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It's a band. On a motorcycle. In Russia

We all knew that Russia is the place for opulent indulgence and incredible feats, but this video might take the cake. Youtube user tigfinger posted this amazing video of an entire band playing in a motorcycle and sidecar speeding down the Russian highway, happily playing...

Ukranian teens capture illegal bridge climbing on video

I've seen some crazy urban climbing videos in my time, but this one takes the cake. It was captured on a helmet cam and follows four teenagers as they scramble up the Moskovskyi (Moscow) Bridge in Kiev, while traffic rushes by below. After a brief conversation in Russian at...

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...

Russian firm reveals plans for a "space hotel"

Russian firm reveals plans for a The newest hotel plans in development are far out ... literally. Russian firm Orbital Technologies revealed plans for a space hotel at a conference in Moscow this week. The hotel has a predicted 2016 opening, the Daily Mail reports. Initial data suggests that a five...

Fifty years ago today: youngest person in space throws up

Fifty years ago today: youngest person in space throws up Fifty years ago today, Gherman Titov became the second man to go into orbit. The first was Yuri Gagarin of the Soviet Union on 12 April 1961. Titov was also Soviet, and flew aboard the Vostok-2 mission. While Gagarin launched into enduring fame and became one of my...

Russian riverboat tragedy highlights cruise ship safety

Russian riverboat tragedy highlights cruise ship safety The Russian river boat Bulgaria went down at 2 p.m. local time Sunday about 450 miles east of Moscow. While the exact cause is unknown, it was reported to be raining heavily at the time, the ship was maintained poorly and a lax implementation of safety rules look to be...

Top ten most crowded islands in the world

Top ten most crowded islands in the world From an island microslum in Colombia to a haute enclave in central Paris, the ten most crowded islands in the world bear scant similarities in class or culture. In fact, every entry in the top ten comes from a different country. But being islands, each shares the common...

Russians ready to travel, voting on destinations

Russians ready to travel, voting on destinations While only 15% of Russia's 142 million population have ever traveled abroad, in the last decade Russia has been one of the world's fastest growing outbound travel markets and the world of travel wants to know what they are all about. The My Planet Travel Awards, voted on by...

Poison alcohol kills Russian tourists: three things they should have known

Poison alcohol kills Russian tourists: three things they should have known Poisonous alcohol has been blamed for the deaths of three Russians on a cruise off the Turkish resort of Bodrum. The Russians were part of a trip by travel agency managers exploring tourism possibilities in Turkey. In total, 20 Russians and one Turk were poisoned by the...

Moscow Metro celebrates 76th anniversary

Moscow Metro celebrates 76th anniversary This year marks the 76th anniversary of the Moscow metro system. From the public to the private areas, the stunning architectural images showcase one of the world's most fascinating transportation masterpieces, far exceeding the beauty of those in the United States....

Video: mysterious dancing Russian plane

A word of warning - this is a long video, but if you have the patience to watch it, you'll see what the title means. This Russian Tupolev Tu-154 took off from an airport near Moscow, and experienced a defect in its controls. According to one source, the plane hadn't...

Ode to the expat newspaper

Ode to the expat newspaper One of my favorite things about traveling, in addition to foreign supermarkets, oddball museums, and miniature toiletries, is the local English-language expat newspaper. When I'm home in New York, I tend to get all my news online, either directly from news websites through...

Space tourism celebrates tenth anniversary

Space tourism celebrates tenth anniversary Space tourism is ten years old this week. On 28 April 2001 millionaire Dennis Tito became the first person to go into space as a tourist and not an astronaut or scientist. In an interview with BBC today he talked about how thrilled he was and called his eight days being...

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade First, it was underground supper clubs. Now, everything's coming up pop-ups. As with food trucks, this form of guerrilla cheffing borne of economic need has become a global phenomenon. Equal parts dinner party and dinner theater, a pop-up refers to a dining establishment...

Knocked up abroad: second trimester travel

Knocked up abroad: second trimester travel Not far along enough for second trimester travel? Read more about pregnancy in a foreign country, Turkish prenatal care, travel in the first trimester,Turkish superstitions, and foreign baby names on Knocked up abroad. A few years ago, before the word staycation...

National Geographic Traveler announces 2011 Tours of a Lifetime

National Geographic Traveler announces 2011 Tours of a Lifetime National Geographic Traveler magazine has announced its annual list of their picks for Tours of a Lifetime, selecting 50 fantastic journeys to the far flung corners of the globe. For each of the past six years, Traveler has examined thousands of tours in a variety of...

Knocked up abroad: foreign baby names in a foreign country

Knocked up abroad: foreign baby names in a foreign country Just arrived? Read more about pregnancy in a foreign country, Turkish prenatal care, travel in the first trimester, and Turkish superstitions on Knocked up abroad. "Whatever you do, if it's a girl, don't call her Natasha," was the first bit of advice a Turkish friend gave...

Prince Harry begins arctic trek

Prince Harry begins arctic trek Way back in January we posted a story about the possibility of Britain's Prince Harry going to the North Pole as part of a fund raising effort for charity. While the prince won't actually be heading to 90ºN as predicted, he did embark on an Arctic trek this week with a...

Video of the Day - Sunsets around the world

Seeing the sun set over a foreign land can lead to some of the most memorable moments on any given trip. Even though it's an event we witness every day of our lives, watching it dip over a new horizon always feels like a completely new experience. Today's Video of...

Around the world in 2000 pictures

This quick trip around the world by filmmaker and photographer Alex Profit is a stunning display of photo-tourism. The video embarks on a journey through Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Tokyo, New York and London. It will cure your nagging fits of...

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