Travel Newsletter: 30 July 2021

The otherworldly Faroe Islands, Sydney’s Bondi to Manly walk, new UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and more travel reads.

Greetings from Ho Chi Minh City, where lockdown continues. Vaccination progress is slowly improving, though there is no end in sight for lockdown. I should have some more news about vaxxes and visas next week.

Last week I published a digital nomad history, and this week I got to do an interview with Dan from Tropical MBA about the history of digital nomadism. Going through the digital nomad timeline, it’s apparent that Dan is a pioneer of the digital nomad movement. We’ve also hung out in Saigon and Chiang Mai, so it was good to catch up via a podcast interview.

[Slipping out for supermarket shopping on the silent streets of Saigon]

COVID-19 and travel

A global perspective on travel during COVID

Assorted travel reads

In the Faroe Islands, dramatic topography and an otherworldly sense of mystery

Portraits of Kolkata’s rickshaw pullers

“The dense metropolis is among the only places in India — and one of the few left in the world — where fleets of hand-pulled rickshaws still ply the streets.”

Foresight on the foreshore: Sydney’s Bondi to Manly walk

“Officially opened just before the pandemic, the 81km urban route has helped locals in lockdown reclaim the city’s breathtaking public land.”

Iranian railway, ancient Chinese city among new UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The history of the world’s first cruise ship built solely for luxurious travel

“At the turn of the 20th century, a German Jewish shipping executive had an innovative idea for a new revenue stream: the cruise.”

The plane you’re flying on is potentially 47 years old

15 unexplored corners of the earth

9 terrific tree tunnels around the world

Wild superyacht secrets I learned when I became a deckhand

25 things you didn't know about the last 50 years of travel

Canadian reporter’s love for 7-Eleven steals the show at Tokyo Olympics

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