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Pushing and Shoving Speeds Up Venezuelan Subway Boarding

Pushing and Shoving Speeds Up Venezuelan Subway Boarding AP Throughout the world, subway systems have different rules of etiquette. On Washington, DC's Metro, for example, eating and drinking is forbidden; just a few hours north on a Boston's T, however, other passengers will wonder what's wrong if you're not sipping coffee...

British Couple Runs the Entire Length of South America

British Couple Runs the Entire Length of South America Shutterstock / Warren Goldswain If running a marathon seems like an exhausting prospect, then spare a thought for the British couple that ran a marathon every single day for 15 months. The mammoth feat was part of an epic plan to run the entire length of South America- ,504...

Before You Book: Eco-Friendly Hotel Or Just Greenwashing?

Before You Book: Eco-Friendly Hotel Or Just Greenwashing? velo_city, Flickr We've all stayed at hotels that proudly boast, via little signs on the bed and/or bathroom sink, that they're doing their part to save the environment. Don't want towels changed in order to save water? Just hang 'em up, and the housekeeper will know that...

Guess Who Has The Most Intimidating Border Control Officials?

Guess Who Has The Most Intimidating Border Control Officials? Flickr, US Army Do you ever feel nervous going through border control in a new country? How about when you return home? A study by IXP visas polled 1,000 travelers who had been to at least ten foreign countries; over 60% said they felt intimidated by border officials at some...

"Gringo Trails": What Are Travelers Doing To The Places They Visit?

"Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to...

The Way Of Kindness

The Way Of Kindness AP In his preface to a collection of stories called "The Kindness of Strangers," His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote, "Kindness and compassion are among the principal values that make our lives meaningful... At any given moment there must be hundreds of millions of acts of...

Is This The Ultimate (And Least Practical) Round The World Trip?

Is This The Ultimate (And Least Practical) Round The World Trip? e8odie If you have a thing about cartography, Reddit's "MapPorn" page is almost too much to bear. If you also have a thing about travel as well, beware – this one can devour entire afternoons. For example, here's one map that has captured the imaginations of...

Venezuela Exchange Rate Magic Brings Free Flights, Cash Payday

Venezuela Exchange Rate Magic Brings Free Flights, Cash Payday Flickr/ jopimalg Venezuela's late socialist leader Hugo Chavez set money controls a decade ago that have caused a wacky system of disparity between official and black market rates for local currency. One result has been flights out of Venezuela booked for months in advance...

How Did So Much Cocaine Wind Up On This Flight?

A couple of passengers departing Caracas, Venezuela for Paris, France checked 31 articles of luggage on the flight, all of which were tagged under false names. Upon investigation, authorities discovered that the bags were filled with 2,866 pounds of pure cocaine....

Developer Who Destroyed Pyramid in Peru Goes Free

Back in July we reported on a developer in Peru who bulldozed a 4,000 year old pyramid. Situated on the site of El Paraíso, a 4,000 year-old settlement pre-Inca near Lima, it's one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. It's also prime real...

Archaeologists Discover Astronomical Observatory At Machu Picchu

Archaeologists Discover Astronomical Observatory At Machu Picchu Allard Schmidt Archaeologists excavating at the famous Inca site of Machu Picchu in Peru have discovered the remains of an astronomical observatory. The Peruvian-Polish team cleared away an unexcavated building of the well-preserved Inca retreat, now the most popular...

Flying With Your Dog: New Class Makes Canines Better Airline Passengers

Some people are naturally better travelers than others; so it is with pets. But whereas humans can temper their anxiety or irritation at the airport bar or by downing an Ambien, dogs don't have that option (although, to be accurate, your vet will prescribe a travel...

The Joys of Traveling Solo

The Joys of Traveling Solo Rob, Flickr As travel writers, taking solo trips goes with the territory, so to speak. Sometimes, we're able to take along significant others or friends, but that's the exception. For my part, I prefer to travel alone, be it work or pleasure (which, given my occupation,...

How Can Airline Websites Improve?

I recently visited the mobile website for midwest-based Sun Country Airlines, where I could check a flight status, view schedules or check my itinerary. Basically everything except what I came to do: book a flight. The confusing, unattractive, user-unfriendly design of...

How to Win Free Travel (Hint: You'll Have to Get Creative)

Like free travel? Of course you do. There are a few contests you should enter, especially if you are a seasoned business traveler or a bubbly sociable traveler. Like most online contests, they will require social media savvy and some old-fashioned popularity...

Ostrich Egg Globe Has Oldest Depiction Of The Americas

Ostrich Egg Globe Has Oldest Depiction Of The Americas Used with permission of The Portolan, copyright Washington Map Society A depiction of the world engraved on an ostrich egg in 1504 may be the oldest depiction of the Americas, the Washington Post reports. The globe, which was purchased by an anonymous collector at the...

Adorable New Teddy Bear-Cat Creature Discovered in South America

Researchers at the Smithsonian announced the discovery of a new species today, and it's not the usual flower or insect. Instead, it's the olinguito, an adorable teddy bear-like mammal that lives in the cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia. At night, the animal leaps from...

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names?

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names? EndonymMap.com You booked a trip to Germany, so why does your passport stamp say Deutschland? Your name didn't change from John to Johann, so why should the country's name change? If you've ever wondered why countries go by different names in different languages, you can...

40 Crazy Facts About the World, in Maps

40 Crazy Facts About the World, in Maps Andrew Fahmy If you love maps and data, you should click on over to TwistedSifter.com, which has rounded up 40 maps to give you perspective on the world. See the global distribution of McDonald's and the rainbow of Antarctica's time zones. You can marvel at America's rivers...

Great Comeback Cities For Travel

Great Comeback Cities For Travel Flickr, Michigan Municipal League Recently, the former automotive boomtown of Detroit made history by filing for bankruptcy, making it an easy butt of jokes on Twitter and in the news. However, Motown has also been making strides to become America's great comeback city, with...

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