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6 art classes to try in Bali

6 art classes to try in Bali Dec 19th, 2011 at 3:00PM: There's no better place in Indonesia to take art classes than in Bali, an island known around the world for its artistic tradition. Indeed, it seems that everywhere you look, you find traces of man-made beauty. From the ornamentation on the temples to the etchings on the sidewalks to the attention and care given to daily offerings set out on the street, art oozes from every crack. When...

United Airlines to order A380 jumbo jet?

United Airlines to order A380 jumbo jet? Dec 3rd, 2011 at 9:00AM: Things are going pretty well for United this year. Full approval for their merger with Continental Airlines went through, they became the first domestic carrier to adopt bio fuel and one of their biggest competitors has gone bankrupt. Their media and public relations departments should get the rest of the year off. In fact, they should buy us dinner. In addition to all of that good news,...

4 unique accommodations in Japan

4 unique accommodations in Japan Nov 25th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Accommodations like hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, and apartments are often the norm for people going on a trip. When traveling in Japan, however, there are a few lodging options that are a bit out of the ordinary, but are definitely worth checking out. Ryokan/Minshuku If you're looking for an authentic local experience, a ryokan can provide that. This type of accommodation is a...

Enter to win a $3,000 grant toward responsible, off-the-beaten path travel in China

Enter to win a $3,000 grant toward responsible, off-the-beaten path travel in China Oct 26th, 2011 at 11:00AM: WildChina is offering the chance for travelers to win a grant of $3,000 towards pushing the limits of responsible, off-the-beaten path travel in China. The aim of the WildChina Explorer grant is to help people find authentic, life-changing experiences in their travels while also working to protect and sustain local cultures and environments. The previous winner of the WildChina Explorer grant...

Maldives in Peril: SCUBA surveying with Fabien Cousteau

Maldives in Peril: SCUBA surveying with Fabien Cousteau Oct 21st, 2011 at 9:00AM: There are few places on the planet as remote as the Maldives. Landfall is a thousand miles away from much of the long string of 1,200 islands, most of which are little more than thin, uninhabited atolls. Diving into the heart of a Maldivian lagoon it is easy to imagine you are alone in one of Planet Ocean's most distant paradises. Yet when I did just that a few days ago, in the heart of the...

Transmongolia - Part One: USA to RPGs in 24 hours

Transmongolia - Part One: USA to RPGs in 24 hours Oct 18th, 2011 at 9:00AM: "Traveling is for sissies, come and get stuck in a desert." The moment I first read those words, I knew that the Mongol Rally was something that I needed to experience in my lifetime. Imagine: a 10,000 mile adventure across some of the world's most rugged terrain, in some of the most unsuitable vehicles imaginable; no GPS devices, no support crew, and no single set route from the...

5 best fast food chains around the world

5 best fast food chains around the world Oct 14th, 2011 at 1:00PM: While fast food often gets a bad rep, you can't expect to eat all of your meals sitting in down in slow food restaurants. And, when traveling abroad, you will sometimes find that fast food doesn't always necessarily mean greasy fries and fattening burgers. Travelers can make their quick dining experiences worthwhile by visiting these five delicious and budget-friendly fast food restaurants,...

Maldives in Peril: From the SLOWLIFE symposium

Maldives in Peril: From the SLOWLIFE symposium Oct 11th, 2011 at 11:00AM: There is no place more apt to engage in heavy-hitting conversation about the future of Planet Ocean than the heart of the small island nation of the Maldives. It is a place many have heard of but few could pick out on a map. Made up of twelve hundred islands and atolls, most pancake flat, the highest reaches no more than five feet above sea level making the Maldives the lowest country on...

Great Himalaya Trail now open in Nepal in southern Asia

Great Himalaya Trail now open in Nepal in southern Asia Oct 10th, 2011 at 4:00PM: The Great Himalaya Trail is officially open for visitors in Nepal in southern Asia. This trail, which stretches from Taplejung in the east to Humla in the west near the border of Tibet, is one of the longest and highest hiking routes in the world. The goal of creating this trail is to boost tourism in Nepal and portray the country as the perfect destination for adventure seekers. During the...

What's in a name? On pronouncing difficult country names

What's in a name? On pronouncing difficult country names Sep 7th, 2011 at 10:00AM: When I traveled through Southeast Asia some years ago, I was amazed by the number of fellow backpackers who ridiculed me whenever I pronounced the "s" in Laos. Apparently, I was supposed to pronounce it "Lao," just like locals do. The thing is, those same "s"-dropping travelers never insisted on calling Bangkok by its proper name ("Krung Thep Maha Nakhon") when they were in Thailand --...

Traveler Q & A: Pavia Rosati

Traveler Q & A: Pavia Rosati Aug 2nd, 2011 at 9:30AM: Pavia Rosati is the founder of Fathom, a recently debuted travel website. Fathom is smart and beautifully designed. It's full of exciting short briefs about various destinations across the globe. Rosati, as you'll see from her answers below, is an experienced editor and an avid traveler. Her enthusiasm for Fathom's subject matter is palpable and infectious. We love Fathom and can't wait to see...

Video of the Day - Jellyfish Lake, Palau

May 24th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Swimming in water filled with millions of jellyfish may be most people's worst nightmare. But for visitors to the Palauan island of Eil Malik, it's the main attraction. Situated about 500 miles east of the Philippines, Jellyfish Lake is one of 70 marine lakes on Eil Malik that was formed when the ocean receded over 12,000 years ago. After being trapped in this natural basin, the...

Illegal animal smuggler busted in Thai airport

Illegal animal smuggler busted in Thai airport May 14th, 2011 at 8:00AM: A man identified only as a citizen of the United Arab Emirates was arrested in the international airport in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday for the illegal smuggling of animals. At the time of his arrest, he had several suitcases which contained two baby leopards, two panthers, two macaque monkeys, and an Asiatic black bear. According to this story from our friends at AOL Travel, the 36-year old...

Video of the Day - Journey through Asia

May 3rd, 2011 at 5:00PM: If you have 4 minutes to spare and a virtual tour through Thailand, Cambodia, & Vietnam strikes your fancy; sit back and enjoy this beautiful montage from filmmaker Ivan Vania. Shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and set to a soundtrack by Yann Tiersen (composer of the score for Amélie), it's an incredibly vivid depiction of the boat rides, temples, smiles, and landscapes that many...

Istanbul to get second Bosphorus with new canal project

Istanbul to get second Bosphorus with new canal project Apr 28th, 2011 at 2:30PM: The US may be all abuzz about President Obama's birth certificate, but the big news in Turkey this week is the proposed Istanbul canal project to dig a second Bosphorus. Prime Minister Recep Erdogan's self-proclaimed "crazy" project would connect the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea, making Istanbul a city of "two peninsulas and an island." Details of the project are still unclear, but it is...

A video of Bali's elegant details

Apr 28th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Bali is like sand in a fist. It is tough to get a handle on. I always come back from the island dumbfounded with my inability to properly explain what makes it so special and extraordinary. The pervasive culture and feel is difficult to communicate with language; its character escapes the calculated classification of words. This video is a collection of the elegant details that make Bali...

The world's ten creepiest abandoned cities

The world's ten creepiest abandoned cities Apr 27th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Some cities die. The people leave, the streets go quiet, and the isolation takes on the macabre shape of a forlorn ghost-town - crumbling with haunting neglect and urban decay. From Taiwan to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, these abandoned cities lurk in the shadows of civilization. Their histories are carried in hushed whispers and futures stillborn from the day of their...

Photo of the day - Maldives arrival

Photo of the day - Maldives arrival Apr 15th, 2011 at 5:00PM: When I was a kid, the Maldives were the stuff of dreams. A colleague of my father's gave me a hardback Maldives-themed calendar one year for Christmas, with glossy photos of atolls peeking out of perfect blue seas in between calendar pages. The sand was so white and the palm trees were so green. Could any tropical islands be more beautiful than these? Years later the low-lying Maldives...

Where are all the travel guide apps for Android?

Where are all the travel guide apps for Android? Mar 25th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Nearly two years ago, I bought my first smartphone: the T-Mobile Android MyTouch*. I'm only occasionally jealous of my iPhone-carrying friends, as I find few travel guide apps for Android. Even after a move to Istanbul, I still use and rely upon it daily; Android's interface is fast and easy-to-use, and seamless use of Google applications like Gmail and Google Maps is part of the reason I bought...

Single visa to boost ease of travel within Asia?

Single visa to boost ease of travel within Asia? Mar 21st, 2011 at 12:30PM: If plans by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are approved, tourists visiting its ten member nations will be able to travel freely between countries on a single visa. In 2009, 65 million foreign tourists visited Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Brunei -- and required a different visa (and visa fee) for each country...

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