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Study Reveals Most Contaminated Surfaces In Hotel Rooms

Study Reveals Most Contaminated Surfaces In Hotel Rooms You may never be able to relax in a hotel room again – not without a lot of antibacterial, anyway. A new study done by the University of Houston, with help from Purdue University and the University of South Carolina, looked into what surface areas in hotel rooms were...

Blowfish Poisoning Suspected As Cause Of Canadian Sisters' Deaths In Thailand

Blowfish Poisoning Suspected As Cause Of Canadian Sisters' Deaths In Thailand In a recent tragedy, two Canadian sisters were found dead in their hotel room on the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand. Discovered on June 15 by the Phi Phi Palm Residence Hotel's maid, Audrey and Noemi Belanger, 20 and 26, are suspected to have died from severe food poisoning,...

A Budget-Friendly Wellness Retreat In Ecuador's 'Valley of Longevity'

A Budget-Friendly Wellness Retreat In Ecuador's 'Valley of Longevity' As soon as you step off the bus into Vilcabamba in Ecuador, you'll be amazed at how rural and small the town feels. Surrounded by the Andes Mountains and lush valleys, Vilcabamba is a tranquil place where you go to clear your mind and get away. Upon closer inspection,...

Relaxing At The World's Highest Beer Spa In La Paz, Bolivia

Relaxing At The World's Highest Beer Spa In La Paz, Bolivia At 11,975 feet above sea level, the city of La Paz in Bolivia is pretty high. In fact, it is the highest "de facto" capital city in the world. Because of this, it's not uncommon to experience some kind of reaction to the altitude. To help your body relax, backpackers can...

How To Travel Plastic-Free

How To Travel Plastic-Free While we've written about how to have a more eco-friendly vacation, there is a growing travel trend of vacationing plastic-free. For example, backpackers Polythene Pam and Village Boy, who write for the site Plastic is Rubbish, focus on eliminating plastic from their lives...

Tips For Staying Fit On The Road

Tips For Staying Fit On The Road At home I'm a health and fitness nut working out six days a week and eating a diet high in nutritional value. While this can sometimes be hard to maintain on the road, it isn't impossible. To help you stay in shape while traveling, here are some tips. Stop Thinking You're...

Sleeping In Seattle: The Consequences Of SAD

Sleeping In Seattle: The Consequences Of SAD I recently mentioned my somewhat reluctant decision to relocate from Seattle when the right opportunity presents itself (A job and nice one bedroom in Berkeley, North Oakland or Boulder anyone? Anyone?). While my move was precipitated by a layoff in February, I've known...

Budget Travel Zen: 10 Free/Donation-Based Yoga Studios In The US

Budget Travel Zen: 10 Free/Donation-Based Yoga Studios In The US Knotted shoulders... stiff necks... flight delay anxiety... pent-up aggression toward the armrest-hogger seated next to you on the plane. Travel certainly has its ways of winding you up, and there's nothing like a great yoga class to wind back down. But with trendy...

Can Ibuprofen Fend Off Altitude Sickness?

Can Ibuprofen Fend Off Altitude Sickness? The results of a new study could deliver good news for adventure travelers. According to an article published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the over-the-counter medication ibuprofen could be an effective agent in staving off the effects of altitude sickness such as...

Fliers beware: Are you at risk for deep vein thrombosis?

Fliers beware: Are you at risk for deep vein thrombosis? For those of you who have ever worried about the health risks associated with airplane travel, Compression Stockings has something for you. The company has created this detailed visual based on numerous studies explaining how travelers who are taking long flights are at...

Travel Smarter 2012: Travel tips for health and wellness

Travel Smarter 2012: Travel tips for health and wellness Films like "Contagion" (which I very much enjoyed, and not just because Gwyneth Paltrow bites it within the first 10 minutes) instill a paranoia in the public consciousness about the hazards of air travel. It's true, however, that most public transportation is the...

Five toilet paper alternatives for the road (or if you live in New Jersey)

Five toilet paper alternatives for the road (or if you live in New Jersey) Trenton, New Jersey, has a serious problem. The city government is in a fight with their paper goods supplier over prices and the city's buildings are in danger of running out of toilet paper. What can they do for their voters in need? Installing bidets would be more...

Students travel to Japan, help recovery efforts

Students travel to Japan, help recovery efforts Travel to Japan was disrupted last year when a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11. The disaster brought an alarming death toll, fear of nuclear explosion and travel alerts cancelling hundreds of flights and stranding tens of thousands of travelers. But...

Wellness when traveling now more than a trip to the gym

Wellness when traveling now more than a trip to the gym When we think of wellness when traveling, thoughts turn to the exercise facility at a hotel. Maybe a walk on a beach comes to mind or the extra exercise we might get naturally at a destination we visit. That's a good place to start but hotels are taking that idea a step or...

Rio Carnival 2012: Best street foods for partying all day (and night)

Rio Carnival 2012: Best street foods for partying all day (and night) It's impossible to survive consecutive days of Carnival blocos, parties, and parades without adding hits of nutrition to your daily beer diet. For this, Rio de Janeiro's street food vendors have you covered. Street food can be found everywhere in Rio de Janeiro,...

Airport Carbon Accreditation program grows in Europe

Airport Carbon Accreditation program grows in Europe Europe's Airport Carbon Accreditation program is now boasting fifty-five major European airports as members and making a significant dent in carbon emissions. The voluntary program has a four-level rating system that assesses and recognizes the efforts of airports to manage...

San Francisco introduces first-ever airport yoga room

San Francisco introduces first-ever airport yoga room If a long flight has you hankering for a sun salutation, San Francisco International Airport has got you covered. On Thursday, the airport will unveil the world's first dedicated airport yoga room, just past the security checkpoint in the newly renovated Terminal 2. ...

Haiti: the rocky road to recovery

Haiti: the rocky road to recovery Haiti was hit by a massive earthquake a little over two years ago, flattening homes, school buildings, and businesses; pretty much transforming the entire city of Port Au Prince into rubble. Relief efforts came and continue by non-governmental organizations (NGO's) as...

Mexico's safest destinations

Mexico's safest destinations Crime in Mexico has kept travelers away from some parts of the country that are riddled with the results of drug cartel operations. Everything from murder to mass graves and the acts of brutal drug lords has caused the U.S. Department of State to issue warnings against...

Vagabond Tales: Nobody plans to visit a hospital in Uruguay

Vagabond Tales: Nobody plans to visit a hospital in Uruguay About the last thing that anyone wants to have happen on their vacation is to end up in the hospital. This much nearly all travelers can agree upon. What's even more fun is ending up in a hospital in a country that speaks a foreign language, realizing your vocabulary...

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