Best of the Web – Roaming Tales: Travel links for 31 August

Collating these links collections takes up quite a lot of time but I also enjoy it as there is so much great travel content out there. In this week’s edition we have everything from the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo to expensive farm stays in upstate New York. I hope you enjoy it!

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Journeys & Destinations

Road trip. An American Indian’s journey into the land of Indian casinos, a five-part series by David Treuer on Slate.

Safari. Also on Slate, Brendan Borrell writes about safari in South Africa and how race issues are never far away, even in the bush.

Cornwall. Jonathan Browners from food blog Around Britain with a Paunch on his summer holiday in Cornwall – one of my favourite places in the UK.

Wet tropics. Leonie Coombes writes on a spa and resort in Queensland’s aptly named Wet Tropics for The Australian.

Beach babe. Anny Chih gets her first experience of an Australian beach at Mooloolaba on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. It’s winter in Australia so I’m guessing it was still too cold to swim.

Croatian scenery. Jessica Wilson from FushMush checks out Plitvice Lakes National Park – her favourite place in Croatia. You can see why from her photos.

Italy. The Gypsynester guide to travelling in Italy. Meanwhile, Jeanne from Soultravelers 3 offers a colourful photo post from Italy.

Banksy in Bristol. Heather Cowper from Heather on her Travels checks out the Banksy exhibition at the Bristol City Museum.

Disneyland. We all know Disneyland is expensive but how can you spend $400,000 on one visit? Matador has the story.

Saudi toilets. Susie of Arabia says she misses the toilets in Saudi Arabia when she goes back home to the USA!

Northern Ireland. Karen Bryan from Europe a la Carte visits the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Belfast.

Maryland shore. Keith Bellows writes for Intelligent Travel about the Maryland shore on the Chesapeake Bay – like Martha’s Vineyard or the Hamptons for regular folks.

Panama Canal. Cate from the Caffeinated Traveller pays a visit to the Panama Canal.

Frugal Iceland. Katie Hammel gives the budget guide to Iceland on Matador.

Vancouver Island. Kymri from Mira Terra Blog writes about wildlife spotting in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island.

Cook Islands. Kristin Luna from Camels and Chocolate argues that the Cook Islands are Paradise on Earth.

Quebec City. Tim Marks of the Wandering Photographer takes us on a photographic tour of the French-Canadian capital of Quebec.

Congo. A guest post on Ever the Nomad about Goma in the eastern Congo.

Sacramento. Lisa Thibodeau has written a guide to Sacramento, California for Design Sponge.

Ghibli Museum. Sheila Scarborough from FamilyTravelGuide pays a visit to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo to learn more about anime hero Hayao Miyazaki – the maker of Ponyo (currently showing at the movies in the US). [Miyazaki’s earlier films Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away are on deep discount with Amazon].


Commercial Venice. Judith Martin writes for the Financial Times on the billboards cluttering the romantic city of Venice. (Via World Hum).

The Rockies. Vanessa Barrington on EcoSalon shows us the damage of climate change on the forest of the Rocky Mountains.

Mexican museums. The economic downturn and instability in Mexico is taking its toll on the art museums in Mexico, according to Deborah Bonello at MexicoReporter.

Safari. Is the Masai Mara in Kenya in danger of being loved to death? Norie Quintos from Intelligent Travel asks the question.

Arizona. Arthur Frommer wrote on his blog that he is steering clear of Arizona after the Obama protester took a gun to a Town Hall meeting. This is not official policy for Wiley, the company that publishes his guidebooks.

Vanishing wonders. Tina McCarthy for EcoSalon on 15 beautiful and endangered places around the globe.


Wild swimming. Fantastic video on the Guardian site of Kate Rew swimming in fairy pools in Skye. This is part of a series.

Horse riding. on horse riding in Guam.

Underwater World. Anny Chih visits a tropical oceanarium called Underwater World in Queensland and gets suckered into a seal kiss. (Don’t fall for this!).

Cycling. Dori Jennings reports on the self-service bicycle hire scheme in Paris for EcoSalon.

White House tour. Lucky Marisa Petrich got to tour the White House – including the West Wing – and wrote about it for Intelligent Travel. Jealous much?

Hiking. Antonia Malchik from Perceptive Travel on hiking with children and two favourite hikes in Glacier National Park in the Rockies.

Canoeing. Dominique King from Midwest Guest takes us canoeing on Lake Manganese in Michigan’s Copper Harbour.

San Diego for kids. Amy at the Q Family Adventures on Legoland and other activities with children in San Diego.

Skiing. It’s not ski season in North America yet but it’s a good time to buy your ski lift season pass, according to Jane Engle at the LA Times Daily Travel & Deal Blog.

Farm stays. Kim Severson from the New York Times writes about paying $300 a night to stay and work on a farm in upstate New York.

Star gazing. Bob Riel from Matador on the world’s best stargazing destinations.

On the road

Single travel. Christine Osbourne from Travels with my Hat on the high cost of travel for singles.

Free WiFi. Gina Trapani on Lifehacker offers what she calls the definitive guide to finding free WiFi on the road. I’m unlikely to go war-driving – and I usually don’t have a car when I’m travelling anyway – but the other tips are solid.

Cultural customs. Turner Wright on Matador explains 10 things visitors to Japan should know about Japanese culture.

Scarf. Luisa Sperry on Matador explains why a scarf is a must-pack item for any traveller.

Slimming. Joe Henley on Matador argues that travel can be good for your health and shares tips on how to slim down on the road.

Road trip. Kelly from Travellious explains what she thinks are the essentials for a successful road trip.

Car rental. Protect yourself from the car rental “ding” scam. Christopher Elliott and the commenters on tell you how.

Playlist. Sarah Aldrich from Intelligent Travel on building a place-based playlist.

Air travel

Air safety. Patrick Smith reports for Salon on how new legislation will affect air safety. The Daily Beast ranks US airlines on their safety record.

Sleeping on planes. Andrea Sachs of the Washington Post offers advice on how to catch your 40 winks mid-air – starting with choosing the right seat.

Flight attendant. Andrea Cooper at World Hum interviews a Muslim flight attendant and finds out how she navigates the uniform.

Security. Kayt Sukel writes a guest post for Travel Rants, questioning whether the US no-fly list will help security or just cause further delays for passengers.

Booking sites. Beth Whitman at Wanderlust and Lipstick reviews some of the popular airline booking sites.

Air Miles. Christopher Elliott from on expiring frequent flyer points and other travel “gotchas”.

Custody. Did you know that for one parent to take their kids to Canada, you need a notarised letter from the other parent? Catharine Hamm from the LA Times explains.

Boarding policy. Antonia Malchik on Perceptive Travel debates Delta’s boarding policy – first and business class before families and people in wheelchairs.


Marketing. First honeymoons, then ‘babymoons’ and now the ‘conception vacation’. The Westin in Aruba is offering a credit to couples who can prove they conceived while staying at the resort. This strikes me as a desperate gimmick and even slightly offensive. What do you think?

Sydney hostel. A more affordable way to get your views of the Sydney Opera House – the new Sydney YHA, opening in November, is taking bookings now.

Costa Rica. Marina Villatoro of Travel Expert(a) on the Arenal Observatory Lodge in the volcanic cloud forest of Costa Rica.

Books and travel writing

Heathrow. Eva Holland of World Hum on Heathrow’s first writer-in-residence – Alain de Botton. He was only there for a week but there’s meant to be a book in the pipeline.

Greek odyssey. Pam Mandel of Nerd’s Eye View reviews Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island. [Buy the book here].

Rick Steves. Matador‘s Julie Schwietert reviews Rick StevesTravel as a Political Act. [Amazon currently has 32% off].

Volunteer travel. David Miller reviews The Voluntary Traveler on Matador. It’s an anthology of writing by people who have volunteered as they travel all over the world. [Buy the book here].

Travel writing. Matador is offering an online travel writing course with a money-back guarantee.


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  1. Great list. It’ll take some time to go thru it. And thanks for the mention
    .-= Tim Marks´s last blog ..Wandering & Photographing Quebec City =-.

  2. Thanks for including in your list! I cn tell you put a LOT of time into compiling it.

  3. Thanks for the mention. As a Bristolian I have to love Banksy but his exhibition in Bristol really was the tops.
    .-= Heather Cowper´s last blog ..Book review and giveaway of Imagine – a Vagabond Story by Grant Lingel =-.

    It looked awesome! – Caitlin.

  4. Wow I’m late here but hey you’ve done a fab job here and loads of research. Thanks for the shout out.
    .-= Cate´s last blog ..Photo Friday – All the President’s birds =-.


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