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Best Ways to Use Airline Miles

Best Ways to Use Airline Miles Aug 16th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Flickr user dasnake Few things are as frustrating to travelers as a huge bank of frequent-flier points and not being able to use them. With fewer seats and routes available, airlines are making it more difficult to trade miles for free flights, knowing they can sell more tickets at a premium price. They're gambling that customers with large banks of points will stay continue to stay loyal for fear...

What Would You Do With One Million Loyalty Points?

What Would You Do With One Million Loyalty Points? Jun 29th, 2013 at 3:00PM: the Italian voice/Flickr That's the question 10 lucky winners will need to decide in Best Western International's Loyalty Millionaires promotion, a part of their 25th anniversary celebration. Two randomly selected winners will be chosen each week through July 14, each winning one million bonus points to redeem in any way they like, and not just on hotel rooms either. "Whether it's a trip with...

Video: Amazon Ants Transform Into Life Raft

Mar 25th, 2013 at 4:00PM: If you're still haunted by the sight of spiders raining down on a Brazilian city, as we brought to your attention last month, this heartwarming nature video might be a palette-cleanser. Captured by the BBC, fire ants in the Amazon adapted to a flood by ganging together and turning themselves into a raft for their queen. Braving all manner of threats (speedboat on your left!), the colony clung...

Accusations Fly Over New Honduras Guidebook

Accusations Fly Over New Honduras Guidebook Mar 23rd, 2013 at 10:00AM: The new edition of Moon Handbooks' guide to Honduras and the Bay Islands, published in December, already has 49 reviews on Amazon. That's 15 times more than the previous version of the book. But 39 reviewers gave it a one-star rating, the lowest possible. What happened to warrant such an unusual trashing? Did the author confuse Honduras for an entirely different country? No – in fact,...

Gadling Gear Review: Kindle Fire HD

Gadling Gear Review: Kindle Fire HD Mar 18th, 2013 at 8:00AM: There is no doubt that tablet computers have had a dramatic impact on travel over the past few years. These lightweight and versatile devices provide us with all kinds of entertainment options while keeping us in contact with friends and family back home. Of course, the iPad is the 900-pound gorilla in the tablet space, but over the past year or so some real competition has arrived on the scene...

The Worst-Smelling Towns In America

The Worst-Smelling Towns In America Aug 1st, 2012 at 9:00AM: Last week, I was in Eureka, California, for a couple of days with my parents and brother's family. Despite the cute, historic downtown and an epic feast at the renown Samoa Cookhouse, our overwhelming impression of this coastal city is that it should be renamed "Eureeka," because it stinks – literally. The stench of ... bait fish? Fish meal or perhaps cat food processing enveloped our...

Photo of the Day: giant otter

Photo of the Day: giant otter Mar 25th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Flickr user Max Waugh Photography was on a nature excursion in the Peruvian Amazon when he came upon this unique species of giant otter, popping its head above the glassy water surface. I love the photo's close up details - the animal's elongated neck, wiry whiskers and curious stare. With great nature shots like this one, it's particularly important to get as close (as is safe) or zoomed in...

Explore the Amazon with Google Street View

Explore the Amazon with Google Street View Mar 23rd, 2012 at 8:00AM: Yesterday, in honor of World Forest Day, Google rolled out a new addition to their popular Street View application. The Internet search giant updated the service with imagery and data from the Amazon River, giving would-be explorers the opportunity to travel along that famous waterway without ever leaving the comfort of their own home. According to the official Google Blog members of the Street...

Book review: inyourpocket guide to Athens

Book review: inyourpocket guide to Athens Feb 15th, 2012 at 9:00AM: This was originally supposed to be a review of the Rough Guide to Greece. I really like the Rough Guides and two weeks before I set off to write my travel series about Greece I ordered a copy from Amazon. The morning of my flight it still hadn't arrived. Luckily I knew about the inyourpocket guides. I had never tried these free, downloadable guides to dozens of cities, and now looked like the...

Adventure vacation Guide 2012: Ecuador

Adventure vacation Guide 2012: Ecuador Jan 3rd, 2012 at 9:30AM: Most Norteamericanos are hard-pressed to locate Ecuador on the map. Those familiar with this South American country the size of Colorado usually associate it with the (admittedly) spectacular Galapagos Islands. Yet Ecuador has so much more offer besides the Galapagos, and 2012 is the year to get your hardcore on. Why? Because the country's adventure travel industry is blowing up--but it's...

Gadling Gift Guide: Tech for Travel

Gadling Gift Guide: Tech for Travel Dec 8th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Travel has certainly changed in the last decade and most of us would probably agree that those changes haven't always been for the best. Fortunately, technology has been one of the bright spots over the past few years however, and we now have a plethora of options for entertainment, staying connected, and getting work done while on the go. Here are a few great gift ideas for the techie traveler on...

New Seven Wonders of Natural World revealed amidst controversy

New Seven Wonders of Natural World revealed amidst controversy Nov 15th, 2011 at 8:00AM: After four years of hype and fanfare, the new seven wonders of the natural world were unveiled last Friday, honoring some of the most amazing landscapes on the planet. But as the competition drew to a close, dark clouds of controversy formed, casting a shadow over the entire affair. The selection process for the new seven wonders began back in 2007, when 440 natural wonders, from 220 countries,...

Bolivian president vetoes Amazon road

Bolivian president vetoes Amazon road Oct 29th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Bolivian President Evo Morales signed a law on Tuesday that forbids the construction of a new road through the Amazon Rainforest. The road was seen as a threat to the ecosystem of one of Bolivia's more popular national parks and a tribe of indigenous people that live there. The new road was to be funded by Brazil and would have been approximately 177 km (109 miles) in length. But the...

Uncontacted tribe discovered in the Amazon

Uncontacted tribe discovered in the Amazon Jun 23rd, 2011 at 8:00AM: Officials from Brazil's National Indian Foundation (Funai) have announced the discovery of another uncontacted tribe living deep inside the Amazon Jungle. The tribe is estimated to have a population of about 200 people who have continued to live in the same natural manner for centuries, untouched by the modern world. Evidence of the tribe first surfaced when researchers spotted a small clearing...

Five places to see shrunken heads

Five places to see shrunken heads Jun 17th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Call me sick, but I've always been fascinated with shrunken heads. "OK, you're sick!" Fine, but you're still reading this, aren't you? Throughout history many cultures took heads as trophies, including the ancestors of many Gadling readers--the Celts. Celtic warriors used to cut the heads off of enemies and attach them to their chariots to look extra intimidating in battle. Japanese...

Top five things to look for in a travel doctor, and why you should have one

Top five things to look for in a travel doctor, and why you should have one May 19th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Despite writing about food and adventure travel for a living, I used to be somewhat blasé about the concept of travel medicine. Multiple incidents of Giardia/dysentery/traveler's diarrhea/full-body outbreaks of mosquito and sand fly bites just taught me to carry a serious stash of antibiotics in my first-aid kit. At least I've always been conscientious about travel immunizations and...

New photos released of remote Brazilian rainforest tribe

New photos released of remote Brazilian rainforest tribe Feb 1st, 2011 at 4:30PM: Survival International, a UK-based rights group dedicated to protecting indigenous communities worldwide, has just released new photographs of an "uncontacted" group of indigenous people living on the Brazilian-Peruvian border. This is only the second time in two years photos of the isolated Indians have ever been released. FoxNews reports the photos were taken by Brazil's Indian Affairs...

Travelocity video contest awards winners $5,000 voluntourism vacation grants

Jan 31st, 2011 at 5:00PM: Travelocity knows you work hard. That's why the online travel company would like to give you a $5,000 grant to go on vacation. Calm down now. You have to work to win your just reward. And by work, I mean you or a team need to submit a winning video. Then you have to use your five thousand smackers to take a Signature Trip volunteer vacation offered by Travelocity's voluntourism partners....

New report says Amazon reveals one new species every three days

New report says Amazon reveals one new species every three days Oct 28th, 2010 at 12:00PM: 2010 has been declared the International Year of Biodiversity to help raise awareness of the vast numbers of species that exist on our planet and the challenges that now threaten many of them with extinction. There is no place on the planet that exemplifies the concept of biodiversity like the Amazon jungle, which is home to thousands of different animal species and tens of thousands of plants....

Perfect for Amazon Kindle users - free 25 language phrasebook

Perfect for Amazon Kindle users - free 25 language phrasebook Oct 18th, 2010 at 5:30PM: If you are one of the millions of happy users of an Amazon Kindle, then you may want to point your Kindle towards this free 25 language phrasebook. In the book, you get a massive amount of phases, general language information, pronunciation tips and more. The guide covers the following languages: German, French, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian,...

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