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Photo of the Day (8.21.2010)

Photo of the Day (8.21.2010) You know how it's really popular for travelers to pose for photos in front of statues by mimicking them? Well, I sort of think this would be a really funny statue to mimic. You'd have to have the right hair, of course. Flickr user AlexSven captured this free spirit...

Meet locals (and save money) hiking through Europe - International travel tip

Meet locals (and save money) hiking through Europe - International travel tip Most travelers are keen to mingle with locals while taking in the sights. Do both and save money by hiking along the fjords and fjells of Scandinavia and/or the soaring majesty of the Alps. Don't like the idea of lugging your gear over the mountains? No worries. Join one...

Money buys happiness, except maybe in Spain

Money buys happiness, except maybe in Spain The five happiest countries in the world have two things in common: their all pretty far north in Europe, and money generally isn't a problem. Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands top the latest list of the world's happiest nations, due in large part, it...

Airport efficiency: the world's winners

Airport efficiency: the world's winners Do you get frustrated when you walk into an airport? Even before you get there? On good days, it's a painful experience, with long lines, the security gauntlet and procedures (which may or may not be appropriate) that are guaranteed to annoy. It should come as no surprise...

Ryanair passenger arrested over "rubber sandwich" complaint

Ryanair passenger arrested over When 52 year old Henrik Ulven ordered a "fresh made premium sandwich" on his Ryanair flight, he fully expected to receive just that. Instead, he described the food as inedible and "tasting like rubber" - so asked a flight attendant for something different. According to...

AirBaltic expands, spruces up

AirBaltic expands, spruces up Yesterday, Latvian airline AirBaltic launched two new routes: Riga-Madrid and Riga-Beirut. Riga-based AirBaltic is an airline to watch. Little known in North America, the airline is notable for its low starting fares and the inclusion of most of Europe's most popular...

A day in the life of a Norwegian?

A day in the life of a Norwegian? Ever wonder what people like to do in Norway? According to the graphic above, posted on Reddit, favorite Norwegian activities include "dreaming about fjords," "eating lutefisk" and "skiing to work." Having never had a chance to visit this Scandinavian country of snow,...

Photo of the Day (2.7.2010)

Photo of the Day (2.7.2010) Is this a photo of a "magic" forest? Because it looks like something straight out of another world: slanting rays of light, ominous trees and a multi-colored starburst of sun. It's remarkably similar to this other sunlight photo from earlier this month. Congrats to Flickr...

Explore the Arctic with Hurtigruten Tours

Explore the Arctic with Hurtigruten Tours Spitsbergen is the "last stop before the North Pole," a cold, remote landscape of snow, ice, and arctic wildlife. And you can explore it with Hurtigruten, an adventure tour company. While some of their longer tours may be prohibitively expensive for a lot of travelers...

Photo of the Day (1.15.2010)

Photo of the Day (1.15.2010) Today's photo comes to us from Flickr user kanelstrand, who took this shot on a walking path in Norway. "In the midst of winter I remember spring," the photo's caption reads. So do we, with help from this beautiful landscape. Want your pics considered for Gadling's...

A year in the life of a Norwegian forest (time lapse video)

A year in the life of a Norwegian forest (time lapse video) In 2005, Eirik Solheim shot a still picture of his back yard in Norway every day for an entire year. He aligned the pictures together and created a beautiful time lapse. Since his 2005 version, he's managed to do a higher resolution movie in 2008 and finally, during all of...

Photo of the day 12.14.09

Photo of the day 12.14.09 This year, I'm feeling just full of the holiday spirit, so in looking for tonight's Photo of the Day, I decided to base my search on holiday phrases. While this beautiful photograph, entitled "blue december" and shared by kanelstrand isn't exactly what I had in mind, you...

Mysterious blue light shines over Norway

Mysterious blue light shines over Norway On December 9th, residents of northern Norway were surprised to see a weird blue light shining above. According to reports, the beam of light seemed to point to the sky from behind a mountain. As the light began moving in circles, forming a spiral, a brighter beam came out...

Get out and go: Events around the world (December 9-14)

Get out and go: Events around the world (December 9-14) It's time to look at the festivals and events happening around the world, and this week has a particularly international selection of happenings. If you're close and have time, then you have no excuse to get out and go! Toronto - The Festival of Carols, a holiday...

Crazy roads from around the world

Crazy roads from around the world Lets face it! We all love a good road trip now and again. Who hasn't enjoyed hopping in the car with some friends to hit the open road? And when that road is unique and interesting, it makes the journey all the more fun. To helps us find more of those roads Popular Mechanics...

Gadlinks for Monday 12.7.2009

Gadlinks for Monday 12.7.2009 I hope everyone enjoyed their first weekend of December! I have a feeling many cities inaugurated the season with some sort of Christmas lights parade and Honolulu was no different. Here on the islands we have a paradise Santa display where he and Mrs. Claus kick off their...

Customs finds snakes and geckos strapped to passenger

Customs finds snakes and geckos strapped to passenger The fine folks at Travelocity did a poll a couple of months ago to find out the most annoying type of passenger to be seated next to on an airplane. People with poor hygiene and those who cough or sneeze came out on top, but there's one category they missed--the guy with...

Dogsledding in Norway

Dogsledding in Norway Just because cold weather sets in doesn't mean we have to put an end to our outdoor adventures. There are plenty of great things to do in the snow, like skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, and for the truly adventurous, dogsledding. That is the focus of this article from...

Norway world's best place to live

Norway world's best place to live I'm not sure if everybody wants to live in Norway, but it's certainly at the top of the global list. The United Nations Development Program determined this based on data GDP, education and life expectancy – among other metrics – to find the best of the best, as...

Abercrombie & Kent announce extreme adventures for 2010

Abercrombie & Kent announce extreme adventures for 2010 Adventure travel specialist Abercrombie & Kent have announced their "extreme" adventures for 2010, offering up 15 amazing opportunities for travelers looking for unique experiences, provided of course they also have plenty of cash to pay for them. No matter what kind of...

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