Travel Newsletter: 20 August 2021
Travel websites of the 90s, Morocco's Mercedes Grand Taxis, a futuristic botanical garden in Taiwan, and ducks, lots of ducks.
Hello from Ho Chi Minh City. Here is this week’s round-up of travel reads.
COVID-19 and travel
While the news is beyond grim in Southeast Asia, Singapore will be the best test case for opening up once the local population reaches a certain vaccination point. One experiment that has just been announced is the Germany - Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL). This offers “quarantine-free travel between Singapore and Germany if you meet all VTL requirements.”
“Pandemic lockdowns meant fewer crowds and less garbage. Now Amsterdam, Prague and Barcelona want to make some changes permanent.”
Assorted travel reads
“Eight and a half years ago, Paul Salopek set out on a long walk: 21,000 miles across four continents. He’s still walking.”
The History of the Web takes us back to the early internet to see what travel booking sites looked like.
This reminds me of the futuristic Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.
And speaking of futuristic Singapore, this week I compiled a list of big projects happening in Singapore.
• Click for a good video about ducks
Dreaming of the day I can be riding around the backroads of Vietnam and Southeast Asia again. Until then, stay safe!
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