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Trekking Couple Circles Planet Three Times In 424 Days

Trekking Couple Circles Planet Three Times In 424 Days Apr 8th, 2013 at 3:00PM: They started trekking the planet more than a year ago, promising to travel the globe bringing children in classrooms from around the world with them, virtually, as they visited scores of countries and continents. Now their journey is complete and Darren and Sandy Van Soye are back to tell about it. The story begins in February 2012, when the couple from Southern California started on a...

Man Follows Girlfriend Around The World In Striking Photo Series

Man Follows Girlfriend Around The World In Striking Photo Series Mar 6th, 2013 at 11:00AM: What would it look like if you followed your significant other to the ends of the world? That's the theme behind a striking series of photos by Russian video producer Murad Osmann. Osmann has garnered a huge following on Instagram for the images, which show him being "dragged" by his girlfriend through the rice fields of Bali, along the canals of Venice, down the streets of Hong Kong, and...

Photo Of The Day: Buddha On The Beach In Bali

Photo Of The Day: Buddha On The Beach In Bali Feb 26th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Now try saying that five times fast. This Photo of the Day, from Instagram user terra_tripper, features a golden Buddha statue nestled in the sands of Sanur, Bali. Ostensibly, he's there to imbue the beach with peace and zen. We just think it makes for a cool picture. Do you have any great travel photos? You now have two options to enter your snapshots into the running for Gadling's...

Video Of The Day: Escape To The Beaches Of Bali

Feb 4th, 2013 at 6:00PM: This sleepy video made in Bali, Indonesia, by InfinityList has me daydreaming about a sunny escape. Shot from Uluwatu, Balangan, and Bingin, it perfectly captures the relaxed beach vibe that so may of us seek out in our travels. One watch and you might also be fantasizing about dipping your toes in the sand, spending your nights under thatched roofs, and sharing seafood and drinks with...

Magical Moments Of 2012: A Personal Review

Magical Moments Of 2012: A Personal Review Dec 31st, 2012 at 12:00PM: As the end of each year approaches, I try to take stock of the preceding 12 months, to absorb and assess the adventures, inner and outer. Reviewing this year, I've been filled with gratitude and wonder to realize that this has been one of the most enriching, exhilarating years I've had in a long time, especially the past six months, when I managed to squeeze six special trips into an...

Unexpected Offerings On A Return To Bali

Unexpected Offerings On A Return To Bali Nov 22nd, 2012 at 10:00AM: Last month, I spent a week on the Indonesian island of Bali as a guest of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. This was my first visit to that blessed place since I'd fallen in love with it 34 years ago. Like me, the island had lost some of its innocence in the intervening years. Unlike my earlier trip, when the Balinese I met had simply welcomed me with wide eyes and hearts, this time...

Listen To 'In Bali With Baggage' On CBC's 'WireTap'

Nov 22nd, 2012 at 9:00AM: Jon Goldstein was able to publish our excellent series "In Bali With Baggage" over on "WireTap" this past weekend, marking the first time that a Gadling story has ever been broadcast on the North American radio waves. You can check out the landing page for the show over on the CBC or subscribe to the weekly podcast here. Our thanks to Mr. Golstein and the producers of "WireTap" for...

The Trick To Surviving Thanksgiving On The Road

The Trick To Surviving Thanksgiving On The Road Nov 21st, 2012 at 12:00PM: I woke up last Thanksgiving with plenty to be thankful for. The sun was shining. The air was fragrant. Outside my guesthouse window, rice paddies extended as far as the eye could see. I was in Bali, for Christ's sake. There wasn't much to complain about. Yet, I felt empty. Thanksgiving is one of the toughest days to travel, especially when you're alone. For a while, I puttered around...

In Bali With Baggage: Rince

In Bali With Baggage: Rince Nov 8th, 2012 at 10:00AM: [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] As I wander Bali for the next few days, I can't stop thinking about the pink lotus incident, how bending down to pick up that flower inaugurated a flood of emotional introspection. On my last day here, I stop into a restaurant and have an iced coffee and, as I've been doing a lot of lately, pull out my notebook within which I've been...

In Bali With Baggage: Monkeys, A Cat, A Lotus Flower

In Bali With Baggage: Monkeys, A Cat, A Lotus Flower Nov 7th, 2012 at 10:00AM: [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] Madai and I study the tourist map and decide our next stop will be a place marked as "The Monkey Temple." It is in Ubud, in the midst of a forest overrun with monkeys. As we make our way, I find myself growing giddy, like a kid. One thinks one has hung out with monkeys because one has seen so much of them on TV and in movies. Wearing...

In Bali With Baggage: Madai

In Bali With Baggage: Madai Nov 6th, 2012 at 10:00AM: [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] Is it possible to avoid the snare of Bali's cheap drink, massages, great food and beaches to hit the countryside and visit temples? It seems like it'd take some will power. But as indicated in earlier installments, I come from educational film stock. Not amusement park ride stock so, not to brag or anything, but I think I can handle it. I...

In Bali With Baggage: A Night

In Bali With Baggage: A Night Nov 5th, 2012 at 10:00AM: [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] I will give travel this: it gives us an excuse. It allows us to get away with things we never could back home. In Bali I can have beer with my breakfast. I can take three baths during the day. I can spend a great deal of mid afternoon time staring at a tree and thinking about trees without the risk of running into an old friend from high...

In Bali With Baggage: A Massage

In Bali With Baggage: A Massage Nov 2nd, 2012 at 10:00AM: [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] Because they're so cheap and good, I find myself wandering from massage to massage. I walk out of one and right into the next, like I'm trick-or-treating. In the Balinese style of massage, the masseuse gets up on the small of your back and rides you like a horse – a nice horse that has worked hard in the field all day and has earned...

In Bali With Baggage: Getting A Look Around

In Bali With Baggage: Getting A Look Around Nov 1st, 2012 at 10:00AM: [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] Perhaps it is some fluke of Balinese grammar. Perhaps the words for "lonely" and "alone" are the same. But the hotel staff keeps asking me, "traveling lonely?" and I say, "Yes." "No friends?" they continue, just to make sure. "No," I say, feeling my nose being rubbed in it. "No friends." In my short time here, I've already learned...

In Bali With Baggage: Getting There

In Bali With Baggage: Getting There Oct 31st, 2012 at 10:00AM: [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] It's the first time I've ever traveled business class and getting on ahead of economy feels strange. I am now one of those guys I've always hated. Seated at the front of the plane as the second-classers trudge by, grunting and depleted, I'm tempted to call out, "I was once like you." But instead, I sip my sparkling wine and fiddle with my...

In Bali With Baggage: Childhood

In Bali With Baggage: Childhood Oct 30th, 2012 at 10:00AM: [read earlier parts of "In Bali With Baggage" here] My ambivalence about travel probably began in childhood with our family's summer road trips. They just weren't fun. Except for the time my father had to pull into a Frontier Town parking lot to urinate and possibly weep in a locked toilet stall, we never stopped any place good. We just drove along, wanting to make good time, our colons...

In Bali With Baggage: The Unfunnest Man Goes To The Funnest Place On Earth

In Bali With Baggage: The Unfunnest Man Goes To The Funnest Place On Earth Oct 29th, 2012 at 10:00AM: For guys like me, men who soldier through life with their chins glued to their chests, men who have never stopped to smell a single rose once, what is the point of travel? Travel insurance, shots, $15 sandwiches at the airport that usually involve cheddar jack. Feh. And let me be clear: I do not say "feh" with pride. I don't even know if such a thing is even possible. I dribble my puny feh...

Being And Nothingness: Questing For Indolence In Ubud

Being And Nothingness: Questing For Indolence In Ubud Oct 23rd, 2012 at 10:00AM: OCTOBER 5, 10:30 a.m. -- I'm sitting by my private villa's footprint-shaped infinity pool at the Royal Pita Maha resort in northern Ubud, Bali. I've been on Bali for five days now as an invited guest at the gloriously cornucopic and chaotic Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, a five-day literary love-fest that brings together 130 writers from more than 20 countries with hundreds of...

Photo Of The Day: White Tiger

Photo Of The Day: White Tiger Aug 12th, 2012 at 6:00PM: It's rare to get up close and personal with an elusive animal like the white tiger, so I was intrigued when I saw today's photo choice by Flickr user toffiloff. Taken at Bali's Safari and Marine Park, the shot captures this magnificent cat as it appears to stare at its own reflection in a mirror. I love the fearsome growl, the piercing blue eyes and the interesting perspective from behind....

Backpacker Left Blind After Drinking Cocktails In Bali

Backpacker Left Blind After Drinking Cocktails In Bali Aug 6th, 2012 at 5:00PM: If you're planning a trip to Indonesia, be careful what you drink. Recently, a 19-year-old backpacker was left with permanent vision damage after consuming 8 to 10 cocktails containing methanol, a substance used as antifreeze, fuel and windscreen de-icer. According to news.com.au, the cocktails contained a mixture of Arrack, which is produced commercially and illegally in Indonesia. This...

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