Croatia’s grand port city

Circumnavigating the UK and Ireland, Barcelona vs Airbnb, the business of retired jets, and more travel reads.

Greetings from Split! When I arrived in Croatia last month I didn’t have a solid plan for where to go, so I figured I would make my way to Split to get my second vaccination shot. It’s the second-largest city in Croatia, so my logic was that there would be more vaccination centres. It’s also closer to where I want to go next.

Croatia is offering free vaccinations to foreigners, and it turned out to be a relatively easy process. I feel better crossing borders fully vaccinated.

We have now crossed the equinox, and as we head into the northern autumn I find myself contemplating buying a jacket for the first time in a decade. I’m still planning a couple of weeks at a time, so I will see how long I last in cold weather.

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COVID-19 and travel

Pilgrimages could be the next post-COVID travel trend

“Traditionally religious, pilgrim routes may offer travelers from all walks of life a chance to find inner peace and reconnect with the world.”

Explore now, work later: why autumn and winter will be defined by ‘revenge travel’

“There’s a strong desire to make up for lost time and compensate for lost trips”.

Assorted travel reads

Paradise lost: The rise and ruin of Couchsurfing.com

“The once-utopian accommodations site, now headed by an alum of surveillance-analytics firm Palantir, has gone back on its always-free ethos.”

A zero-carbon journey around the UK

“Fourteen years after completing the world's first self-powered global circumnavigation, Jason Lewis and his partner are on a three-year odyssey to circumnavigate the UK and Ireland.”

Barcelona Takes on Airbnb

“A new rule, the only one of its kind in a major European city, forbids short-term private-room rentals, adding fuel to the debate over how to control booming prepandemic tourism.”

The Arc de Triomphe is wrapped in fabric, just as the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude planned it

In a place with no airport, restaurant in a Boeing 707 is off to a flier before it’s even opened, with visitors paying an entry fee just to see the cabin and cockpit

Retired jet on cliff new attraction in Bali

Two separate articles that remind me of the aircraft graveyard of Bangkok.

How can I afford this life of travel

Ain Dubai: How the world's largest observation wheel was built

“At more than 250 meters, Ain Dubai is 82 meters higher than the current world's tallest ferris wheel in operation, the High Roller in Las Vegas. It is almost twice the size of the London Eye, which towers over the River Thames at 135 meters.”

Japanese "bento" box meals to debut at Paris train station in Nov.

I love the bento box meals of Japan, and after eating too much bakery food this month I would welcome this across Europe.

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