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January 6, 2009
December 29, 2008
Depending on how you look at it, they are the world’s luckiest or unluckiest tourists. British couple Jason and Jenny Cairns-Lawrence have been on holiday in Mumbai, London and New York just as terrorists have attacked each of those cities, and have survived each occasion.
Cuba, Iran and North Korea — long off-limits to most American visitors — might be added to the “allowed” list under an Obama administration. Other destinations that were considered too dangerous or hostile to Americans are becoming fashionable again as travelers jettison boring “staycations” for something more exotic.

d I usually refrain from making predictions. No one really knows how prices will fare. But look at this. These are oil prices durin

December 26, 2008
December 25, 2008
I’m an urban hipster type who likes nothing better than to lurk about in grungy coffeeshops. I need things to do that a) won’t be too touristey b) won’t ruin my diet (so no steak 3 meals a day), and ideally c) some things I can do with my more-outdoorsey, more-touristey mother, and some things I can sneak away and do on my own. (Clubbing?)
December 24, 2008
4) TO IRELAND: Just as exciting, those one-week fly-drive programs to Ireland that used to sell, several years ago, for $499 per person, have now re-appeared at — guess what — the very same price: $499 per person. Go to, and you can obtain round-trip air transportation to Ireland, three nights at a good hotel in Limerick, three nights at a good hotel in Dublin, and a car for four days and three nights, including full Irish breakfast each morning, for a total of $499 per person, January through March.
December 23, 2008
More than 900 bands belong to, a network of travelers looking to crash for free on strangers’ sofas. Half of those musical groups joined this year, reports Spin. They’re among the site’s 470,000 members.
Unlike the French riots of 2005, which were mostly led by disaffected immigrants and their descendants, the participants in these Greek riots appear to be middle-class university students. They weren’t smashing up shops in impoverished suburbs, either: These self-styled anarchists are based in a “bohemian” neighborhood of central Athens called Exarhia and at a nearby university campus whose unused buildings, according to a rather extraordinary Greek law, cannot be entered by the police. So far, the rioters have done some $1.3 billion worth of damage.