My first international flight in the pandemic

Australia by rail, getting into the Phuket Sandbox, Iceland's whale-watching capital, and more travel reads.

Greetings from Krk, Croatia. I’ll be in Croatia for most of this month, and I will start writing about some of the places next week. I’ve resumed blogging at Nomadic Notes, starting with my experience of flying internationally for the first time since March 2020.

[Krk - Croatia.]

Latest posts at Nomadic Notes

Flying with Singapore Airlines during the pandemic – SGN-SIN-MUC flight review

COVID-19 and travel

The true scale of COVID travel restrictions on tourism based economies (72% of Macau’s GDP comes from tourism)

Phuket Sandbox: Getting to Thailand in 2021

Phu Quoc wants vaccination speeded up to get tourists back

Vietnam is looking to copy Thailand’s Phuket Sandbox in Phu Quoc.

Assorted travel reads

Overnight train from Sydney to Melbourne: What it's like on board the XPT

This article is an excerpt of the book Heading South: Far North Queensland to Western Australia by Rail, by Tim Richards. I just finished reading it, and it has me wanting to explore my own country by rail.

Praying for good weather, Bac Giang-style

“My friends said that they were going to a festival which happens every four years, and that it would be great for photographs. I knew nothing more.”

The trouble with airports, and how to fix them

“With all the aggravation associated with flying these days, airport designers are hoping to calm things down with outdoor spaces, wide-open views, less noise and even foliage.”

The nomad guide who decodes the Sahara's secrets

An inside guide to Húsavík, Iceland's whale-watching capital

“Boat tours of Skjálfandi Bay explore the migration paths of more than 20 species of cetacean, including blue and humpback whales. But there’s plenty to explore on land, too.”

The 37 best cities in the world in 2021

A listicle by TimeOut.

The hidden side of Europe's package holiday hotspot

South Korea is a whole different world, and these 50 photos are here to prove it

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- James Clark