Travel Newsletter - 22 January 2021
New airports in Southeast Asia, Trans Europe Express, working on cruise ships, travel writer secrets, and more.
Hello from Ho Chi Minh City. Here in Vietnam we continue our good run of no local transmission of the virus. We still have to remain vigilant, and this could change any day, but so far the country has got it right.
This week I wrote some blog post drafts about my travels in Vietnam, but I didn’t get round to publishing. Instead, I wrote about future airports in Southeast Asia. There are some big projects under construction, so the next time you are passing through Manila or Phnom Penh it might be in a shiny-new airport terminal.
COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)
I get asked if Vietnam will open up anytime soon, and the answer is probably not. One of the reasons Vietnam has been able to contain the pandemic is because of the strict quarantine procedures.
“Luis Martinez has written thousands of vivid poems about cities around the world, yet the Cuban bus porter has never left his homeland.”
Not really Covid-related, but it fits with the whole virtual travel theme.
“Slow TV videos mapped out by location. Filter on transportation type, duration, date.”
Amazing to think that a new airline would dare to launch in these pandemic times, yet this is happening in Vietnam. Vietravel Airlines will be based in Hue.
Subscribers to this newsletter may recall that I mentioned the Trans Europe Express in a newsletter last year. Maybe the TEE will be a thing again once we are travelling normally.
This looks like something to look forward to. And speaking of things shaped like whales, this reminded me of a whale-tail seat I sat on in Beaulieu-sur-Mer. If it wasn’t a seat, then I apologize to the people of Beaulieu-sur-Mer for sitting on your public art installation.
Once I’ve stopped dreaming about international travel I can get back to dreaming about flying first class while I’m stuck in economy.
Italy still remains hight on my travel dream list. I would be happy with 2022.
Assorted travel reads
“High school didn't serve up much adventure, so Devin Murphy signed up to do grunt work on expedition ships that sailed to Alaska, Iceland, Antarctica, and other far-flung places. Turned out to be a pretty great idea.”
“…so called “secret places” and my role, as a travel writer, in writing about them.”
“The history of the high-altitude landscape is more complicated, and more turbulent, than adventure tales can capture.”
“On the eighth anniversary of a global foot journey, a pause on the trail reveals panoramas of colossal change.”
I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t visited my friendly neighbours across the Tasman.
“Yet another discovery of a horde of treasure makes us wonder why it seems ancient riches are constantly being found in Europe.”
“After months stuck at home, life on the road has never been more tempting. But don’t end your lease just yet.”
And continuing the whale theme, I leave you with this amazing site…
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