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Five holiday cookies from around the world

Five holiday cookies from around the world I love good old American iced sugar cookies as much as the next person. Yet there's a whole world of cookiedom out there, and the holdiays are the best excuse to do a little experimenting. Whether you prefer your cookies buttery, spiced, crisp, or iced, there's something...

10 best wine hotels around the world

10 best wine hotels around the world What's better when you're on vacation than a day at the vineyards? How about wineries that let you stay the night, as well? No more worrying about drinking and driving or figuring out transportation as these ten wine hotels offer guests vino tastings as well as a comfortable...

New Zealand to open new trekking route

New Zealand to open new trekking route New Zealand, a country that is already established as one of the best adventure travel destinations on the planet, is preparing to open a new trekking route that will run the entire length of the country. Dubbed Te Araroa, the trail is the result of a massive volunteer...

Enter to win a trip to New Zealand's Rhythm & Vines Music Festival

STA Travel is hosting their Ultimate Break Sweepstakes which gives travelers the chance to win a trip for two to New Zealand to ring in the new year at the three-day Rhythm & Vines Music Festival. The winner will receive round-trip airfare, luxury campervan rental,...

Video of the day: Air New Zealand's Economy Skycouch, sheep, and David Hasselhoff

A commercial for Air New Zealand's Economy Skycouch might not be what you would expect in a Video of The Day post, but truly, these guys have outdone themselves on this one. Bound to be an internet hit, the airline is using the finest of all tools to promote their new...

10 unique experiential hotels from around the world

10 unique experiential hotels from around the world A trend in the travel world that is becoming increasingly popular is the "experiential" hotel. Many travelers are no longer looking for a basic room in a premier location, but instead for an experience that will allow them to get to know an (often remote) area, or at least...

Visa-free travel by the numbers

Visa-free travel by the numbers Visa-free travel is easy travel. Procuring visas takes time, energy, and money, and is beyond debate a pain for frequent travelers. The erection of visa barriers responds to a number of factors, though it can be said without too many qualifications that the citizens of...

How to choose a reputable adventure travel company or guide

How to choose a reputable adventure travel company or guide "Adventure travel" is a nebulous term these days. But whether your idea of a thrill is a Class-III rapid or climbing Everest, there's one thing that's ubiquitous when choosing an outfitter: safety. There are hundreds of adventure travel companies worldwide; not all are...

Israel, Chile, Slovak Republic among countries with highest adventure travel potential

Israel, Chile, Slovak Republic among countries with highest adventure travel potential A new study conducted by George Washington University, Vital Wave Consulting, and the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) shows that Israel, Chile, and the Slovak Republic led the way in adventure tourism in 2010. The study, which resulted in the third annual Adventure...

Heavy snow strands 250 skiers in New Zealand lodge

Heavy snow strands 250 skiers in New Zealand lodge Heavy snow, and the threat of avalanches, left more than 250 skiers and snowboarders stranded in a ski lodge in New Zealand earlier this week, as that country struggles with one of the harshest winters in recent memory. Nearly 16 inches of snow fell on the Mt Lyford ski...

Bizarre baby names: banned in New Zealand

Bizarre baby names: banned in New Zealand The spawn of Hollywood celebrities will probably want to avoid giving birth in New Zealand in the future. The annoying trend of bequeathing ridiculous names to one's offspring will no longer be tolerated in the island nation, according to CNN. The country's Registrar of...

Tweet your way to New Zealand

Tweet your way to New Zealand We at Gadling are all about the freebies, and even more so when they involve travel. Brancott Estate, a New Zealand winemaker, is helping our wanderlust take flight with their new Twitter-based promotion dubbed the #WhatIf challenge. The winner will get two round trip...

Volvo Ocean Race set to sail extreme waters

Volvo Ocean Race set to sail extreme waters Putting sailing prowess and human ability to an exceptional test, the nine-month long Volvo Ocean Race is held every three years and set to take off this October. Called the most important and extreme offshore race in the world, those who take part know this is no pleasure...

Scuba diver sets new depth record exploring New Zealand cave

Scuba diver sets new depth record exploring New Zealand cave An Australian scuba diver set a new record for depth recently while exploring a remote underground river cave in New Zealand. He, and his teammates, braved dark passageways, icy cold water, and treacherous conditions in an effort to find the elusive source of the Pearse...

Gallipoli battlefield being mapped by GPS

Gallipoli battlefield being mapped by GPS Archaeologists in Turkey are making a detailed survey of the famous World War One battle of Gallipoli. Using period military maps and GPS technology, they're mapping the old trenches and redoubts used by both sides. Gallipoli was the scene of fierce fighting starting in...

Cruise ships on the move as traveler demand changes

Cruise ships on the move as traveler demand changes It was not all that long ago that cruise lines were boasting massive deployment to European waters for 2012 and into 2013. Now, it appears those waters across the pond might not be quite as attractive as at least one cruise line thought. Royal Caribbean is bringing one of...

Win trip for two in Air New Zealand Like Totally 80's contest

Win trip for two in Air New Zealand Like Totally 80's contest Air New Zealand has never been afraid to show off its sense of humor. From matchmaking flights to cheeky commercials to risque in-flight safety videos, the Kiwi airline knows how to get attention. Now, however, we might actually benefit from their creativity with prizes that...

Travel television Q & A: Carmen Roberts

Travel television Q & A: Carmen Roberts Carmen Roberts is a travel reporter for BBC World's Fast Track program. Extraordinarily well traveled, Carmen recently decamped from London--home for over a decade--to Singapore, the country of her birth. Here Carmen shares a few tips, a secret destination, and gives us...

Are you ready for a once in a lifetime cycling holiday?

Are you ready for a once in a lifetime cycling holiday? Pedalers Pub and Grille may sound like a place where you'd stop for some grub after a long day riding your bike, but in actually, its an adventure travel company that specializes in cycling holidays to some of the best destinations on the planet. To celebrate their 25th...

Photo of the day- Milford Sound, New Zealand

Photo of the day- Milford Sound, New Zealand Debra Corbeil and Dave Bouskill are known as Canada's Adventure Couple and have immersed themselves into the culture of 45 nations during their travels for 13 years as they they have climbed, paddled, hiked and biked their way through 5 continents. Today's photo Dave...

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