News and Deals: August 9, 2013 – In Nairobi’s airport fire, looting and big tourism losses for Kenya, Ninja camp trains tourist novices, Famed ‘Love Boat’ makes final voyage to scrapyard and President Obama Says It: Don’t Stop Traveling

Tokyo cherry blossom

In Nairobi’s airport fire, looting and big tourism losses for Kenya
Los Angeles Times

As Kenya struggled to contain the economic damage of Wednesday’s airport inferno, embarrassing reports emerged that members of emergency crews looted the deserted building as it blazed.

Kenya’s NTV reported that foreign exchange bureaus at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi had been broken into and robbed during and after the fire. News agencies said ATMs and a safe also were targets of looters.

Continue Reading

Ninja camp trains tourist novices

Ever fantasised about throwing a ninja star? No? Perhaps silent stealth is a more useful skill for the 21st century.

In Japanese folklore, ninjas were some of the country’s most legendary assassins but now tourists can heed the call of the black robes too.

Anyone fascinated by ninja culture and in possession of a warrior spirit can learn what it takes to become a modern-day fighter spy at a camp in Iga, east of Osaka.

Hopefuls are told they will be schooled in skills essential to ninjitsu warfare, such as the arts of espionage, sabotage and infiltration.

Continue Reading

Famed ‘Love Boat’ makes final voyage to scrapyard
USA Today

One of the most famous cruise ships of the modern era, the former Pacific Princess, has made a final voyage to a scrapyard in Turkey, Reuters is reporting.

The news service says the 42-year-old vessel, recognizable to millions of Americans as the “Love Boat” of 1970s television, will be dismantled for its metal and parts.

Continue Reading

President Obama Says It: Don’t Stop Traveling
Condé Nast Traveler

The President gets it. Asked by Jay Leno on The Tonight Show Tuesday night if we should respond to the State Department’s travel warning by canceling trips to—for example, Europe—he shook his head vigorously. It was clear that he wanted no such response.

We should, he said, go about our summer vacations in a “prudent way” and added: “The odds of dying in a terrorist attack are a lot lower than they are of dying in a car accident, unfortunately.”

There was a distinct feeling that this level-headed statement came from his own personal assessment of the risks—and considering that Obama really does know what the real threats are out there with a depth of knowledge that we can never have, this brings a welcome touch of sanity.

Continue Reading

Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Subscribe and get my free ebook!

Subscribe to the LandLopers newsletter and get a free copy of my new book, "My Favorite 50 Travel Photos."

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Also follow Matt on Twitter, Facebook and

Leave a Comment