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Drive-In ‘Sex-Boxes’ May Spread To Zurich

Drive-In ‘Sex-Boxes’ May Spread To Zurich September 7, 2010 | Germany, Netherlands, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
Zurich‘s new police chief has received “thousands of complaints” from residents about the city’s thriving red light district.  So he’s planning a police trip to Germany to check out a possible solution: ‘sex-boxen’, or drive-in boxes where prostitutes can do...

Hendrix Exhibit Opens At London’s Handel House Museum

Hendrix Exhibit Opens At London’s Handel House Museum September 3, 2010 | Culture/History, Travel News, UK | Read More
Hendrix in Britain, a new exhibit devoted to the London life, music, performances and enduring legacy of guitarist Jimi Hendrix is running from August 25 to November 7 at the Handel House Museum.  While the museum at 25 Brook Street is normally dedicated to legendary 18th-century composer George Fredric...

Fake Booze Alert: Knockoff Aussie Wines Found in China

Fake Booze Alert: Knockoff Aussie Wines Found in China September 2, 2010 | Australia, China, Travel News | Read More
Emanuel Skorpos runs a small winery in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges.  When he heard from Hong Kong’s Wine Protection Group that counterfeit versions of his wine and other Australian wines were being sold in China, he jetted off to investigate.  Sure enough, Skorpos found knockoff versions...

Electric VW Beetle Making Historic Trans-Canadian Trip

Electric VW Beetle Making Historic Trans-Canadian Trip September 1, 2010 | Canada, Eco-Travel, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
Last week a group of students from the University of British Columbia left Vancouver in an electrified 1972 Volkswagen Beetle on a 4,000 mile road trip to the other side of Canada.  The UBC Electric Car Club members are hoping to not only set a record for the fastest coast-to-coast trans-Canadian trip...

Insanely Scary Fire Tornado Hits Brazil (Videos)

Insanely Scary Fire Tornado Hits Brazil (Videos) August 31, 2010 | Brazil, Hawaii, Travel News | Read More
As if vacationers didn’t have enough natural disasters to worry about, a fire tornado stopped traffic for a few minutes in Aracatuba, a city in Northwest Brazil. Fire tornadoes, also known as fire whirls or fire devils, are extremely rare but can last up to 20 minutes. The Brazil fire tornado was...

Poop-Smelling Mice May Lead To Disease-Free Travel

Poop-Smelling Mice May Lead To Disease-Free Travel August 31, 2010 | Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
If you’re at an airport, you may occasionally see a police officer roaming around with a determined looking dog who is sniffing around for bombs or even illegal narcotics. In the not-so-distance future, you might also have health care workers leading around mice that are used to sniff for disease. U.S....

Czech Time Machine: Soviet-Style Workers’ Vacations Return

Czech Time Machine: Soviet-Style Workers’ Vacations Return July 26, 2010 | Czech Republic, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
When Czech travel agency owner Petr Krč was in the basement of a mountain hotel in Slovakia, he stumbled upon box after box of flags, linens, cutlery and glasses, all emblazoned with the “Revolutionary Trade Union Movement” logo. That’s when his capitalist instincts took over and he realized...

Italy & Alabama: Strange Cultural Bedfellows

Italy & Alabama: Strange Cultural Bedfellows July 7, 2010 | Culture/History, Italy, Offbeat, Travel News, USA | Read More
When you think of culture, music, art, literature and dance, you probably don’t immediately think “Alabama!” But in 2008, the Alabama State Council on the Arts pledged to spend $100,000 over three years to try to up the state’s cultural and global reputation by starting an exchange...

Virginia and North Carolina: Newest US Wine Destinations?

Virginia and North Carolina: Newest US Wine Destinations? June 27, 2010 | Travel News, USA | Read More
In only a few decades, Virginia and North Carolina’s wine industries have blossomed, so much so that the East Coast neighbors are now the seventh and eight largest wine producing states.  Virginia is home to nearly 150 wineries, while North Carolina boasts 90 wineries, 400 individually owned vineyards,...

Obscene Wireless Bills Abroad? The FCC Wants To Help

Obscene Wireless Bills Abroad? The FCC Wants To Help June 24, 2010 | Budget, Travel News, USA | Read More
Taking a well-deserved break from an exhausting war to keep America’s airwaves free from normally-covered skin and profanity, the Federal Communications Commission has somehow found time to make this week “Wireless World Travel Week.” Each day this week, the FCC will unveil helpful...
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