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17 great destinations for romance

17 great destinations for romance May 21st, 2010 at 3:30PM: Some say that romance is a lost art - but it's not. It's just hiding, waiting to be uncovered in some of the most beautiful places around the globe. Whether you are trying to show that special someone that they truly are special, making a proposal, or rekindling the flame you once had with your spouse, setting the stage is your first step to success. Whether you are searching for the perfect...

Tourist falls to his death in active volcano on Bali

Tourist falls to his death in active volcano on Bali Mar 31st, 2010 at 11:30AM: A Swedish tourist named Daniel Fetersen died today after he plunged over 490 feet into the crater of an active volcano on the island of Bali. The 25-year-old man reportedly leaned over the edge of the crater on Mt. Batur to get a better look, then slipped and fell onto the sharp rocks below. The accident occurred at 5 AM local time. Fetersen, along with two of his friends, set out before dawn...

Photo of the Day (3.16.10)

Photo of the Day (3.16.10) Mar 16th, 2010 at 6:00PM: Today's photo of the day comes all the way from Petulu, Bali! Captured by user mikeyu1402, the photo was taken at an Elephant Safari Park on the popular Indonesian island. The post-processing of the image really makes the texture of the elephant's skin stand out and highlights the solitary eye staring back into the lens. Beautiful shot mike! If you've had a special moment with a large land...

10 great destinations for scuba diving adventure (videos)

Jan 26th, 2010 at 10:18AM: Dive in and explore the underwater landscapes of some of the world's most exotic and interesting locales. Whether you're a veteran scuba diver, or someone who's always wanted to test the waters, here's your chance to visit some of the world's top dive destinations. Experience what it's like to venture into the deep in this video roundup of 10 great destinations for scuba diving. Bali, South...

Intrepid Travel sympathizes with World Cup Widows

Intrepid Travel sympathizes with World Cup Widows Jan 12th, 2010 at 1:30PM: Every soccer football soccer fan in the world knows what's going to happen in June. The World Cup is coming to South Africa. The die-hards will find their way to the festivities, with many leaving the ladies behind. If you're among the world's World Cup Widows, should you be stuck at home? Hell no! Get your own trip off the ground, and put yourself as far away from anything World Cup-related as...

Photo of the Day (12.20.2009)

Photo of the Day (12.20.2009) Dec 20th, 2009 at 6:00PM: I'm loving the "eye-catching," over-the-shoulder perspective in today's photo, brought to us courtesy of Flickr user The L-List. The picture's subject is a Balinese dancer, preparing some pre-performance makeup. The mirror's reflection and great angle make you feel as though you were right there backstage, getting ready to start the show. Want your pics considered for Gadling's Photo of the...

Photo of the Day (2.22.09)

Photo of the Day (2.22.09) Feb 22nd, 2009 at 4:00PM: For someone like me who grew up in Chicago, seeing the image above of a man planting his rice paddy in Bali is wildly exotic and beautiful. I think Flickr user StrudelMonkey had the same thought in mind when taking this photo. At the same time though, I wonder what someone who grew up in Bali might say. Perhaps this is the equivalent of taking a photo of a janitor mopping the floor of a...

Indonesia facing alcohol shortage

Indonesia facing alcohol shortage Dec 16th, 2008 at 2:30PM: Indonesia is not the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of drinking culture. Considering the country is the world's most populous Muslim nation, a religion well-known for its temperance, visitors coming to Indonesia are probably not looking to get wasted as their first order of business. But considering the increasingly modern fabric of this southeast Asian nation, it's probably not...

Execution of Bali Bombers Imminent

Execution of Bali Bombers Imminent Nov 1st, 2008 at 11:00AM: The three men who planned and carrier out the 2002 bombings of Bali nightclubs will be executed within 72 hours, according to Indonesia's attorney general. The attacks killed 202 people in the crowded tourist area of Kuta. The bombers, Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Ghufron have exhausted their appeals. They were actually sentenced to death more than five years ago. In a final legal...

Indonesia: Southeast Asia's Next Great Destination?

Indonesia: Southeast Asia's Next Great Destination? Sep 26th, 2008 at 11:00AM: Listen to all the chatter about Indonesia on news web sites and travel blogs and you might never set foot on the archipelago. But search for some media that is produced closer to the source and you will find some more balanced opinions. Take The Java Jive as an example. An expat blog written by American transplant Brandon Hoover, it gives a realistic view of life in the rough-around-the-edges...

Talking travel with author of "The Snake Charmer"

Talking travel with author of Sep 22nd, 2008 at 9:00AM: I'm here with Jamie James, a former critic at The New Yorker turned author. His latest book, "The Snake Charmer", centers around a renegade herpetologist who ultimately dies in the jungles of Burma after getting bitten by a krait, one of the world's deadliest snakes. Jamie traveled to Burma to research the book. He also writes frequently about travel and culture for The New Yorker, Condé...

Indonesia's New Hot Spot

Indonesia's New Hot Spot Aug 7th, 2008 at 3:00PM: No. It's not Bali or Jakarta. It's Bandung. Jakarta's little sister has a rapidly growing tourism industry. Though most of the visitors are from the nearby mega-city, regional and international travelers have been arriving in ever increasing numbers. Why? There's no surf in Bandung, but... It's cool (temperature-wise). Located in the highlands above Jakarta, it is the place to take a break from...

Photo of the Day (07/14/08)

Photo of the Day (07/14/08) Jul 14th, 2008 at 4:00PM: I am in Guatemala today and this picture reminds me of how women carry fruit on their heads up here. (I tried it and it is not easy.) Granted, none of the arrangements here were quite so fancy. Danner00 took this picture in Bali. The women look so graceful, dressed in the same color scheme as the fruit. ***To have your photo considered for the Gadling Photo of the Day, go over to the...

How are the beaches in Hawaii? Take a look yourself

How are the beaches in Hawaii? Take a look yourself Jan 28th, 2008 at 9:20AM: I'm sure many of you have a pretty picture of a tropical island or cozy beach hanging up in your office. But here's a thought: what if you could be there, just for a moment (virtually of course). You see, recently a batch of "surf-cam" sites have popped up that hosts streaming videos of various beaches across the states--and around the world--taken by cameras set up on everything from hidden...

One for the Road: Where Flavor Was Born

One for the Road: Where Flavor Was Born Dec 16th, 2007 at 10:00AM: The photo on the cover of this travelogue cookbook has my mouth watering! And from what I can tell, the pages in between offer up much more eye candy for hungry travelers who like to cook. Where Flavor Was Born: Recipes and Culinary Travels Along the Indian Ocean Spice Route is a delicious journey that explores the origins of spices from Bali to Zanzibar. The colorful book is loaded with glossy...

Photo of the Day (12-11-07)

Photo of the Day (12-11-07) Dec 11th, 2007 at 9:00AM: My favourite time of the day, no matter where I am, is dusk -- when the hurried craziness of the city is winding down into stillness and calm. This photo from Lady Expat illustrates this so well. She doesn't specify where this is taken but from her other photos, I assume it's Bali. But it's one of those photos that could be from anywhere, you know? Want to submit your photo? Join our Gadling...

Photo of the Day (12-9-07)

Photo of the Day (12-9-07) Dec 9th, 2007 at 4:30PM: This cheerful and fun photo, titled "Full Moon Offerings" was captured by LadyExpat in Indonesia. I love the bright colors and the fact that I can't identify a lot of the what these ladies are carrying. And don't they sort invoke the spirit of Carmen Miranda? Upload your travel photos to Gadling's Flickr pool to be considered for our Photo of the Day feature!...

Alcohol Shortage on Bali May Impact Tourism

Alcohol Shortage on Bali May Impact Tourism Aug 15th, 2007 at 8:30AM: Beautiful landscape? Check. Stunning beaches? Check. Amazing culture? Check. Booze? Nope, sorry. Wait, no booze? Forget it. I'll just go to Thailand. This checklist is what Indonesian trade ministry officials are worried is going through your mind as you consider a trip to the tropical island of Bali. Due to an "import problem" (read: discovery of an alcohol-smuggling ring and a subsequent...

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