Cultural Travel: Destinations, News, Tips

By Barbara Weibel | In 2007, I walked away from a successful corporate career to pursue my true passions of cultural travel, photography, and writing. I created this magazine to share my travel adventures, which are published on my blog, Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel (http://holeinthedonut.com), as well as those of other literate travel writers. Additionally, I'll be adding travel tips, advice, and news.

1Password's new Travel Mode hides your private information from airport security

There have been numerous cases recently of travellers being forced to unlock their phones by security staff at airports. If you have all of your …

Airport Security

Do Eggs Need to be Refrigerated? They're Not in Thailand.

Click on title to view photo in large format. Egg sellers serve customers at the Chiang Mai Gate market each morning in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Unlike …

Chiang Mai

Israeli Art - A Potential Catalyst For Peace in Israel

I slipped off my shoes and stepped over the threshold of the Barbur Gallery. Tucked into the backstreets of a residential neighborhood, with a …

'Much to be done': new president brings Timor-Leste hope for a better future

Francisco ‘Lú-Olo’ Guterres says he will pursue the long-running matter of maritime and land borders with Australia and Indonesia<p>National pride is a serious business for Timor-Leste, a young country with a violent history. So on the eve of a presidential inauguration and the 15th anniversary of the …

South-east Asia

A Survival Guide to Indian Train Travel (with video)

Indian Train Travel Tips & Essentials<p><i>Best trains:</i> Anything from 1st class to 3AC (ceiling fan and open air), Rajasthani and Shatabdi are fast speed …

Trains

Wow Air Launches Absurdly Cheap Flights From SFO to Tel Aviv

Get ready to cross off a bucket-list destination, on the cheap.<p>Starting September 12th, Wow Air will fly to Tel Aviv's Ben Guiron Airport from …

Air Travel

This is how the laptop ban will affect the travel industry

As the US and Europe prepare to settle their differences over the extension of America’s “laptop ban”, the likely effects are being hotly …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Canada makes it illegal to remove passengers from overbooked planes

New passenger bill of rights comes after man was dragged off United Airlines flight in Chicago<p>No one who has bought a ticket for a domestic or international flight in Canada will be allowed to be removed because of overbooking, the transportation minister has announced, unveiling a new passenger …

Airlines

PHOTO: Sunset Over the Vast Dead Sea in Israel

Click on title to view photo in large format. I was mesmerized as we drove along the shores of the Dead Sea in Israel. I had swum in its waters, but …

Dead Sea

Staying at Yotel: Gatwick's First Capsule Hotel

My quest for cheap travel is often at odds with my North London address. I don't live anywhere near an airport and a bargain flight normally means a …

Hotels

These are the countries that hate tourists the most

In the wake of Venice announcing it will no longer tolerate any new kebab shops or fast food outlets in order to “preserve decorum and traditions,” …

Love cheese? This is the job for you

Ever since Mark Twain set sail from New York on a five-month pleasure pilgrimage aboard the Quaker City in 1867, food has been a big deal on cruise ships.<p>That first organised tourist escape, which took Twain around Mediterranean Europe, North Africa and the Middle East on a sidewheel steamer, was …

Mark Twain

A Visit To The 9/11 Memorial And Museum Night Tour

<i>PHOTO: The footprints of the World Trade Center at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York. (photo via Flickr/Bryce Edwards)</i><p>New …

Travel

MileageMillionaire

As part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations, we will be running a competition which will give you the chance to become a mileage millionaire. Make …

The “World’s Most Dangerous Hiking Path” Reopens in Spain

Hiking can be challenging. But, it often requires little more than a bit of mental fortitude and putting one foot in front of the other for miles at …

List-Worthy

Discovering Corsica's Hidden Beaches - Saleccia and Loto

On the edge of the Désert des Agriates lies a secret known only to locals and savvy visitors. This rocky and wild, yet surprisingly lush landscape …

Beaches

The World's First Floating Light Rail

Seattle built some of the longest highway bridges that float on water. Soon, one of them will carry a train system, too.<p>Seattle already has the world’s longest floating bridge, and next month, it’s going one step further: building the world’s first floating light rail line.<p>The undertaking is part …

Commuter Rail

My Dead Sea Miracle Healing - Curing My Bad Knee

Shares 65<p>The timing couldn’t have been worse. A day before I arrived in Jerusalem to attend the Travel Blog Exchange Conference (TBEX), my right knee …

Dead Sea

The best dog-friendly beaches in the U.S.

With summer approaching, you’re probably looking forward to going to the beach with your best friend — your four-legged best friend, that is. The one …

Beaches

Worshipers Pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel

Click on title to view photo in large format. When I posted on Facebook that I had seen the Western Wall in Jerusalem, my friend Judie messaged me …

Israel

The surprising reason why you might want to get a second passport

While most Americans don’t have a passport, there’s a select group of travelers who have two. And we don't mean dual nationals.<p>There’s a little-known …

Travel

Exploring Sudan's forgotten pyramids

<b>(CNN) —</b> What if there was a place where you could camp beside ancient pyramids from a forgotten civilization without another tourist in sight?<p>What if that place was Sudan?<p>Besmirched in modern history by two rounds of civil war, and a battle for independence in what is now South Sudan, the east …

Africa

PHOTO: Shuk in the Old City of Jerusalem Offers Typical Tourist Trinkets

Click on title to view photo in large format. A street inside the Shuk in the Old City of Jerusalem. The shuk, or market in English, operates in the …

Archaeology

Life on Bodufolhudhoo - A Tiny Island in the Maldives

Shares 445<p>Every morning, I passed Aisha on the sleepy sand streets of Bodufolhudhoo Island. Her black head scarf and ankle-length cloak revealed only …

Beaches

Venice Bans Fast Food to Preserve City's Character

Mayor Luigi Brugnaro is cracking down on ‘kebab shops’ that he says are stealing the romantic city’s charm.<p>In the international imagination, Venice is everything Italian travel dreams are made of: a magical canal city of gondolas, awe-inspiring architecture, a never-ending flow of local wine. In …

Europe

What causes an Error Fare?

We all love an error fare.<br>The opportunity to fly somewhere for a fraction of the usual price would appeal to anyone. Even the randomness of the …

Airlines

Man sues American Airlines for $100,000 for being sat to obese passengers who "crushed" him

<b>An Australian man is suing American Airlines for $100,000 for being sat next to two “grossly obese” passengers.</b><p>An American Airlines passenger is …

Israeli Food - Surprisingly World Class and Gourmet

Shares 144<p>Hummus. Falafel. They’re two of my favorite foods, and Jerusalem is one of the best places in the world to sample them. For two days after …

Restaurants