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Doug Lansky is a travel writer based in Stockholm who has written books for Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and contributed to Esquire, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Readers Digest and others. He also wrote a nationally syndicated travel column, hosted a Trailblazers program for the Travel Channel and founded Signspotting and The Titanic Awards. When he's not out traveling, he can often be found on the lecture circuit (represented by Keppler Speakers).

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Powerful New Documentary Shows Effects of Tourism on Barcelona

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 12:51 AM

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We're all familiar with the upside of tourism...the food, the sun, the cultural experiences. But in the same way that we've blindly sucked oil out of the ground for decades before waking up to the negative effects, it's time we begin to take...

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Why Aren't Destinations Doing More of This?

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 3:16 PM

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It turns out that 42 percent of shared Facebook timeline content is travel. It also turns out that -- here's a real shocker -- people listen to their FB "friends" more than advertisers. And that applies to other social media as well. In...

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What Disney Got Wrong With Its Magic Bands

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 9:11 AM

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Quick disclaimer: This little experiment was conducted by my family, which included two adults, three kids, and one grandma. We took them for a test spin that included three Disney parks and a Disney Hotel.This was not something we requested, nor did Disney...

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The 9 Funniest Signs Of December (PHOTOS)

(18) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 4:51 AM

Thanks for sending in the funny shopping and promo signs.

December has proven to be a great month for funny signage. You'll find the nine funniest signs of the month submitted by Signspotters below.

Please continue to keep an eye out for funny signs and upload them...

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9 Funny Sale Signs To Get You Ready For Black Friday (PHOTOS)

(7) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 7:20 AM

Gotta love Black Friday, the ominous non-holiday that powers the world's largest economy. In the throes of shopping fever, we fight for parking spots, wait for malls to open and brave endless lines to the cash register.

But if you stay home and shop on the web, just think...

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7 Awesomely Stupid Signs (PHOTOS)

(20) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 5:15 PM

There's typically a good deal of planning that goes into putting up a sign. You need to realize one is needed, draw up some plans, make the sign and then put it up. Somewhere along the line, you'd think someone might take a second to consider the message. Or maybe...

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Crap Souvenirs From Around The World

(45) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 6:29 PM

My wife and I often play a game while waiting in airports for our planes to depart. We enter a gift shop and try to see who can find the tackiest souvenir.

It's a nice way to kill a little time before the plane leaves, and it makes long...

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Most Honest Street Begging Sign Ever (PHOTO)

(41) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 9:05 AM

Homelessness may be a serious issue, but this gentleman has clearly decided to work the humor angle.

His sign really goes nicely with his "fuck you, I have enough friends" t-shirt.

To view funny signs from around the world, check out Signspotting.com.

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8 Unfortunate Company Names (PHOTOS)

(6) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 5:53 AM

Hard to imagine, but these seem to be popping up like dandelions. Not much left to do but sit back and enjoy.

Plenty more in the recent book collection (Signspotting 4). If you happen to spot one, please grab your camera and send it in at

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The New Major Players In The Short-Term Peer-To-Peer Property Rental Game

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 7:00 AM

There's a new kid on the vacation rental block. Well, a new aggregator.

Tripping.com has created a mashup that allows users to check out the biggest stash of peer-to-peer rentals in one fell search.

If all goes well for this young company, it may even change the search...

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9 Unfortunate Business Names (PHOTOS)

(24) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 11:04 AM

What are the signs that your company may be off to a bad start? It's hard to say, but here are a few that could use a little help.

If you find a funny sign in your neighborhood or while traveling, please snap a photo and upload it at...

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8 Awesome Electric Sign Fails (PHOTOS)

(110) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 8:51 AM

Equipment failure is nothing special. But when it fails in just the right way, it almost seems as though some cosmic force of irony was involved. With signs moving toward low-energy LED solutions, there will likely be fewer of these in the future... so we need to enjoy them while...

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9 Great Travel Survival Tips (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 11:00 AM

Travel is delightfully (and frustratingly) unpredictable. If you usually bring a flashlight and some Imodium, then you already know that things can go wrong. When they go seriously wrong, how your react can determine your life span. Foreign correspondents and international aid workers often get special training. The next best...

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8 Funny Signs To Be Thankful For (PHOTOS)

(32) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 6:27 AM

Just in time for Thanksgiving, here's a new batch of funny signs for which to be thankful.

If you still want more after clicking through these eight slides, there's a brand new book out, Signspotting 4, The Art of Miscommunication, with over 250 funny signs.

And, of...

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Travelers' Favorite Funny Signs (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 8:25 AM

Hard to imagine these signs are real. They are.

They're from the latest Signspotting book, The Art of Miscommunication.

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The 7 Funniest Animal Signs (PHOTOS)

(46) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 9:45 AM

I know you're dying to find out what it will look like... No, not the iPhone 5. I'm talking about the brand new book, Signspotting 4.

As you recall, the last book, Signspotting 3, ended in a bit of a cliffhanger. Well, the funny signs...

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The 7 Funniest 'Crap Souvenirs' of the Month (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2011 | 1:42 AM

Please send us photos of your favorite kitsch souvenirs! Things you may have picked up years ago and are still dotted around your house or things you didn't even dare to buy. Time to kill after you pass airport security? Swing by the gift shop and snap a pic of...

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The 9 Funniest Signs of the Month (PHOTOS)

(27) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 10:06 AM

If it seems like people are putting up new stupid signs everyday, it's because they are. As you leave on your summer vacation, don't forget to pack a camera and keep an eye out for unusual signage.

Here are the funniest signs from June (plus 9 more...

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The 9 Funniest Signs of the Month (PHOTOS)

(111) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 7:04 AM

If it seems like people are putting up new stupid signage everyday, it's because they are. Fortunately, alert Signspotters are there to capture these gaffes (and please keep them coming!).

Here are the top 9 new uploads from May (plus 9 more great contenders that nearly made the...

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The 9 Funniest 'Crap Souvenirs' of the Month! (PICTURES)

(66) Comments | Posted May 24, 2011 | 3:53 PM

It's nice to see I'm not the only one who has some utterly kitsch crap sitting around the house.

Thank you for dusting off your souvenirs, photographing them and uploading them at CrapSouvenirs.com -- there's been lots of great submissions so please keep them coming.

If you...

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