Plunging into the deep

Plunging into the deep

Lu Wenjie is one of a very small group who has done freediving in the freezing waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Xing Yi and Xu Lin report. Mask on her face and fins on her feet, Lu Wenjie dives into the water. As a veteran freediver, who does not use breathing apparatus, even in deep water, every dive is a unique exploration of the body and nature. But this time is more unique – she…

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Cambodia’s ‘bamboo trains’ on track to disappear

Cambodia’s ‘bamboo trains’ on track to disappear

The handmade bamboo trains that have delighted tourists for nearly two decades are vanishing as Cambodia restores railways for modern trains. “It felt more like a rollercoaster, but it’s really nice,” German tourist Theresa Kessemeier says. “I think it is a good way to transport really heavy things from one place to another.” Norry were invented in the 1980s by railway workers, who used them to check and repair train tracks in Battambang, about 290…

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The Best of Vancouver’s Granville Island

The Best of Vancouver’s Granville Island

If you’re visiting Vancouver, your first stop should be Granville Island, the city’s colourful entertainment and shopping area that’s a microcosm of this vibrant city. Some 275 tenants call Granville Island home and, reflecting Vancouver itself, the businesses are eclectic. You can have a decorative and functional broom handcrafted just for you at the Granville Island Broom Company, catch a play at the Arts Club Theatre Company, buy First Nations art at Granville Island Treasures…

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We’re Riding Shotgun on ‘Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip’

We’re Riding Shotgun on ‘Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip’

In conjunction with our 150 Travelzoo Tips series, we’re featuring stories, clips and tips from “Chuck and Danny’s Road Trip,” premiering Friday, March 3, on the Food Network. Montreal chefs Chuck Hughes and Danny Smiles embarked on an epic food road trip across Canada. We sat down with the guys and got them to open up about their experiences. You’ll get a sneak peek at what’s to come before each of the six episodes airs. …

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Pray for Snow – Big Sky Winter Getaway

Pray for Snow – Big Sky Winter Getaway

Whether you’re a skier or a snowboarder, fall is when your anticipation for winter is at its peak! The snow starts to blanket the mountains white and you can feel the crisp winter air blowing in. I have been snowboarding for 15 years and snowboarded all over the world, but this will be my first winter living in Montana and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Montana is home to Big Sky Resort, which…

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The Last Great Race on Earth

The Last Great Race on Earth

Man and his best friend on four legs will brave the icy sting of Mother Nature this weekend in Anchorage, Alaska’s 40th Iditarod. On a 1,048 mile journey through the most dangerous and treacherous land in America, 66 sled teams consisting of 12 to 15 huskies and one or two mushers will brave 2 weeks of grueling race to become the new year’s champions. Achieving the title of Iditarod Champion is no easy feat. Anyone…

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Saigon From The Backseat

Saigon From The Backseat

A tour of Saigon from the backseat of a motorcycle. It’s dusk in Ho Chi Minh City — or Saigon as it is still called here — and the haze of the last ounce of light from the crimson setting sun is smothered in smog as I make my way through the busy streets. The thousands of motorcycles and scooters that clog the streets of Saigon every minute of the day begin turning on their…

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Finding Colombia’s Lost City

Finding Colombia’s Lost City

A trek into the jungle in search of Colombia’s “Lost City.” Our group grabs the packs from the top of the Jeep’s rusty roof before we set off for Ciudad Perdida, or Colombia’s Lost City. Our guide, Tunyi, decides to begin the six-day trek by telling us about eight tourists who were kidnapped on September 15th, 2003, by the National Liberation Army (ELN) on the very trail we were hiking. “Three months they held them…

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Where The Wild Horses Are

Where The Wild Horses Are

Some come for the peaceful beaches, others for the pristine landscapes, but what most people remember most from visiting Assateague are the wild horses — sitting right next to you on the beach. It was ironic that I was visiting Assateague Island National Seashore and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge when Ken Burns’ six-part series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” happened to be airing on PBS. As I was watched, I couldn’t help to marvel…

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