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
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.
"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]
- a tumblr collection of links the best (worst?) and most memorable reviews on the travel site Trip Advisor. Sales Pitches
! Manager responses
!) It can't get worse
! Mr. Toilet House
! Bonny Old London
Gunnar Garfors is on a mission to travel to all 198* countries in the world. As of today, he's at 196
. [more inside]
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
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
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.
Back in 1999, Wandering Earl
left home for a three month trip to Asia that still hasn't ended. As a permanent nomad, Earl's aim is to demonstrate that long-term travel is not a crazy fantasy, but a very real lifestyle option instead. Find out where Earl is now, and where he's been on his blog
. [more inside]
in El Alberto, Mexico, offers a unique experience:
participating in an illegal border crossing. VICE Magazine filmed the trip.
Take a holiday in Somaliland: journey to the state that isn’t.
"Positioned on the upper haunch of the Somali dog-leg the Republic of Somaliland looks initially unpromising. It is mainly dry and rocky, there are few paved roads, and the population is small and generally dispersed. ... Whilst the economy may be on the up, Somaliland still feels extremely isolated. An employee of a big international NGO who I met in the lobby of my hotel, The Mansoor, looked at me with astonishment when I said I’d come to Hargeisa for fun. 'The biggest danger here,' he said 'is dying of boredom.'
Meet the contraption that wants to replace Central Park horses
and Ban HDC
are two groups pushing for the change; the many unfortunate incidents
involving carriage horses over the years (including one just today
) have inspired a bill that would end the practice
, and also a documentary
about the treatment of the horses.
Bali's "Kuta Cowboys" get unwanted attention
. Bali draws plenty of older women seeking romance (see: Elizabeth Gilbert
), and more often than not
, they end up in the arms of "Kuta Cowboys
" - tanned, muscled, swaggering
local men who offer no-strings-attached intimacy
to female tourists. [more inside]
The Motel in America.
In a different America, where the novelty of driving cross-country and the charm of the highway strip drew droves of tourists--and their automobiles--from coast to coast in the name of exploration and recreation, motels provided a home away from home for weary travelers. While many of the great motels of the mid-twentieth century have disappeared from the national landscape, the linen postcards left behind in the Motel Morgue
can give us a glimpse into what this era of American tourism and leisure looked like.
My New York
: artists, writers, professionals, and New Yorkers of all stripes talk about what they look forward to seeing in the city this fall.
Martin Parr is a celebrated English photographer
who has a reputation for being both preoccupied and inspired with notions of consumerism
, foreign travel
. Now you can actually go on holiday with him. The School of Life
, a maverick cultural institution in London, is offering a weekend away
with the sardonic snapper in the Isle of Wight
. [more inside]
A View of America
― Aquariums, beaches, gardens, monuments, parks, zoos, etc. This site aims to describe American attractions that tourists may find interesting. Listings are sorted by state and by category
. Also includes recipes
, and puzzles
. [more inside]
or Poverty Tourism
is a growing trend among otherwise thrill-jaded first world tourists and is engendering a lively debate
as to whether "poorists" are helping
the impoverished areas they are guided through, or are merely gawking voyeurs
In which the author submits to the pleasures of a transgender spirit possession festival in Burma
. [Via Disinformation.]
Nothing To See Here
A guide to "some of the world's lesser-signposted places to go - attractions that may not be all that attractive; coastal towns they forgot to close down; high streets that haven't been homogenised; oddities and one-offs."
Terrorists not allowed in space
(the FAA would like to regulate commercial space flights)
As has been widely reported
, tours of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina have begun. What motivates people to engage in "dark tourism
"? Is it harmful or helpful to the region? Is it just plain creepy?
A Manx Notebook.
Many things related to the Isle of Man.
The Ice Hotel
, a working 5,000 square metre hotel made entirely of 30,000 tons of snow and 4,000 tons of ice.
That most peculiar of spectacles the Fiesta de san Fermín
(Running of the Bulls) seems to still exist and will be going ahead tomorrow. The event is held in parallel with Feria del Toro
(the Bullfighting Fair); the run itself seems to be in the interests of transporting the bulls to the fair while getting them good and angry, confused, scared and weakened
in the process. Being that the event is in honor of Saint Fermín
, when the San Fermín
church strikes 8am, the bulls are released and the runners get underway, trying to avoid them on their just under 1km trip
. On arrival at the Plaza del Toro (Bullring) they are herded into corrals and later released so the crowd can watch the matadors kill them in traditional bullfighting fashion [wmv: 380k | 150k | 56k]
. Of course, many people are not really so keen
on this event; and it seems PETA
will be holding one of their typically daft protests
Can't people just throw tomatoes at each other
A Sightseer's Guide to Engineering.
Engineering sights around the USA.
I have to travel the highways and byways of America by car and train a great deal, and its much more fun if you actually see
America on the way. Two of my favorite sites for finding offbeat attractions and tasty eats are By The Way Magazine
and Roadside America
Sneaky! Grr . . .
A few months ago, while surfing for wreck diving info, I stumbled upon this page
as a main link entitled Nightlife in the Philippines.
Because it promotes outright trafficking of women, I made a ruckus and sent an email complaining about it to the site admin and our government's Department of Tourism
. (Prostitution, BTW, is illegal in the Philippines.) Shortly afterwards, the site admin removed the main link. So how come it's still on the site via this page?
I know Southeast Asia (the Philippines second only to Thailand, I think) has a rep for cheap beer and
women, but I HATE the fact that many foreigners (like the owners of this shop,
) feel that they can buy anything they want while on vacation in third world countries, and that it's alright to perpetuate the trafficking of Filipino women under the guise of tourism
It's not germ warfare...
and it's not terrorism, but it is the strongest argument to put off that Hawaiian vacation this winter to date. Nothing like a little tropical disease to take the shine off of paradise. I wonder what else is passing underneath the radar with this whole war on terror thing.
Best of Manhattan 2001
, the annual guide
published by the New York Press
might come in handy in case you are visiting New York City
to boost our tourism industry
. If you already live here, you may want to pick up a free copy on your way to the subway. New York's other
free alternative weekly
still has their Flash powered Best of NYC 2000
along side a depressing obit to NYC's dying night life
on their site. Time Out New York
's city guide
, and the restaurant reviews in the best 100
and the 2001 Eating and Drinking Awards
might come handy for weekend plans. And if you really want to see a hidden treasure of NYC, you may want to go see the Panorama of The City of New York
, a 'living model of the City,' first built for the 1964 World's Fair, at the Queens Museum of Art
It turns out there are three bike tours
in New York City. You can also run
through the the city. The Super Roll is a lot less tiring than the bike tours or the marathon.