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Photo Of The Day: Climbing Active Volcano Mount Bromo

Photo Of The Day: Climbing Active Volcano Mount Bromo Jun 16th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Lauren Irons, Flickr Ever set foot on an active volcano? There are about 1500 known active volcanoes around the world, and if you're up for it, you are able to climb many of them. Mount Bromo in East Java is one of those active volcanoes, and in this photo by Lauren Irons we get a good feel for what it's like to be standing atop a volcano and looking into the center. The still puffing volcano...

International Adventure Guide 2013: La Paz And Southwest Bolivia

International Adventure Guide 2013: La Paz And Southwest Bolivia Apr 17th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Bolivia is the least expensive destination in South America, yet it has an increasingly efficient tourism infrastructure. Going now, especially to the remote southwestern part of the country, means faster, easier, more comfortable travel than in the past (although you'll still have to be prepared for your share of bus rides on rutted out, unpaved roads, depending upon where you're headed). In...

Explore Iceland With Discovery Adventures

Explore Iceland With Discovery Adventures Apr 6th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Discovery Adventures has announced an exciting new tour of Iceland that is sure to be a hit with the adventure travel crowd. The new 12-day itinerary features an interesting mix of culture, history and the breathtaking landscapes the country is so famous for. Highlights of the Iceland Adventure include trekking across a remote glacier, visiting rustic fishing villages and whale watching in...

The Kimchi-ite: Jeju Island, An Escape From The Metropolis

The Kimchi-ite: Jeju Island, An Escape From The Metropolis Mar 1st, 2013 at 11:00AM: In many corners of the world, winter offers nothing but a biting cold that demands we stay indoors until the flowers start to bloom. But with spring stretching its legs, it's time we start to do the same. The best way to mentally prepare for spring and summer is to reminisce about trips from the past and to plan a new travel adventure built around shorts and sandals. Here in Korea,...

New Zealand's Mount Tongariro Erupts For First Time In Over A Century

New Zealand's Mount Tongariro Erupts For First Time In Over A Century Aug 7th, 2012 at 12:00PM: For the first time in over a century, New Zealand's Mount Tongariro has erupted. While there have been no reports of deaths or injuries, the eruption has spewed ash everywhere and is prompting a threat warning for the central North Island. According to news.com.au, the event threw rock and ash from the area of the volcano known as the Te Mari craters. As of now, the situation on Mount Tongariro...

5 Of The World's Best Places For Viewing The Night Skies

5 Of The World's Best Places For Viewing The Night Skies Jun 9th, 2012 at 10:00AM: If you grow up in Southern California, school field trips to the Griffith Observatory are practically a requirement. For whatever reason, I always found the Planetarium more frightening than enlightening, especially in the sixth grade, when David Fink threw up on me on the bus ride home. Despite many youthful camping trips with my family, I also can't recall ever paying attention to the night...

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...

Welcome to Hell's Gate in Rotorua, New Zealand

Dec 28th, 2011 at 11:00AM: While you probably won't run into Satan, a visit to Hell's Gate in Rotorua, New Zealand, will immerse you in a world of boiling natural ponds, smoking sulfur pits, active volcanoes, and the Inferno, two violently erupting geothermal pools. The area, which was originally called Tikitere, looks so much like a trip to the underworld that when Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw set his gaze on...

How to choose a reputable adventure travel company or guide

How to choose a reputable adventure travel company or guide Aug 5th, 2011 at 1:30PM: "Adventure travel" is a nebulous term these days. But whether your idea of a thrill is a Class-III rapid or climbing Everest, there's one thing that's ubiquitous when choosing an outfitter: safety. There are hundreds of adventure travel companies worldwide; not all are created equal. There are key things you should look for when choosing a company or independent guide, whether you're booking a...

Archaeologists explore "Pompeiis" in Bulgaria and El Salvador

Archaeologists explore Jul 10th, 2011 at 4:00PM: Pompeii is an archaeological wonder, an entire Roman town preserved by a volcanic eruption. Now archaeologists are investigating two other "Pompeiis" to learn more about the past. In El Salvador, a team has discovered a village dating to c. 630 AD that was covered in volcanic ash. Joya de Ceren was sealed up so well that archaeologists have been able to examine corn cobs, the logs used to...

Some German airports shut because of Iceland volcano

Some German airports shut because of Iceland volcano May 25th, 2011 at 7:30AM: Ash from the Icelandic volcano Grimsvötn that caused hundreds of flight cancellations in the UK, Denmark, and Norway yesterday has now moved over Germany, shutting down airports in the north of the country. Hamburg and Bremen airports are closed. Berlin airport will probably close this morning as well. At least 600 flights are expected to be affected. Poland may also be affected today...

Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii continues to spew lava

Mar 10th, 2011 at 8:30AM: Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii has been erupting since January of 1983, but a new fissure called Kamoamoa cracked open last weekend and began spewing loads of lava and gas. Lava has been seen shooting up to sixty-five feet in the air ever since. Park Ranger Mardie Lane claims that 2.5 million cubic meters are spewing out of the fissure daily - enough to fill 1000 Olympic swimming pools of the...

House of Gladiators in Pompeii collapses

House of Gladiators in Pompeii collapses Nov 8th, 2010 at 1:30PM: Italian Archaeologists are enraged at Saturday's collapse of the House of Gladiators in Pompeii. The 40 ft. wide structure had recently undergone reconstruction work on its roof, which might have contributed to its total collapse during heavy rains early on Saturday morning. An even greater culprit may turn out to be the Italian Arts Ministry. The ministry's secretary general, Roberto Cecchi,...

Volcano grounds jets in Indonesia

Volcano grounds jets in Indonesia Nov 6th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Flights between Singapore and several Indonesian cities, including the capital Jakarta, have been grounded due to the latest eruption of Mt. Merapi. The volcano has been erupting for two weeks and has killed more than 130 people and displaced two hundred thousand. Several airports have closed and while the ash cloud has affected international flights, domestic flights are continuing as normal....

Greece will compensate tourists in case of national strike

Greece will compensate tourists in case of national strike Jun 22nd, 2010 at 10:30AM: As strikes, protests, and other forms of industrial action continue in Greece, tourism officials are scrambling to reassure visitors that the country is open for business. Bookings are down ten percent, and with tourism accounting for twenty percent of the national income, it's the economic equivalent of being kicked while you're down. So the government has offered to compensate any tourist who...

UK eases airline ash restrictions

UK eases airline ash restrictions May 18th, 2010 at 8:30AM: The United Kingdom's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced it will double the amount of ash deemed safe for flying in order to ease further disruptions to service from Eyjafjallajökull's continuing eruptions. The move comes after massive pressure from the airlines both during and after last month's airport shutdown. A CAA press release states, "A new area of operations can now be...

Heathrow, Gatwick, and other airports disrupted

Heathrow, Gatwick, and other airports disrupted May 17th, 2010 at 8:30AM: A large cloud of ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano is sweeping across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, shutting down airports all across the islands. Heathrow and Gatwick were closed until 7am local time and have been operating on a limited capacity with numerous delays and cancellations. This morning Gatwick had the strange situation of being able to allow planes...

Ryanair fined for not helping stranded passengers

Ryanair fined for not helping stranded passengers May 16th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Back during April's travel mess, the European Union warned Ryanair because Ryanair refused to compensate stranded passengers for lodging and food. The EU told them they were legally required to, and the budget carrier backed down. Here comes the sequel to that story. Italy has slapped Ryanair with a three million euro ($3.75 million) fine for not providing 178 people at Rome's Ciampino...

Here comes the ash again!

Here comes the ash again! May 16th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Airports in parts of Northern Ireland have shut down due to the latest ash cloud from Iceland's infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The main airport affected is Belfast, which will remain closed until at least 1pm local time. Ronaldsway airport on the Isle of Man is also closed. A large cloud of ash is headed southeast from Iceland and is predicted to affect airports across the UK and the...

The perfect souvenir for volcano stranded passengers - a jar of ash

The perfect souvenir for volcano stranded passengers - a jar of ash May 12th, 2010 at 9:00AM: Some people get their friends an "I'm with stupid" t-shirt, others may bring back a horrible sombrero - but if you've been impacted by the European aviation disruption caused by the Icelandic Eyjafjallajökull volcano, how about five and a half ounces of pure Icelandic volcanic ash? Think of this little jar as a reminder of how terrible your trip back home was, or how long you had to sleep...

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