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Putin or Obama for Lunch?

Ana Garcia | Posted 01.24.2015 | Travel
Ana Garcia

Pushkin, Russia is a long way to go for a bowl of beef stroganoff, but if you want to eat a meal fit for a Russian President, it's the place to go.

A Luxury Resort Threatens Belize's Mesoamerican Reef

Ted Danson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Green
Ted Danson

Opposition to Puerto Azul is widespread among Belizeans. While they support tourism -- the backbone of the country's economy -- they do not support building a resort that will irreversibly destroy the Mesoamerican reef, the very place that tourists come to experience.

Should U.S. Facilitate Tourism in Turkmenistan?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Stephen Schwartz

Rehabilitation at Gonur Depe was undertaken in the interest of enhancing tourism. But should the U.S. enable "tyranny tourism" and other works of "cultural preservation" benefiting a notorious dictatorship in Turkmenistan?

A Message From the People of Egypt's South Sinai

Egyptian Streets | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
Egyptian Streets

The more the name of Sinai can be reclaimed and coupled with positive associations and the more things might begin to change for its local Bedouin communities, whose livelihoods and name have suffered through misinformed narratives about the Sinai for too long.

Spend the Best Day of Your Life in This Elephant Retirement Home

Paula Froelich | Posted 01.11.2015 | Travel
Paula Froelich

Htun Htun Wynn and Tin Win Maw both grew up in Myanmar's timber industry, and when they got married they decided to start the Green Hill Valley Elephant Sanctuary for several of the elephants.

The Caviar of Subways: Russia

Ana Garcia | Posted 01.06.2015 | Travel
Ana Garcia

If you are traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia most everyone will say, you must see The Hermitage Museum, the Faberge Collection and Catherine Palace. Yes, you must, but you should also ride the metro because it's so unexpectedly beautiful.

If Homer Were a Travel Blogger

Michael Radou Moussou | Posted 01.06.2015 | Travel
Michael Radou Moussou

The convergence in Athens, Greece of more than 850 travel bloggers for the annual conference of Travel Blog Exchange (the largest community of blogger...

Hawaii To Buy 1-Way Flights For Homeless People To Keep Them Away From Tourists

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact

The Aloha State is saying goodbye to some of its homeless residents with one-way tickets to the Lower 48. According to Civil Beat, Hawaii's Institu...

Visit a Real Haunted Location This Halloween, the Feds Can Help

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 12.30.2014 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

Halloween is a great time to visit your local haunted locations. I am sure your neighborhood ghost will appreciate it. In fact, ghosts might moan just to dramatically make it known they are bored, just like your kids do.

One Theater Lover Responds to Older Broadway Actors Being Kicked From Equity-League Health Plan

Kryss Shane | Posted 12.28.2014 | Arts
Kryss Shane

I have always known Actors Equity Association to be on the cutting edge of equality and at the forefront of making progressive choices with a focus on the needs of its members. Until now.

Getting Rid of "Ghost" Structures: Perceiving the Catskills as a Place of Renewal, Not Decay

Steven Kurlander | Posted 10.28.2014 | New York
Steven Kurlander

With or without the citing of one or two casino gaming destination resorts, it's certain that the Catskills encompassing both Sullivan County and sout...

Why It's Time for Tech and Travel to Intersect for Impact

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

With a plethora of activists and social entrepreneurs roaming the world as engaged global citizens, the travel industry as a vehicle for social change seems like a no brainer.

Overpacked and Under Pressure

Edward Piegza | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel
Edward Piegza

Liquids, gels, pastes and creams are heavy. Oversized or half-empty bottles and tubes take up valuable space. If you weight it all separately, you'll be surprise at how it adds up. It's a rare hotel that doesn't provide everything you need.

Visit Chicago's Worst Museums

The Second City | Posted 12.14.2014 | Chicago
The Second City

Though the city easily deserves the top spot in the rankings, a fair number of Chicago museums deserve to round out the bottom. Here's a sampling of the least popular museums Chicago has to offer.

The Advantages of Looking Like a Tourist

Map Happy | Posted 12.09.2014 | Travel
Map Happy

There's no shame in looking like a tourist, and, in all honesty, sometimes it can work to your benefit in ways that are underappreciated. Besides, isn't that what we all fundamentally are?

The Golden Journey To Samarkand

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 12.08.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

The poem "The Golden Journey to Samarkand," by James Elroy Flecker, has no doubt launched countless journeys to the ancient Silk Road city in southern Uzbekistan.

Before 2020 Olympics, Here's How Tokyo Can Upgrade the Foreign Tourist Experience

Charli James | Posted 12.02.2014 | Travel
Charli James

Unlike host countries such as Brazil and Russia, Japan won't have to fight hard to curb crime and corruption ahead of the Games. But the 2020 Games will bring attention and international travelers to Tokyo in droves, and there are a few areas where Tokyo falls behind in foreign tourist friendliness.

Inspired by Poverty Point, New Orleans could seek UN heritage status

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.28.2014 | Travel
Susan Buchanan

The Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in June designated an ancient Native American complex known as Poverty Point, east of Monroe, as Louisiana's first World Heritage site.

Why Education Is My Ticket to Travel

Katy Miller | Posted 11.25.2014 | Travel
Katy Miller

My first opportunity to visit Europe came during my junior year at university. I'd always wanted to study abroad, but my full-tuition scholarship didn't contribute much toward such far-flung adventures.

Tourist Snapshot: Meeting Visitors From All Over The World Just a Block From My Office

Sara Bondioli | Posted 11.24.2014 | Travel
Sara Bondioli

In an effort to see tourists in a new light, I decided to try something new for a month. I would take a deep breath, linger a moment longer and offer to take a group (or individual) photo for some tourists each day as I pass the White House. Those photos often morphed into a conversation.

7 Airport Terminals That Are Doing It Right

Shermans Travel | Posted 11.18.2014 | Travel
Shermans Travel

Airport terminals around the globe are stepping things up a notch with high-tech designs, indoor art museums, and speedier ways through passport control.

Hemingway, Tourism, and the Contradictions of Revolutionary Cuba

Blake Scott | Posted 09.03.2014 | Travel
Blake Scott

At El Floridita bar in Old Havana, Ernest Hemingway drank in the afternoons and supposedly met his only Cuban love, Leopoldina (a sex worker). Hemingw...

5 Reasons to Visit Snowdonia, Wales' Oldest National Park

Katy Miller | Posted 11.04.2014 | Travel
Katy Miller

I lived in Manchester for the past year and explored North England's gorgeous countryside from there, but I also found time to squeeze in a couple of jaunts to nearby Wales.

How to Eat (and Drink) Your Way Through Newfoundland

The GypsyNesters | Posted 10.29.2014 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

In Iceberg Alley, as the sea along the northern coast is called, vodka and beer are made with melted icebergs. Resourceful captains have created a cottage industry of harvesting the bergs, hauling them ashore, and selling the ancient, pristine water. They even use it to make wine.

Luxe or Budget: How a Great Boutique Hotel Improves Your Vacation

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 10.21.2014 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

I recently spent a few days in Paris, at the height of the summer. It was beastly hot, and the downside of Paris being voted the #1 tourist destination is, well... tourists - an overcrowded, cacophonic abundance of them. Yet I had a fairly blissful trip.