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A Personal Lament To The Death Of Guidebooks

A Personal Lament To The Death Of Guidebooks Mar 29th, 2013 at 11:00AM: It was with a heavy heart that I read the news last week that Frommer's guidebooks will cease to be printed. The guidebooks were purchased by Google last summer, and as of this year, the entire future list of titles will not be released. With the takeover of digital apps, social media, and user-generated content, we knew this was coming, but it still feels like the end of an era. It's become...

Upcoming travel blogger conferences for 2012

Upcoming travel blogger conferences for 2012 Jan 30th, 2012 at 12:00PM: If the word "conference" immediately conjures images of tipsy, poly-suit clad conventioneers, comic book geeks, or coma-inducing workshops, you obviously haven't attended a travel blogger gathering. 'Tis the season for some of the year's biggest travel industry blowouts. Each has a different focus--some are for accredited travel writers, others hone in on the burgeoning travel blogging industry...

Travel meets journalism at Roads and Kingdoms

Travel meets journalism at Roads and Kingdoms Dec 20th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Last month, writers Nathan Thornburgh (a contributing editor to TIME and recent guest of Fox News) and Matt Goulding (food & culture writer and author behind the Eat This, Not That! book series) launched a new website with the intriguing tagline: "Journalism, travel, food, murder, music. First stop: Burma." Combining on-the-spot reporting on current events and politics with in-depth cultural...

Archaeologists blog as they excavate Nea Paphos World Heritage site

Archaeologists blog as they excavate Nea Paphos World Heritage site Nov 29th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Archaeologists excavating at the ancient city of Nea Paphos in Cyprus have written about their work and discoveries in a blog. A University of Sydney team has been working to uncover medieval walls built atop a Classical theater and investigating a public fountain dating to the first century AD, the Cyprus Mail reports. Nea Paphos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was founded around 300...

Travelbloggers Fundraiser Passports with Purpose Enters Year Four

Travelbloggers Fundraiser Passports with Purpose Enters Year Four Oct 28th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Disclaimer: I helped found this initiative and I'm hardly neutral on it. I'll do my best to stick to the facts here but first, I'll say this: It's been awesome. Passports with Purpose, the travelbloggers fundraiser, turns four this year. Founded in 2009 by four Seattle based bloggers, the initiative pulls together bloggers and travel providers (and their PR reps) to raise money for carefully...

Dropping the F-bomb: why "foodie" needs to go away

Dropping the F-bomb: why Oct 13th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Life used to be so easy. You ate to live. Then, man discovered fire and realized mastodon tastes a lot better with a nice sear on it. Around 500,000 years later, Homo foodieus evolved, and now it's impossible to go out to eat without camera flashes going off at the tables around you. Mercifully, there's a Foodie Backlash taking root in America, and I feel the time is ripe (Did you see how I...

Books by Gadling bloggers

Books by Gadling bloggers Aug 19th, 2011 at 3:00PM: Gadling bloggers are a busy bunch. When we're not posting the latest travel news or accounts of our adventures, we're writing for newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. Many of us have written books too. David Farley takes the prize for weirdest subject matter with An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town. So what's Catholicism's strangest...

Fortnighter launches, providing customized expert travel advice

Fortnighter launches, providing customized expert travel advice Jun 2nd, 2011 at 1:30PM: Ever wish you could have a travel magazine or guidebook written just for you, catering to your specific interests and full of up-to-date travel advice? The new travel website Fortnighter offers just that--customized itineraries written by professional travel writers. How does it work? Start with a destination, specify who you're traveling with (solo, as a couple, or with friends), and the...

Winners of the "Ultimate Mountain Gig" contest announced

Winners of the Jan 21st, 2011 at 8:00AM: The Canyons ski resort announced the winners of their Ultimate Mountain Gig contest earlier this week, selecting not one, but two, applicants to fill the role as their official ambassadors for the remainder of the 2011 ski season. The contest, which was announced last September, gave skiers and snowboarders an opportunity to compete for a job that offered $40k in salary, a full season ski pass,...

Gadling t-shirts go on adventure travel around the world

Gadling t-shirts go on adventure travel around the world Dec 31st, 2010 at 9:30AM: One of the best things about blogging for Gadling is seeing where my coworkers are off to next. Like me, they're sure to pack that essential item for every adventure traveler's kit: the Gadling t-shirt. We've collected photos of Gadlingers flying their colors in some of the most remote parts of the world, and some places that are not so remote but equally rugged, such as the waiting area at...

Q & A with Grantourismo round-the-world slow travel bloggers

Q & A with Grantourismo round-the-world slow travel bloggers Nov 24th, 2010 at 2:00PM: With all the holiday travel madness just beginning, sometimes it's nice to take a breath and think about taking travel more slowly. I recently had a chance to meet up with blogger Lara Dunston and her photographer-writer husband, Terence Carter, of the round-the-world travel project and blog, Grantourismo while they were traveling through Istanbul. Lara and Terence hosted me at their fabulous...

Beyond the kebab: Foodie blog Istanbul Eats now in print

Beyond the kebab: Foodie blog Istanbul Eats now in print Jul 28th, 2010 at 11:30AM: Last night in Istanbul, a side street in the Galata neighborhood on the European side of town was packed with people eating Turkish street food such as çiğ köfte, salted cucumbers, and börek pastries, and drinking cold Efes beers and Turkish wines. The occasion was the publication of the book Istanbul Eats: Exploring the Culinary Backstreets, a compilation of food and...

The (Un)Wired: A Free Wi-Fi Manifesto

The (Un)Wired: A Free Wi-Fi Manifesto Jul 28th, 2010 at 10:00AM: The year is twenty-ten A.D. and Wi-Fi should be free. We travelers bear no grudge with you as long as you agree, But if you're that one schmuck who likes to play it old school, Charging folks for internet--well, then basically, you're a tool. Your penny-pinching greed smells just like boardroom boredom. It's out of touch and backwards, not to mention just plain dumb. Please get with the...

Finding the expat community and what travelers can learn from them

Finding the expat community and what travelers can learn from them Jul 6th, 2010 at 1:30PM: No matter how well-traveled you are, moving to a foreign country and living as an expat is a whole new ballgame. Your priorities and standards change, and hours that you may have spent as a traveler in a museum or wandering a beach are now spent in as an expat search of an alarm clock or trying to distinguish between eight types of yogurt. You become like a child again: unable to speak in complete...

Win a free trip to Costa Rica from Nomadic Matt and Gap Adventures

Win a free trip to Costa Rica from Nomadic Matt and Gap Adventures Jan 7th, 2010 at 12:30PM: Globetrotting blogger Nomadic Matt took his very first international trip to Costa Rica with Gap Adventures back in 2003. Ever since then, he's been traveling the world, blogging about his adventures and teaching others how to make money from their own blogs. Now he's paying his success forward, and awarding one of his lucky readers a free two-week trip to Costa Rica with Gap Adventures. The...

Passports with Purpose raises $13,000 to build school in Cambodia

Passports with Purpose raises $13,000 to build school in Cambodia Dec 8th, 2009 at 11:30AM: One of the most difficult parts of travel is visiting a less-developed country, seeing a need, and wishing there was something you can do to help fill it. So four travel bloggers from the Seattle area got together and decided to raise some money and put it to use on a particular project. This year, that project is building a school in Cambodia, and they've been joined by over 50 additional travel...

The ultimate road trip: 12,500 miles across Africa on a motorcycle

The ultimate road trip: 12,500 miles across Africa on a motorcycle Nov 25th, 2009 at 12:30PM: Thomas Tomczyk is serious about motorcycles. He's done three motorcycle trips across India, from the steamy southern tip all the way up to the frozen highlands of Ladakh. Now he's starting his childhood dream--an epic trip 12,500 miles (20,000 km) across Africa. His zigzag tour will take in 22 African nations including South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe,...

Dates for 2010 Travel Blog Exchange Announced

Dates for 2010 Travel Blog Exchange Announced Oct 16th, 2009 at 5:30PM: Last July, travel writers and bloggers from all over the world came together in Chicago for TBEX, the Travel Blog Exchange. It was a day to meet people in the industry, to learn from other writers and bloggers, and most of all, to start a conversation about the business of travel blogging. Topics covered at the inaugural event included "Creating a a Lively and Successful Travel Blog", which...

NY Times realizes Twitter is useful for travel

NY Times realizes Twitter is useful for travel Apr 6th, 2009 at 9:30AM: It takes the NY Times to catch up with the world around it ... especially when technology is involved. Hey, the newspaper wouldn't be in so much financial trouble if this weren't the case. But, they don't get it wrong; the reporters over there just take a bit longer to grasp what's happening. So, I was pretty psyched when I saw in the "Frugal Traveler" column that Twitter can be used to get...

Heathen in the Holy Land: How I became an Israeli pseudo-celebrity

Heathen in the Holy Land: How I became an Israeli pseudo-celebrity Mar 25th, 2009 at 10:00AM: To read part one of Gadling's new "Heathen in the Holy Land" series, go here. When I told a friend of mine I was headed to Israel for a week, he advised me, only half-jokingly, to look out for car-bombs. A fellow member of my fantasy baseball league suggested that if the worst should happen to me on this trip, we could re-name our league "The Aaron Hotfelder...

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