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Eurovision 2013: All Of Europe Under One Roof

Eurovision 2013: All Of Europe Under One Roof Alex Robertson Textor Launched in 1956, Eurovision is a Europe-wide music competition held every May under the auspices of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Participating countries select their representative songs over the course of the preceding winter and spring....

Photo Of The Day: Proud To Be Romanian

Photo Of The Day: Proud To Be Romanian Today is Independence Day in Romania, a country most known for the Transylvania region and its implied ties to the legend of Dracula. It's often overlooked in a traveler's typical European Grand Tour, even among eastern European countries. If you have the time to explore,...

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: A Guys Road Trip To Transylvania

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: A Guys Road Trip To Transylvania In the Foreign Service, it's easy to calculate who your best friends are. They're the people who will come visit you in places like Khartoum, Yekaterinburg or Bujumbura. Diplomats who get posted to London, Paris, Rome and a handful of other cushy places find themselves...

Tim Leffel On The World's 21 Cheapest Countries

Tim Leffel On The World's 21 Cheapest Countries Tim Leffel's mission is to help skinflints like me find travel destinations they can afford. He traveled around the world on a shoestring with his wife three times and decided to write a book about the world's cheapest countries after realizing that there was no single...

Exploring The Transylvanian Alps In Europe

Exploring The Transylvanian Alps In Europe While many travelers know about the alps in Switzerland, Italy and France, less are aware of the beautiful Transylvanian Alps in Central and Southeastern Europe. Like an open-air museum, this area showcases an untouched area of the continent, with natural landscapes and...

The World's 10 Scariest Haunted Castles

The World's 10 Scariest Haunted Castles From a Czech forest castle reported to house the gates of hell to a gargantuan castle right here in the United States, the world's most haunted castles boast histories rich with frightening details. Specters haunt the halls of these old castles and travelers visit to...

Berkeley's Edible Cities Guide Leads Urban Foragers To Free Good Eats

Berkeley's Edible Cities Guide Leads Urban Foragers To Free Good Eats Anyone who's ever snagged fruit off of their neighbor's trees or bushes (oh, don't look at me like that) will appreciate the new online Edible Cities guide from Berkeleyite Cristian Ionescu-Zanetti. Berkeley is ground zero for the localized food movement, and "urban...

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...

Five ways to get more European stamps in your passport

Five ways to get more European stamps in your passport Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. Yesterday, I wrote about the fact that European passport stamps have become harder and harder to get. The expansion of the Schengen zone has reduced the number of times tourists are compelled to show their passports to immigration officials. For...

Schengen and the disappearance of European passport stamps

Schengen and the disappearance of European passport stamps Creative new use for border crossing posts at German/Austrian border. In the late 1980s, an American spending a summer traveling across Europe with a Eurailpass would see his or her passport stamped possibly dozens of times. With a few exceptions, every time a border...

Romania may send witches to jail if predictions don't come true

Romania may send witches to jail if predictions don't come true Yes, we're aware it's closer to Valentine's Day than Halloween, but the news that Romania has decided to impose even tougher regulations on its witches (yes, witches) is generating 'round the globe chatter. Just one month after authorities began to impose a tax on their...

Flying Wizz Air, European low-cost airline

Flying Wizz Air, European low-cost airline I just flew with Wizz Air, a major budget airline in Europe whose name and stunts I had previously only snickered over. It turns out in addition to offering low fares across Europe, they are also the largest carrier in Hungary (at least according to Wizz, Malev Hungarian...

Prehistoric cave art discovered in Transylvania

Prehistoric cave art discovered in Transylvania A group of speleologists exploring a cave in the Apuseni Nature Park in Transylvania, Romania, have discovered what could be Central Europe's oldest cave art. Paintings of now-extinct species rhinoceros and cat were found next to images of bison, a horse, a bear's head, and...

Man flies to London hidden beneath airplane

Man flies to London hidden beneath airplane A 20-year-old Romanian man is lucky to be alive after he was discovered hidden inside the rear wheel compartment of a jet arriving this week in London. The stowaway, who was apparently looking for work, braved low oxygen and outside air temperatures during the flight as low...

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...

A video bike trip from Berlin to Istanbul

Josh Wedlake spent a month riding a bicycle from Berlin to Istanbul. Not only was his ride an impressive feat of endurance, the animated video recreation he's made of his trip is nearly as amazing. For over four months upon his return, Josh was animating and editing a 3D...

Get out and go: Events around the world (October 28-31)

Get out and go: Events around the world (October 28-31) It's time to look at the festivals and events happening around the world, and this week has a particularly spooky selection of happenings. It is Halloween weekend after all. If you're close and have time, then you have no excuse to get out and go! Denmark - Since the...

Gadlinks for Wednesday 10.7.09

Gadlinks for Wednesday 10.7.09 TGI Wednesday! I am really craving some down time and am ready for the weekend already. Only two more days to go, everyone. Hang in there. To keep your week plugging along, here are the latest and greatest travel reads from around the web. Need to buckle down and do some...

Cyclist circles the globe in 174 days

Cyclist circles the globe in 174 days Last weekend, British cyclist James Bowthorpe rolled into London's Hyde Park, finishing an epic ride around the globe, and setting a new world's record in the process. Bowthorpe became the fastest person to circumnavigate the planet by bike, finishing the 18,000 mile ride...

Galley Gossip: The official laviators music video!

Galley Gossip:  The official laviators music video! Dear Heather, My name is George, I am from Europe and I'm 19 years old. I know about your websites since a long time. Today I was browsing and I've discovered the pictures with the laviators. In the same time I was listening to a song and I've got inspired. I have a...

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