Travel Newsletter - 20 November 2020
City walking, future landmark buildings of Ho Chi Minh City, Koh Phangan and its inspiration for "The Beach", private jet pilots, airport food, and travel writers on if it's ethical to travel now.
Following up on last weeks theme of publishing local guides, this week I found some good reads about walking in your own city. Given that so many of us can’t travel far, it’s a good time to really get to know your own back yard. No walk is ever wasted by Matthew Beaumont writes about the experience of city walking, while Jeannette Cooperman wrote about the art of sauntering.
COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)
Editorial by JohnnyJet.
Editorial by Christopher Elliott, with a follow up of his article here.
And another editorial to ponder before the upcoming holiday season, this time by Daniel Noll from Uncornered Market.
Andrew Evans from National Geographic on what it’s like to travel in South Korea in the age of the pandemic.
“Two stir-crazy friends strap tents to their bikes and set out to ride the entire length of Britain.”
“Qantas became just the third airline in the world after KLM and Avianca to turn 100 years old”.
Assorted travel reads
Here is my report on what is being built in Ho Chi Minh City, including some new hotels that may become landmarks in the future. And maybe if you visit in the future you will arrive at the new mega airport that is about to start construction.
“The Bulgarian city of Plovdiv has an almost untranslatable word – “aylyak” – that manifests as a refusal to get caught up in the rat race and a scepticism about the value of overwork.”
“Sometimes bad weather or a short runway isn't the biggest challenge, it is the cargo of VIPs you are carrying in the cabin.”
“Don't laugh; the best part of flying was patronizing a chain eatery before boarding.”
I’m not lucky in random lotteries so I said no to this. I checked randomstreetview.com and I got a field in Northern Poland. Would you do this? I guess it depends, like do you get 5 million upfront so you can build a place on your random land?
[Would you live here for 10 years for 5 million dollars?]
“From bird songs in an Indian jungle to the flowing waves of a Sardinian beach, a new tool spotlights 50 soothing soundscapes.”
Not far from the aforementioned Borobudur is the village of Dusun Butuh, which also goes by Nepal Van Java. I am itching to return to Java.
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