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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...

Video: the darkest type of eclipse shot from Tajikistan

Gadling, travel blog and time-lapse video enthusiast site, is proud to present this stunning video shot in Tajikistan of the total lunar eclipse last month. The eclipse was best viewed from central Asia and Africa, and vimeo user Jean-Luc Dauvergne captured it...

Travel then and now: Travel to the USSR and GDR

Travel then and now: Travel to the USSR and GDR This year is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union and 21 years since the reunification of Germany. While citizens of the USSR and GDR were unable to travel abroad and restricted in domestic travel, foreign travelers were permitted under a controlled...

List of World Heritage sites continues to grow

List of World Heritage sites continues to grow The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, also known as UNESCO, has added more sites, including several cultural locations, to its ever expanding World Heritage list. The additions were made this past weekend when the organization concluded the...

UNESCO ponders new World Heritage sites

UNESCO ponders new World Heritage sites The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, better known as UNESCO, has announced that it will consider expanding their list of World Heritage Sites when the organization meets in Brazil in a few weeks time. The current list consists of 890 places...

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...

Trekking Tajikistan

Trekking Tajikistan The mountain countries of Central Asia have been a bit of a hidden gem for adventure travel in recent years. While the vast majority of people can't find Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan on the map as of yet, the more adventurous travelers have begun to hear tales of...

Cycling the Silk Road

Cycling the Silk Road Cycling tours have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially amongst adventure travelers who are looking to explore the world from the seat of their bikes. One of the leaders in organizing these kinds of adventure cycling trips has always been Tour d'Afrique...

Trekking Tajikistan

Trekking Tajikistan Adventure travelers enjoy a great trek, and will go to the ends of the Earth, sometimes quite literally, to find one. The more remote, desolate, and free from other people, the better. Over the past few years, some of the classic treks of the world have become increasingly...

Photo of the day (06/24/08)

Photo of the day (06/24/08) I don't think that many people think of roughing it through Tajikistan when they think of "road tripping it". That's exactly why I love this picture, taken by uncorneredmarket in Gadling's photo pool. The perfect mixture of arid rough terrain, beautiful blue sky and a...

Keeping the 'Stans Straight, part 4: Tajikistan

Keeping the 'Stans Straight, part 4: Tajikistan Tajikistan Location: Shares an eastern border with China and a southern border with Afghanistan. Capital: Dushanbe In a nutshell: This small, mountainous ex-Soviet republic has historically been one of the poorest of the Central Asian republics, thanks in part to a civil...

Photo of the Day (12/27/07)

Photo of the Day (12/27/07) This photo encapsulates everything I love about travel, especially those odd moments where you get mixed in with the locals and have to endure an entire different way of life just to get from Point A to Point B. And just look at that desolate landscape. There's probably not...

Gadling buys a cow!

Gadling buys a cow! We did it. We bought a cow. Well, sort of. Technically we loaned Mirov Zarobiddin the money so that he could buy the cow himself. We did this through an organization called Kiva, a nonprofit that organizes micro loans in developing countries to aspiring entrepreneurs. We...

Help Gadling buy this woman a cow

Help Gadling buy this woman a cow If you've ever traveled to a third world country and fell in love with its people, you know that feeling of guilt that inevitably arises when you realize just how difficult life can be for those less privileged than you. Most travelers caught up in this epiphany often...

Photo of the Day (11/16/07)

Photo of the Day (11/16/07) Rugged mountains, an unpaved road, a strange make of automobile. Nothing smells of adventure more than the three elements mentioned above and captured so perfectly in this photo by Uncorneredmarket. What does the road ahead hold for these passengers and what grand times...

Gadling on the Road Archives

Gadling on the Road Archives Here at Gadling we pride ourselves in putting our money where our mouth is. In other words, we write about travel because we are all travelers. This is our passion, this is our hobby, this is our life. Unfortunately, we can't all travel 100% of the time. But, when we do hit...

Word for the Travel Wise (11/30/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (11/30/06) It's been a moment since I've provided you with a word from Tajikistan. During the three weeks I spent in the country this past September I found this one word to be quite helpful in many situations. If someone was hounding me on the streets or pouring too much tea I let...

Photo of the Day (10/13/06)

Photo of the Day (10/13/06) We return, for the second day in a row, to the fantastic photo collection of teokaye--an intrepid traveler who has passed through Afghanistan, Russia, and now, with this photo, Tajikistan. Simply titled "Sheep" this shot, taken in the Rushon District of Tajikistan, is a...

GADLING'S TAKE FIVE: Week of October 1

GADLING'S TAKE FIVE: Week of October 1 Buckle down everyone and grab some hot cocoa. It's time for another weekly dose of Gadling's Take Five. 5. Shrink is Located in Terminal A: Fear of flying? Get help and get over it! Iva brings a great piece from USA Today which talks of Buenos Aires response to those who are...

Volunteer Vacation Reviewed

Volunteer Vacation Reviewed Now that I've given you a week of blow-by-blow insider detail and a look at how fun volunteering while on vacation can be, let's do a quick review. First question people always ask, "How can I do something like this or volunteer with Habitat for Humanity?" Joining a GV Team...

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