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 […]

A Top Ten Of China Is Just A Start. What Else Do You Suggest?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Who doesn’t like top tens? They reel me in all the time, but they have their limitations. We all know China could fill up top ten lists in its sleep, so the one compiled over at National Geographic Traveler really doesn’t do the place justice. I’m always up for some China info. So, I turn […]

Video: Explore Perugia — Much Different Than Your College Town

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Perugia, the capital city of the region of Umbria, is home to what you’d expect from Italy: beautiful buildings, world-class art, a rich culinary tradition; but you’ll also find a boatload of students here — 50,000 to be exact. Time to live out that study abroad program you skipped in college?

Ever Wonder What Volunteering In Cambodia Is Like?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

  Volunteering abroad is full of highs and lows. Choosing to do that in Cambodia, one of the least developed countries in the world, has it’s own set of issues. Seeing the body pits from the genocide by the Khmer Rouge regime, to the ever cheerful village children, Lauren Dickerson (not her pictured above) sits down for an […]

Camping In The Caribbean

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Though not as cheap as you’d expect ($80), there are opportunities for setting up tent in the Caribbean as an alternative to high-price, resort accommodations, as Benji found out here, especially in St. John’s’ Maho and Cinnamon Bay campgrounds. And the idea’s not new: “But on St. John, the expansiveness of its National Park, which […]

Zimbabwe Getting Back On The Map

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The political unrest that dictated Zimbabwe of late doesn’t seem to be affecting the number of people heading there; more than doubling the amount from last year (I should note Wanderlust mentioned this stat was unconfirmed). With the adoption of the U.S. dollar making currency scams less likely, and the rumors of the political scene […]

The Top Travel Books Of 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The New York Times has published their list of the best travel books of 2009 — a perfect way to close out the . . . umm, oh-ohs? — just in time for those thinking about stocking stuffers for their travel-loving family and friends. (Hello? Family/friends, hope you’re reading this.) “The Best American Travel Writing” […]

Top 10 Free Things To Do In New York City This December

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Already broke your budget just staying in New York this holiday season? Try these 10 tips to enjoy the city for free. By Matt Stabile MUSEUMS 1) MoMA Normally a steep $20, MoMA (Museum of Modern Art for you acronym-hating readers) is free every Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Just head to the front […]

Indulge Your Inner Rodent At France’s Hamster Hotel

Friday, December 4, 2009

Heavy petting… going nuts… queue the suggestive hamster jokes. Nantes, France has added another “attraction” to its handful of other enticing options, a romantic hamster wheel for two (no… really). Visitors to the La Villa Hamster have the option of dressing up in full rodent garb, nibbling organic grain, sleeping in a haystack, and, yes, […]

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