Travel Newsletter: 25 June 2021
Secret nomads, lake bagging, the grand beauty of Kyrgyzstan’s landscape, and more travel reads.
Hello from Ho Chi Minh City. We are in our fourth week of social distancing here, and I wouldn’t be surprised if another two weeks are added next week. At least vaccination has begun in earnest here, and I am now for the first time seeing local friends and expats who have gotten their first shot. I also have some American friends who have gone back to the US to get a shot, rather than waiting around here. I’m hoping I can join the gallery of photos of people getting vaccinated.
Here is this week’s travel reads. I was not inspired to post on Nomadic Notes this week, so maybe next week!
Travel and COVID-19
My mad traveler friend wrote about his quarantine experience in Bangkok.
A good read about how the pandemic has destroyed small businesses reliant on tourism. I’ve seen this everywhere I’ve been in my travels around Vietnam over the past year.
“Travelers, tourism professionals and medical experts share their perspectives.”
“Once bursting with tourists, Bali's spiritual capital looks like a ghost town.”
Assorted travel reads
I made a list of current and proposed airport railways in Southeast Asia, and it turns out that Indonesia has the most airport rail connections.
“The structures dates to the time of Urartu, a kingdom that clashed with the Assyrians in the first millennium B.C.”
“The version of wild swimming has hikers discovering—and dipping into—scenic lakes and ponds, while avoiding overcrowding on popular peaks.”
“Will the battery hold out crossing a 10,666-foot pass? Where is the next charging station? Overcoming ‘range anxiety’ on Colorado’s highest mountains.”
“There's no need to ever fight over airline seat armrests, because this is a problem that has been solved.”
If you want to be swimming in toast and bits of bacon, then sure, go ahead and serve me breakfast in the pool…
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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