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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...

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...

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....

Learn Spanish With Lonely Planet's Fluent Road

Learn Spanish With Lonely Planet's Fluent Road Courtesy of FluentRoad.com Traveling to Spain or Latin America this summer and want to say more than "Donde esta el bano?" (though, that's an important one to know)? Lonely Planet has just launched a new online foreign language program, Fluent Road, partnering with Spanish...

Survey Ranks 'World's Most Unfriendliest' Countries

Survey Ranks 'World's Most Unfriendliest' Countries Have you ever been to a country that just seems to give tourists the cold shoulder? Now, there are some figures behind those unwelcome feelings; the World Economic Forum has put together a report that ranks countries based on how friendly they are to tourists. The...

Trinidad And Tobago Host Celebrations, Beautiful Beaches

Trinidad And Tobago Host Celebrations, Beautiful Beaches The dual-island Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, just off the north coast of South America, offers a distinct blend of culture, eclectic cuisine and an assortment of eco-adventure activities. Celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence from the United...

The Inca Rally: A Road Race Through South America

The Inca Rally: A Road Race Through South America Looking to add a little excitement to your summer? Then look no further than the Inca Rally, a new road race that is set to get underway in August and promises to offer plenty of adventure to those crazy enough to enter. The three-week long event begins in Lima, Peru...

Cheesey Street Foods Of Latin America

Cheesey Street Foods Of Latin America With the possible exception of Argentina, most people don't associate Central or South America with cheese. Like all of Latin America, these countries are a mix of indigenous cultures, colonizing forces, immigrant influences, and varied terroir, climatic extremes, and levels...

Video Of The Day: Venezuelan Skies Time-Lapse

This time-lapse video featuring Venezuelan skies and aptly named "Venezuelan Skies" just brightened my day. A recent addition to Vimeo with very few plays (5 total plays as I write this), this gem deserves to be seen. Upbeat music is paired with captivating images in...

Frommer's reveals top destinations for 2012

Frommer's reveals top destinations for 2012 What destination are you dreaming of for 2012? The staff at Frommer's have just unveiled their list of top travel destinations for the coming year. Included in the list is a little something for everyone: large metropolises, secluded beach towns, colorful riverside...

Ghostscrapers - Top ten post-apocalyptic abandoned skyscrapers

Ghostscrapers - Top ten post-apocalyptic abandoned skyscrapers When city plans exceed reality, or the money dries up, or people simply leave in a mass exodus, skyscrapers vacate and slowly decay. High winds thrash through broken windows. Rats live undisturbed amongst decades old rubble. Stairways lead to doors that may never open...

Capturado - Venezuela turns drug baron deportation into a TV reality show

Forget Survivor or Dancing with the Stars -- Real reality TV shows convicted drug dealers being deported on state owned TV. The first criminal on the "deportation show" promotes the deportation of Dutch drug lord Merk Anton Herman, wanted by Interpol. Scroll forward to...

Abandoned Caracas skyscraper is home to 2,500 squatters

In downtown Caracas, thousands have found home in an unlikely structure. The "Tower of David," a one time symbol for Venezuela's economic growth prospects, is an unfinished 45 story skyscraper filled with idle Venezuelans and enterprising small business start-ups....

Cuba gets broadband internet

Cuba gets broadband internet A new fiber optic cable from Venezuela will finally get Cuba into the age of broadband, the BBC reports. Cuba has some of the slowest Internet access in the world because it has had to rely on satellite and international phone line communication. It's also hard to get,...

Venezuela's Caracas airport shut down due to power outage

Venezuela's Caracas airport shut down due to power outage Simón Bolívar International Airport in Venezuela just emerged from a rough night after it was forced to send inbound flights to other airports. Four main power sources for its runway lights were knocked out, effectively making the airport unusable. The...

Venezuela's government-run supermarkets offering "just" prices

Venezuela's government-run supermarkets offering You know you've arrived in Venezuela when you can't even walk down the grocery store aisle without seeing a sign decrying the excesses of capitalism. I'll admit I had no idea there existed a "just price" for a liter of vegetable oil, but as you can see, it is clearly...

Pittsburgh restaurant features 'conflict cuisine'

Pittsburgh restaurant features 'conflict cuisine' Most American travelers will never set foot in Iran, but at least now if they make it to Pittsburgh, they can enjoy some of the country's delicious cuisine. It's the idea behind a new take-out restaurant called Conflict Kitchen, a new eatery that's attempting to feature...

17 of the world's strangest natural wonders

17 of the world's strangest natural wonders Nature has the power to amaze. From towering mountains to vast grasslands and immense oceans, there's a world of natural wonder out there waiting to explore. But sometimes the outdoor world isn't just amazing - it's also downright weird. Mysterious sliding rocks,...

Venezuelan church back from watery grave

Venezuelan church back from watery grave Potosi, Venezuela hasn't been on anyone's travel radar much since 1985. That was the year when the town was deliberately flooded by the Venezuelan government to build a hydroelectric dam. That left most of the worthwhile souvenirs from Potosi rather soggy. However,...

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