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 […]

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 […]

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