Which Tacky Souvenirs Found Their Way Into Your Bag?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

We’re all guilty, don’t feel too bad. It could have been the gold, waving cat from Hong Kong that you bought for Aunt Mabel, the “I Love Hawaii” picture frame from the resort gift shop, or even a certain wooden toilet seat, complete with Spanish flag and a certain male appendage. We’ve all bought them […]

All Of The Whistler At Half The Price

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Today marks 100 days until the Olympic torch gets to Vancouver. Happy Olympics, everyone! Personally, I’m stoked, and I’m in a state of constant scheming to find a way there. The problem I run into, are thoughts of “Whistler, snow, mountains, mmm . . .” that usually vanish quickly because of, “Olympics . . . prices jacked […]

File Under Reasons I’m Jealous Of Londoners: Weekend Trips To Damascus

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Nothing frustrates me more than when I read about Londoners discussing simple weekend trips to such places as southern Spain, Morocco, or as is the case here, Damascus. (Why isn’t my my house in New York a few thousand miles closer to the European continent?) Though perhaps a little tougher to explore a few years […]

Sumo Wrestling 101

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

If there was one thing I could have changed about my recent trip to Japan, it would have to be the date. I say that only for the sole reason that it wasn’t sumo tournament season. The ancient form of wrestling holds tournaments at specific times of year; specifically, not while I’m there. Lucky for me, I can […]

So What Should You Do In Paris?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Don’t see the Mona Lisa, climb the Eiffel Tower, or grab a coffee at Café de Flore? Well, not exactly, but taken from an expert on Paris, there are plenty of ways to get the best out of Paris, without doing what Paris is best known for. For example, want a great view of the […]

Beyond Buenos Aires

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Your guide to heading out of the city and exploring what lays beyond Buenos Aires. By Katie Hammel For the ambitious traveler, the best of Buenos Aires can be seen in a few days, and even those who want to take a more relaxed approach can get a good feel for life in the city […]

The Great American BBQ

Friday, October 30, 2009

What do you get when you cross 500,000 pounds of meat, surgical gloves, and some “testosterone-fueled bro hugs?” The world’s largest, American Royal BBQ competition in Kansas City. Duh. BBQ in the states isn’t just slapping some meat on a grill; “real” BBQ is an art, complete with a history of its own. This Guardian […]

Don’t Commit These 7 Travel Sins

Friday, October 30, 2009

As a follow-up to Monday’s article about proper hostel etiquette — a must-read for first-time travelers — BootsnAll has this list of the “7 Deadly Sins of Travel,” which, I guarantee, even the most seasoned travelers have partaken in the past. (Given to any beggars during your trips?) Regarding #1, “Taking budget travel too seriously” […]

A Cultural Pub Stroll Through Edinburgh

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Despite being voted the best city in Britain by the Observer Travel Awards, Edinburgh seems to be a mysteriously intriguing place. What better way to coax a city out from behind its walls is to, as Ian Rankin discovers, take a walk and get lost, or better yet, go get some drinks. This pleasant saunter of […]

What Exactly Is Bánh Sèo Anyway?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bánh xèo means either “sizzling cake” or “sound crepe,” depending on what your Google search turns up, but either way, the name refers to this southern Vietnamese crepe made of rice flour, water, coconut milk, pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts that’s pan fried, then “rolled up in a leaf of lettuce and dipped in a […]

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