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World's Largest Lunch Box Museum

Sep 17th, 2013 at 11:30AM: Cool Hunting Video: The World's Largest Lunchbox Museum from Cool Hunting on Vimeo. Allen Woodall is the owner of the world's largest lunch box museum. The museum, which is situated in Columbus, Georgia, is now home to thousands of lunch boxes and related items. The title of "world's largest lunch box museum" appears to be self-appointed, but convincing enough. In the video above by Cool...

School Hero Antoinette Tuff's Next Move: Getting Underprivileged Kids To Travel

School Hero Antoinette Tuff's Next Move: Getting Underprivileged Kids To Travel Aug 29th, 2013 at 3:35PM: It was just another day at work for Antoinette Tuff on August 20 when the routine work scene rapidly changed at the hands of a young gunman who intended to murder the students of the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Georgia. Tuff courageously talked to the shooter and convinced him not to follow through with his plans to wreak havoc on the school and surrounding community....

Breaking Bad Sparks Unlikely Travel Boom

Breaking Bad Sparks Unlikely Travel Boom Aug 12th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Jimmy Emerson, Flickr TV shows and movies have been inspiring people to travel for decades, and I'm sure many of us can relate to wanting to jet off to Paris or sip wine in Tuscany after seeing some on-screen character do just that. But travel booms can also happen in the unlikeliest of places. Take for example the hit TV show Breaking Bad, which has sparked a surprising tourism boom in...

Territorial Disputes Over Tourist Attractions

Territorial Disputes Over Tourist Attractions Jul 29th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Gibnews.net, Wikimedia Commons Spain is being accused of intentionally holding tourists in long lines as they make their way back from day tripping in Gibraltar. The British Overseas Territory claims the traffic jam -- which has so far affected more than 10,000 vehicles -- has been deliberately orchestrated because of a disagreement over a creation of an artificial reef in territorial waters. Of...

In Praise Of Travel Lists

In Praise Of Travel Lists Apr 30th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Travel lists get a lot of grief. I've overheard many fellow travel writers offer the opinion that lists of various sorts are deeply inferior to any and all narrative travel writing. Others have suggested that lists are slowly crowding out real travel writing entirely. C'mon now. Let's agree for a few provisional minutes that the purpose of travel writing is, very generally, to inspire people...

Scammer Found Selling Fake Bomb Detectors To Airports

Scammer Found Selling Fake Bomb Detectors To Airports Apr 24th, 2013 at 4:30PM: A British court has found a man guilty of selling fake bomb detectors to Iraq and Georgia, the BBC reports. James McCormick, 56, of Langport, Somerset, was found guilty of fraud after making a fortune from detectors he knew didn't work. He's estimated to have made some $76 million from the worthless devices, which were modeled after a novelty golf ball finder. In his sales pitches he claimed...

Video Of The Day: Airplane Kindergarten

Jan 24th, 2013 at 7:00PM: Get nervous when you see a kid on a plane? How about a whole classroom of kids on a plane? A clever kindergarten in Georgia (the country, not the state) has transformed an old airplane into a school, with an intact cockpit. Check out the video above from the UK Telegraph and get ready to be envious of a bunch of Georgian 5-year-olds who get to play with cool buttons and learn their Alpha Tango...

Stalin Back in Style In His Hometown of Gori

Stalin Back in Style In His Hometown of Gori Dec 23rd, 2012 at 10:00AM: Two years ago, Georgian officials carried out a secret, dead of night operation to dismantle a statue of Joseph Stalin in his hometown of Gori. But on Thursday, a municipal assembly in Gori voted to restore the monument. According to press reports, some 6,000 people signed a petition in support of the move. The fact that officials in this impoverished corner of the world have pledged $15,000...

The Caucasus, Central Asia And British Airways

The Caucasus, Central Asia And British Airways Dec 14th, 2012 at 11:00AM: I traveled to Beirut earlier this year with bmi (British Midland International), the East Midlands-based airline partially absorbed into British Airways in the spring. My Beirut trip was meant to be the third installment in an ongoing series called "Far Europe and Beyond," which reached a premature end in the lead-up to the airline's sale to International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent of...

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...

The Southern Road: Ty Cobb Lives On

The Southern Road: Ty Cobb Lives On Sep 9th, 2012 at 10:00AM: I have been a fan of the Detroit Tigers since I was old enough to hold one of the big, fat, orange pencils that they used to sell at Tiger Stadium. Through the years, I've heard plenty about Ty Cobb, the famous, supposedly mean slugger who set records that still stand. Since his nickname was "the Georgia Peach," I knew he was from Georgia. So, when I spotted a sign for Royston, Georgia, on...

The Southern Road: The Perks Of Gas Station Food

The Southern Road: The Perks Of Gas Station Food Sep 7th, 2012 at 3:00PM: The South has its highways, but in order to get to some places, you have to take four-lane or two-lane roads. That's where you'll find gas stations. And in many gas stations, you'll find food. Up north, hardly anybody I know eats food from a gas station, unless they're starving and it has a Subway attached. Down south, gas station food is its own form of cuisine. If you're fortunate, you can...

10 Tips For A Southern Road Trip

10 Tips For A Southern Road Trip Sep 4th, 2012 at 1:00PM: On my trip through the new industrial South, I drove more than 4,000 miles, visiting 10 cities and nine factories in 10 days. The scenery ranged from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Gulf Coast, from live oaks to pines. Along the way, I sampled gourmet cuisine and boiled peanuts, gas station cuisine and outstanding fast food. Here are my top 10 tips for planning your Southern road trip. 1)...

Savannah: A Friendly Place

Savannah: A Friendly Place Aug 14th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Savannah isn't a young American town. Established in 1733, Savannah is what we refer to as "historical" in the U.S.A. The city's pillared homes and ivy-covered walls make a nice backdrop for visitors on any of the various guided tours of the town, but the reputed friendliness of Savannah is part of the reason people visit and then return. I first traveled to Savannah on tour. My band...

Budget Vacation Guide 2012: Tiblisi, Georgia

Budget Vacation Guide 2012: Tiblisi, Georgia Jan 6th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Why now? Georgia's investments in infrastructure and tourism over the last several years mean that the country is raring to go. Tourist facilities have improved and Tbilisi's domestic travel agencies are well organized. With a bustling capital city, Tbilisi, mountainous regions like Svaneti and Tusheti, a prime beach resort in Batumi, and the wine region of Kakheti, Georgia boasts a...

New Georgia border crossing provides a whimsical welcome

New Georgia border crossing provides a whimsical welcome Dec 26th, 2011 at 4:00PM: Customs checkpoints tend to be dreary, depressing places. A rare exception is the new Georgia border crossing with Turkey, located right at the crossroads between Eastern Europe and Western Asia. There, German architect Jürgen Mayer H. recently unveiled a modern, state-of-the-art border crossing that rises from the shores of the Black Sea in a white, whimsical squiggle. How's that for a...

Travel in the southern United States for free with Megabus

Travel in the southern United States for free with Megabus Oct 25th, 2011 at 3:00PM: Who doesn't love free travel? With a new hub in Atlanta, Georgia, Megabus is giving away 10,000 free seats to travelers using their new routes during trips taking place November 16 to December 16, 2011. The eleven cities included in the new route leaving from Atlanta include: Birmingham, Alabama Mobile, Alabama Montgomery, Alabama Charlotte, North Carolina Chattanooga,...

Mtskheta: Easy day trip from Tbilisi

Mtskheta: Easy day trip from Tbilisi Oct 24th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Mtskheta is Georgia's ancient capital, a little village about 15 miles to the north of Tbilisi. It is home to a number of very important Georgian religious sites and functions to this day as a kind of spiritual heart of Georgia. It was in Mtskheta that Georgia adopted Christianity in the 4th century. Today the town receives a steady stream of domestic and foreign religious tourists and hosts...

Tbilisi insider Q&A: Nina Andjaparidze

Tbilisi insider Q&A: Nina Andjaparidze Oct 21st, 2011 at 12:30PM: To walk around central Tbilisi with Nina Andjaparidze is to feel as if you've been invited into the exciting beating heart of the local social scene. Andjaparidze, the Director of the Tbilisi International Film Festival, seems to know everyone in town; moreover, she seems to know everything there is to know about the artistic heritage as well as the contemporary state of culture in Tbilisi. An...

Georgian cuisine: Adjarian khachapuri and other delicious things

Georgian cuisine: Adjarian khachapuri and other delicious things Oct 20th, 2011 at 12:30PM: Georgian cuisine has not really received its international due, and this is a shame. It is an exciting cuisine that takes its cues from points east and west, relying on an extraordinarily fresh local bounty. Part of what renders Georgian food so insanely good is this very freshness. Shops and stalls in Tbilisi groan with local fruit and vegetables in mesmerizing variety. One example was the...

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