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10 reasons why you should travel to Iran

10 reasons why you should travel to Iran What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Iran”? Terrorists? War? Camels roaming hot deserts? You’re not alone. Unfortunately, Iran’s global image is largely negative.  So why should you travel to Iran, considering all the negative news and stereotypes? Here’s why you should travel to …

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Made in Korea – stunning video from the Land of the Morning Calm

Journey with filmmaker Daniel Kemeys as he visits Korea for the first time with his girlfriend who is returning home to visit family. See more of Daniel’s films on Vimeo, and follow him on Instagram @kemeys and Twitter @danielkemeys Made in Korea from Daniel Kemeys on Vimeo. Once a year, my girlfriend, Hana, goes home …

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Know this Before Dancing in Cuba

This post is a special feature by Lisa Neylan. Know this Before Dancing in Cuba Cuba captivates on so many levels, it’s hard to know where to begin. From old cars to sidecars and horseback rides to mountaintop ziplines, the daylight hours will never disappoint. It is imperative, however, to save some energy for the unequivocal …

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Semi-Nomadic Life in Kyrgyzstan

Introducing: Semi-Nomadic Life in Kyrgyzstan

Introducing: Semi-Nomadic Life in Kyrgyzstan Time to milk the mares. Up on the jailoo (pasture) in rural Kyrgyzstan, female horses are milked up to six times per day. Their milk is made into kumis – a lightly fermented drink that is popular among Kyrgyz people as well as travelers who stop by roadside stalls, (or a …

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Where to Get your Tiki on in Hawaii

Tiki in Hawaii — Tiki Mania Thanks to Don the Beachcomber, Trader Vic, and other purveyors of faux-Polynesian pop culture, tiki bars and restaurants were hugely popular in midcentury America. The fad was inspired by the Pacific islanders that U.S. G.I.s encountered during World War II and later read about in James Michener books like …

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The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George Book Review

The Best Travel Writing of Don George Book Review Don George has been a travel writer for over 40 years.  In that time he has compiled and edited The Best of American Travel Writing, Lonely Planet, and even a book written about how to be a travel writer, and yet he has never penned a …

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Welcome to the Rickshaw Capital of the World

Welcome to the Rickshaw Capital of the World

  Welcome to the Rickshaw Capital of the World Known as the “Rickshaw Capital of the World”, Dhaka, Bangladesh is estimated to have nearly a half million cycle rickshaws. They were introduced here in about 1938 and by the end of the 20th century, there were more than 300,000 cycle rickshaws in the capital city. …

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