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Explore the Galapagos Islands on a stand-up paddle board

Explore the Galapagos Islands on a stand-up paddle board Dec 4th, 2010 at 8:00AM: The Galapagos Islands have been inspiring adventurous travelers almost from the very moment that Charles Darwin first stepped ashore back in 1835. Upon his arrival, the famous naturalist discovered an array of unique wildlife there, which inspired him to write The Origin of Species and formulate his Theory of Evolution. Modern travelers continue to visit the Galapagos hoping to catch a glimpse of...

Google acquires ITA: the search for bargain airline deals is about to get even easier

Google acquires ITA: the search for bargain airline deals is about to get even easier Jul 2nd, 2010 at 11:30AM: You're an avid traveler, right? Sure, why else would you be reading this? Chances are that you've spent some quality time at either Kayak, Airfare Watchdog, Bing Travel or one of the many other niche ticketing sites in search of deals over the past few months. To that end, you've probably spent next to no time at Google searching for the same thing. But the obvious question is this: "why not?" ...

Lazy rivers: The best U.S. float trips

Lazy rivers: The best U.S. float trips Jun 5th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Paddling through serene wilderness or idyllic farmland is a relaxing way to spend time with friends and family, or to reconnect with yourself. Float trips are ideal for those who don't wish to brave the uncertainty of rapids and like to stay close to home. The U.S. has millions of miles of flowing water -why not float along a few? In the early days of settlement, towns sprang up on the shores...

Kayak Explore: cheap airline tickets based on your budget

Kayak Explore: cheap airline tickets based on your budget May 25th, 2010 at 9:00AM: A neat new online tool from travel firm Kayak tells you where you can fly, based upon your available budget. Simply pop your departure airport into Kayak Explore, tell it how much you can spend, and when you want to fly - and the service will deliver a map of the world with little pins showing how much it'll cost to fly there. The site gathers its data from the millions of airfare...

Kayak adds GateGuru content to its iPhone App

Kayak adds GateGuru content to its iPhone App May 14th, 2010 at 5:00PM: GateGuru has joined forces with Kayak to bring their database of airport amenities to the Kayak iPhone app. As a quick reminder - GateGuru has the most comprehensive airport amenity guide in the world - and it currently covers all US airports along with a growing lineup of international locations. With the addition of this new feature, the Kayak app has (in my opinion) become the best...

10 things you probably shouldn't do in a kayak (videos)

Jan 20th, 2010 at 1:26PM: Thought to have been in use for at least 4000 years, kayaks are amazing little boats -- and amazingly simple. Capable of holding a single person (or sometimes two), kayaks consist of a hull, a covered deck, and the cockpit in which a kayaker sits. These rugged little boats are designed for all kinds of adventures. Well, perhaps not all kinds of adventures... The videos below demonstrate some of...

German woman kayaks solo around Australia

German woman kayaks solo around Australia Dec 17th, 2009 at 9:30AM: A 45-year old German woman named Freya Hoffmeister completed an eleven month odyssey on Tuesday as she paddled into the harbor at Queenscliff, Australia, finishing a successful circumnavigation of that continent by kayak. In the process, she became just the second person to complete that journey, and the first woman, while setting a new speed record as well. Freya set out from Queenscliff,...

Photo of the Day (12.15.09)

Photo of the Day (12.15.09) Dec 15th, 2009 at 7:00PM: Today's Photo of the Day comes from Flickr user Buck Forester - shot from a kayak in Mono Lake, California. The picture was shot (drumroll please) on film using a Canon Elan 7 and Fuji Velvia 50 stock. The photographer "had a 2 mile open water paddle back to shore and got caught in some high winds" along the way...which suddenly makes me think that I need to get out from behind this computer...

The online travel market moves past pulling the trigger

The online travel market moves past pulling the trigger Dec 12th, 2009 at 2:00PM: If you think you need to sell seats or rooms to be a player in the online travel industry, think again! Travel research firm PhoCusWright found in a new survey that the online travel marketplace has evolved over the past few years to include a wide selection of non-transactional travel sites that serve as "pointers" to those online destinations were eager travelers can melt some plastic. But,...

SkyMall Monday: Transparent Canoe

SkyMall Monday: Transparent Canoe Nov 30th, 2009 at 1:00PM: You wouldn't suspect that the world's preeminent authority on all things SkyMall would be an adventure travel enthusiast. You probably assumed that I just sit in the SkyMall Monday headquarters in a lab coat kick-ass sweatshirt looking in the mirror and calling myself the preeminent authority on all things SkyMall. But, I do get out into the world and attack it with more vim and vigor than a...

Exploring a remote river in India by kayak

Nov 30th, 2009 at 12:00PM: Some of the last unexplored places on the planet can only be reached by kayak, with explorers making a first descent on rivers that are wild and untamed. The video below is an example of such an expedition through the Tawang Valley located the remote Arunachal Pradesh in India. The journey was expected to take two weeks, with the team going completely self supported over 130 miles of river that,...

Kayaking the Congo River

Nov 10th, 2009 at 8:30AM: The Congo River runs through some of the most remote and wild regions of Central Africa, stretching 2914 miles in length, and reaching as much as 750 feet in depth at certain points. It is the eighth longest river in the world and second only to the Amazon in terms of the volume of its flow. Of course, all of that is fairly meaningless out of context, which is why this video is so amazing. The...

Kayaking Venice

Kayaking Venice Sep 27th, 2009 at 11:30AM: Venice, Italy is one of the most popular and romantic cities in all of Europe. Famously built on a series of small islands along the Venetian Lagoon, just off the Adriatic Sea, travelers flock to the city to stroll its floating walkways and take gondola rides through the watery streets. This is the typical way that tourists explore the city, which has a rich and varied history dating back 1500...

Take $30 off your US-Europe plane tickets today at Vayama

Take $30 off your US-Europe plane tickets today at Vayama Aug 19th, 2009 at 1:00PM: If you've been putting off the purchase of tickets to the EU recently, now is your time to strike. Airline search engine Vayama.com is offering $30 off any flight between the two continents today, softening the blow of the season's expensive fares. Checking a sample itinerary between Kayak and Vayama from Detroit to Stockholm, the Gadling Labs are pulling up fares of $690 and $713 respectively....

Kayaking the Grand Canyon

Kayaking the Grand Canyon Jul 6th, 2009 at 8:30AM: For years it was nearly impossible to kayak the Grand Canyon independently. Sure, there were plenty of guided rafting tours that you could hire out for a few hour or a few days, but in order to float the river yourself, you'd have to get your name on a waiting list for an independent permit. That waiting list was legendary in its length and paddlers typically waited ten years or more to get the...

Everglades to be put back on U.N. endangered list?

Everglades to be put back on U.N. endangered list? Jul 1st, 2009 at 10:00AM: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is meeting with a task force charged with overseeing the restoration of the Florida Everglades this week. He intends to tell them that the Obama administration will ask the United Nations World Heritage Committee to put the national park back on its endangered list when the committee meet in Spain this week. Two years ago, in what has been viewed as a...

Trax metacrawler launches with First Class Frenzy upgrade game

Trax metacrawler launches with First Class Frenzy upgrade game Jun 18th, 2009 at 12:30PM: The newest metacrawler in town, Trax, is wooing users with added incentive to abandon their old Kayaking ways: upgrades. The travel search engine, which is undoubtedly scrapping for market share, just launched First Class Frenzy, an online trivia game where you can answer a host of questions and virtually "move up to first class." Winners of the online game will be entered in a drawing to win an...

Photo of the Day (6/4/09)

Photo of the Day (6/4/09) Jun 4th, 2009 at 6:00PM: Getting just the right shot in a Kayak can't be very easy, but this one by Adam Baker turned out great. Taken in Cambria, CA, which is just off of HWY 1 on the coast. Congratulations, Adam. Nice shot! Are you a Flickr user who'd like to share a travel related picture or two for our consideration? Submit it to Gadling's Flickr group right now! We just might use it for our Photo of the Day! ...

New Peter Island wants to help make a new you

New Peter Island wants to help make a new you May 23rd, 2009 at 12:00PM: Peter Island Resort & Spa is celebrating a new look with a fresh deal. The largest private island resort in the British Virgin Islands has refurbished its 32 ocean-facing rooms and 20 beachfront junior suites and wants to show off the new look. Hey, if you just got a makeover, wouldn't you? So, the property is offering up the "New Us, New You" package, which runs through October 31,...

New travel site Voyij.com offers comprehensive deals and user-friendly innovation

New travel site Voyij.com offers comprehensive deals and user-friendly innovation May 16th, 2009 at 4:00PM: Launched just a few days ago, Voyij.com, the newest travel site whose crew brought SideStep to the world wide web, is hoping to bring fresh and creative deals, offers and sales for the flexible traveler. Voyij fills a void on the web that people want: the best bargains for travel. Users can explore and discover travel sales they never knew existed, independent of origin, destination, or dates....

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