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InterContinental Hotel Group prepares for 2011 openings in Russia, Portugal, Qatar, more

InterContinental Hotel Group prepares for 2011 openings in Russia, Portugal, Qatar, more Jan 3rd, 2011 at 12:00PM: A new year brings new hotels. While travelers are prepping their calendars in anticipation of 2011 trips, hotel groups are working hard to open new properties around the world for guests. International expansion in Asia and Europe are top priorities for hotel groups including Marriott, Starwood and Hilton. Next up: InterContinental Hotel Groups plans their 2011 expansion including hotels in...

Q & A with Grantourismo round-the-world slow travel bloggers

Q & A with Grantourismo round-the-world slow travel bloggers Nov 24th, 2010 at 2:00PM: With all the holiday travel madness just beginning, sometimes it's nice to take a breath and think about taking travel more slowly. I recently had a chance to meet up with blogger Lara Dunston and her photographer-writer husband, Terence Carter, of the round-the-world travel project and blog, Grantourismo while they were traveling through Istanbul. Lara and Terence hosted me at their fabulous...

Ten budget-friendly destinations in Europe

Ten budget-friendly destinations in Europe Nov 23rd, 2010 at 10:00AM: For Americans, Europe can be very expensive. Let's take a moment to acknowledge this fact. Tourist costs are high, and currently the euro is doing well against the dollar, even if the pound is down somewhat from its stratospheric performance a few years ago. So yes, Europe is expensive. But its high costs are merely a marker, not a prisonhouse. There are always ways to cut costs and forge an...

Photo of the day (9.30.10)

Photo of the day (9.30.10) Sep 30th, 2010 at 5:00PM: It's 5 o'clock, a near-universally accepted time for happy hour. Flickr user t3mujin snapped this beer ad-worthy pic in Madeira, off the coast of Portugal and notes that the snacks in the background are tremoços or Lupin beans.The legumes are typically pickled, eaten with or without the skin, and served with beers in a pub. Here in Istanbul, drink snacks may include a bowl of nuts,...

Photo of the day (8.12.2010)

Photo of the day (8.12.2010) Aug 12th, 2010 at 5:30PM: We're in the dog days of summer, with hot temperatures and high levels of humidity making it hard to do more than eat ice cream, seek air conditioning, and think of fall weather. While there's less than a month left in summer, and pretty soon we'll be complaining about winter, the sticky August heat can feel downright oppressive. That's why this photo by Flickr user t3mujin taken in Lisbon,...

Travel Q&A with author & cook Tamara Reynolds

Travel Q&A with author & cook Tamara Reynolds Jul 14th, 2010 at 2:30PM: Tamara Reynolds is a the co-founder (with Zora O'Neill) of The Sunday Night Dinner, an Astoria, Queens-based supper club. The Sunday Night Dinner, which continues to thrive, was well ahead of what has become a supper club trend. Out of the Sunday Night Dinner came a fabulous cookbook, Forking Fantastic, which Reynolds co-authored with O'Neill. Travel is key to Reynolds' imagination as a cook. She...

From World Cup to contemporary tourist destination: part two

From World Cup to contemporary tourist destination: part two Jun 20th, 2010 at 10:00AM: The World Cup provides an opportunity for participating countries to put their best foot forward and invite visitors in. Earlier I looked at fabulous and in most cases affordable hotels in countries in the World Cup's Groups A through D, hotels that fit their country's national brand well. Here are some suggestions for hotels that sum up the best of the local national brand from countries in...

Photo of the day 2.10.10

Photo of the day 2.10.10 Feb 10th, 2010 at 6:30PM: How long do you think this guy will wait for his catch? Who cares when this is your view. Today's photo of the day comes courtesy of t3mujin, who captured this moment of peace in Portugal. Do you have a story to share with your travel photos? Drop them in the Gadling Flickr Pool and we might select it as our Photo of the Day!...

Hostel World names world's best hostels

Hostel World names world's best hostels Jan 31st, 2010 at 2:30PM: TripAdvisor recently released its list of the best and worst in the hotel industry. Now it's the hostel industry's turn. Hostel World just announced the winners of the "Hoscars", their annual ranking of the world's best and worst hostels, rated by cleanliness, location, staff, fun, security, and character. Over 20,000 properties around the world were eligible for the awards, yet because most...

Gadlinks for Monday 11.2.09

Gadlinks for Monday 11.2.09 Nov 2nd, 2009 at 6:00PM: It's GPS day here are Gadling, so I think it's only appropriate to offer up some GPS-themed travel reads for you today. Enjoy! Prague has tons of wonderful galleries, but they are not always easy to find. [via NY Times] Up for a geocache adventure in Portugal? Try your hand at these. [via Matador Trips] Check out this comprehensive blog called Adventures in Geocaching. Hawaii's islands...

Photo of the Day (5-13-09)

Photo of the Day (5-13-09) May 13th, 2009 at 5:00PM: First, the composition and colors of this photo caught my attention, and then I wondered where this Buddha statue is. Using t3mujin's tags "Quinta dos Loridos" and "Portugal" as clues, my impression is that this gem is among the statuary at the Quinta dos Loridos winery estate. The estate is one of four that produces Bacalhoa wines. From the looks of this place, I'd say that the gardens are just...

Continental's Restaurant Week could increase revenue

Continental's Restaurant Week could increase revenue May 1st, 2009 at 8:00AM: On its face, Continental Airlines' participation in International Restaurant Week seems like just another promotion. Think harder, though, and you'll see that it's really a way for the airline to bring in a little extra cash. Since passengers with a bit of extra girth may be charged for an extra seat, it only makes sense to fatten up fliers and reap the rewards. A dozen New York restaurants...

Top 10 wine spots, none in U.S.

Top 10 wine spots, none in U.S. Apr 12th, 2009 at 4:00PM: I realize that, on the world stage, our homeland isn't exactly the most popular place right now. Part of it stems from eight years of political buffoonery, and a healthy dose comes from traditional "old world" bias against the United States. Like most of us, I've learned to adjust for a touch of this when I read international news coverage. To a certain extent, I understand it ... we're more like...

Bargain Europe: Camping Across The Continent

Bargain Europe: Camping Across The Continent Mar 10th, 2009 at 9:30AM: In these economic times we're all looking to find ways to save a little cash without giving up our travels. Airfares are more affordable than they have been in a long time, which means that we can at least afford to get to the places we want to visit. But what happens once we get there? Are there any affordable places to stay? Most travelers making their way across the pond to Europe tend to stay...

Drink port at the source

Drink port at the source Feb 16th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Nothing punctuates an amazing meal quite like an ancient port. For most restaurants in the United States, though, port seems like something of an afterthought. Few are offered, and they tend to be pedestrian at best. So, if you're looking for that perfect tawny, get in a plane, and head for Portugal. In Porto, the country's second largest city, you will have access to a variety and depth of port...

Travel sans visa coming for European, Caribbean, Mauritius, and Seychelles nationals

Travel sans visa coming for European, Caribbean, Mauritius, and Seychelles nationals Feb 13th, 2009 at 2:00PM: A mutual agreement allowing Europeans, nationals from four Caribbean countries, and citizens of two island nations in the Indian Ocean is expected to be passed and approved by the end of March, which will allow for hassle-free and smoother travel. If you hold a passport from any of the following countries, it means you're that much more free to travel between those listed sans visa: Austria,...

Photo of the Day (12.18.08)

Photo of the Day (12.18.08) Dec 18th, 2008 at 5:00PM: Today's photo of the day was taken by danner00 on the Portugese island of Madeira. While the steep cliffs capped off with a hanging cloud are nice, it's the seagull that makes this picture. It's a picture that makes me want to visit Madeira. And isn't that the goal of travel photography anyway? Way to go, danner00! Are you a Flickr user who'd like to share a travel related picture or two for our...

Galley Gossip: The people you meet, the places you want to go - Portugal, Greece, Hong Kong, Croatia, and Dubai

Galley Gossip:  The people you meet, the places  you want to go - Portugal, Greece, Hong Kong, Croatia, and Dubai Sep 18th, 2008 at 10:00AM: Though I have no idea when it will actually happen, I can't decide where to travel on my next big vacation... Greece Hong Kong Croatia Dubai That's been my list of dream places to go for the last few years. But now I've got a new place to add to the list, a list that just keeps growing. Portugal Man oh man, the people you meet, the places you want to go... Alice,...

Photo of the Day (06/16/08)

Photo of the Day (06/16/08) Jun 16th, 2008 at 5:00PM: What a great shot of San Francisco! The colors! Except, of course, that it is Lisbon, Portugal, as shot by t3mujin. Seriously though, tell me this doesn't look like San Francisco when you first glance at it? It is amazing how many similarities there are between Portugal and California...the weather, the coastline, the lifestyle, the bridge. If Portugal had Hollywood and Chinatown, it would...

Photo of the Day (02-25-08)

Photo of the Day (02-25-08) Feb 26th, 2008 at 11:40AM: For me, this photo by Temujin Photo represents for loneliness, and that feeling was only heightened when I read the caption: 'Cabo de Roca. The place where Europe ends...' Truth is, I've never been Cabo da Roca, and if this photo wasn't quite so, well, blue, we'd probably see it as a charming seaside place instead of an expansive, isolated viewpoint. Kudos to the photographer for capturing an...

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