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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...

Suya: the next kebab?

Suya: the next kebab? One of the great things about the world getting smaller and everyone getting all mixed up is that we can try fast food from all different cultures. Take suya, for example. I'd never heard of this Nigerian fast food until I lived in London. My house was on the northern...

10 countries Americans need advance visas to visit

10 countries Americans need advance visas to visit We live in an increasingly borderless world and we have access to many countries that were closed (or non-existent) 20 years ago. As reported earlier this week, Americans are especially lucky with access to 169 countries visa free. Still, there are still many countries that...

Top five immunizations for adventure travelers

Top five immunizations for adventure travelers Spending a lot of money to get poked with a needle may not be at the top of your pre-trip to-do list, but it should be. While some countries require proof of certain immunizations before they theoretically permit entry (details later in this post), there are a couple of...

The world according to Facebook

The world according to Facebook Our lonely planet continues to become less and less lonely. Thanks to the advent of social networking sites like Facebook, users can connect far-flung parts of the world at the tap of a keyboard. This fascinating map (click to enlarge) created by Facebook intern Paul...

El Al to Nigerian pilgrims: No way on our flights

El Al to Nigerian pilgrims: No way on our flights El Al, Israel's airline, has banned thousands of pilgrims from Nigeria from traveling to Israel. Security is the reason given. The Tourism Ministry, according to the Associated Press, says that this move will screw up the travel plans for 28,000 Nigerian Christians from...

Body scanners used as porn by airport security

Body scanners used as porn by airport security It had to happen sooner or later. The Nigerian newspaper This Day has reported that security officials at Lagos airport are getting their jollies by watching female passengers go through a full-body scanner. Nigerian investigative reporters visited the airport during a...

Five art exhibitions you must see this year

Five art exhibitions you must see this year Art lovers, take note, 2010 is shaping up to be a great year for exhibitions. Here are five of the best, but there are plenty more than these! Tokyo It's hard to beat Japanese art for sheer naturalistic beauty, and the Tokyo National Museum has an extensive collection of...

Oprah's 10 terrific reads for 2009 showcase diversity and travel

Oprah's 10 terrific reads for 2009 showcase diversity and travel Regardless of what one thinks of Oprah, it's hard to argue that the woman doesn't have her thumbprint on some mighty great stuff. Her "10 Terrific Reads for 2009," for example, is filled with suggestions that capture the flavor of travel, adventure and diversity. Many of...

Six Flags considering new theme park location - in Nigeria

Six Flags considering new theme park location - in Nigeria When I read that Six Flags was actively working on a new park to add to their current 21 park lineup, I initially did not pay attention. Then I saw the location of this new concept - Nigeria. The 250 acre Nigerian Six Flags is going to be built in Calabar, a city on the...

Top travel destination countries? Canada is number one and Nigeria is. . .?

Top travel destination countries? Canada is number one and Nigeria is. . .? When asked the to respond to the statement, "I would like to go to visit this country if money were no object," Canada ranked number one in a recent global survey conducted by Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brand Index. Where was the U.S. in the mix of 50? Number 10....

Photo of the Day (12.14.08)

Photo of the Day (12.14.08) There's something inherently beautiful in the daily rituals of life. A man slowly walking down a quiet street. A farmer planting a rice paddy. Merchants selling their goods at the market. Perhaps that's what caught my eye in this photo of two hawkers in Nigeria from Lola...

Uncovering the history of African pop music

Uncovering the history of African pop music We love music here at Gadling, and we're always on the lookout for great new sounds to accompany our travels. Earlier this summer, Aaron posted an interesting feature on Asian music, a frequently overlooked source for some hidden pop gems. But for anyone who's hungry for...

Flying through Lagos, Nigeria? Don't be the first one off the plane.

Flying through Lagos, Nigeria? Don't be the first one off the plane. That's the advice Gadling pal Chris Blattman recently linked to, in a hilarious story of forged boarding passes, overcrowded planes, and stranded passengers in Lagos, Nigeria. The story goes like this, via the blog Siphoning off a Few Thoughts: "[A man] got on a flight in...

Donating blood: Your travel history says yes or no

Donating blood: Your travel history says yes or no When I went to the library yesterday morning I wasn't planning on donating blood, but there was a sweet older American Red Cross volunteer with lovely white hair that looks like spun sugar. She was so happy thinking that I had come to sign up when I walked towards her. I was...

Golf Love: In Afghanistan and More

Golf Love: In Afghanistan and More Thai writer Pira Sudham wrote a short story once about a farmer who lost his rice farm to a golf course developer because he didn't understand the terms of the contract. I can't remember which book the story is in, but for anyone interested in understanding the lives of Thai...

"Man Bites Dog": Dining on Dog Meat in Nigeria

According to Nigerian "chef" Bassey Umoh, eating dog meat can improve your sex life. Other common beliefs concerning canine cuisine include: It offers special protection against withcraft. It prevents poison from killing a person. It can cure malaria. As a...

Mega, as in the Biggest Ever, African Adventure Trip

Mega, as in the Biggest Ever, African Adventure Trip Suppose you have time-lots of it. Let's say you have 44 weeks. Perhaps you'd like to go overland from Morocco to South Africa by way of Egypt. Here's a travel adventure that will take you through 10 game parks, various cultural and historical landmarks, and enough thrills...

Word for the Travel Wise (01/04/07)

Word for the Travel Wise (01/04/07) Don't ask me why I picked this word today. I just did. Maybe someone out there will want to woo a pretty Nigerian woman with a broken English and Yoruba poem or just shout it out loud as the only word they know. However, the last reason really should not be the case as I've...

Word for the Travel Wise (12/23/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (12/23/06) As the last few days of Christmas creep up on me and everyone else celebrating I'll be getting in as much quality time with the family as possible and to do so I'll have to be short here, but not so short where I can't provide you with your nightly dose of foreign language....

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