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GadlingTV's Travel Talk 012: Trains, planes, & mergers! Behind the scenes at Southwest Airlines, Gowalla & Gadling in Austin + a brand new GIVEAWAY!!

GadlingTV's Travel Talk 012: Trains, planes, & mergers! Behind the scenes at Southwest Airlines, Gowalla & Gadling in Austin + a brand new GIVEAWAY!! GadlingTV's Travel Talk, episode 12 – Click above to watch video after the jump Well, we've been bouncing around the country this week and have got a great show to prove it! From Dallas, Texas to Austin, Texas and finally Portland, Oregon - we'll take you...

Aijalon Mahli Gomes phones home

Aijalon Mahli Gomes phones home Every now and then, an overzealous traveler crosses the border into North Korea without doing the requisite prep work and having various forms rubber stamped. When this happens, bad things follow. For Aijalon Mahli Gomez, a U.S. citizen, the crossing turned into an...

North Korea Threatens "Historical Punishment" for Vacation Blocking

North Korea Threatens Korea Central News Agency, the official mouthpiece of North Korea, is mad – damned mad – that South Koreans aren't heading across the border any more. Mt. Kumgang tours were made possible at one point, but the South Korean government has suspended them,...

Kim Jong-Il Celebration: Party Like It's Juche 99

Kim Jong-Il Celebration: Party Like It's Juche 99 It was the biggest party of the year – and will probably retain that distinction until the end. Everybody was there, including foreign officials far too cool to be named. Dancers, singers and synchronized swimmers performed ... all in honor of the Dear Leader's...

North Korean film festival has begun!

North Korean film festival has begun! If you just happen to be in Pyongyang for the next week, check out the city's film festival. It opened yesterday at the People's Palace of Culture, with the opening ceremony followed by a screening of "The Great Devotion (2009, the year of dramatic changes)." The festival's...

North Korea to Americans: come on over!

North Korea to Americans: come on over! The good news has been confirmed: North Korea is opening its doors to Americans all year long. The Korea International Travel Company revealed the new policy to Asia Pacific Travel Ltd, which is a departure from the standard that had existed since 2005. For the past five...

Five rules for traveling to North Korea

Five rules for traveling to North Korea I'm told that travel to North Korea is quite safe, as long as you follow the rules (and don't do anything stupid). You have to realize that, politics aside, you're entering a country that just does things differently. Of course, the consequences that come with straying can...

North Korea to announce availability to Americans

North Korea to announce availability to Americans North Korean officials are thinking about opening the country to American visitors all year long. Though we'd still have to use the existing tour operators and have our options constrained once in the country, we'd at least be able to visit the most isolated country on Earth...

North Korea prohibits the use of large suitcases, a model to be replicated?

North Korea prohibits the use of large suitcases, a model to be replicated? The effect of monetary policy on the travel industry can be profound in any economy, but in North Korea, it's usually more complicated. In a developed market, for example, a monetary policy that leads to inflation can make travel more expensive (duh, right). Well, in North...

DMZ water coming to a Korean grocery store near you

DMZ water coming to a Korean grocery store near you With all the bottled water you'll find on grocery store shelves these days, any new player absolutely has to have a gimmick. There are just too many brands on the market. So, a company really does need to go the extra mile to stand out. That's probably why "DMZ 2km" is...

Latest U.S. traveler to North Korea has been detained

Latest U.S. traveler to North Korea has been detained The inevitable has happened. Robert Park, who had announced his plans to enter North Korea illegally, has been detained. The U.S. citizen crossed from China in order to bring attention to human rights abuses in the isolated nation and said before his departure that he...

Which way is up? The travails of travel writing on North Korea

Which way is up? The travails of travel writing on North Korea It's easy to be attracted to news about North Korea- for travel writers and every other type of journalist. So little comes out that even the appearance of information makes it noteworthy. This is why those of us interested in covering the most unusual place on Earth will...

Not your normal Asian adventure vacation

Not your normal Asian adventure vacation We travel for many reasons. Maybe it's to relax, learn something new or see friends and family. And then there are the so-called "adventure travelers" – sorry guys, you just don't know the meaning of the expression. Keep your kayaks and your climbing gear in the...

Five major changes to North Korean tourism in 2009

Five major changes to North Korean tourism in 2009 Fewer than 1,500 Americans have been to North Korea on vacation, according to Koryo Tours, making it one of the truly remote destinations in a world that's becoming increasingly interconnected. So, if you're looking for an unusual stamp in your passport or bragging rights...

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...

Slip into Noko jeans: North Korean fashion in Sweden

HELLO IT'S Noko Jeans! from Noko Jeans on Vimeo. Capitalism fever has crossed the DMZ and wandered into North Korea. The reclusive communist state has launched a line of designer jeans, which are set to go on sale at a fashionable Stockholm department store on Friday....

Gadling's 13 stranger than strange sites for Friday the 13th

Gadling's 13 stranger than strange sites for Friday the 13th Happy Friday the 13th! Tributed to being an unlucky day thanks to wives tales, religion and mythology, this is a day when people might think about altering their travel plans. The thought is, why push your luck? Franklin D. Roosevelt was one such person. He never traveled on...

An open letter to Kim Jong-Il of North Korea

An open letter to Kim Jong-Il of North Korea Dear Leader, I've heard that's how you like to be addressed by the people of North Korea, but since this is the beginning of a letter I guess I should say Dear Dear Leader. My editor sent me this article claiming that while your people are starving you own six luxurious...

North Korea extends Arirang again!

North Korea extends Arirang again! Well, it looks like this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be offered again this year. That's what happens, though, when you're dealing with Pyongyang – you never know what to expect. The latest news is that the Arirang Mass Games festival has been extended from the...

Spend a weekend in Pyongyang

Spend a weekend in Pyongyang If you didn't get a shot at the last short trip that Koryo Tours organized into North Korea, you have another chance coming. This rare breed of travel company – which brings westerners into the most isolated country on earth – is planning an excursion for...

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