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Get Your Pen Moving: ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS
Get Your Pen Moving: ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

Photos: Ckubber Feature Photo: What Silence Around Matador, we hear a lot about amazing interactions between travelers and local people–but we don’t hear a whole lot about encounters between travelers and local animals.This week, get your pen moving by thinking about amazing mammals, amphibians, insects, reptiles and fish you’ve met (or run from, or squashed, or ridden, or been attacked by…) on your travels.

TravelFish Wants YOU To Get Offline
TravelFish Wants YOU To Get Offline

Travelfish is a hugely popular online travel guide to Southeast Asia.The success of Travelfish, Matador and other travel websites begs a questions – are travelers spending too much time online these days?Here’s an open letter from Stuart MacDonald, the co-founder of Travelfish:Despite the dour economic scene worldwide, it seems barely a week passes without a press release landing in my in-tray proclaiming yet another internet travel site destined to be the best thing since padded moneybelts.

Kesha’s Tik Tok as dissected by GloZell
Kesha’s Tik Tok as dissected by GloZell

GloZell is onto something. Kesha’s got a problem with alcohol.It can’t be a secret when Wikipedia states, “While in Los Angeles, Kesha had the opportunity to sing background vocals for Paris Hilton’s single, ‘Nothing in This World,’ which led to a later incident in which she vomited in Hilton’s closet.

The 10 most important bands to see this summer
The 10 most important bands to see this summer

Summer is always the best time to see live music, whether it’s at a dingy little club in the rough part of town or in a farmer’s field somewhere in rural England. Below are ten performers well worth seeing this summer – either on home turf or foreign soil.WavvesAfter a bit of a meltdown at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona last month, Wavves, aka 22-year-old Nathan Williams, and drummer Ryan Ulsh, have unfortunately canceled their summer European tour.

Why British food isn’t as bad as you think
Why British food isn’t as bad as you think

It’s easy to assume that we Brits don’t care about food.While our neighbours the French enjoy long, leisurely lunches and fine wines in elegant restaurants, we eat our main meal at the bus stop, drink our own body weight in warm lager and then cradle a donner kebab on the way home like it’s our only friend.

Gonzo Traveler: The Crappiest Restaurant (Literally) You’ve Ever Seen
Gonzo Traveler: The Crappiest Restaurant (Literally) You’ve Ever Seen

Robin Esrock reports from Taiwan while filming his travel reality-show Word Travels.Chiang Kai GonzoThere are only 23 countries that recognize that the Republic of China (also known as Taiwan) has a right to exist.For a democratic country with a free press and healthy economy, it bespeaks the awesome power and influence of its neighbour, the People’s Republic of China.

Free the Hikers: Rally For Shane and Josh In New York City [PHOTOS]
Free the Hikers: Rally For Shane and Josh In New York City [PHOTOS]

On the eve of their trial in Iran, supporters of Shane and Josh gather to demand their freedom.Hey Friends, Family and Supporters,It was an incredible, peaceful, loving and heart-breaking rally today in NYC to mark two terrible years of injustice for Shane and Josh. There were probably over a hundred people there and a ton of media.

How I learned Turkish
How I learned Turkish

Photos: authorI was in Turkey for three months this past autumn to train with Fire of Anatolia, an iconic professional dance group in the country. Fire of Anatolia holds the Guinness World Record for fastest dance performance at 241 steps per minute.I think the dancers should hold another world record: speaking Turkish at a million words per minute.

The shameful truth about sex tourism
The shameful truth about sex tourism

Is sex tourism about peace, love and happiness – or does it hide an uncomfortable truth?Every year, tourists flock to Southeast Asia, in hopes of netting the tropical ocean dream.Khaosan Road, Bangkok’s backpacker coconut cream pie, proves that not only can you sleep for three dollars a night, but you can also be anyone you want in Paradise.

Waiting For Life To Begin In A Burmese Refugee Camp
Waiting For Life To Begin In A Burmese Refugee Camp

Part III in a series exploring the experience and responsibility of the traveler in the 21st century. Read the introductory post here then read Part I and Part II.I wake up realizing the familiar acquaintance of feeling lost accompanies me and I see a long day of passing time ahead.I think of home, my purpose, where I should be right now, what I should be doing.

Real Travel: In Search Of Authenticity
Real Travel: In Search Of Authenticity

In an age of commodified culture and globalization, does true authenticity even exist?Authenticity. It’s the buzzword of the enlightened traveler. We seek the genuine experience, something unspoiled by commercialism or prior visitors; we seek the perfect interaction with the culture we’re visiting.Maybe our fantasy is to be adopted by a tribe, to receive some kind of acknowledgment that we’re not just another camera-toting white-shoe wearing tourist.

Caste Vs. Class: How Status Plays Into India’s Social Media, and Ours
Caste Vs. Class: How Status Plays Into India’s Social Media, and Ours

Groups on Orkut, India’s Facebook equivalent, are often divided by castes.I’ll often join a group on Facebook, without much thought, when a friend requests me to do so. I wanna share the love, and don’t necessarily take the time to delve deeper into the meanings of of groups like, “Hot Chocolate” “F-ck Gluten, I’ll Punch Gluten In the Face” and “Those Who Enjoy + Partake In the Distribution and Acquisition of High Fives” (yes, all groups I am a part of).