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Bananas for My Elephant

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 07.10.2011 | Travel
Denise Vivaldo

Last year, I went to Thailand, which was my husband's dream vacation. A local tour guide told us about the "Spend the Day with An Elephant" excursion. I was in.

World's Worst Tourists? British Take the Crown Hands Down

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.04.2011 | Travel
Peter Mandel

In truth, I was seized by a secret jealousy. As a Yank, I hate to cede the top spot in a competition of any kind. I felt confident that Union Jack waving tourists would defend their honor to the last sip of bitter.

Bali Paradise? Hell Yes!

Amy Chavez | Posted 09.20.2011 | Travel
Amy Chavez

You can go anywhere and look at only the bad points. The charms of Bali far outweigh its problems, and this is what the Time article "Holidays in Hell: Bali's Ongoing Woes" overlooks.

What Egypt Really Needs Now: Tourists

Ronen Paldi | Posted 06.11.2011 | Travel
Ronen Paldi

2010 was a tremendous year for Egypt, at least in terms of tourism. Reports indicate that Egypt had more than 15 million tourists throughout the year...

See, Stroll and Savor Paris in Spring

Denise Dennis | Posted 06.20.2011 | Travel
Denise Dennis

"Paris in Spring." These words, evocative of floral gardens, sidewalk cafes, and wide boulevards, remind us that Spring is one of the loveliest seas...

Death Valley Daze, Part II

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.19.2011 | Travel
Richard Bangs

I once heard the hypothetical that if Cleopatra's nose had been shorter, the face of the earth would have changed. And I wonder, if I had stayed in a trailer high on Telescope Peak in Death Valley, how would the world be different now?

Death Valley Daze, Part I

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.18.2011 | Travel
Richard Bangs

It was a spell ago -- and you can figure out the timeframe by surrounding events -- when I bickered my black VW bug north from Los Angeles to Death Valley, girlfriend Karen Goldberg at my side, a weekend of adventure ahead.

The Communist Party Congress... If We Didn't Laugh...

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.15.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Laughter is still an effective cure. Thus, on this Island, we bend our lips into a smile more for self-therapy than for happiness. Then the tourists take our pictures and go home saying we are a happy people.

Bahrain: Once Was Paradise, Part 4

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.06.2011 | Travel
Richard Bangs

The wind dies, and it is utterly still, the only movement the lazy turning of my own thoughts. Then an F-16 streaks overhead and breaks the sound barrier. The end of innocence, once again.

Bahrain: Once Was Paradise, Part 3

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.04.2011 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Al Areen is positively lush, and evokes a sense of what Bahrain was like before overgrazing by camels and goats.

Bahrain: Once Was Paradise, Part 2

Richard Bangs | Posted 05.31.2011 | Travel
Richard Bangs

2011-03-31-Screenshot20110331at4.43.40PM.pngJust at sunset we reach The Tree of Life, a 400-year-old acacia perched on an abrupt hillock, the only visible piece of life in all directions.

Bahrain: Once Was Paradise

Richard Bangs | Posted 05.30.2011 | Travel
Richard Bangs

It was a place of legend called Dilmun. The Sumerians, who hailed from what is today southern Iraq, described the island of Dilmun as the Garden of Eden, the lush plot where innocence was forever lost.

Envisioning the Blend: Tradition, Tourism and Sustainability

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.30.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

At the interface of tradition, tourism and sustainability, dramatic photographs can tell a story that is hardly apparent at first glance. A stone's...

Cuts to National Park Budgets Could Impact Local Economies and Summer Vacations

Tom Kiernan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tom Kiernan

Is the bell about to toll for our national parks? We must ensure the places that protect America's heritage are adequately funded for future generations to enjoy.

Incredible Travel Photography

My Modern Metropolis | Posted by Alice on March 21, 2011 at 9:00am | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

He calls himself "a travel junkie, caught between the dream world and the real world." Indeed, look through Arjun Purkayastha's portfolio and you'll n...

Why Sex Shouldn't Sell for Lebanon's Tourists

Patrick Galey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Galey

Anyone who has ever taken a Middle East Airlines flight to Beirut will have seen it. Shortly after takeoff, before the churn of Hollywood B-movies w...

All Wrapped Up & All Of Norway To See

Paul Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Paul Steele

Norway in winter may sound cold and bland to many people but as I have found this February it is very far removed from that with a whole wealth of act...

The Separation Of Art And State: Why Obama's National Endowment Cuts Are Healthy

Travis Korte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Travis Korte

"The ants on the crucifix" should be a synonym for "the writing on the wall". This winter, the Smithsonian Institute removed an artwork that had anger...

Thirsty in Tanzania: Africa's Infrastructure Challenge of Climate Change and Development

Linda Constant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Linda Constant

Tanzania's issue with fresh water access is an increasingly dangerous problem for the local population.

11 Postcards From Around the World

Kevin Richberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Kevin Richberg


What Greece Needs Now Is a New Hero

Vanessa Andris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vanessa Andris

The critical function that a new hero can perform to bring Greece back from the brink of bankruptcy is to tap and redirect the passion that drove them there.

Home Belongs to the Traveler

Leah Mayor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Leah Mayor

It is in community gatherings and traditions that I look to understand how we might be better at bringing communities together -- not just as part of a distant past, but in order to forge a new kind of future.

Why Egyptians Preserve Their Cultural Heritage

Larry Coben | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Larry Coben

Egyptians value and utilize their cultural history as an economic asset and not merely an intangible cultural one.

Revolutionary Thoughts

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

Don't expect an outcome equal to the (mostly) peaceful overthrows in Tunisia and Egypt in every single country now affected by this "people power" movement. There are major differences from country to country.

Security Changes At Statue Of Liberty

AP | By COLLEEN LONG | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York