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Travel Guide From 1887 Offers Health Tips For “Invalids”

Travel Guide From 1887 Offers Health Tips For “Invalids” February 28, 2011 | Culture/History, Travel News | Read More
Think the concept of medical tourism is only a 21st century idea? Think again. For thousands of years, travelers have covered vast distances to visit spa towns that are dedicated to convalescence and wellness. In fact, all of the great empires of the world, from the Greeks to the Romans to the British,...

Couple Sets Guinness Records for Most Marriages, Honeymoon Trips

Couple Sets Guinness Records for Most Marriages, Honeymoon Trips December 29, 2010 | Culture/History, Offbeat, Romantic, Travel News | Read More
Most of us think that just getting married once will be one of the biggest days in our lives. For Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas, they’ve taken things a tad further and have gotten married 85 times in 6 months. According to the UK Mirror, six months ago the couple won a contest for the “Ultimate...

Travel Experts State the Obvious With Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Travel Experts State the Obvious With Thanksgiving Travel Tips November 12, 2010 | Budget, Culture/History, Travel News | Read More
It seems like every year come November travel sites around the United States report a list of ” travel tips” for people going off to visit friends and family over Thanksgiving. Now sure, sites like eDeals.com are probably just issuing these press releases in order to gain a little traffic;...

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...

Cruise Line Plans Naked “Naturalist” Cruise

Cruise Line Plans Naked “Naturalist” Cruise October 28, 2010 | Culture/History, General, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
As frequent travelers, we’ve all experienced not being able to fit enough clothes and shoes into a suitcase.  There’s nothing worse than having to literally sit on your suitcase in order to close the zipper.  If you’ve tired of cramming layers upon layers of clothing into duffels, look no further...

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...

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...

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...

Simple Service: Visit a Developing Country, Bring Something to Leave

Simple Service: Visit a Developing Country, Bring Something to Leave June 15, 2010 | Culture/History, Travel News | Read More
Though it’s no easy thing to visit a developing country, people often do. There are hundreds of non-profit and religious organizations who often sponsor service-oriented trips, which will dump a group of big-hearted travelers in the thick of it for a week or two and send them back home. Though occasionally...

Ten More Songs For Your Summer Travel Playlist

Ten More Songs For Your Summer Travel Playlist June 10, 2010 | Culture/History | Read More
Just recently, a blogger over at wildjunket.com posted a list of ten songs to add-to or inspire your summer playlist, as well as your summer travels. Songs on the list include Duran Duran’s Rio, Freddie Mercury’s Barcelona, Ultravox’s Vienna, and of course Toto’s Africa and Men At Work’s Down...
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