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Special Report: 15 Summer Festivals You Can Participate In

Special Report: 15 Summer Festivals You Can Participate In June 21, 2011 | Around the World, Featured, Local Insight | Read More
Had enough of the hum-drum festival? You know the kind: swigging a warm beer and munching on a cold sausage, you realize that you could be doing this at home. Sure, there are crowds and games and you’re ostensibly celebrating something… but the exact reason you’re there doesn’t...

What are the top 5 countries for friendliness, according to expats?

What are the top 5 countries for friendliness, according to expats? May 10, 2011 | Canada, Local Insight, North America, Travel News | Read More
So, which do you think is the friendliest country, eh? If you didn’t pick up on the hint there, we’ll make it easy for you: Canada. As reported by Yahoo! Travel, respondents to an HSBC Bank International’s Expat Explorer survey voted the Great White North as the most welcoming amongst 25...

Special Report: Top 20 Up-and-Coming Destinations

Special Report: Top 20 Up-and-Coming Destinations May 7, 2011 | Featured, Local Insight, Offbeat | Read More
Turquoise-lapped beaches untroubled by hawkers. Gourmet fare at quaint Quebecois quarters overlooking virgin Arctic seas. A Laotian backpacker favorite on the cusp of development. Remote white dunes trodden by wild horses. Travel porn. Drooling and yearning, we read through submissions from our network...

British are Least Informed About Foreign Tipping, Compared to Other Europeans

British are Least Informed About Foreign Tipping, Compared to Other Europeans May 3, 2011 | Local Insight, Travel News, Travel Tips | Read More
For most North Americans, tipping is an automatic reaction while paying for many services. Even when traveling in countries where tipping is not customary, it’s hard not to. It’s so ingrained in culture that it feels expected (even when service is less than adequate). So what about for the...

Special Report: 25 Places to See Before They Change Forever

Special Report: 25 Places to See Before They Change Forever March 8, 2011 | Featured, Local Insight, Travel Tips | Read More
Our world and its tourist attractions are constantly changing. Ever wish you could’ve visited Soviet Russia before Glasnost and Perestroika? Prague before the money and tourists came in? Las Vegas while the Rat Pack was still together? Ever find yourself wanting to pepper your travel stories with deliciously...

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...

Gay-Friendly Vacation? Try the Middle East

Gay-Friendly Vacation? Try the Middle East December 14, 2010 | Local Insight, Travel News | Read More
Cultural differences may make the Middle East seem like a tough bet for the gay-friendly traveler, but more cosmopolitan cities are seeing value in making the “Arabian Spirit” available to travelers with high personal savings. The Jerusalem Post argues that Tel Aviv has already been working its way...

Travel Like a Local: Holiday Layover, Delay, Cancellation? Enjoy It!

Travel Like a Local: Holiday Layover, Delay, Cancellation? Enjoy It! November 13, 2010 | Around the World, Local Insight | Read More
Families coming together around the fire, eggnog flowing freely, and food fights at the kids’ table — it’s the most wonderful time of the year, if you’re not stuck in an airport, that is. Yes, the dreaded holiday travel season sees more than its fair share of delays, cancellations,...

NileGuide Exclusive: How the World Hails Halloween

NileGuide Exclusive: How the World Hails Halloween October 27, 2010 | Around the World, Local Insight | Read More
Ghost towns, pirates, and abandoned places spooky enough to even give Casper a scare: yeah, here at NileGuide we’re pretty much all about Halloween. It should be no surprise, then, that our Local Experts — eyes and ears on the ground in cities across the travelsphere (otherwise known as...

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,...
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