Travel Newsletter - 31 July, 2020

The emerging beach city of Quy Nhon in Vietnam, digital nomadism going mainstream, tourist space ships, a seaside ghost town, and clown motels.

A weekly newsletter of great travel reads and news by James Clark from Nomadic Notes.

After enjoying the last few months of travel in Vietnam, it looks like the party is over for now. New cases have been detected in Da Nang, and the city has been closed down for tourism. There was one new case in Saigon that has been traced back to the Da Nang case, and we are bracing for a partial closure again like we experienced in April. I’m at least glad to be somewhere that is taking this seriously.

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Notes on Quy Nhon – an emerging beach city in Vietnam (2020 trip report)

Notes on Quy Nhon - 2020 trip report. Quy Nhon is a beach city in the South Central Coast region of Vietnam.

COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)

Americans Can Travel — But Should They?

“Americans must make tough sacrifices to get our vacations back. It’s not fun, but it’s the right thing to do — and the fastest way to start traveling again.” — Pam Mandel

‘Revenge travel’ is the phenomenon that could bring back tourism with a bang

Chinese airlines offer unlimited flights to revive industry

'People don't want to fly': Covid-19 reawakens Europe's sleeper trains

Travel news

Virgin Galactic unveils the interior cabin of its tourist spaceplane

“Each passenger gets a tailored seat and a spectacular view.”

The world’s 20 most expensive cities

Digital nomad news

Add Estonia to the list of countries that accept Americans as digital nomads

Can Bali find a tourism future in digital nomads?

Bermuda opens its doors to digital nomads

Coronavirus: What would working from home in Barbados really be like?

Assorted travel reads

Nearly 50 years on, a forbidden seaside ghost town is about to re-open

My midlife crisis as a Russian sailor

“For a book project about 16th-century polar explorer William Barents, Andrea Pitzer needed to reach the remote Arctic island where he and his men came to grief. She booked passage on an expeditionary boat out of Murmansk, then headed north on a trip marked by unforgettable scenery, unexpected loss, and wild magic that changed her life.”

Freiburg: Germany’s futuristic city set in a forest

Why one man is walking his dog... around the world!?

I ran away to a remote Scottish isle. It was perfect

Agritourism: why farm stays and rural experiences are set to be the next big travel trend

AP Photos: Russian enthusiast builds his own mini-railway

We regret to inform you a clown hotel exists in Nevada, and it’s haunted

How I ended up sleeping in the world’s most famous bookstore

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I was meant to be in Phan Thiet by the beach today, but after 99 days of no local cases, the virus has reappeared in Vietnam. Hopefully it is contained swiftly again, but I am braced for another lockdown.
July 29, 2020

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