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  • Syrian fighting decimates tourism industry

    December 3, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Damascus is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. International flights into and out of the capital continued despite throughout 20-months of fighting between troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and the rebels seeking to depose him. But as...

  • Bulgarian police release photo of bomb attack accomplice

    August 16, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Bulgarian police released a computer-generated image and a fake driver’s license photo of a man believed to be an accomplice in the bombing of an Israeli tour bus in Burgas that killed six.

    The fake Michigan driver’s license is registered to Jacques Philippe Martin, but...

  • Spain reaches out to American Jewish tourists

    June 27, 2012 | 1:09 pm

    Unless you can read artistically distorted Hebrew, you might not realize that the logo of a program by Spain’s tourism board spells out the four letters of “Sepharad,” the Hebrew word for Spain. And unless you know European geography, you might not realize that the distorted...

  • Report: Jewish tourists in Jordan assaulted

    June 5, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    A group of kipah-clad Jewish tourists in Jordan reportedly was harassed and attacked by locals.

    Arab media reported that Jordanians in the town of Al Karak grew agitated on Monday when they saw a few Jewish men wearing head coverings in the local market. They threw shoes at them and chased them away, Ynet reported, citing the Jordanian daily Al Arab al Youm.

    The Anti-Defamation League described the incident concerning and called on the Jordanian government to investigate.

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  • Missing U.S. tourist found dead in Israel

    May 29, 2012 | 10:26 am

    The body of an American tourist missing since last week was discovered near Beit Shean.

    Herman Kuehn, 80, of Platte County, Mo., was separated from his group on May 26 while visiting antiquities sites in Beit Shean, in northern Israel. His body was discovered Tuesday in an...

  • Drama: My Personal Samoa Survivor (Video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    February 27, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Enjoy this article and video about Samoa and my personal Drama at Virgin Cove—right where they filmed SURVIVOR SAMOA! Drama at Virgin Cove: Face-Planted on the Ground


    At 1:30am as I lay on the cement step outside the bathroom. I thought, “Hmm, why am I on the ground? How did...

  • Red Goddess Rising by Halle Eavelyn

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    January 30, 2012 | 11:53 am

    When I met Halle at her book reading recently, I thought about my first trip to the Giza Pyramids. I remember that day like it was yesterday although I visited the great archeological site over thirty years ago! My family was cruising on a Greek ship at the time and the vessel...

  • Bahia de Kino, The Foundation Part 1

    December 12, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    Three years ago while my wife and I traveled around the world for a year, we spent some time in the Mongolian capitol of Ulaanbaaatar before heading into the emptiness of the Gobi Desert. While roaming the streets of the capitol one afternoon, we ran into a Canadian miner at a video...

  • Discovering Algeria: Exploring Timgad

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    December 6, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Guest Post by: Kit Herring

    Few people visit Algeria anymore because of internal strife, but I hitchhiked across the country in 1975.  Theses are some recollections of the country’s greatest archeological site, the Roman city of Timgad, as they appear in my novel, Descending the...

  • As seen on MSN.com Today!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    December 1, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    My photo on MSN.com Today! It goes with this article: Lessons from jobs held in your 30s

    Finding your passion
    After dropping out of medical school in her 20s, Lisa Niver Rajna of Los Angeles traveled for almost seven years on the high seas. “In my 30s, I worked on a cruise ship like...

  • Happy Thanksgiving! Realize Your Dreams! (video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    November 20, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    Give Yourself Time: The Joy of Taking a Break


    Friends and family ask us, “How do you do it? How do you manage to leave for a year?” Others say, “You are crazy; I would never do that!” These people usually think of the dictionary definition of a vagabond as “…a person who...

  • Let there never be a need for another Yad Vashem

    By Lauren Bottner

    October 29, 2011 | 2:31 pm

    Yesterday was the day I had been dreading.  Every time I checked my itinerary: Friday, 8:45. Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum.  I didn’t want to go.  I really really didn’t want to go and I desperately needed to go all at once.  I was a swirl of nervous anxiety walking up...

  • The stones of our faith

    By Lauren Bottner

    October 27, 2011 | 5:20 pm

    I’m the dry-eyed one in the family.  I’m the one who gives the eulogies at funerals because I can get through them without breaking down, the one who doesn’t need tissues to watch “Beaches” or “Terms of Endearment”.  I come from a family who buys stock in Kleenex, going...

  • Declaring a place to call home

    By Lauren Bottner

    October 25, 2011 | 5:11 pm

    “Up until 1948, the Jewish nation had no one at the other end of the 911 call, we were a nation without a home.” So explained the guide at the Israel Independence Museum in Tel Aviv as he described the situation of Holocaust survivors post-WWII.  “How do you know the war is over?...

  • Turbulent Tonga Part II: “Toni’s Guesthouse Tour”

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    October 23, 2011 | 9:03 pm

    Turbulent Tonga Part II: “Toni’s Guesthouse Tour”

    The Ukranian Dracula lady, had just finished assaulting Jackie when we arrived at 10:00am.  Dracula had mistook the poor Brit for my wife Lisa, who simply “wouldn’t open the damn window” of the van when we arrived last...

  • First Step to Travel Dreams (slideshow)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    October 17, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.—Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Some people ask us, “How do you do it? How do you leave for a year?” Some tell us, “You are crazy; I would never do that!” These people usually think of a vagabond...

  • “I hate you and I hate Samoa:” The beginning of a Great Travel Adventure (video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    October 8, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    Just because everyone says something is a good idea doesn’t make it true. And early on our first full day in Savaii, I looked at George and said, “I hate you and I hate Samoa.” Not the sound of a good day starting but somehow, like all our journeys, Samoa worked out.

    The...

  • More Information on Getting That Visa

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Visa Violations

    The U.S. government estimates that about 40 percent of people who are in this country illegally arrived on a legal visa but lost their legal status either by overstaying or otherwise violating the terms of their visa. These are sometimes referred to as "nonimmigrant...

  • Israel - Tourists Unfazed by Gaza Pullout

    By Daniella Peled

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    For visitors to Israel this summer, the disengagement from the Gaza Strip proved hard to ignore.

    "Everybody's orange," said Rebecca Kaminski, from Berlin, with a laugh, referring to the color adopted by the anti-disengagement activists. "I'm on the blue side, I guess."

    Sitting on...

  • The Soul of Maui

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    There's a Hawaiian legend about a pregnant woman who developed a craving for the eyeballs of royalty. Advisers to the king took this to mean that the woman's child would one day grow up to defeat the king and rule all the islands. The king decreed that the baby be killed as soon as...

  • Cuban Jews’ Plight Sparks Drive to Help

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Tourist Cuba is a bit like a time-machine ride through a Cold War theme park. Vintage Detroit autos rumble past charming Havana hotels refurbished to their pre-revolutionary glory. Posters for featured movies at a film festival keep company with ones that blare slogans like, "La...

  • Singles Fall in Love With Israel

    By David Margolis

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Luckily, the lure was Israel, not pairing up. With a group consisting of 24 men and only seven women, singles action on the July Birthright trip to Israel sponsored by JDate, the Jewish singles online network, was minimal.

    But the 10-day tour did have lots of Los Angeles action,...

  • The Melting Wok

    By Anthea Gerrie

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It was Friday night in Shanghai, a major linchpin of the Jewish Diaspora, and folks from all over the world were dropping in to wish Rabbi Greenberg "Shabbat shalom." But in the fastest-changing city in the world, we were gathered for worship in a skyscraper instead of one of the...

  • Israel All to Yourself

    By Adam Wills

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I was more than a little conflicted when Israel's Ministry of Tourism invited me to visit the Holy Land for one week in December to judge for myself whether the country was safe enough for tourists. I'd never traveled to Israel before, and while I knew that life was going on as...

  • Downward Trend

    By Mike Levy

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Tour operator Tova Gilead returned from a 10-day trip to Israel in early January and brought back wonderful stories of people experiencing the beauty and history of the Holy Land, many for the first time. Before the resurgence of Palestinian-Israeli violence in September, 228 people...

  • Tourism in Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Ehud Barak has the hardest job in Israel these days, but Itai Eiges' is no walk in the park, either. As director general of the ministry of tourism, Eiges is in charge of promoting an industry that has been crippled by the recent conflict. Tour operators are reporting a 50 percent...

  • Greatness

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In most big cities in the United States, horse-and-buggy rides are offered as tourist attractions. It is therefore not shocking to find them lined up in Philadelphia, right near Constitution Hall and the Liberty Bell.

    What was surprising, however, was whom I found driving a horse and...

  • Approaching The Millennium

    By Avi Machlis

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Melodic harmonies echo through Dominus Flevit, a small-but-quaint church on the slopes of the Mount of Olives, as a group of 30 Christian Bible scholars and pastors sing "Hallelujah to the Lord," first in English, then Hebrew.

    Built in 1955 on the ruins of an ancient church, the...

  • Jewish Croatia: Through the Looking Glass

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    This past October I found myself, along with four other North American Jewish journalists, flying business class -- a wonderful way to fly -- to Croatia on Lufthansa Airlines. The Croatian Tourist Office in conjunction with Lufthansa had generously put together a 12 day guest...
  • Hungarian Haven

    By Michael J

    April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In other circumstances, there would be nothing unusual about busloads of Yugoslavs visiting the capital of their northern neighbor, Hungary.

    But with NATO's daily assault on Kosovo and other locations throughout Yugoslavia, these are no ordinary "tourists." Roughly 200 Yugoslav Jews...

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