“Rather than inspirational, the travel market is now aspirational, meaning readers aspire to do as the writer; to walk along in the Hindu Kush, to find a forgotten house in Provence, to discover the secret, deserted Thai beach. No writer dares to point out that there are no more undiscovered beaches. The world has been mapped.”—Rory MacLean - The Magic Bus
Titanic Awards is a site devoted to detailing those travel experiences that are yarn worthy after the fact. Got any horror stories? Share them for everyone to enjoy! (And perhaps it’ll make you feel better).
“The good old days are here now. If you spend your whole life thinking the good old days are ahead of you, you’re going to wake up with regrets that life passed you by.”—Even though I detest his shows, the man gives a good interview. Rick Steves tells it like it is.
You can learn a great deal about what a country wants from its visa application. For example, the Brazilians just desire the fee. Thailand encourages “multiple entries”—a double entendre I suspect is intentional. The Chinese want visitors who are free of diseases, specifically HIV, open tuberculosis, and leprosy.
What do the Russians want? Apparently, they want to know everything about you: every country you’ve visited; every school you’ve attended; every charity you’ve donated to; every place you’ve worked; every supervisor you’ve ever had, along with his or her phone number; and whether you have any military experience related to nuclear, biological, or chemical “activities.”