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A Traveler In The Foreign Service: Meet An Intrepid Diplomat

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: Meet An Intrepid Diplomat In our ongoing attempt to demystify the Foreign Service, we're going to occasionally introduce you to diplomats living in various parts of the world. Amy Tachco is a 36-year-old Foreign Service Officer (FSO) originally from Southern California and Central Ohio who joined the...

Three climbers missing on remote Pakistani peak

Three climbers missing on remote Pakistani peak The search for three missing climbers on a remote peak in Pakistan was called off yesterday when rescue teams could find no trace of the men. The trio was last seen on March 9 as they made their way toward the summit but what became of them after that remains a mystery. ...

Serena Hotels: Opulence amidst squalor and bloodshed

Serena Hotels: Opulence amidst squalor and bloodshed Anyone for a game of badminton and a round of emerald-hunting in Pakistan's Swat Valley? Or perhaps you fancy a beach resort on the shores of Lake Kivu, just minutes from the Democratic Republic of Congo? The March/April issue of Foreign Policy features an interesting...

Climbers summit K2 for first time in three years

Climbers summit K2 for first time in three years K2, arguably the world's toughest mountain to climb, was conquered for the first time in more than three years earlier this week, when an international team of three men and one woman reached the summit. They were the first people to stand on top of the mountain since the...

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...

Brits behaving badly abroad

Brits behaving badly abroad Today the Foreign Office released British Behaviour Abroad 2011, with detailed figures on British nationals in trouble overseas (read: Brits behaving badly abroad). The period surveyed: April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011. There are lots of interesting tidbits in the...

Three Cups of Tea author under scrutiny

<i>Three Cups of Tea</i> author under scrutiny His books have inspired millions with their tales of generosity, both given and received, but following a scathing 60 Minutes segment that aired this past weekend, author and philanthropist Greg Mortenson finds himself at the center of a controversy. The investigative piece...

Skiing in a former Taliban stronghold: Malam Jabba, Pakistan

Skiing in a former Taliban stronghold: Malam Jabba, Pakistan Thumbing your nose at the Taliban has never been so fun. The Malam Jabba ski resort in the Swat Valley of Pakistan has been a battleground between the Pakistani army and the Taliban for years. When the Taliban seized the area in 2006 they blew up the resort. They...

Great Himalayan Trail on schedule to open in 2011

Great Himalayan Trail on schedule to open in 2011 Way back in February of this year we told you about the Great Himalayan Trail, an epic hike more than 2800 miles in length that will eventually wind its way through the mountainous regions of Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. The trek, which is expected to take...

Top 10 country brands in the world, Canada hits #1

Top 10 country brands in the world, Canada hits #1 Remember when you could make all those "two thirds" jokes about Canada? Based on the currency, there were so many ways we could tweak our northern neighbors. Then, the U.S. dollar plunged. I remember being in Quebec and seeing parity between the two dollars for the first...

12 historic sites in danger of disappearing

12 historic sites in danger of disappearing The Global Heritage Fund has released a new report that lists 200 World Heritage Sites around the globe that are in danger from a variety of threats, turning the spotlight on 12 in particular that could disappear altogether due to a lack of funds, neglect, and mismanagement....

Photo of the Day (10.5.10)

Photo of the Day (10.5.10) Contrary to what it may look like, today's Photo of the Day is not from the set of Indiana Jones 5. Welcome to the Karakoram; one of the greatest and most sparsely inhabited mountain ranges in the world. Apart from being home to K2, the Karakoram is most well known for...

Ask Gadling: What to do in a Muslim country during Ramadan

Ask Gadling: What to do in a Muslim country during Ramadan Ramadan is a month-long religious festival during which Muslims don't eat, drink, smoke, or have sex from sunup to sundown. This reminds them what it's like to be without the things they take for granted, and encourages them to be thankful for what they have. Certain people...

Photos show effects of climate change on Everest

Photos show effects of climate change on Everest A new series of photos from the Himalaya reveal the undeniable effects of global climate change on the glaciers there. This is especially evident on Mt. Everest, where comparative shots from 1921 show just how much the Rongbuk Glacier has retreated over the past 89 years. ...

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...

New epic trekking route set to open in the Himalaya in 2011

New epic trekking route set to open in the Himalaya in 2011 Have you already conquered the world's top treks? Already hiked the Inca Trail, made the trek to Everest Base Camp, and scaled Kilimanjaro? Do the Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trails seem passe? Then get ready for a new long distance trekking route set to open in the...

India opens remote trekking and mountaineering routes

India opens remote trekking and mountaineering routes Adventure travelers were given even more incentive to travel to India recently when it was announced that the government would begin allowing access to previously restricted areas in the remote Jammu and Kashmir provinces. The move has both economic and political motivations...

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...

Get out and go: Events around the world (October 15-18)

Get out and go: Events around the world (October 15-18) Happy Hump Day, Gadling'ers! 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! Islamabad - The Hot...

Cops scamming tourists at Bangkok airport

Cops scamming tourists at Bangkok airport Tourists face a lot of scams if they travel in Southeast Asia, but one especially nasty and hard-to-avoid one has been reported by the BBC. At Bangkok's main airport, cops are accusing international visitors of shoplifting from the airport stores and then extorting money...

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