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World Travel Watch: No Alcohol in Brunei, Air Strikes in Europe and More

Larry Habegger rounds up global travel news

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Travel Movie Watch: ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Trailer

The movie version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s blockbuster travel book “Eat, Pray, Love” comes out this summer. The trailer was just released:

In December, World Hum contributor Liz Sinclair reported from the set in Bali.


World Travel Watch: Strikes in Belgium and Greece, Bombing in India and More

Larry Habegger rounds up global travel news

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Photo You Must See: The Sadhu’s Hand

Photo You Must See: The Sadhu’s Hand REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

A Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, sits near the banks of the Ganges.His followers say he has not moved his arm or cut his fingernails for 32 years.

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Photo You Must See: New Meaning to the Term ‘Auto-Rickshaw’

Photo You Must See: New Meaning to the Term ‘Auto-Rickshaw’ REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A man uses a cycle-rickshaw to move a wrecked car to a scrap yard in the eastern Indian city of Siliguri.

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World Travel Watch: Machu Picchu Closed, Security Boosted in Goa and More*

Larry Habegger rounds up global travel news

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Orwell Birthplace Museum in the Works

The New York Times looks at the development plans for a remote Indian location where the author was born, and rounds up a few other visit-worthy writers’ residences too. (Via The Book Bench)


Happily Adrift in Airworld

On his love for the places so many hate, from Amsterdam's Schiphol to Doha International

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What’s That Smell?

What’s That Smell? iStockPhoto

Paul Lynch explores the intersection of travel and the nose

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World Travel Watch: Weather Delays Across Europe, Elections in Sri Lanka and More

Larry Habegger rounds up global travel news

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Photo You Must See: Bollywood, Sideways in Mumbai

Photo You Must See: Bollywood, Sideways in Mumbai REUTERS/Arko Datta
REUTERS/Arko Datta

Workers handle a giant publicity cut-out for a Bollywood movie in Mumbai.


World Travel Watch: Fees and Visas in India and Argentina, Maoists in Nepal and More

Larry Habegger rounds up global travel news

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World Travel Watch: Safari Robbers in Tanzania, the ‘Real IRA’ in Belfast and More

Larry Habegger rounds up global travel news

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Jan Morris Reveals her Favorite Cities

She fields this question in the Guardian: What is her favorite of them all?

Dear God, what a question! To my mind cities are distillations of human life itself, in all its nuances, with all its contradictions and anomalies, changing from one year to another, changing with the weather, changing with history, changing with the state of the world, changing above all in one’s own personal responses. How can I have a favourite? Sometimes I prefer one city, sometimes another. Inconstancy governs my responses to cities—fidelity in personal matters, promiscuity in civic affairs.

Morris does have a ready answer, though, when asked about her least favorite city: Indianapolis. (Via @ben_coop)


Paul Theroux’s New Novel: ‘A Dead Hand’

Paul Theroux’s new novel isn’t scheduled to be released in the U.S. until February 2010, but it’s already getting mixed reviews in the British press. It’s a mystery of sorts set in Calcutta and featuring a down-on-his-luck travel-writer-protagonist named Jerry Delfont.

Intriguingly, writes Doug Johnstone in The Independent:

Midway through the book, Delfont meets a fictional veteran US travel writer called Paul Theroux, a more successful and famous version of Delfont, whom he despises. The next 20 pages amount to a diatribe by Delfont about the act of travel writing, describing it as an emotionally stunted, puerile and selfish pastime, and brutally denouncing anyone who is stupid and arrogant enough to do it. This remarkable interlude is compelling, like rubbernecking a psychological car crash - but the rest of the novel is distinctly patchy, the bad points eventually outweighing the good.

Apparently the sex writing in the book leaves something to be desired. Once again, Theroux has been nominated for the Literary Review’s annual Bad Sex in Fiction award.