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Fight Global Poverty: Ways to Give Back in India
India & Central Asia / Voluntourism

Fight Global Poverty: Ways to Give Back in India

Of the 1.2 billion people in India, an estimated 32.7 percent live below the International Poverty Line, according to 2010 data from the United Nations Development Programme. Michaela Guzy, founder of… Read More…

The Top 5 International Travel Myths & Stereotypes Debunked
Asia / Car Travel / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Destinations / Etiquette / India & Central Asia / Middle East / Travel News / Travel Safety / USA

The Top 5 International Travel Myths & Stereotypes Debunked

Don’t let old cliches and cultural biases influence how you see the world. Not all Brazilians are skinny, not all Asians prefer bicycles and no the Middle East isn’t a… Read More…

How to Avoid Culture Shock on Your First Trip to India
Asia / Cultural Immersion / Etiquette / India & Central Asia / Travel News

How to Avoid Culture Shock on Your First Trip to India

Many dream of exotic destinations, but aren’t fully prepared for the realities they face. When Kayla Torgerson first went to northern India, she experienced the requisite culture shock but soon… Read More…

Could Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani Compound Become Tourism Hotspot?
India & Central Asia / Middle East / Terrorism / Travel News

Could Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani Compound Become Tourism Hotspot?

Just days after Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. military forces, curious spectators have flocked to the Pakistani compound where he was holed up for several years. The U.S…. Read More…

Delhi Attacks Lead To India Travel Warnings
India & Central Asia / Terrorism / Travel News

Delhi Attacks Lead To India Travel Warnings

Delhi Attacks Lead To India Travel Warnings The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning to all Americans traveling to India this week after tourists were injured in a… Read More…

Russian Fires Force Moscow Flight Diversions
Airlines & Airports / Asia / Eastern Europe / Europe / India & Central Asia / Natural Disasters

Russian Fires Force Moscow Flight Diversions

Plumes of smoke from drought-related wildfires forced flight restrictions at Moscow airports on Friday. As dense smoke pushed Moscow air pollution to five times normal levels, 140 flights were grounded… Read More…

Pakistan Plane Crash Raises Safety Concerns
Asia / India & Central Asia / Plane Crashes

Pakistan Plane Crash Raises Safety Concerns

Pelted by monsoon rains, recovery crews ended their search Thursday night for the remains of the 152 people killed in Wednesday’s passenger plane crash in Pakistan’s capital city of Islamabad…. Read More…

Air India Express Crash in Mangalore, India
Airlines & Airports / Asia / India & Central Asia / Plane Crashes

Air India Express Crash in Mangalore, India

Searchers continue to comb the remains of the Air India Express plane that crashed on the runway at Mangalore International Airport on Saturday. On Saturday morning, the Air India Express… Read More…

Bhutan Travel Guide: Dzongs, Chortens and Monasteries
Asia / Cultural Immersion / Culture / India & Central Asia

Bhutan Travel Guide: Dzongs, Chortens and Monasteries

Mahayana Buddhism is woven through Bhutanese culture, but the challenge for a traveler is figuring out how to see the country without suffering “Dzong fatigue.” Susan Tick outlines some of… Read More…

Discovering the Himalayan Mountains: Bhutan Travel Guide
Asia / Cultural Immersion / Culture / India & Central Asia / Luxury Travel

Discovering the Himalayan Mountains: Bhutan Travel Guide

Highlights of any visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan must include the many Dzongs and Goembas (ancient fortresses and monasteries) strategically positioned on high on mountain cliffs or at the… Read More…

Cultural Travel & Riding Elephants in Cochin, India
Asia / India & Central Asia

Cultural Travel & Riding Elephants in Cochin, India

In part one of her adventures in Chennai, the gateway to South India, Tammi Fuller learned how to experience the “real” India without sacrificing the creature comforts. Read on to… Read More…