Articles by Lauren Quinn

On the Stencil Trail: Following Banksy Around the US

On the Stencil Trail: Following Banksy Around the US May 27, 2010 | Culture/History, Travel News | Read More
Most travelers leave a destination with souvenirs. But one US traveler has been leaving his own. Banksy, the world’s most well-known and elusive street artist, has been road-tripping around the US for the last few weeks. The Bristol native has been announcing his presence and leaving his mark in...

Modern-Day Bootlegging: Illegal Alcohol Trade Around the World

Modern-Day Bootlegging: Illegal Alcohol Trade Around the World April 21, 2010 | Around the World, Featured | Read More
Caiprinihas in Brazil, Springbok in South Africa, Kir Royale in France—there’s nothing like a cocktail to bring you into the heart of a culture, and the heat of a good party. But in many destinations, coffee is the strongest drink you’ll find. For religious and cultural reasons, some governments...

Tender Tourism: San Francisco to Promote Tourism in Gritty Tenderloin

Tender Tourism: San Francisco to Promote Tourism in Gritty Tenderloin April 12, 2010 | San Francisco, Travel News | Read More
Oh, San Francisco. Clanging trolley bells, barking sea lions, waving rainbow flags—and urban decay? If a new plan comes to fruition, visitors to San Francisco may be adding another neighborhood to the typical Chinatown, North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf loop. Civic and community leaders are...

The World’s Hottest BBQ, in Iceland

The World’s Hottest BBQ, in Iceland April 12, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
Icelandic tourism is hot right now. And apparently, so is its culinary scene. The recent eruption of Fimmvorduhals volcano got one local chef thinking: BBQ. Why bother with charcoal and gas grills when Mother Nature is providing the hottest pressure cooker around? Fridgeir Eiriksso, head chef at Reykjavik’s...

American Motels Upgrade to Budget Chic

American Motels Upgrade to Budget Chic March 31, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
“Budget” doesn’t have to equal “basic.” Just ask the guests at any updated Holiday Inn. Call it the IKEA-ization of American chain motels. A growing number of the nation’s biggest economy lodgers, including Super 8, Motel 6 and Red Roof Inn, are investing in spiffy...

Dog Day Afternoon Commute: Canines Ride the Moscow Trains

Dog Day Afternoon Commute: Canines Ride the Moscow Trains March 25, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
Most of the traveling we do isn’t grand or exotic—it’s our daily commute. And after a hard day’s work, we all just want to grab a seat on the train home, space out, maybe doze off a bit. It doesn’t matter what our culture or nationality—and not even our species. Stray...

More Flight Cancelations in the Face of New Delay Rules

More Flight Cancelations in the Face of New Delay Rules March 12, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
Be careful what you wish for. No one wants to be stuck on an unmoving aircraft, staring through that little oval window at the same slice of tarmac, a fasten seat belt sign glaring down on you for hours on end. But is it worse than not flying at all, having to change your plans and camp out on the cold...

Google vs China: The Censorship War

Google vs China: The Censorship War January 14, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
Next time you’re in Beijing and find yourself in a heated debate over song titles or looking for the name of “that one” restaurant, you might not be able to turn to a trusted favorite to resolve the issue. That’s because Google, the world’s most popular Internet search engine,...

Yoga for the Budget Traveler: Donation-based Yoga in the US

Yoga for the Budget Traveler: Donation-based Yoga in the US September 3, 2009 | Travel Tips | Read More
Travel can be tough on the body. Your legs get cramped in the confines of coach; your back aches from standing in museums all day; your feet throb after tromping around town sight-seeing. You could have your travel pains massaged, soaked and otherwise pampered away at plush hotel spas, or you could do...