Budget Travel Still In Business

Thursday, December 17, 2009

As is being reported today, Budget Travel magazine will not be closing down (rumors we reported on a couple weeks ago), but instead is being sold off by the Washington Post to private investment firm Fletcher Asset Management Inc. And layoffs? Fletcher has reportedly “agreed to keep almost all of Budget Travel’s employees.” Good news […]

Taiwan´s Space Oddity

Thursday, December 17, 2009

It has been a couple of years since I went gallivanting around the northern regions of Taiwan. However, just recently, I found out about this rare, bizarre, eerie housing complex just outside of Taipei. I am kicking myself that I didn´t find out about it sooner so that I could see it for myself. It […]

Senegal: See The World In A Whole Different Way

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Is there anything more frustrating than touching down on a tarmac in a country you’d just love to explore, but having no chance to do so and taking off just as quickly as you came? This is exactly what happened to me and Senegal. Watching this video doesn’t help my regret. Highlight: I’m all about […]

A White Christmas

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

As a Canadian, I am always so proud and inspired when I hear or read about people actually enjoying the tortuous winter conditions the country has to offer. I think it´s great that they can look at Canada´s climate with optimism, even if I can´t. So, if three feet of snow, -30ºC and nature towering […]

Rules Of Engagement: Traveling With Signifigant Others

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I can’t say I’ve had much experience with this one lately, if not for the very sake of trying to maintain the relationship, but what are the rules for traveling with your significant other? Should you even risk it? The upsides? The downsides? The cold realities? It’s unquestionable that travel can bring people together like […]

Kyoto: The Japanese Neverland

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Not long ago I wandered wide-eyed through the glory that is Kyoto. The ultra-modern Kyoto station gives way to an incomprehensible density of temples and shrines. It makes it feel like the steel and concrete city fell away, as if it never sprouted in the first place. Kyoto, I learned, isn’t a city or a […]

Biking Shangri-La

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Douglas Whitehead has been chronicling his epic 6,000-mile bike trek from England to India over the last few months for the Telegraph. His latest entry finds him in northern Pakistan, an area historically known for its beauty — it was here that the name Shangri-la was supposedly coined — as well as its for its […]

Visiting Santa’s Grave

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

If you wander around the southern Italian city of Bari, you will most likely notice intimate, cobblestoned lanes, cafe-choked piazzas, and one of Italy’s best opera houses. Somewhere between it all, is the Basilica di San Nicola, and the actual tomb containing St. Nick’s bones. Built in 1087, the castle-esqe basilica was created specifically to […]

Fear And Bathing In Istanbul

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Seeking a true cultural experience, Cameron immerses himself in some uniquely Turkish hospitality in Istanbul. By Cameron Fergus Face down on the cool, smooth marble slab, I lay hot, sweating and uncomfortable. The air’s humidity has formed into huge balls of condensation which plummet from the domed ceiling high above. When the drops don’t hammer […]

Manners And Taboos: Advice For Watching Yourself Abroad

Friday, December 11, 2009

We all know different cultures have their specific intricacies, and it takes a little research to become aware of them when traveling. Even I remember a friend of mine in Korea, very politely saying, “Jon, ah . . . that is, maybe, a little bit rude.” After a thousand apologies and deep bows, I was […]

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