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Haunted House Online Guide Helps You Get Scared This Halloween

Haunted House Online Guide Helps You Get Scared This Halloween Oct 22nd, 2013 at 10:20AM: Trauma Towers at Blackpool, England. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons. Looking for a haunted house this Halloween season? The online guide Hauntworld will help you find the best one. Hosted by Hauntworld Magazine, a trade journal for those running haunted houses, it lists creepy attractions in every state in the U.S. and many in Canada too. Most listings just have promotional material from...

Video: Spinning Gold In Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

May 29th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Earlier this year in Istanbul, I was lucky enough to stumble upon a man who spins gold thread at the Grand Bazaar. His noisy workshop is tucked into a courtyard off one of the bazaar's main "streets," past a few jewelry kiosks and before a reasonably clean but squat-style toilet. Huge fan belts crisscross the room and antique machines creak and spin spools of thread in metallic and bright...

USA Today Enters the Travel-Guide Game

USA Today Enters the Travel-Guide Game Apr 25th, 2013 at 2:00PM: With its signature bold visuals and mainstream sensibility, USA Today has entered the travel-planning arena. A new online-only series called Experience Travel launched last week, aggregating the media giant's deep bank of travel content into easy-to-use overviews of popular destinations and travel themes. Experience Las Vegas rolled out the series. Upcoming editions will cover cruising, food...

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...

Gadling Guide Review: Bradshaw's 1862 Guide To London

Gadling Guide Review: Bradshaw's 1862 Guide To London Mar 22nd, 2013 at 9:00AM: George Bradshaw was responsible for the development of a series of railway timetables that were an icon of British Victorian travel – they're mentioned by Sherlock Holmes, Phileas Fogg and there was a 1876 music hall song called "Bradshaw's Guide." I reached my destination, and was going to alight When she placed her hand upon my arm, and said with much affright 'Oh Dear Sir,...

Meet The Reclusive American Billionaire Who Bought Lonely Planet

Mar 20th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Last year, the Wall Street Journal called Brad Kelley "the man with a million acres." Now the American billionaire and land addict has expanded his kingdom to include the world's biggest travel-guide publisher. Kelley's NC2 Media bought Lonely Planet from BBC Worldwide in a deal announced yesterday. Most of the headlines focused on the huge loss BBC is taking by selling the company for...

Book Review: 'The Food Traveler's Handbook'

Book Review: 'The Food Traveler's Handbook' Feb 22nd, 2013 at 2:00PM: Full disclosure: I know Jodi Ettenberg, author of "The Food Traveler's Handbook." I've eaten with Jodi and explored cities with her; she's even inspected the spices in my Istanbul sublet apartment. Rather than let my friendship with her just guarantee a great review of her book, I will use it to vouch for the fact that she's the perfect person to write a food guide for travelers: intrepid,...

How To Create A Successful Hiking Route

Aug 31st, 2012 at 4:00PM: A couple of years ago, I spent six enjoyable days hiking the East Highland Way and wrote a series about it for all you fine folks. Back then this trail through Scotland had only just been established by devoted hiker Kevin Langan. I felt like a real pioneer when I did this route. The 82-mile journey from Ft. William to Aviemore was unmarked and there was no guidebook yet. Kevin was kind...

The Problem With Guidebooks, Or How I Came to Hate Lonely Planet On A Sunday in Crete

The Problem With Guidebooks, Or How I Came to Hate Lonely Planet On A Sunday in Crete Jun 25th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Have you ever been so annoyed with a guidebook that you wanted to track down the author and bludgeon them to death with a rusty hatchet? Neither have I, but yesterday I came close. I almost always invest in a guidebook when I take a trip. But I'm not sure why, because I've been led astray on so many occasions. After arriving in the Greek isles at the start of a six-week trip, my wife and I...

The Green Book: A Guidebook For The Age Of Segregation

The Green Book: A Guidebook For The Age Of Segregation Apr 21st, 2012 at 10:00AM: It's hard to imagine nowadays when the only limitations to travel are money, time and health, but for much of America's history a large segment of the population had trouble traveling just because of the color of their skin. During the days of segregation, most hotels were off-limits to African-Americans, as were other facilities like restaurants, movie theaters and campgrounds. Those that did...

Comedic team of 'Portlandia' set to create an off-beat Portland, Oregon, guidebook

Feb 29th, 2012 at 3:30PM: Are you bored of the usual travel guidebooks aimed at everyday tourists? If you're interested in Portland, Oregon, and would rather learn about funny, fictional places that could exist rather than the Oregon Zoo and the Portland Art Museum, you should put "PORTLANDIA: A Guide for Visitors" on your shopping list. Set to debut in November of 2012, the book is being created by the team who...

Book review: inyourpocket guide to Athens

Book review: inyourpocket guide to Athens Feb 15th, 2012 at 9:00AM: This was originally supposed to be a review of the Rough Guide to Greece. I really like the Rough Guides and two weeks before I set off to write my travel series about Greece I ordered a copy from Amazon. The morning of my flight it still hadn't arrived. Luckily I knew about the inyourpocket guides. I had never tried these free, downloadable guides to dozens of cities, and now looked like the...

The Purple Passport launches chic urban guide for New York City

The Purple Passport launches chic urban guide for New York City Jan 26th, 2012 at 11:00AM: For the hip, worldly, and discerning traveler, there's a new guide on the block: The Purple Passport, which just added New York to its roster of web-based city guides. The Purple Passport offers handpicked hotel, restaurant, spa, nightlife, shopping, and activity recommendations from its team of travel tastemakers, with an easy interface that allows users to add items to personal "passports"...

6 last minute travel gift ideas for the frequent flier

6 last minute travel gift ideas for the frequent flier Dec 23rd, 2011 at 12:00PM: There was once a time when if you hadn't finished your Christmas shopping by now, you'd be, well, pretty much screwed. But now, thanks to the ole Internet, you can order up virtual gifts and deliver them by email or print-out card with just a few clicks. And with all the free wifi specials in airports and airlines (thanks Delta, Skype, and Nintendo) you can even take care of your shopping...

Download Wikitravel to your smartphone for free

Download Wikitravel to your smartphone for free Oct 11th, 2011 at 2:00PM: One of the biggest difficulties for the modern traveler in a foreign country is in acquiring smartphone data. Domestic telecom companies, still stuck in the stone age of pricing models charge a ridiculous amount for international data, and horror stories about $85,000 phone bills have flooded the internet. Without a data plan to download Google Maps or reference the cloud for research, dynamic...

Hikes near Madrid: a new guidebook shows you the way (in English!)

Hikes near Madrid: a new guidebook shows you the way (in English!) Sep 30th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Every year, thousands of English speakers visit Madrid on holiday or to teach English. Most never explore the many hikes near Madrid, and that's a shame. The Sierra de Guadarrama offers some challenging and varied routes, and the lowland areas of the Comunidad de Madrid offer pleasant rambles. One of the best spots is La Pedriza, which can be a tough slog and easy to get lost in. One of the...

New Florence App hits app store (and it's free!)

New Florence App hits app store (and it's free!) Jun 21st, 2011 at 5:00PM: Update! The app is now also available for Android devices. Our old friend and partner-in-crime Leif Pettersen has been busy since his departure from Gadling in 2007. The wayward Lonely Planet author, travel guru and generally affable guy has been bombasting around the planet on various projects, but one in particular recently got our attention at Gadling Labs. Turns out, Pettersen just...

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...

Potential new law renders travel writers liable for recommending "risky" locations

Potential new law renders travel writers liable for recommending Apr 22nd, 2011 at 2:30PM: Proposed state legislation in Hawaii could potentially render guidebook authors personally liable for damage claims if a reader is injured while performing an activity suggested in the guidebook. The Wall Street Journal writes that "a proposed state law that would hold Hawaii guidebook writers personally liable for deaths or accidents at spots they recommend." The proposed law has been "watered...

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...

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