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Serial Killer's Home Becomes Tourist Site

Serial Killer's Home Becomes Tourist Site Sep 18th, 2013 at 3:30PM: ilvadel, Flickr Between the beaches, national parks, vineyards and theme parks, California has plenty of tourist draw cards, but now an unlikely attraction has made the list -- the home of a serial killer. The boarding house run by Dorothea Puente, a Sacramento woman convicted of killing her elderly residents, became a tourist attraction when the city decided to add the building to its local...

Criticized Or Applauded, Presidential Travel Is One Great Job Perk

Criticized Or Applauded, Presidential Travel Is One Great Job Perk Jun 25th, 2013 at 5:00PM: ep_jhu/Flickr This week, President Obama and family fly to Africa for what has been described as both "frivolous spending" and a trip that brings "a great bang for our buck." The estimated $60 - $100 million trip comes at a time when Americans face a decidedly different flying experience caused by government furloughs and cutbacks. Approve or not, presidential travel and moving the first family...

Railway Hackers In Cambodia Build 'Bamboo Trains' (VIDEO)

Jun 19th, 2013 at 2:00PM: A decrepit railway line in Cambodia only sees about one scheduled train per week, but that doesn't mean it goes unused the rest of the time. According to BoingBoing.net, entrepreneurial railway hackers have been building makeshift trains out of a slatted, bamboo platform set on two sets of wheels. The cart-like contraption is then power by a motor, which propels it at speeds up to 35 mph. It's a...

Travel All The Time With Jobs Like These

Travel All The Time With Jobs Like These Apr 15th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Those who travel all the time can go to far away places as routinely as others might go to buy groceries. They have somehow managed to be employed in an occupation that requires travel as part of what they do. Commonly, we might think of sales people who hit the road to get face time with regular or prospective customers, and many do. People with the word "travel," or something like it, in their...

Photo Of The Day: Sketching In Angkor Wat

Photo Of The Day: Sketching In Angkor Wat Apr 5th, 2013 at 6:00PM: As the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat is truly massive, taking hours to get just a cursory view of the temple complex. While it is Cambodia's prime attraction, there are still plenty of corners in which to find your own personal space, which is exactly what this sketch artist is doing inside Banteay Kdei. Known as the "Citadel of Chambers," monks still lived inside up...

Traveling Couple Hits 20 Countries In 312 Days On 3 Minutes Of Video

Feb 5th, 2013 at 4:00PM: In a quest to tackle 30 must-have travel experiences before they turn 30, career breakers Gerard & Kieu of GQ trippin traveled 108,371 kilometers (67,338 miles) in 312 days through 20 countries for one adventure of a lifetime. Shooting 1,266 videos along the way, the traveling couple ended up with 11 hours of video but has reduced it and their entire year of travel to just three...

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...

Other Countries A US President Has Never Visited

Other Countries A US President Has Never Visited Nov 19th, 2012 at 1:00PM: President Barack Obama will land in Myanmar (aka Burma) this week, a first-time visit for any President of the United States. Never mind that Myanmar is best known as a brutal dictatorship, not exactly in line with U.S. foreign policy. Disregard any political or geographically strategic reasons for befriending Myanmar. Today, this is all about the President being the first to visit Myanmar and...

Off-Course Airplane Gets Shot At By Cambodian Troops

Off-Course Airplane Gets Shot At By Cambodian Troops Jul 15th, 2012 at 9:00AM: And most people get jumpy when their flight hits turbulence. Passengers of a Bangkok Airways airplane were in for a unnerving surprise when Cambodian troops opened fire at the them. The airplane was supposed to land in Siem Reap Airport; however, due to bad weather, the plane was forced to fly off course. The shooting was a misunderstanding, as troops believed the passenger airliner to be a spy...

The Vine Retreat: An Eco-Friendly Escape In Kep, Cambodia

The Vine Retreat: An Eco-Friendly Escape In Kep, Cambodia Jun 21st, 2012 at 12:00PM: Sometimes you just need a hammock and a view. At least that's how I felt after six weeks of life as an ex-pat in the loud, congested capital city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I found respite at The Vine Retreat, a rustic eco-friendly hotel in the southeastern Cambodian province of Kep. There, simplicity is the name of the game. With little to do but relax, read, and enjoy the scenery, The Vine...

Photo Of The Day: Biking In Cambodia

Photo Of The Day: Biking In Cambodia Jun 6th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Today's Photo Of The Day was taken by Luke Destefano, and depicts a cyclist at the water's edge in Siem Riep, Cambodia. I love the way this photograph simultaneously captures a perfect silhouette (complete with a bike basket, a relaxed hand and flowing, long hair) and a background blurred by the mist rising from the water. Capturing the essence of biking in Cambodia, this photo is titled "take...

Fact vs. Fiction: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Fact vs. Fiction: Angkor Wat, Cambodia Apr 10th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Angkor Wat in northwest Cambodia is best viewed at sunrise or sunset when the golden tones sweep lavishly over the complex. Problem is, everyone else also wants to be there for sunrise so competition for that best shot is pretty high. Next: Penguin Spotting in South Africa >>...

Unusual aphrodisiacs from Asian countries

Unusual aphrodisiacs from Asian countries Mar 3rd, 2012 at 2:00PM: Wondering how to get you or your partner more in the mood for sex? Instead of opting for expensive pills or unnatural remedies, why not learn from the Asian culture and try one of these libido-boosting aphrodisiacs? From dangerously poisonous fish to fertilized duck embryo or snake's blood, it is clear some people really will try anything to have good sex. While these odd ingestants may be useful...

New dark tourism sites open all over the world

New dark tourism sites open all over the world Feb 20th, 2012 at 4:00PM: For those who are unfamiliar with the term, "dark tourism" refers to visiting sites associated with grief, tragedy, or death. While some people may debate the ethics of visiting these types of sites, they often provide educational, enlightening, and even life-changing experiences for those who do. When I was in Munich, Germany, I took a day trip to see Dachau Concentration Camp (shown right) and...

Vagabond Tales: Lunch on Guilty Beach, Cambodia

Vagabond Tales: Lunch on Guilty Beach, Cambodia Jan 12th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Lunch on Guilty Beach was a tough meal to swallow. If you look on a map of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, you'll find beaches such as Victory Beach and Independence Beach, but you'll find no such place as Guilty Beach. Regardless of what a map might say, unofficially, every beach in Cambodia is Guilty Beach. Guilty Beach is not just a Cambodian phenomenon, but rather a global destination that can...

Orphanage tourism and Cambodia's fight to end it

Orphanage tourism and Cambodia's fight to end it Dec 30th, 2011 at 9:00AM: In Cambodia, it's not uncommon for tourists to be offered tours of local orphanages in the same way they're offered tours of Angkor Wat. It might be tempting to accept the opportunity to experience "the real Cambodia," especially when you're confronted by extreme poverty at every turn. But before you do, a new campaign backed by international NGO Friends-International and UNICEF asks you...

A step inside the Cambodian Landmine Museum

A step inside the Cambodian Landmine Museum Dec 23rd, 2011 at 9:00AM: Just because Cambodia has found peace, it doesn't mean it is peaceful. Just because the war is over, it doesn't mean there's no longer death. As thousands of Cambodians move to repopulate their former lands, their land is literally killing them. From 1975-1999, the nation once known as Kampuchea was engaged in one of the most brutal episodes of warfare experienced in modern times. It was...

5 Phnom Penh restaurants where you can eat ethically

5 Phnom Penh restaurants where you can eat ethically Dec 12th, 2011 at 12:00PM: In Cambodia, Phnom Penh is known for its great restaurants. And since many of the city's eateries are run by NGOs or function as social enterprises – companies that operate for profit while providing a social benefit – it's easy to combine social responsibility with sustenance. Here, a sampling of Phnom Penh restaurants that allow you to eat ethically. Friends Restaurant As...

Angkor Wat Bike Race attracts cyclists for charity

Angkor Wat Bike Race attracts cyclists for charity Dec 6th, 2011 at 12:00PM: This past weekend, more than 600 cyclists turned out at dawn for the annual Angkor Wat Bike Race and Ride at the temple complex outside Siem Reap, Cambodia. As the sun rose behind the main temple, cyclists shot off to tackle a 100 kilometer course, a 30 kilometer course, and a breezier 17 kilometer course. I'm hard pressed to think of a more magical way to experience the temples of...

Blogger Jessica Marati

Blogger Jessica Marati Dec 5th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Introducing another new blogger at Gadling, Jessica Marati... Where was your photo taken: This photo was taken on my family's beach in the southern part of Guam, the tiny Pacific island territory where I grew up. It's probably one of my favorite places on the face of the earth. Where do you live now: I'm based in New York, but I've spent the last several months living in Phnom Penh, where...

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