Weekend Intelligence: January 29-30, 2011
With the winter wallop that came through the northeast, I had an extra day at home this week. It’s always nice to catch up on good internet reads you might otherwise have missed. In case you missed ‘em, here’s a list of some items I gleaned from my reading over the past seven days:
- The travel industry is always evolving and it can often be difficult to stay abreast of the changes. USA Today offers some insight in “10 Ways To Be A Smarter Traveler in 2011,” hitting on things like Europe’s “chip and pin” system, using social media to find travel deals, and more.
- Let the buyer beware—the New York Times Frugal Traveler Seth Kugel writes about getting burned while trying to secure a vacation apartment rental in London and suggests some guidelines to avoid getting ripped off. If it can happen to someone who basically travels for a living, it can happen to anyone. Caveat emptor.
- One of my all-time favorite blog posts about travel EVER –Lisa of Chicky Bus asks “When Shouldn’t You Take That Photo?” She lists four possible scenarios that’ll get you thinking what’s more important: human dignity and the right to privacy or taking a kickass photo? Definitely some food for thought.
- Loved—LOVED!—this read by Spud Hilton, the travel editor at the San Francisco Chronicle on traveling alone. He writes “…I realized that even if my ticket is for one, I’m never really traveling alone. I am the only one on my exact route, but every person I meet is, in a sense, traveling with me…” Poignant, insightful, and decidedly weekend-reading worthy.
- From the Single Occupancy Weekly: This week’s selection is kind of a solo travel double-whammy: get to know Sally of Unbrave Girl as she’s interviewed by Michael Hodson, a fellow solo traveler, of Go, See, Write. Michael asks some great questions, Sally gives some hilarious answers, and you’ll see why they’re two of my favorite folks to follow.
As always, have a happy weekend! See ya on the flipside!