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"You don’t have to be a quilter – or own a barn!"

A barn quilt is a quilt block which is painted on a barn. Maybe you've seen one or two. A quilt trail is a driving route featuring a series of painted barn quilt blocks, often emphasizing architecture or landscapes and to attract tourism. There are quilt trails in 43 US states (large and small) and three Canadian provinces. Check to see if there is one near you.
posted by jessamyn on Sep 13, 2016 - 20 comments

Lean wit it, rock wit it

Once you've tried all the usual poses with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you can use other posing tourists as your props.
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 5, 2016 - 15 comments

I’d Love to See a Walrus Before I Die.

On August 8, Crystal Cruises' ship "Crystal Serenity" will depart Anchorage, Alaska for a month-long cruise through the legendary Northwest Passage. Price per person: $120,095. Understandably, not everyone is thrilled with the idea of a 68,870 gross ton, 820-long, diesel-powered luxury liner cruising the fragile Arctic. [more inside]
posted by Scoop on Jul 11, 2016 - 61 comments

Illustrated Travel Books of the Edwardian Era

In "An Edwardian Package Holiday," Kirsty Hooper mentions the role that "lively representations" in illustrated travel books such as Spain Revisited: A Summer Holiday in Galicia and A Corner of Spain played in promoting northwest Spain to British tourists (more here). Many other richly illustrated travel books from the same period are available online, perhaps most notably the "Beautiful England" and "Beautiful Ireland" series published by Blackie & Son and the wide variety of titles published by A & C Black. [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet on Jul 9, 2016 - 8 comments

"Hello. Could we cut your grass?"

Kidlington is a quiet little suburb in Oxfordshire, England. Well, it was quiet until tourists mysteriously started showing up for no reason.
posted by JoeZydeco on Jul 7, 2016 - 64 comments

Temporal Gentrification

"The past is like a foreign country: They have weird McDonald’s specials there. Here, it's a burger with olives and larks' tongues; it's called the McTrojan Deluxe, which makes it sound like there's something sneaky hiding inside it, which if you hate olives is true. I hate olives. But they also serve wine, so I'm drinking lots of wine. It’s unpleasantly packed in the restaurant, but then, it’s packed everywhere." Time Travel tourism takes off in 'Trojan Horses' a short story by Jess Zimmerman [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jun 17, 2016 - 17 comments

In Defense of Voodoo Doughnut

Portland isn’t the biggest city, the most historical city, or the best weather city. If it isn’t quirky donuts that we promote, what’s it gonna be? You think Seattle people actually like the Space Needle? Hell no. It looks like a giant alien dick. But you’ve got to hand it to them, they put that alien dick on t-shirts, aprons, and frisbees and sell it year round. Voodoo has become a Portland institution, and it’s time to accept it. What is civic pride if not the ability to look out-of-towners directly in the eye and say “you should buy this stupid bullshit.”
posted by Bella Donna on May 30, 2016 - 132 comments

Duluth!!!

Duluth: Who Loves Ya, Baby? (SLYTellySavalas)
posted by josher71 on Apr 13, 2016 - 47 comments

Thanks, Obama

Cuba runs low on beer in tourism boom.
posted by beerperson on Apr 11, 2016 - 26 comments

A land of endless waiting and palpable erosion

Cuba on the Edge of Change
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Mar 21, 2016 - 7 comments

Ditch the DEET, get a Cock ring in Peru

In Zanzibar, life moves pole pole. Tunis does not rock the casbah. Barcelona is a gin and tonic town. Maps are worthless in Ulaanbaatar. Altitude is a bastard in Ganzi. Eating local in Hargeisa means devouring "a metric shit-ton of gamey, tough, and greasy camel meat." And nothing can prepare you for platzkart on the Trans-Mongolian Railroad. These are some of the many things you can learn from Roads and Kingdoms' regular feature, Know Before You Go.
posted by zarq on Jan 14, 2016 - 33 comments

Did you say the Hippodrome?

The Delights and Perils of Navigating New York City with a Guidebook from 1899, in which Luke Spencer at Atlas Obscura spends a weekend with the 1899 Baedeker guide to NYC.
posted by Stacey on Nov 19, 2015 - 17 comments

They're also not the nicest countries in the world to visit

Not the easiest countries in the world to visit.
posted by jacquilynne on Sep 4, 2015 - 32 comments

I have no idea how Hiroshima got cats wedged into maps but here's why.

I learned two lessons about the nature of cat lifestyles by browsing the maps. First, everything is a door. Second, roads are entirely too big when you're so small ...
posted by tilde on Sep 3, 2015 - 6 comments

Follow the Brown Signs...

If you have driven in the UK, perhaps you have been curious about those little brown signs with tempting drawings of castles or quirky attractions. Amanda Hone was.
"Whenever I was bored it became a bit of thing for me to jump in the car, drive in a random direction and when I spotted a brown sign I’d follow it and visit wherever I ended up, just for fun. I found myself at places I wouldn’t ever have thought of going to before; an otter and owl sanctuary, The National Motoring Museum, an ornate Indian maharajah’s well in the middle of a country village and heading underground into Cheddar’s caves, to name just a few of the early delights. "
What started off as a distraction became a dedicated hobby.
She tells us the 93 different brown signs in the UK.
The history of the brown tourist signs.
Her blog documents some of her quirkier discoveries.
If you want to know more, just Follow the Brown Signs....
posted by vacapinta on Sep 3, 2015 - 34 comments

Ride on, Tama.

Tama, the feline station master and mascot of Kishi Station, has passed away at the age of 16. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jun 25, 2015 - 37 comments

Petting Cthulhu

Creature rises from the deep, befriends children [2] [3]. For several years, chuchos negros have been visiting the small fishing town of San Sebastián de la Gomera, Canary Islands (original article in Spanish). [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Jun 23, 2015 - 30 comments

Hand of Dog

Sơn Đoòng 360: A series of 360° panoramas allows anyone with an internet connection to experience Vietnam's Son Doong cave, one of the planet's biggest. [more inside]
posted by almostmanda on Jun 4, 2015 - 6 comments

because a single traveller can't see it all

Let's Travel Somewhere [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on May 17, 2015 - 11 comments

Chicken or the Egg?

The Ecotourism Industry Is Saving Tanzania’s Animals and Threatening Its Indigenous People. "With much of the natural world in the Global North already past the point of no return, and with the effects of climate change multiplying yearly, more and more of the Global South is being cordoned off in service of a global patrimony that has little relevance to the lives of the people closest to the land. The collateral social damage of these conservationist policies presents a conundrum, a Sophie's Choice. Whose rights are preeminent—those of nature or those of the people who have always lived closest to it?"
posted by infini on May 13, 2015 - 16 comments

Dólar Blue

Inside Argentina's Blue Dollar Market. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 23, 2015 - 7 comments

Old World Wandering

Atrocity Tourism in Phnom Penh
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 28, 2015 - 17 comments

Tour the US with the Tichnor Brothers' full color postcards, ca. 1930-45

From the Boston Public Library's Postcard Collection, enjoy approximately 25,000 office proofs of postcards of the United States published by the Boston firm Tichnor Brothers Inc. The collection is sorted by state, plus a few miscellaneous US-related cards and other postcards, including two different color charts. Some images are also available on Digital Commonwealth, and Wikimedia Commons.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 22, 2015 - 21 comments

Ruin Porn Ruins Chernobyl

Photographers prowl the streets of Pripyat . ...at each new location we visited, photographers were picking up dolls and books and clothes, draping them across steel-strung beds or sitting them upright on mantelpieces. However in trying to show the truth, these visitors are slowly destroying it. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Nov 20, 2014 - 26 comments

A mind-blowing cave in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park.

Hang Én, a huge cave in central Vietnam, is filled with thousands of swallows, and has a beach campsite in its main cavern. It's been scouted by Warner Brothers as a location for 'Peter Pan' and is the gateway to Sơn Đoòng cave, said to be the world's largest.
posted by xowie on Nov 2, 2014 - 9 comments

"Socialism Is Our Launching Pad!"

Russiatrek.org's blog has a nice collection of Soviet propaganda posters. Soviet space program 1958-1963 Part 1. Part 2. International Workers' Day. Soviet Patriotism. Soviet propaganda - the beginning 1917-1923. Stalin's Soviet Union tourism posters. Socialism vs. Capitalism. WWII Part 1. Part 2. Soviet posters of the 1970's. The blog's art category.
posted by cwest on Oct 7, 2014 - 10 comments

We use tortoise diplomacy ... like the Chinese use panda diplomacy

"...With China’s growing economic weight, disposable income and willingness to engage internationally, its ability to radically transform the fortunes of small countries has seen many governments re-orientate their diplomatic endeavors away from traditional bases in the West.
"But with so few resources available to them, and so little political capital to bank on, these lonely diplomats face a struggle against limited budgets as they scrap for crumbs from the giant’s table."
posted by frimble on Jul 22, 2014 - 2 comments

I got lipstick stamps on my passport, I think I need a new one.

Which countries have visa-free access to more countries than others? Ranked at the top with 173 visa-free countries (out of a possible 218) are Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, which all share the Schengen visa policy; dead last is Afghanistan, which only has visa-free access to 28 countries. (Not included in the list were places like Wonderland, Neverland, Hell, Utopia, the Unconscious, or Pangea.) Regardless of nationality, though, it can still be devillishly difficult to get visas for some countries. With the advent of RFID passports, some countries are doing away with visa labels or passport stamps, so collect as many as you can and take a look at them so you can figure out what they say about the issuing country or even turn them into art (or ad campaigns).
posted by divabat on Apr 25, 2014 - 42 comments

Foreigners Abroad.

11 French Tourist Tips For Visiting America. Tips For Russians. Tips For Japanese Visitors.
posted by The Whelk on Mar 6, 2014 - 162 comments

You might get an even better tan when we get to Hanford

Eric Nusbaum tours the largest environmental cleanup operation the United States government has ever undertaken, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Over the last 20 years, Hanford has also become something else: a tourist destination. If you want to see just how big the reservation is, or get an idea of how much work remains to be done there, you can sign up for an official government tour of the site. About 60 public tours are offered per year. The tours are free, but highly sought after. Last year, registration opened at midnight on March 6, and closed by 5 a.m.
posted by frimble on Feb 19, 2014 - 29 comments

Yes, Kazakhstan should change its name. This map shows why.

"Life-long Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has suggested changing his country's name to make it friendlier to investors and tourists. It's obviously a little silly to change your country's name for marketing purposes. But there may be more meaningful reasons for the country to change its name..." An interesting perspective from Max Fisher at the Washington Post.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Feb 11, 2014 - 33 comments

Indian Photographing Tourist Photographing Indian

The Tourist Gaze and the competitive jockeying to get the perfect photograph of the exotic other is a familiar sight, with Native Americans a common subject.
The reverse gaze is less common. Photographing photographers photographing a pow wow. Mayan women in traditional dress behind the camera instead of in front of the camera. [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi on Dec 1, 2013 - 33 comments

The Thrill Of Being Airborne

A 1955 TWA promotional movie about vacationing in the glittering metropolios - SKYLINE NEW YORK!
posted by The Whelk on Nov 22, 2013 - 26 comments

Your Moment Is Waiting

Your WTF moment from the Indian State of Kerala's Tourism Board
posted by Short Attention Sp on Oct 8, 2013 - 39 comments

Vietnam's Infinite Cave Tourism

World's Largest Cave, Son Doong, Prepping For First Public Tours (previously)
posted by kliuless on Sep 12, 2013 - 14 comments

A Grand Day Out

One of this summer's most popular holiday activities in Bristol is Gromit Unleashed, the Gromit Trail. Wallace and Gromit were created by Nic Park for his graduation film A Grand Day Out from The National Film and Television School. He completed the film after joining Aardman Animations - they took him on before he finished the piece, allowing him to work on it part-time while still being funded by the school. Ever since then, Wallace and Gromit have continued their adventures, and Aardman have continued to document them. Wallace is a Yorkshireman (he was going to be a Lancastrian but the actor who voiced him could only do Yorkshire) who loves Wensleydale cheese, Gromit is his dog. Wallace is a dreamer, a creator of fabulous inventions, Gromit (though mute) his down-to-earth and capable rescuing sidekick. The Gromit Trail is a series of 80 model Gromits placed in and around Bristol, and the activity is to try and see them all. There's a map, toys, model Gromits and an auction at the end, in aid of Bristol Children's Hospital. [more inside]
posted by glasseyes on Aug 12, 2013 - 26 comments

Stand clear of the closing doors

I Left My Camera Bag on a Train We surveyed the area and figured out which direction to take for about 2 seconds, but as soon as we were about to move out along the platform, it hit me…“Where is my camera bag?”
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Aug 11, 2013 - 19 comments

'Paying Till It Hurts': Why American Health Care Is So Pricey

NPR's Fresh Air interviews Elizabeth Rosenthal about her year spent investigating the high cost of health care.
"Every part of the system needs to rethink the way it's working. Or maybe what I'm really saying is we need a system instead of 20, 40 components, each one having its own financial model, and each one making a profit." [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Aug 11, 2013 - 105 comments

“Er…I’ve got this idea about a fish.”

An interview with architect-turned-filmmaker Kibwe Tavares about his new film, Jonah. "Something I noticed while I was travelling in East Africa was the segregation between tourists and local people. I felt strange. None of the locals expected me to be a tourist because I was black – but I was staying in these weird campsites which were really isolated – so I was in Africa but surrounded by white people. Somehow I was the only black guy in a very black place." (previously)
posted by spamandkimchi on Jul 1, 2013 - 3 comments

Now at TKTS in Times Square, It's Monsterpiece Theatre!

"On an average afternoon in the area around 44th and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan, you’ll find a motley crew of Chewbaccas, Buzz Lightyears, and Minnie Mouses — along with the usual Naked Cowboy and face-painted Statues of Liberty—posing for tourists’ pictures and demanding cash in return." Condé Nast Traveler editor Eimear Lynch spent a couple of days dressed up as Cookie Monster to see what it was like. Video. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 29, 2013 - 28 comments

"More like Statue of Watery, right?"

How Popular Tourist Destinations Will Look Submerged In 25 Feet Of Water [Pics] [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph on Apr 10, 2013 - 53 comments

Road Trip!

Roll your own Google Street View Hyperlapse. via
posted by Casimir on Apr 9, 2013 - 29 comments

There was a dead cockroach in my gin and tonic.

Trip Avisaargh - a tumblr collection of links the best (worst?) and most memorable reviews on the travel site Trip Advisor. Sales Pitches! Statues! Manager responses! (more!) It can't get worse! Mr. Toilet House! Bonny Old London! Palaces!
posted by The Whelk on Mar 30, 2013 - 39 comments

He's been everywhere, man.

Gunnar Garfors is on a mission to travel to all 198* countries in the world. As of today, he's at 196. [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead on Mar 28, 2013 - 56 comments

Sightseer Americanus in its natural habitat

You've probably seen Woman with Scarf at Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park. But you may not have realized it's just the most famous image of the entire Sightseer Series, created by photographer Roger Minick over more than 30 years.
posted by scody on Mar 27, 2013 - 29 comments

"The American Revolution is not a story just for white people."

"We’ve coined a term," said Katrinah Lewis, the actress who typically interprets Lydia. "Post-traumautic slave syndrome." The Washington Post reports on African American actors who interpret the lives of slaves at Colonial Williamsburg.
posted by Snarl Furillo on Mar 11, 2013 - 38 comments

“New Orleans is easy pickings,”

Everyone Hates The Oogles: Exploring The Animosity Towards New Orleans' Panhandling Punks [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 27, 2013 - 75 comments

"I wanted the world to know my city as I did"

In 1992, Lynn Brooks founded the non-profit Big Apple Greeter program, to help make a visit to New York City seem less intimidating and dangerous to first-time visitors: Pick a date, time and neighborhood, and the organization will match you up with a local who will spend several hours with you, helping you find your way around, teaching you the ins and outs of subways and buses, the cool shops, the great places to eat. (Their site also has some outstanding neighborhood profiles and cultural attraction guides that should be of just as much interest to local residents.) The idea spread, leading to the formation of the Global Greeter Network, which now has greeter programs in cities all over the world.
posted by jbickers on Jan 18, 2013 - 13 comments

Tree Houses and Hotels


Takasugi-an by Terunobu Fujimori

4treehouse by Lukasz Kos

Lake-Nest Tree House and Lantern House by Roderick Romero
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 17, 2013 - 7 comments

Are Western tourists being poisoned in Asia?

Western tourists (mostly female) visiting Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, and Bali) are ending up dead, likely poisoned. Local officials have blamed the use of the insecticide DEET as an exotic ingredient in so-called "Bucket Drinks", or the use of Chlorpyrifos in hotel rooms. But Deborah Blum, an author and poison expert, doesn't buy into the insecticide theories offered by local officials. She thinks this looks like targeted murders. Since writing about the poisonings, she says she's been contacted by people who claim poisoning foreigners is common in 5-star hotels, and the police and owners cover it up.. A Facebook group was formed not only so that world travelers could share safe travel tips, but also so that notice of the unexplained, and often uninvestigated, deaths could be made public.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Jan 9, 2013 - 75 comments

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