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Ten great markets around the world

Ten great markets around the world All too often, the first stop on our tourist itineraries is at the local museum, mosque or castle. But an arguably better place to start your visit is at the market. A visit to a local market is the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs, try out the local cuisine and...

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...

The Marathon des Sables begins today

The Marathon des Sables begins today One of the longest running and most challenge endurance races on the planet gets underway today when the 24th annual Marathon des Sables, or Marathon of the Sands, begins in Morocco. Over the course of the next week, competitors from around the globe will challenge...

20 great destinations for shopping

20 great destinations for shopping Shoppers of all kinds will fall in love with the places that made this list of the top 20 cities for shopping. Whether you live nearby or are planning a trip, this list offers places ideal for anyone in need of some retail therapy. New Orleans, Louisiana The French...

Foreign "safety vernacular" for women

Foreign There is, as they say, a time and place for everything. And sometimes, ladies, that occurs when you're traveling. I encourage anyone who travels to a foreign country to learn a few key phrases and learn a bit about the place, in order to avoid cultural faux pas. Even...

Coming attractions: Morocco

Coming attractions: Morocco Morocco isn't exactly off-the-beaten-path for many Europeans-- in fact, this North African country lies only eight miles away from Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar. But it's a world away in terms of culture, language, religion, geography, and just about everything else....

The ultimate road trip: 12,500 miles across Africa on a motorcycle

The ultimate road trip: 12,500 miles across Africa on a motorcycle Thomas Tomczyk is serious about motorcycles. He's done three motorcycle trips across India, from the steamy southern tip all the way up to the frozen highlands of Ladakh. Now he's starting his childhood dream--an epic trip 12,500 miles (20,000 km) across Africa. His...

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...

Morocco by motorcycle

Morocco by motorcycle The guys over at Urban Daddy have been on a roll lately, unearthing some pretty cool packaged tours. First there was Urbane Nomads' dive trip to the Great Wall of China. Now they've found an organized luxury tour of Morocco, by motorcycle. Hispania Tours offers a 15-day...

La Mamounia in Marrakech now open

La Mamounia in Marrakech now open The only way to experience Marrakech is in luxury surroundings, especially after a day of wandering the medina. A new hotel promises to make this better than ever. After three years of renovation, La Mamounia is open to guests. This property's unique collection of...

Listen to Africa expedition wants us to do just that

Listen to Africa expedition wants us to do just that Back in March, two Brits, Huw WIlliams and Rebecca Sumner, set off on a proposed two year, 15,000 mile journey, across Africa by bicycle. Their intention is to explore the cultures and landscapes of more than a dozen countries, all the while making audio recordings of the...

Taking the "Mad Way" South

Taking the "Mad Way" South There are many interesting and different ways to travel and see the world. For instance, some love to take a cruise through the Caribbean or a slow train through the Alps. Others prefer to zip through the streets of Bangkok in a tuk tuk, and some enjoy rafting the Grand...

Gadling Take FIVE: Week of June 12--June 19

Gadling Take FIVE: Week of June 12--June 19 Happy summer. It's official. The Mermaid Parade is happening in Coney Island today, and Catherine has the scoop on the solstice in Alaska. Hopefully, you've snagged a travel bargain. Tomorrow, for starters, take Dad to a National Park for Father's Day--or take yourself. ...

Life Nomadic: Beating The Moroccan Hustle

Life Nomadic: Beating The Moroccan Hustle I have a lot of great things to say about Morocco, and I'll get to those soon. Today, though, I'm going to talk about an insane part of the culture that can be found everywhere from Tangier to Marakkech: the hustle. As a visitor who doesn't speak the language, I'm only...

Gadling's guide to Summer music

Gadling's guide to Summer music Summer. Music. Could any two words in the English language possibly go so well together? There's just something about warm weather that makes you want to be outside, bare feet touching soft grass and dirt underfoot, hands in the cool night air, eardrums fluttering to the...

5 study abroad destinations you've never considered (but should)

5 study abroad destinations you've never considered (but should) "I hate when people who have just studied abroad try to talk me into doing the same thing," a college friend of mine once told me. "Yeah, that is annoying," I told him after I had just returned from a semester in Morocco. "But you really should." Studying abroad is not only...

Photo of the Day (5.24.09)

Photo of the Day (5.24.09) I can remember the first day I arrived in Morocco. The vibrant colors of painted doors, barrels of spices and textiles for sale. The smells of motor scooter fumes, freshly-cut wood, charcoal flames and sewage. The frantic energy of human beings headed in every direction....

Eight Great Food Markets from Around the World

Eight Great Food Markets from Around the World One of my favorite aspects of travel is visiting unique markets in foreign countries. These sometimes charming, sometimes chaotic, always fascinating and entertaining places offer up slices of local culture, unusual foods, and a variety of other goods, both common and...

Relax in style at the Hotel Hivernage

Relax in style at the Hotel Hivernage The greeting you'll receive at the Hotel Hivernage is pure charm, but it requires patience. Instead of tapping your toe at the front desk while the guy in front of you spills his life story, you'll be invited to sit in the lobby while you complete your check-in forms. The...

Adventure and Luxury in Morocco

Adventure and Luxury in Morocco Mountain trekking has become a favorite vacation for adventure travelers, with some jetting off to South America to tackle the Andes, others hopping a plane to Europe for a tour of the Alps, while yet another group will head to Northern Africa to experience the Atlas...

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