second passport

How to get a second passport A second passport sounds glamorous. And in point of fact, it is glamorous. There's no debating the matter. Possessing a second passport gives its bearer bragging rights and the ability to feel a wee bit like a spy, especially when he or she is traveling with both passports...

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...

Visit Libya now says Conde Nast Traveler

Visit Libya now says Conde Nast Traveler Someone at Conde Nast Traveler has been eating paste again ... The April issue of the esteemed travel magazine has named Libya among the "15 best places to see right now," according to a report on The Atlantic Wire. So, one of two things happened. Either it took a bit of...

Reflections on Revolution - A photographer's travels through the Arab tumult

"May you live in interesting times" is a proverb with an unattributed origin. Most speculate the phrase came from China, some assume its origins to be of 20th century English design, but all agree that the phrase is a curse. We no doubt live in "interesting" times....

Photo: Libyan no-fly zone visualized

Photo: Libyan no-fly zone visualized In this photo, you see the immediate effect of the UN no-fly zone decision on a commercial jet on its way to Tripoli. The JAT Airways plane departed Belgrade, and was told to turn around minutes after the UN blocked Libyan airspace. The flight path comes from tracking...

Surviving a revolution, tips from those who have been there

Surviving a revolution, tips from those who have been there Fox News has an excellent story on surviving a revolution from the front lines. During the best of times, travel is a game of chance. You trust that your airline will get you there, you trust that your hotel will have your reservation and you really trust that you will...

The Arab revolution: the reaction of one Muslim community

The Arab revolution: the reaction of one Muslim community For the past few weeks, headlines all over the world have been dominated by the so-called Arab Revolution, a wave of anti-government protests across the Middle East. I'm living in the Ethiopian Muslim community of Harar and locals here are absorbed in the events. Sitting in...

Warnings continue to disrupt travel, cancel plans of many

Warnings continue to disrupt travel, cancel plans of many The State Department today advised Americans not to travel to Yemen and said those in the country should consider leaving today as warnings continue to disrupt travel world-wide. "The security threat level in Yemen is extremely high due to terrorist activities and...

State Department issues Libya travel warning - read more about this forbidden destination

State Department issues Libya travel warning - read more about this forbidden destination As the unrest in the Middle East continues, the US Department of State has issued a Libya travel warning, advising Americans to steer clear of the country, and especially of "gatherings" there. The Wall Street Journal reports: "'U.S. citizens in Libya should minimize...

Ten ways to travel like Qadhafi, according to Wikileaks diplomatic cables

Ten ways to travel like Qadhafi, according to Wikileaks diplomatic cables So, if you were a Middle Eastern strongman leader, how would you hit the town in New York City? I don't know about you, but I'd want to do it with a real looker on my arm (and everywhere else). Apparently, that's what Muammar al-Qadhafi has in mind. According to...

An easy way to get to Libya

An easy way to get to Libya If you haven't thought about Libya since Ronald Reagan had a few bombs dropped on it a quarter-century ago, maybe it's time to put it back on your radar. The country has new visa access and has put some serious cash into its infrastructure, including a national railway...

Gaddafi's kid on the hook for half million dollar Italian hotel bill

Gaddafi's kid on the hook for half million dollar Italian hotel bill Have you ever stiffed the hotel on the bill? They might be able to slap it on your credit card while you're making a getaway, but a few thousand dollars is easy to recover. When the tab starts creeping toward half a million dollars, though, courts start getting involved ......

Five new travel ideas from Intrepid: get off the beaten path!

Five new travel ideas from Intrepid: get off the beaten path! After a year of "travel slumps," "staycations" and other cringeworthy words and conditions, let's plan to get out on the road next year. Hey, economists are saying that the recession's already over, and the job market's recovery can't be too far behind. So, there's your...

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