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Dine Like a Lover: Splurge, Charm, and Fall in Love This Valentine’s

Dine Like a Lover: Splurge, Charm, and Fall in Love This Valentine’s February 8, 2011 | Featured, Food Lovers, Local Insight, Romantic | Read More
You’ve caught her fancy. You’ve got his number. You want to impress. You’re looking to charm. You’re in love. You’re hungry. Luckily for you, we here at NileGuide HQ have tapped our vast network of Local Experts to bring you the end-all, be-all list of the world’s...

22 Dogs in Regional Costumes That Border on Distasteful

22 Dogs in Regional Costumes That Border on Distasteful January 14, 2011 | Featured | Read More
Internet, thank you. Just when we were worried the cultural splendor that keeps traveling fun was diminishing, we found these pictures. Dogs dressed up as peoples from across the globe. We didn’t bring these pictures together to make a stand about cultural relativism or even to highlight how creepy...

HOLIDAY TRAVEL BATTLE ROYALE 2010 (Contest!)

HOLIDAY TRAVEL BATTLE ROYALE 2010 (Contest!) December 2, 2010 | Contests, Featured | Read More
It’s time for the First Annual NileGuide HTBR 2K10 (HOLIDAY TRAVEL BATTLE ROYALE 2010) The only contest where you WIN AWESOME PRIZES for one-upping your co-workers and other NileGuiders with hilarious – and even horrific – stories of holiday travel Said awesome prizes include: 20 Runner...

Five Gender-Bending Hot Spots for the Curious Traveler

Five Gender-Bending Hot Spots for the Curious Traveler November 16, 2010 | Around the World, Featured | Read More
Forget about Mrs. Doubtfire, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or any of the Monty Python crew. Since ancient times, real men in societies throughout the world have, for various reasons, been dressing as women. Whether for the pageantry, the gender identity, or the social commentary of it, transvestism...

Kind of Cute, Kind of Creepy: 5 Semi-Disturbing Doll Collections

Kind of Cute, Kind of Creepy: 5 Semi-Disturbing Doll Collections November 6, 2010 | Featured | Read More
Dolls have been around since there have been people. Though humans have been collecting dolls for millennia (fun/creepy fact! The Egyptians buried dolls with their owners in their tombs), some modern doll collections are less fun-for-all-ages and more, dare we say, uncomfortable. Whether they sprang...

Incarcer-Vacations: 11 Prisons-Turned-Hotels

Incarcer-Vacations: 11 Prisons-Turned-Hotels October 30, 2010 | Culture/History, Featured, Offbeat | Read More
Anyone with even a slight appreciation of irony would enjoy knowing that hellish prisons around the world, closed down because of overcrowding and human-rights abuse, have reopened as posh hotels and kitschy hostels. Although it does merit a good chuckle, if you think about it the conversions totally...

Neon Skies and Flaming Chunks: Northern Lights, Meteor Showers and Star Gazing around the World

Neon Skies and Flaming Chunks: Northern Lights, Meteor Showers and Star Gazing around the World October 26, 2010 | Featured, Offbeat | Read More
When we travel, we spend a lot of time staring. At maps. At things in museums (things that are “educational” and “cultural” and “old”). At natural phenomena like rocks and trees and bugs (different from the rocks and trees and bugs you normally see). At the signage...

Travel Like a Local: Be a $5 Culture Vulture

Travel Like a Local: Be a $5 Culture Vulture October 19, 2010 | Featured, Local Insight | Read More
Travelling is expensive. We know this, and we feel your pain. That’s why, for this week’s Local Expert Challenge, we asked our eyes and ears on the ground to tell us about cultural attractions in their destinations that a) had an entrance fee under $5 and b) were not free. Needless to say,...

Surfing Safari: The World’s Most Unlikely Places To Catch A Wave, Year Round

Surfing Safari: The World’s Most Unlikely Places To Catch A Wave, Year Round October 16, 2010 | Featured | Read More
We know, we know – days getting shorter and a sudden reliance on your sweater drawer don’t exactly make one think of “surfing”. After all, what does a typical Google search for surfing destinations come up with? Surfing in Santa Cruz… surfing in Maui… surfing in Indonesia…...

A Taste of the World’s Monuments to Salt

A Taste of the World’s Monuments to Salt October 5, 2010 | Culture/History, Featured, Offbeat | Read More
It’s one of the world’s oldest seasonings, used in food preparation, religious ceremonies, and ritual cleansing. Legend says that Roman legionnaires were often paid partly in salt, giving rise to the word salarium, which we know as the modern word, salary. Yes, that salt in the shaker on...