Travel Newsletter: 8 October 2021

Yemen's ancient, soaring skyscraper cities, how Matera left its dark days behind, and the only tourist in the entire country.

Greetings from Budva in Montenegro, where in the space of a week we have gone from glorious Mediterranean blues to off-season grey. I’ve been moving around a lot this week so there are no new blog posts. I have a backlog of writing for when I slow down next week.

Here are this week’s interesting travel reads from around the web.

COVID-19 and travel

Some more news and links regarding the gradual reopening of Southeast Asia…

Indonesia's Bali to reopen to some foreign tourists from mid-October

Vietnam mulls welcoming select foreign tourists ahead of full June resumption

Assorted travel reads

Yemen's ancient, soaring skyscraper cities

I Had a chance to travel anywhere. Why did I pick Spokane?

“After 18 months of pandemic parenting isolation, the writer Jon Mooallem knew just where the cure might lie: a minor-league baseball game in eastern Washington.”

The rest has to be eaten....

This ode to street food in Saigon has me missing Vietnamese food something bad.

City in new James Bond movie No Time to Die is ‘Shame of Italy’ no more: how Matera left its dark days behind

When Anthony Bourdain invited Obama to dinner... in Hanoi

Bhutan tourism and border closures: Meet the only tourist in the entire country

Can an average passenger actually be talked through landing a plane in an emergency?

Need to call an airline? Your hold time will be approximately one zillion hours

“Customers find excruciatingly long wait times; ‘By hour seven I was questioning my entire existence’.”

They left the U.S. to ‘live the beach life and save money’ — take a look at what they eat, spend and do in a week

John Margolies’ photographs of roadside America

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The Nomadic Notes Travel Newsletter is a weekly newsletter of the best travel reads and interesting travel news from around the web, and random ramblings by the editor.

- James Clark