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10 Extraordinary Islands To Visit On Your Next Vacation

10 Extraordinary Islands To Visit On Your Next Vacation May 10th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Summer is the time of island vacations. It is time to put as much distance between you and the real world as possible. It is time to stand outside of your everyday life and to see how it all looks from a paradise perspective. Here is a collection of islands for escape – places to recharge, gain perspective and explore. From an island in the land of the gods to a tropical Amsterdam at...

Introducing Vagabond Tales: A new series by Gadling

Introducing Vagabond Tales: A new series by Gadling Jan 2nd, 2012 at 10:00AM: Many travelers spend a disproportionate amount of their time telling stories. Regardless of if it's family members over Christmas dinner, friends around the office, or to other travelers who you swear are actually listening to you, stories are arguably the currency of travel. Whether it's that time you crashed the rental car during your bachelor party in Baja (whoops!) or scored free...

Solo hiking in Sarawak, Borneo: an exhilarating adventure - by accident

Solo hiking in Sarawak, Borneo: an exhilarating adventure - by accident Apr 13th, 2011 at 2:00PM: I ended up in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, Borneo, after I had to change travel plans at the last minute. I'd just finished researching a guidebook on the Malay Peninsula and my visa to Myanmar, where I'd planned to go next, got denied, so suddenly I had five days of free time and a day to plan it. A flight to Kuching from Penang was around $60 round-trip on Air Asia and they still had...

Standing on Top of Borneo

Standing on Top of Borneo Mar 4th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Think what you will of Borneo, but there are no orangutans at 13,000 ft. While the tropics of Malaysian Borneo may conjure sweaty images of the Kinabatangan River, or perhaps an exotic proboscis monkey roaming the primate sanctuaries of Sandakan, the air on the slopes of Mt. Kinabalu is too brisk for such jungle fantasies. Riverbanks covered in rafflesia are replaced by frostbitten slabs...

10 breeds of pirate - Somalis to Vikings to Japanese Pirate Ninjas

10 breeds of pirate - Somalis to Vikings to Japanese Pirate Ninjas Feb 21st, 2011 at 11:00AM: A yacht carrying a quartet of Americans was recently seized by Somali pirates, the latest in a string of hijackings that reaches back millenia. According to MSNBC, the seized yacht, the "S/V Quest," is owned by Jean and Scott Adam - a couple on a worldwide quest distributing bibles. While they no doubt expected to spread the word far and wide, they were certainly not expecting to be boarded by...

Photo of the Day (10.19.10)

Photo of the Day (10.19.10) Oct 19th, 2010 at 6:00PM: If you've ever thought that running up a mountain sounds like a good way to spend your weekend and you have some free time in the coming week, pack your bags & get to the State of Sabah on the island of Borneo. This Saturday & Sunday, the 24th annual Mt. Kinabalu Climbathon will be taking place, marking the last event of the 2010 Skyrunner World Series. The Skyrunner series consists of...

Cultures of Indonesia: From Sea Gypsies to cannibals and more

Cultures of Indonesia: From Sea Gypsies to cannibals and more Aug 12th, 2010 at 12:25PM: Indonesia is a sprawling island nation with a rich cultural heritage. From the temples in Bali to the unique street food, it's easy to immerse yourself in all the aspects of Indonesia. If you've ever wanted to know about the culture, scene and surroundings of one of the world's most intriguing destinations, read on... Sea Gypsies From the Burma Banks in Myanmar to Eastern Indonesia, the Sea...

Through the Gadling Lens: photographing the children of the world

Through the Gadling Lens:  photographing the children of the world Sep 17th, 2009 at 11:00AM: I was recently instant-messaging a friend of mine, asking him if he had any suggestions for what we could talk about this week here on Through the Gadling Lens. "Why don't you talk about taking photographs of kids?" he asked. I demurred. "Umm, I really try to keep this column about travel," I explained gently. He looked at me like I was stupid. Well, as much as one can look at someone else on...

Through the Gadling Lens: 5 photography subjects that are the same and different everywhere

Through the Gadling Lens: 5 photography subjects that are the same and different everywhere Aug 27th, 2009 at 11:00AM: Do you remember those Where the hell is Matt? videos that were taking the internet by storm in recent years? I was thinking about those videos the other day, and wondering why they affected so many people, causing the videos to go so wildly viral. And then it dawned on me: the reason we love that video so much is because as different as all of the people featured in the video are, from all over...

Gadlinks for Wednesday 8.12.09

Gadlinks for Wednesday 8.12.09 Aug 12th, 2009 at 6:00PM: I don't know about you guys, but I needed this past weekend to get some R&R that Monday came and went without sending my usual Gadlinks. I'm happy to report that Malibu is alive and well and the surf was, well, crowded -- but good this weekend. And here are some other reports around the travel blogosphere. I've been hearing more and more reports about the beauty of Mongolia, so this...

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