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What is the Best in Gay Travel?

The Outraveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2008 reveal that the gay destination of the year is Buenos Aires, Argentina, followed by Barcelona, Spain and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

If you’re looking for a gay-friendly destination in Canada… read full article



Traveling to Europe on a budget?

This week Eurocheapo Blog  gives cheap souvenir ideas including a bottle of Pastis from Southeast France, vintage books and art posters from Paris and beer coasters from Prague.

Planning a weekend break in Riga, Latvia?

On Gadling read the review of… read full article



Travel books: if you aren’t lucky enough to be able to travel all around the world, reading can be a great way to travel with your imagination. Paul Theroux, the legendary American travel writer, reprises the four-month journey he did 30 years ago across Europe and Asia described in his timeless classic book The Great… read full article



Five Hotel, ParisParis Five Hotel Review: Last week, Hotelchatter asked a reader to write a review of his stay at The Five Hotel.  This great guest review provides a complete overview of this small boutique hotel in Paris, from checking-in to room amenities to free… read full article



Great Cause: Do not forget that TripsAdviser is giving away a $ 1 million donation and offers you the possibility to choose the organization you want to support. So what are you waiting for?

Green Wave: Well known to be one of Europe’s best cycling cities, Copenhagen closed one of… read full article



Trendy Paris: On the New York Times check out Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Paris guide.  French fashion designer’s favorite spots include the Moulin Rouge and Porte de Clignancourt flea market (Paris 18th), as well as the Folie Bergères and the Musée Grévin (Paris 9th).

Women Travel: On read an… read full article



New travel blogger

If you were in Las Vegas last weekend and attended BlogWorld 2008 you probably know new Southwest Airlines ‘blog-o-spondent’ Kaci Beeler, a young travel blogger from Austin, Texas.

Happy travel Kaci and congratulations from the staff of!

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Bruce Dickinson to the rescueAfter the collapse of tour operator XL Sunday, stranded passengers on a replacement flight from Sharm el-Sheikh were delighted to find that Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson was their pilot for the flight home.

Jean-Philippe Perol, chairman of the European Travel Commission says that… read full article



Looking for a boutique hotel in Paris? Gridskipper publishes a “Top 6 Paris anti-minimalist hotels” including Hotel Thérèse situated in the area of Rue Saint-Honoré, Hôtel Odéon in Saint-Germain des Prés, Hôtel des Arts in Montmartre and Hôtel Bellechasse located near the Louvre Museum… read full article



Interested in contemporary art and photography? If you’re visiting Rome, do not miss Claudio Martinez exhibition at the Hybrida art gallery.

Planning a gourmet holiday in France? Find everything you need to know about French table etiquette on About France Travel.

Traveling with your dog? If… read full article



Amsterdam Museum Exibition

If you’re planning a weekend break in Amsterdam, Netherlands in November,  visit the Rijksmuseum to see Damien Hirst’s latest artwork: a 18th century human skull covered with diamonds.

Bologna Museum of Anatomical Waxes

For those of you curious to see more human skulls,  Boingboing posted a photo from… read full article



Green Travel in Berlin : Green Daily presents “The Public Bike System”, an eco-friendly invention by Anke Salomon that looks like a hamster bike and allows tourists to get around Berlin.

Michelin-starred Restaurant in Southern Italy: This week, A Luxury Travel Blog recommends having dinner at… read full article



Summer holiday movie: If you love Barcelona do not miss the upcoming Woody Allen’s film starring Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona‘, the story of two American girls on a summer vacation in Spain, was shot in Barcelona, Avilés and Oviedo.

British traveler stereotype… read full article



Rome by night: On Travelblogs, read an interview with Michael Gyulai, author of ‘Midnight In Rome‘.

Airline Gossip: On Gadling, read the story of a drunk flight attendant arrested by the police on a plane set to fly to Faro, Portugal.

Free wireless Internet… read full article



Olympic Games hotel news: This week newspapers report that the Chinese Government has ordered all Shanghai and Beijing hotels to install a software to spy guests’ Internet use.

Swedish symbols: According to a recent survey from the Swedish Travel and Tourism Board, if you’re planning a trip to… read full article