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Travel blogger Q&A: Jodi Ettenberg

Travel blogger Q&A: Jodi Ettenberg Jul 26th, 2010 at 10:30AM: For many travel enthusiasts, bloggers, and armchair travelers, Jodi Ettenberg's story is downright inspirational. For several years a successful corporate lawyer, she left her comfortable if demanding life in New York to travel the world. Along the way, she's had an unnerving number of bird crap incidents, documented Thailand's red shirt protests, and provided an enticing introduction to the...

Daily Pampering: Orient Express tours through South-East Asia

Daily Pampering: Orient Express tours through South-East Asia Jul 13th, 2010 at 4:00PM: The Orient Express, the ultra-luxury train service, is launching a series of rides through Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia starting this November. Each tour will be limited to 60 passengers (the trains can hold a maximum of 132 people) and will include overnight off-train stays, tours and lectures. You can choose from three- and six-night excursions that journey from Bangkok to...

Worst travel mistakes of the 2000's: Kuala Lumpur passport shenanigans

Worst travel mistakes of the 2000's: Kuala Lumpur passport shenanigans Dec 30th, 2009 at 2:00PM: Back before my days as a Gadling blogger I used to travel on an extremely tight margin. As a starving college graduate, travel was my main priority -- debt, work and rent, well, those were ancillary. My usual modus operandi involved saving up a few hundred dollars in cash and clearing another few hundred on my credit card prior to departure. I could spend and accrue debt in parallel until I...

Tough year ahead for Asia travel

Tough year ahead for Asia travel Jan 24th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Hotels, airlines and other hospitality companies in Asia are moving into the "brace" position. With tough economic conditions hitting every corner of the map, fewer visitors are likely to make the long trip to destinations such as Hong Kong. According to a report on, some expect drops of at least 30 percent. A continent of diverse cultures, it seems, is facing a consistent challenge. ...

More people traveling to Malaysia to go under the knife

More people traveling to Malaysia to go under the knife Dec 10th, 2008 at 1:00PM: One type of tourism has managed to thrive despite the poor global economy. The prevalence of medical tourism is on the rise in countries like India and Malaysia. Think that it is a little extreme to go under the knife abroad? Consider this: depending on the procedure, surgery in Malaysia can cost half of what it does in the US or UK. Many doctors in Malaysia are foreign trained and facilities are...

When karaoke turns deadly

When karaoke turns deadly Dec 9th, 2008 at 9:00AM: Karaoke is deadly. Deadly boring. That is, unless you happen to be quite drunk or with someone you are physically attracted to. I've never gone out to find a place to sing karaoke. But I have spent a lot of time in East Asia, where karaoke seems to seek you out. I've witnessed some violence as a result of the sing-along phenomenon. Usually, it stems from "you took my beer" rather than "hand over...

Malaysia Airlines First in Asia to Offer In-Flight Mobile Phone Service

Malaysia Airlines First in Asia to Offer In-Flight Mobile Phone Service Nov 5th, 2008 at 3:00PM: Malaysia Airlines has received and installed an in-flight mobile phone system designed by AeroMobile on one of its Boeing 777s. Passengers will be able to safely use their cell phones and PDAs during the cruise portion of the flight without interfering with the aircraft's navigational controls and communication. The system has been tested extensively over the past few weeks. Cabin crews will be...

Lavigne Too Hot For Malaysia?

Lavigne Too Hot For Malaysia? Aug 19th, 2008 at 12:30PM: Malaysia's main opposition party called on the government to cancel a concert featuring Canadian pop/punk princess Avril Lavigne. Why? The singer's on-stage moves are too sexy. The Pan Malaysian Islamic Party's youth wing made the request. The government wrote off the request as moralist nonsense, right? Actually, they took the advice seriously and canceled Lavigne's concert. Aside from being "too...

New Species of Malaria?

New Species of Malaria? Jan 17th, 2008 at 3:00PM: Malaria, the ever changing, always-evolving, world-sized killer, is responsible for 350-500-million infections and over 1,000,000 deaths per year. Further, 41% of the world's population lives in a "malaria-risk zone." Malaria is an illness that any traveler to the tropics needs to consider, and begin to plan for, months before a trip. And with a newly discovered species of malaria, things could...

When in Space, Which Way Is Mecca?

When in Space, Which Way Is Mecca? Oct 10th, 2007 at 9:00AM: Think being a Muslim on this planet is not easy? Try being a Muslim in orbit. For starters, which way do you face while praying? (And how do you lay down your prayer rug?) Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor of Malaysia, a crew member on the 16th mission for the International Space Station, is lifting off to space today in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, Wired reports. The ten day trip will take place during the...

Mexico Named Best Place To Retire

Mexico Named Best Place To Retire Sep 26th, 2007 at 5:46PM: Been to Mexico? I have a few times and I love it. It's not just the hot weather and the gorgeous beaches -- Mexico is a really friendly, vibrant place with a lot of energy and culture. At least what I've seen of it. Anyway, I digress. The point of this post is to write about how Mexico was named the best place to retire by an annual retirement index in International Living magazine. It used to be...

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