We’re back with our semi-regular roundup of great travel links from around the Web and around the globe.
** Things may be a bit shaky right now, but hardy travelers can add Kosovo, the “world’s newest country” to their list of nations to possibly visit in the future. Rick Steves has a Kosovo update on his blog. In the ever-tangled areas formerly known as Yugoslavia, the next chick struggling to hatch as a nation is Macedonia, which may have to change its name to join the EU. You know, a medical/security backup plan like International SOS might be a good idea if you venture into risky territory and want someone to “Get me out of this place!”
** On a lighter note, there’s always getting a gambling/cooking/arts education in Las Vegas.
** Are you on a budget? Who isn’t? I recommend ideas and insights from blogs like Less Than a Shoestring and High Culture on a Low Budget, then investigate cheap tickets from airfare consolidators. “Think different” to save money: houseboat rentals on the Upper Mississippi, college dormitory stays in Europe, small towns like Fairhope, Alabama on the Gulf Coast (bonus – Jimmy Buffett’s sister Lucy runs a restaurant there, Lulu’s, complete with a cookbook) and those pretty islands that are NOT on some magazine’s “hot list.”
** Travel on your stomach gems: worldwide foodie trails in the UK’s Guardian, eating and drinking at Vancouver’s Japanese izakayas, having breakfast (and more) in Tripoli, Libya, eating your way through the delicious culinary history of Key West, Tokyo chefs and food critics take on the Michelin Guides and someone slammed back a lot of brew to build the Beer Can House in Houston, Texas.
** Finally, from the International Herald Tribune: 36 hours in Cairo, Egypt, 36 hours in Taipei, Taiwan, some travel basics for Mumbai, India and staying in homes built by Frank Lloyd Wright (related PT post: Wright’s skyscraper in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where you can stay today.)