Travel Newsletter - 18 September, 2020

The Hanoi Metro, a new city mega resort in Vietnam, flights to nowhere, Malawi, Stockholm's subway, beautiful airport landings, living in extreme habitats, and ducks (lots of ducks)

Greetings from Ha Long City, Vietnam. I’ve been to Ha Long Bay before, so this time I’m having a look at the city. You can see the rock formations from the city, so it’s a great view even if you aren’t going out (though you definitely should if you’ve never been). I have 10 days of travel coming up, so stay tuned for trip reports in the coming weeks.

Latest posts at Nomadic Notes

Hanoi beyond Hoan Kiem – how the metro will open up the city outside the old quarter

Most visitors to Hanoi stay in the old quarter in Hoan Kiem district, and visit Ba Dinh District (the political and cultural heart of Vietnam). With a new metro system being built, visitors in the future will have more options beyond these two core districts.

COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)

How to bring the spirit of travel into your life during Covid-19

Travel shaming -- another trend of 2020

Singapore Airlines plans flights to nowhere, reports say

Qantas scenic flight to nowhere could be fastest selling flight in airline's history

Assorted travel reads

Thanh Long Bay – A resort/new urban development on the South Central Coast of Vietnam

A virtual tour of Malawi, the ‘warm heart of Africa’

“Malawi leaves a lasting impression not because of its location or aesthetics, but because of its people, writes the photographer Marcus Westberg.”

When you browse Instagram and find former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's passport number

I’m sure I posted an article a while ago that tells you why you shouldn’t post your boarding pass in Instagram. This is why.

Stockholm’s subway network is the world's longest art walk

“Photographer David Altrath engaged in his own form of social distancing to capture these photographs when commuters weren’t around.”

Why does the U.S. have so many Chinatowns?

Ko Phayam: Relaxing out a storm

“Ko Phayam is one of those ultra laid-back islands where doing nothing is the main “activity.””

My Dad, the globetrotting businessman, paleographer…and spy?

I have been asked before if I’m a spy due to my prolific travels. Maybe I am…

The ghost towns behind the gates

“Fukushima was forever changed by one of the world’s biggest nuclear disasters nearly a decade ago. The Japanese government has poured billions of dollars into recovery efforts. But what does recovery really mean? The answer is a combination of resilience, reinvention and regret.”

Meet the 1st traveler in a wheelchair to visit all 7 continents

Living on the edge: The people living in the world’s most extreme habitats

People are sharing ‘then and now’ pics on this page to show how time changes things

The world’s most beautiful airport landings

Lindt has opened a paradise for chocolate-lovers in Zurich

Travel TV/Videos

Long Way Up: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman deliver another engrossing ride

‘Nomadland’ wins Golden Lion Award at Venice Film Festival

“The Searchlight drama, a simultaneous premiere by the Venice, Telluride and Toronto festivals, was directed by Chloe Zhao and stars Frances McDormand as a woman who travels through the American West in a van after losing her job and her home. Apart from McDormand and David Strathairn, almost all of the actors in the film are actual “nomads” that Zhao cast on her own travels through the area.”

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Ha Long Bay, as viewed from Ha Long City. I've been to Ha Long Bay before, so I am looking at what is going on in the city.
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