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Thrill-Seeking Surfer Rides Glacial Waves (VIDEO)

Jun 28th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Record-smashing surfer Garrett McNamara has long been known for adrenaline-seeking stunts. Always chasing what he calls "the rush," he is perhaps best known for riding the biggest ocean wave, a 78-foot mammoth in Portugal. But in a recent CNN report, McNamara says it's difficult to get that rush anymore now that he's felt the thrill of riding a glacial wave, what might be one of the most...

48 Hours In Lisbon: In Search Of Coffee, Tiles And Sun

48 Hours In Lisbon: In Search Of Coffee, Tiles And Sun May 14th, 2013 at 12:00PM: All truth be told, Lisbon was never a city I had given any thought to. In fact, I couldn't even come up with anything linked to it. Give me a list of other European cities and there was at least one or two things that came to mind. Stockholm: Old Town and the archipelago. Paris: croissants, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. London: pubs, fish and chips and Big Ben. Venice: canals,...

Survey Ranks 'World's Most Unfriendliest' Countries

Survey Ranks 'World's Most Unfriendliest' Countries Mar 15th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Have you ever been to a country that just seems to give tourists the cold shoulder? Now, there are some figures behind those unwelcome feelings; the World Economic Forum has put together a report that ranks countries based on how friendly they are to tourists. The extensive analyses ranks 140 countries according to attractiveness and competitiveness in the travel and tourism industries....

Video Of The Day: Woman's Painful Escape While Running With Bulls

Oct 29th, 2012 at 5:00PM: A woman narrowly outruns a trio of bulls stampeding through the streets, only to find herself having a run-in of a different kind. Her painful escape is a reminder that running of the bulls ceremonies often result in serious injuries, most of which aren't directly caused by bulls. In Pamplona, Spain, the most famous location for this type of event, between 200 and 300 people are injured...

Portugal To Vietnam By Rails: Are You Up For The Ultimate Train Challenge?

Portugal To Vietnam By Rails: Are You Up For The Ultimate Train Challenge? Aug 5th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Last year, Michael Hodson and two travel blogger friends challenged each other to take on the world by train. For a month the bloggers traveled on separate routes from Lisbon, Portugal, to Saigon, Vietnam, on a competitive quest to conquer the longest continuous stretches of train tracks currently on the planet. The rails-only expedition was dubbed the Ultimate Train Challenge, and after the...

Photo Of The Day: Summer In Lisbon

Photo Of The Day: Summer In Lisbon Jul 13th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Summer in Lisbon is usually pleasantly warm; seldom does Portugal's capital swelter. From this vantage point along the Calçada do Duque, a prime tourist zone, clear skies and colorful bunting render Lisbon especially welcoming. Think about a short Lisbon break for a few minutes: good strong coffee and egg tarts for breakfast; grilled sardines and a nice vinho verde for lunch; and an...

TripAdvisor Names Best Hotels For Families

TripAdvisor Names Best Hotels For Families Apr 17th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Want to know where to travel with the kids? TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel review site, has named their top family-friendly hotels in 25 markets around the world, based on those ranked highest by travelers who identified themselves as traveling with family in their reviews. The good news? The hotels on the list aren't too pricey – the average rate is $274 per night with...

Photo Of The Day: Spring Blossoms

Photo Of The Day: Spring Blossoms Mar 30th, 2012 at 8:00PM: Spring blossoms are here. More to the point, it is really starting to feel like spring across the Northern Hemisphere. (And in fact, unseasonably warm weather in many different spots around the world has had things feeling like summer several months ahead of schedule.) This image of tender spring blossoms, taken by Flickr user (flicts) in Barcarena, Portugal, really captures the tentative,...

Angola rising: tourism is next

Angola rising: tourism is next Mar 5th, 2012 at 10:00AM: I spent last week in Portugal's Azores, absorbing the rhythms of daily life on Flores, Europe's westernmost island. An unexpected discovery was the ongoing focus on Angola in the Portuguese media. Evidence of the rise of Angola as an economic power is everywhere. First off, Portuguese people are moving to the former Portuguese colony in droves. Back in 2010 there was an interesting article...

Photo of the day - Lisbon's winter light

Photo of the day - Lisbon's winter light Feb 17th, 2012 at 6:30PM: Is Lisbon's winter light a cure for the blues of the dark season? It's right about this time in the Northern Hemisphere that winter starts to feel like an imposition. It's not getting measurably warmer, and even though it's been getting lighter for almost two months, it's not light enough, darn it. Not at all. This is the time of year when it's easy to forget that winter's thin light can...

Video: surfer rides 90 foot wave in Portugal, breaks world record

Nov 17th, 2011 at 4:30PM: It's one thing to go to the beach to catch some waves in Portugal, but it's an entirely different thing to catch a 90 foot wave successfully, breaking a world record. And that's just what surfer, Garrett McNamara, did. McNamara broke the world record for the longest wave ever surfed when he caught this 90 foot wave off the coast of Portugal. The largest wave claimed to have been surfed before...

An ode to the Hawaiian Plate Lunch

An ode to the Hawaiian Plate Lunch Oct 12th, 2011 at 9:00AM: One of the finest meals I've ever eaten was on the island of Oahu at a fancy bistro called Chef Mavro. This place is expensive -- It's no problem to spend 100 dollars per person on dinner. But the beautifully sculpted little plates had melt in your mouth sashimi and delicately browned crab rolls in fine rice paper wrappers and, oh, truly, it was a memorable experience. I can't think of Chef...

Video of the Day - A ride through Lisbon

Aug 2nd, 2011 at 8:00PM: Can you describe your favorite city in one word? Yellow Bus Tours, a tour guide company in Portugal, recently asked tourists of Lisbon to describe the Portuguese capital in one word. Set to a montage of beautiful scenes shot in and around the city, the video sets a vibe that certainly makes the city look inviting. Kudos to Yellow Bus Tours for capturing the feel of the city &...

Traveler Q & A: Pavia Rosati

Traveler Q & A: Pavia Rosati Aug 2nd, 2011 at 9:30AM: Pavia Rosati is the founder of Fathom, a recently debuted travel website. Fathom is smart and beautifully designed. It's full of exciting short briefs about various destinations across the globe. Rosati, as you'll see from her answers below, is an experienced editor and an avid traveler. Her enthusiasm for Fathom's subject matter is palpable and infectious. We love Fathom and can't wait to see...

Drink your way to Portugal with this new contest

Drink your way to Portugal with this new contest Jun 7th, 2011 at 4:30PM: If we weren't traveling and writing about it for a living, we think it would be pretty cool to be a spirits writer. I mean, we get paid to travel and they get paid to drink. Now, you can put your amateur mixologist skills to the test with Sandeman Port's newest contest, where the winner will snag a five night trip for two to Oporto, Portugal. To enter, create an original drink with...

Photo of the day - A day at the beach

Photo of the day - A day at the beach Apr 21st, 2011 at 5:00PM: Sometimes a perfect day at the beach isn't all cerulean blue skies and crystal clear water. Sometimes it's a windy afternoon, after the season is over, but you can enjoy the solitude and serenity of the ocean. Flickr user t2mujin took in such a scene on a March day in Lisbon, Portugal for today's Photo of the Day. We might be looking at a fisherman's gear or just someone eager for summer, even if...

Fat Tuesday - top 5 places to party for Carnival

Fat Tuesday - top 5 places to party for Carnival Mar 8th, 2011 at 3:30PM: Fat Tuesday is the culmination of Mardi Gras, Carnival, Carnevale, and like minded celebrations that take place across the world today. From Guatemala to Greece, Fat Tuesday represents the last bastion of excess in Christian culture before the Lent fasting season begins. The streets pulse with energy and revelers don costumes, throw beads, shout sheenisms, and generally have a booze-fueled...

Schengen and the disappearance of European passport stamps

Schengen and the disappearance of European passport stamps Mar 1st, 2011 at 10:00AM: Creative new use for border crossing posts at German/Austrian border. In the late 1980s, an American spending a summer traveling across Europe with a Eurailpass would see his or her passport stamped possibly dozens of times. With a few exceptions, every time a border was crossed, an immigration agent would pop his or her head into a train compartment, look at everyone's passports, in most...

Five lesser-known European islands

Five lesser-known European islands Feb 25th, 2011 at 12:15PM: Last June, we published a list of four European islands that float under the radar: Porquerolles, France; Fasta Åland, Finland; San Domino, Italy; and Vlieland, Netherlands. As far as we're concerned, it's not too early to start making summer travel plans to get away from the crowds. Here are five more beautiful yet lesser-known European islands that don't get a ton of press. They're...

Photo of the day - arty rooster graffiti in Portugal

Photo of the day - arty rooster graffiti in Portugal Jan 27th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Many of us have a certain "thing" we like to photograph when traveling. For some, it's food. For Gadling blogger Mike Barish, it's amusing signs, as well as himself with various SkyMall products. Personally, I like graffiti, like today's photo from Portugal taken by Flickr user Rita Moreno. The graffiti is practically arty in it's framing, colors, and even the tears in the paint seem thoughtful...

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