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Coming Soon: India Visas on Arrival?

April 12th, 2014
Heading to India? Indian visa regulations are changing.  Here's what you need to know to plan your trip: New Indian Visa Rules Last month, the Indian government announced that they plan to expand the country's visa-on-arrival program. Currently, only citizens of 11 lucky countries are eligible for visas on arrival. Those countries are: Japan, Singapore, Finland, Luxembourg, New Zealand , Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, Myanmar and Indonesia. One country missing from that list: The United States.  US citizens are required to apply in advance for an Indian visa, even for short tourist stays. However, times are changing and the Indian government is trying to make it easier for tourists to visit. Indian Visa On Arrival Details Once the new rules are in effect, US citizens pl


Get a Cambodian Visa to Visit Banteay Srei

March 18th, 2011
If Angkor Wat is the symbol of Cambodia, Banteay Srei is its hidden jewel. Though it's located off the beaten path, it's still fairly easy to get to from Siem Reap. This tiny temple was built in the 10th century AD. Built of red sandstone, it is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Part of the attraction of Angkor Wat is its scale: there's something sublime walking through the immense ruins, half reclaimed by the jungle. But Banteay Srei is proof that good things can come in small packages, too. Asia for Visitors calls Banteay Srei "perhaps the most intricately carved and beautiful of the temples." Gods and goddesses adorn the temple's red sandstone walls, all rendered in exquisitely detailed relief. Tourism of Cambodia gives this rather fanciful description of the site: "Banteay S


Yellow Fever Vaccinations and Travel Visas

December 4th, 2010
If you're traveling overseas to a country that requires visas for US citizens, you may need to make a doctor's appointment before applying for your travel visa. That's because some countries require that you submit proof you've been vaccinated for yellow fever along with your visa application. In the US, we don't routinely get vaccinated for yellow fever, so unless you've already been to a country that requires visitors to be vaccinated, you are highly unlikely to have had the shot. What is yellow fever, anyway? Found in the tropics, it's a hemorrhagic fever spread by mosquitoes.  The virus basically causes flu-like symptoms (fever, nausea, vomiting and pain), and if you're lucky, that's all you'll experience. If you're not lucky, however, instead of shaking it off you'll enter the


Bolivian Visa Requirements to Walk With Mountain Lions

November 13th, 2010
Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with a mountain lion? How about a jaguar? Volunteer at Bolivia's Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY), and you can make friends with monkeys, big cats, parrots and other exotic animals. CIWY is an organization that rescues wild animals from the black market. Often, these animals have been abused or neglected. While many of the smaller animals are allowed to live free in one of the organizations 3 parks, the jaguars, pumas and ocelots cannot be released. Instead, CIWY keeps them caged when they are unsupervised, but allows them to spend most of the day walking through trails in the jungle, accompanied by volunteers. That's where you come in. As a volunteer, you're usually assigned one specific animal to work with for the duration of your st


Get a Chinese Visa To Stay at Tibet’s Newest Luxury Resort

October 1st, 2010
Tibet isn't really known for luxury travel, but that may be about to change when Starwood Hotels opens its new St. Regis Lhasa Resort in Lhasa, Tibet on November 15th. (via InTransit) According to, the resort will overlook the historic and holy Potala Palace, where the Dalai Lama lived before fleeing into exile in India. Amenities will include an Iridium Spa with a gold-leaf immersion pool, ballroom, plasma TVs, a Meditation Garden and three restaurants. A butler will also be on hand to wait on guests, assist them with altitude sickness and act as a concierge. Qian Jin, Senior Vice President of Operations, China & Taiwan, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, told "Lhasa is truly one of the world's most fascinating destinations; the rich cultur