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Strange Laws That Can Get You Locked Up Abroad

Strange Laws That Can Get You Locked Up Abroad Aug 28th, 2013 at 12:07PM: F Delventhal, Flickr Getting arrested is probably far down the list of most people's travel concerns. After all, we're usually focused on checking museums and monuments off our bucket list -- not engaging in illicit activity. But seemingly innocuous behavior can get you into trouble in many parts of the world, including things like wearing bikinis and chewing gum. The British Foreign Office has...

Given A Map, A Lot Of People Have No Idea Where They Traveled (Or Where They Live)

Given A Map, A Lot Of People Have No Idea Where They Traveled (Or Where They Live) Aug 23rd, 2013 at 3:30PM: Glyn Lowe Photoworks, Flickr While early explorers may have spent countless weeks plotting their journeys on maps and charting the best course to get to their destination, it seems many modern day travelers don't have a clue about where they're actually going. A new study has found massive numbers of travelers can't find their vacation destination on a world map. When asked where Cyprus was...

The Best Vacation Spots For Smokers

Aug 21st, 2013 at 1:30PM: Smokers might have a hard time finding anywhere to light up these days in the United States, but across the world smoking doesn't always come with a stigma. As big tobacco companies find new frontiers, Asia is the hottest market. This is especially true in Indonesia, where awareness on health hazards is low and advertisement push to make young people brand loyal (see the documentary above for...

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names?

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names? Aug 15th, 2013 at 1:30PM: EndonymMap.com You booked a trip to Germany, so why does your passport stamp say Deutschland? Your name didn't change from John to Johann, so why should the country's name change? If you've ever wondered why countries go by different names in different languages, you can check out the Endonym map, that displays each country by their own name. Endonyms are a country's name within its own borders...

Greece Plans To Keep Rowdy Tourists Out Of Town

Greece Plans To Keep Rowdy Tourists Out Of Town Jul 31st, 2013 at 2:52PM: Roger Price, Flickr Disrespect the locals a few too many times and they may decide to shun you from the local enclaves and relegate you to tacky tourist ghettos. Unfortunately, that may be exactly what's in store for visitors headed to the Greek islands. Locals there say they've had enough of debauched tourists who have been wreaking havoc in the otherwise beautiful and peaceful Mediterranean...

Family Finds Rare Animal on Vacation, Then Serves It For Dinner

Family Finds Rare Animal on Vacation, Then Serves It For Dinner Jul 30th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Labros Hydras/SWNS Nothing like catching your own food and eating it on vacation. Except for when you find out that your nightly catch is an extremely rare species. That's what happened recently in Greece. While vacationing in the sunny southern European country, Labros Hydras captured an octopus while snorkeling, and not knowing that it happened to be an extremely rare hexapus, killed it and...

China's State-Controlled Media Recommends Top 10 Nude Beaches

China's State-Controlled Media Recommends Top 10 Nude Beaches Jul 17th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Looking for nude beach recommendations this summer? You probably wouldn't think to consult Xinhua, China's state-controlled press agency, but here comes editor Yang Yi's list of their "Top Ten Sexy Nudist Bathing Spots Around the World." I stumbled across the link to the slideshow while checking out an article about their new English language travel website and had a few good laughs reading the...

Vienna, Paris And Now Greece: Why Travelers Will Relate To 'Before Midnight'

Vienna, Paris And Now Greece: Why Travelers Will Relate To 'Before Midnight' Jun 4th, 2013 at 11:00AM: If you've ever approached a good-looking stranger on a train, or kicked yourself for not doing so, you probably love Richard Linklater's trilogy of films - "Before Sunrise," "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight" – about a pair of travelers who met on a train bound for Vienna in 1995, rekindled their romance in Paris in 2004, and then re-emerge as lovers on holiday in Greece in 2013. I saw...

Eurovision 2013: All Of Europe Under One Roof

Eurovision 2013: All Of Europe Under One Roof May 18th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Alex Robertson Textor Launched in 1956, Eurovision is a Europe-wide music competition held every May under the auspices of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Participating countries select their representative songs over the course of the preceding winter and spring. Some countries – like Sweden – make their selections via televised heats held over several consecutive weeks. Others...

In Praise Of Travel Lists

In Praise Of Travel Lists Apr 30th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Travel lists get a lot of grief. I've overheard many fellow travel writers offer the opinion that lists of various sorts are deeply inferior to any and all narrative travel writing. Others have suggested that lists are slowly crowding out real travel writing entirely. C'mon now. Let's agree for a few provisional minutes that the purpose of travel writing is, very generally, to inspire people...

Forget Mykonos, Try Syros, Your Friendly Neighborhood Greek Island

Forget Mykonos, Try Syros, Your Friendly Neighborhood Greek Island Apr 30th, 2013 at 11:00AM: I arrived on the Greek island of Syros on the night ferry from Samos at 2:30 a.m., bleary-eyed and in need of coffee or a bed, maybe both. My sons, then 2 and 4, were still half-asleep, wondering why the hell we'd hustled them out of their tidy bunks in the middle of the night. We stepped over backpackers, most of them heading to Mykonos, Naxos or Santorini, who were still asleep in the corridors...

Condé Nast Traveler's 'Hot List': Too Rich For My Blood

Condé Nast Traveler's 'Hot List': Too Rich For My Blood Apr 26th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) released its annual "Hot List" of the world's "best new hotels" this week, featuring 154 newish properties in 57 countries around the world. CNT boasts that 62 of these hotels have room rates that start at $300 per night or less but is that really a realistic threshold for separating expensive hotels from affordable ones? I've been traveling the world for more than...

The Moral Case For Visiting Greece This Summer

The Moral Case For Visiting Greece This Summer Apr 19th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Everyone who can afford it should visit Greece this summer. That was the conclusion I reached after reading a heartbreaking story about malnourished children in Greece on the front page of Thursday's New York Times. According to Liz Alderman's piece, malnutrition is a serious and growing problem in Greece, where the unemployment rate has reached 27 percent and even those who are employed have seen...

International Budget Guide 2013: Athens, Greece

International Budget Guide 2013: Athens, Greece Apr 9th, 2013 at 11:00AM: For budget travelers, there's never been a better time to visit the Greek capital. Despite being on the Euro, the country's debt crisis has made this popular tourist center dramatically more affordable than the balance of the European Union, making once expensive resorts now surprisingly reasonable. As unemployment and other economic problems take their toll, Greeks have all but stopped...

Should Easter Be A Long Weekend In The US?

Should Easter Be A Long Weekend In The US? Mar 26th, 2013 at 11:00AM: At the stroke of midnight, fireworks lit up the night sky on the Greek island of Naxos. In a square outside a centuries old church, at least half the island's population gathered to celebrate the occasion. Children ran around and threw firecrackers, senior citizens occupied all the choice benches and everyone was dressed to the nines and holding lit candles. An hour or so after midnight, everyone...

Photo Of The Day: Roussanou Monastery Above the Clouds

Photo Of The Day: Roussanou Monastery Above the Clouds Mar 8th, 2013 at 6:00PM: The Roussanou Monastery is undeniably beautiful. This Christian Eastern Orthodox monastery is just one of six that are listed as a part of a World Heritage Site in Meteora, Greece. When the monks settled and began the impossible construction of their mountaintop monasteries in the 15th century, the region was uninhabited. The monks simply wanted to be left to their own devices, something we...

Lost And Found: How Uncertainty Makes Travel Memorable

Lost And Found: How Uncertainty Makes Travel Memorable Jan 31st, 2013 at 12:00PM: As the bus begins to pull away from the bus stop in Chania, I catch the old man's eye again, giving him a thumbs-up through the window. He stares back blankly – then leaps to his feet, waving his arms, pointing, shouting. I raise my hands in an uncomprehending shrug, keeping the palms turned inward to avoid flipping him a mountza, the traditional Greek insult. He shouts louder, as if...

Tourists Mistaken For Illegal Immigrants Beaten By Greek Police

Tourists Mistaken For Illegal Immigrants Beaten By Greek Police Jan 11th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Greek authorities have been cracking down on illegal immigrants to the country but a number of tourists have been detained as part of the sweep. Some of the travelers have even been beaten so badly by police that they ended up in the hospital, according to the BBC. Greek police patrolling the streets are stopping anyone who looks foreign and asking to see their ID. However, many tourists claim...

12 Offbeat Travel Ideas For 2013

12 Offbeat Travel Ideas For 2013 Jan 2nd, 2013 at 12:00PM: My annual New Year's Eve tradition is to reflect on all the places I visited during the year and plot out where I want to go in the New Year. 2012 was a banner travel year for my family because we put all of our things in storage for five months and traveled extensively in Europe and North America. We gorged ourselves on donuts and thought we got scammed in Western New York's Amish Country,...

Can't Afford To Travel? Bollocks! You Can't Afford To Stay Home

Can't Afford To Travel? Bollocks! You Can't Afford To Stay Home Sep 26th, 2012 at 10:00AM: "How do you afford to travel so much?" This is the question I get all the time from disbelieving friends, colleagues and relatives who want to travel more but think they can't afford it. No one's ever come right out and said it, but I know some must wonder if my wife and I are drug mules, or if we have some other illicit source of income we're not owning up to (the answer is no). After...

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