Musuems: Amazing or Amazingly Boring?

The NY Times had an article about visiting the Louvre Musuem in Paris. While it’s mainly about one museum, the writer uses it as a launching pad to discuss why we go to mueums. He also questioned whether modern tourism and technology may have cheapened the experience of seeing art.

If you’ve traveled for a while, then the only thing that can get old more quickly than temples is museums. While many are indeed … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (11)  | August 21, 2009
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

Another round-up of writing and photo contests

It was only recently that I posted links to several travel-related contests. But the thing is, more are coming out of the woodworks! Consider these:

Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards Win: $1,000 (gold), $500 (silver), $250 (bronze) To apply: Submit your favorite stories about travel and the world—”stories that reflect the unique alchemy that occurs when you enter unfamiliar territory and begin to see the world differently as a result.” $20 entry fee. Deadline: Monday, … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | August 18, 2009
Category: General

How much does it cost? A sneak peek at two vagabonds’ budgets

If there’s one perennial topic that never seems to get completely answered here at vagablogging it’s inevitably the question of “how much” — how much money does it take to travel the world? Whether it’s your friends back home or strangers you meet on the road, just about everyone seems curious to know how much it “really costs” to travel the world.

The answer is, … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (11)  | August 18, 2009
Category: General

Travel is fatal to prejudice

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” –Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad (1869)

Posted by | Comments (6)  | August 17, 2009
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

A review of Douglas Jewell’s Roadtrip

[Note: Each Saturday this month, Vagablogging is featuring self-published travel books reviewed by self-published travel authors. This week, Bob Reil reviews Roadtrip.]

Review by Bob Reil

When he was 20 years old, Douglas Jewell made a life list. He had decided to live an unconventional life, unencumbered by the traditions of what he saw as a … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | August 15, 2009
Category: Travel Writing

Visiting “The Other Iraq”

Towers of Lalish Towers of Lalish. Photo by Lucina Kathmann

The Middle East has always been one of those areas that intrigued me. I was surprised to read that there is even a nascent tourism industry in Iraq, of all places.

Iraqi Kurdistan has been promoting itself as “The Other Iraq,” and with good reason. Kurdistan operates with a high degree of autonomy from the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | August 14, 2009
Category: General, Travel Guidebooks

Avoid food allergy problems abroad with native-language cards

If you’ve got food allergies you know they’re no laughing matter. However, there’s a tendency for people in some parts of the world to regard food allergies as a western whim, something that coddled westerners have invented to make life more complicated.

In some cases there might be some merit to that, but in others eating the wrong food can lead to anaphylactic shock and … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | August 12, 2009
Category: General

UK government to fund 500 gap-year scholarships

What an idea—the government paying you to go abroad.

That’s exactly what the UK government has started doing for some new graduates who are struggling to find work.

In collaboration with Raleigh International, they’re offering scholarships for 500 people to get a leg up on their communication and leadership skills. The graduates will travel on 10-week expeditions to Borneo, India, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | August 12, 2009
Category: General