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Baggage Handler Accidentally Causes $6M In Damage

Baggage Handler Accidentally Causes $6M In Damage Jun 21st, 2013 at 11:30AM: ellenm1, Flickr A baggage handler told the The Sun he is "mortified" after a simple error caused more than $6 million in damage to a British Airways plane. The news outlet is reporting things went horribly wrong as an Airbus A320 plane taxied on the runway at London Heathrow Airport. Having just finished loading the plane with luggage, the baggage handler accidentally left his scanning gun - a...

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...

Photo Of The Day: Proud To Be Romanian

Photo Of The Day: Proud To Be Romanian May 9th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Today is Independence Day in Romania, a country most known for the Transylvania region and its implied ties to the legend of Dracula. It's often overlooked in a traveler's typical European Grand Tour, even among eastern European countries. If you have the time to explore, you'll find absolutely gorgeous country villages, cheap and good-quality wine and beer, and evidently, bad ass old men. From...

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: A Guys Road Trip To Transylvania

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: A Guys Road Trip To Transylvania Jan 24th, 2013 at 10:00AM: In the Foreign Service, it's easy to calculate who your best friends are. They're the people who will come visit you in places like Khartoum, Yekaterinburg or Bujumbura. Diplomats who get posted to London, Paris, Rome and a handful of other cushy places find themselves running informal bed and breakfast operations, as marginal friends and distant relatives come out of the woodwork to claim a free...

Tim Leffel On The World's 21 Cheapest Countries

Tim Leffel On The World's 21 Cheapest Countries Dec 12th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Tim Leffel's mission is to help skinflints like me find travel destinations they can afford. He traveled around the world on a shoestring with his wife three times and decided to write a book about the world's cheapest countries after realizing that there was no single resource out there for travelers looking for bargain destinations. The fourth edition of his book, "The World's Cheapest...

The World's 10 Scariest Haunted Castles

The World's 10 Scariest Haunted Castles Jun 4th, 2012 at 10:00AM: From a Czech forest castle reported to house the gates of hell to a gargantuan castle right here in the United States, the world's most haunted castles boast histories rich with frightening details. Specters haunt the halls of these old castles and travelers visit to experience brushes with the paranormal. Some of these castles possess secrets darker than a moonless night, and when...

The ten best castles in Europe

The ten best castles in Europe Mar 16th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Castles originated in Europe over a thousand years ago. These fortresses were one of the original defense systems, and erecting the structures on hills or just beyond moats was a functional choice. Castles were built to house rulers, impose power, and above all, spurn would be attackers. Conforming to these basic principles of utilitarian design, the strongholds now appear solitary, majestic,...

Five ways to get more European stamps in your passport

Five ways to get more European stamps in your passport Mar 2nd, 2011 at 10:30AM: Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. Yesterday, I wrote about the fact that European passport stamps have become harder and harder to get. The expansion of the Schengen zone has reduced the number of times tourists are compelled to show their passports to immigration officials. For most Americans on multi-country European itineraries, a passport will be stamped just twice: upon arrival and upon departure....

Schengen and the disappearance of European passport stamps

Schengen and the disappearance of European passport stamps Mar 1st, 2011 at 10:00AM: Creative new use for border crossing posts at German/Austrian border. In the late 1980s, an American spending a summer traveling across Europe with a Eurailpass would see his or her passport stamped possibly dozens of times. With a few exceptions, every time a border was crossed, an immigration agent would pop his or her head into a train compartment, look at everyone's passports, in most...

Romania may send witches to jail if predictions don't come true

Romania may send witches to jail if predictions don't come true Feb 8th, 2011 at 11:30AM: Yes, we're aware it's closer to Valentine's Day than Halloween, but the news that Romania has decided to impose even tougher regulations on its witches (yes, witches) is generating 'round the globe chatter. Just one month after authorities began to impose a tax on their trade, the country's witches and soothsayers are fighting against a new bill that will impose a fine and perhaps even jail...

Weekending: Veliko Tarnovo

Weekending: Veliko Tarnovo Oct 21st, 2010 at 2:30PM: The best part of expat life for me are the travel opportunities, especially when living in Turkey, conveniently located where Europe meets Asia. Expat travel takes on a new twist as you seek out the new and unfamiliar as in any new destination, the newly familiar of your adopted home city, and the old and familiar of your original home city. You luxuriate in the things your expat home lacks,...

Flying Wizz Air, European low-cost airline

Flying Wizz Air, European low-cost airline Sep 13th, 2010 at 10:00AM: I just flew with Wizz Air, a major budget airline in Europe whose name and stunts I had previously only snickered over. It turns out in addition to offering low fares across Europe, they are also the largest carrier in Hungary (at least according to Wizz, Malev Hungarian would beg to differ) and a major player in Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria. Last week I traveled to Bulgaria (look for some...

Gadlinks for Wednesday 10.7.09

Gadlinks for Wednesday 10.7.09 Oct 7th, 2009 at 5:30PM: TGI Wednesday! I am really craving some down time and am ready for the weekend already. Only two more days to go, everyone. Hang in there. To keep your week plugging along, here are the latest and greatest travel reads from around the web. Need to buckle down and do some work in NYC? Check out these 10 NYC cafes with free WiFi. [via Nerdy Nomad] I really want to travel to eastern Europe, and...

Hangover helpers by country

Hangover helpers by country Dec 19th, 2008 at 8:00AM: National Geographic has a nifty little chart showing traditional hangover cures by country. You may have known, for example, that many Americans use tomato juice and eggs to cure the aftermath of a long night out on the town. But did you know that in Romania they use tripe soup? As in cow's stomach tripe? I don't know about you, but nothing makes my upset tequila bowels go away better than some...

Which European Country Works the Hardest?

Which European Country Works the Hardest? Sep 5th, 2008 at 11:00AM: I have always been under the impression that Europeans worked fewer hours than Americans. However, a new survey shows that more than one country's population averages over 40 hours per week on the job. Romania and Bulgaria are home to the hardest workers on the continent. According to research conducted by The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound),...

Talking Travel with Eric Nuzum, Author of The Dead Travel Fast

Talking Travel with Eric Nuzum, Author of The Dead Travel Fast Oct 31st, 2007 at 6:30AM: I've never watched a horror movie from start to finish and I'm not a fan of haunted houses. Needless to say, I didn't have high hopes that I would make it through Eric Nuzum's new book about stalking vampires. But the title intrigued me enough to start it, and then, well -- when a book begins with someone attempting to drink their own blood, you just can't help but get sucked in. For Nuzum, it all...

Five endangered places you should see now, before they're gone

Five endangered places you should see now, before they're gone Oct 27th, 2007 at 10:51AM: If you knew a place was going to disappear soon, even if it wasn't one of your top must-see destinations, would you visit it just in case you regretted never seeing it later on? Our brand-new sister blog, the Green Daily, recently published this post on vacation destinations that are on the brink of being extinct. A word to the wise: see them now or you might never get a chance. Here's what made...

Which European Country has the Worst Drunks According to YouTube Videos

Sep 20th, 2007 at 7:28AM: Europe has a long tradition of drinking. While this may not be such a bad cultural norm, there are a few bad apples who embrace their love of alcohol just a little too enthusiastically. If you've been to Europe, you know what I'm talking about. Sure, my home country of America has its share of drunks, but for whatever reason I always see far more stumbling, incoherent, word-slurring reprobates on...

My Bloody Romania: Sibiu, slippery when wet

My Bloody Romania:  Sibiu, slippery when wet Sep 11th, 2007 at 10:00AM: Dateline: Sibiu, Romania Sun, warmth and temperature perfection; that pretty much sums up the first 48 hours of my Vladling road trip in Transylvania. At exactly 48 hours, one minute and 15 seconds, Romania suffered a freak, only-when-it's-me, inclement weather zap. The temperature dropped 20 degrees Fahrenheit, fog rolled in and it rained like hell. Parts of eastern Romania were under water in a...

My Bloody Romania: 'Vladling' in Transylvania

My Bloody Romania:  'Vladling' in Transylvania Sep 10th, 2007 at 10:15AM: Dateline: Târgu Mure??, Romania The first incarnation of my online blogging presence was called Every Notable Patch of Grass in Romania. The title was apt, as I had already lived and traveled in Romania for nearly a year and was about to embark on my Lonely Planet research trip to canvas the more obscure tourist sites in the country normally frequented by truckers, drunken businessmen and...

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