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Bali: Officials Consider Restricting Access to Temples

Date: November 15th, 2013 | No Comments

Officials are considering restricting access to Hindu temples here, with some temples such as Besakih in eastern Bali already off limits to tourists. Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika first suggested that temples be excluded as tourist destinations, but meetings about imposing new restrictions rather than bans began with the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association and other [read more]

India: Women-only Services On The Rise

Date: October 3rd, 2013 | No Comments

A series of violent crimes against women has spurred an increase in women-only spaces and services in India, including taxis, buses and parks. Though some women’s rights advocates believe that segregating genders does not remedy the problem of sexual violence committed by men, others feel that women-only spaces provide refuge from threatening and inappropriate behavior. [read more]

Tibet: Lunar New Year Honors Protestors Who Died

Date: February 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Tibetan communities in China chose to forgo their traditional Lunar New Year celebrations this year, opting instead to quietly honor their kinsmen who self-immolated in protest of Chinese rule. Since 2009, nearly 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in public, drawing greater international attention to their plight and severe criticism of China. Most of [read more]

Brazil: Street Mosaics Installed with Smartphone Codes

Date: January 30th, 2013 | No Comments

Never mind the guidebook, tourist information is now available on the street in Rio de Janeiro—literally. Officials have incorporated Quick Response or “QR” codes—two-dimensional bar codes that can be read by a smartphone—into the traditional black-and-white pavement mosaics found around the city. After downloading the app, visitors can scan QR codes as they stroll, using [read more]

Thailand: Tourist’s Facebook Photo Offends Thais

Date: January 20th, 2013 | No Comments

A Facebook photo of a tourist posed with an ancient Buddha statue has come under fire for showing disrespect to the national religion and culture. Taken at Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the photo shows a foreign woman standing behind the relic, replacing its missing head and arms with her own. While [read more]

Tibet: Protestors Shot By Police

Date: October 11th, 2013 | No Comments

Police fired into a crowd of protestors in Biru Oct. 1, injuring at least 60 people. The demonstrators were demanding the release of a Biru County villager who was detained for refusing to fly the Chinese flag. Biru is about 350 miles northeast of Lhasa, the Tibetan capital. Most sustained gunshots to their hands and [read more]

Denmark: Happiest Place on Earth!

Date: September 18th, 2013 | No Comments

Travelers looking to put smiles on their faces should perhaps consider visiting Denmark, named for the second consecutive year as the world’s happiest nation. In fact, the Danes have long been considered among the world’s happiest people, in part because of their emphasis on ecologically-minded lifestyles. The World Happiness Report, published by Columbia University’s Earth [read more]

India: U.S., Other Nations Advise Women Not to Travel Alone

Date: February 6th, 2013 | No Comments

Several countries, including the U.S., have issued new warnings that advise women against traveling alone in India, stating they are “at risk and should exercise vigilance.” The treatment of women in India—and the all-too-common occurrence of gender-based violence—has come under closer scrutiny since December, when the brutal gang-rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old student [read more]

Spain: Tomato-Tossing Festival No Longer Free

Date: January 23rd, 2013 | No Comments

Tourists hoping to participate in La Tomatina, the infamous tomato-throwing festival held in Buñol, should arrive early and be prepared to pay for it. Citing increased security concerns and production costs, town officials have declared that the annual free-for-all will no longer be free: participants will pay an entrance fee of 10 Euros (about $13) [read more]

Serbia: Villagers Use Vampire Legend to Lure Tourists

Date: January 2nd, 2013 | No Comments

No one has filmed a vampire trilogy there yet, but the tiny village of Zarozje, near the Bosnian border, is embracing its local vampire legend in the hope of attracting more visitors. The strategy seems to be working, as curious tourists trail in from all over the country to see a decrepit mill, supposedly haunted [read more]

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