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How Dangerous is LGBT Travel in Russia Today?
Eastern Europe / LGBT Travel / Travel News / Travel Safety

How Dangerous is LGBT Travel in Russia Today?

Russia has been making headlines due to its so-called “anti-gay law” and increased incidents of violence towards openly gay Russians and travelers. As a result, there is a growing concern for LGBT… Read More…

The Old Believers of Lake Peipsi: Uncovering the Secretive Culture
Cultural Immersion / Culture / Destinations / Eastern Europe / Europe / Museums / Travel News

The Old Believers of Lake Peipsi: Uncovering the Secretive Culture

With a history that has seen its share of tears, perhaps it is not surprising that onions are the chief crop of the people known as Old Believers who live… Read More…

Beyond Tourism: Navigating Contemporary Prague
Culture / Destinations / Eastern Europe / Europe / Hotels & Accommodations / Luxury Travel / Museums / Restaurants / Travel News

Beyond Tourism: Navigating Contemporary Prague

While Prague is quintessential “old world” charm, it’s also a 21st century city awash in contemporary art and design. Dena Rochwerger-Braun investigates how the juxtaposition of old and new creates… Read More…

Former Soviet Republics Plagued By Plane Crashes: New Russian Crash Kills 44
Eastern Europe / Plane Crashes / Travel Safety

Former Soviet Republics Plagued By Plane Crashes: New Russian Crash Kills 44

Forty-four people died on Monday when a RusAir passenger jet crashed while trying to land in Petrozavodsk, a Russian city 400 miles outside of Moscow. Most passengers, including four American… Read More…

Japan Nuclear Disaster Sparks Rise In Chernobyl Tours
Eastern Europe / Health & Fitness / Natural Disasters / Travel News

Japan Nuclear Disaster Sparks Rise In Chernobyl Tours

In light of the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the meltdown in Chernobyl has taken on a new meaning as curious tourists participate in… Read More…

Suicide Bomber Detonates Device in Russia’s Busiest Airport
Airlines & Airports / Eastern Europe / Terrorism / Travel News / Travel Safety

Suicide Bomber Detonates Device in Russia’s Busiest Airport

A terrorist attack in Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport has killed at least 35 people and injured 130 more after a suicide bomber detonated a homemade bomb in a busy area near… 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…

Croatia Travel: Croatian Island Day Trips from Dubrovnik
Beach Vacations / Eastern Europe / Europe

Croatia Travel: Croatian Island Day Trips from Dubrovnik

Say “Croatia” to most people, and they’ll tell you to visit Dubrovnik. In the summer months, the city gets crowded – and some say overcrowded – with tourists, but what… Read More…

Cruising the Danube River, Part 1: Budapest & Bratislava
Cruise Travel / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Eastern Europe / Europe / Festivals

Cruising the Danube River, Part 1: Budapest & Bratislava

This is part one of a four-part series by Karen Elowitt, who recently took a cruise on the Danube River. She spent eight days traveling between Budapest, Hungary, and Passau,… Read More…