Link up! (courtesy Lall on Flickr CC)I haven’t had a chance to do a linkpost in awhile, but wanted to write up a quick one for this week….

Airport Layover Contest  —  What would you recommend for the best use of a few hours of airport layover?  Conde Nast Traveler‘s Perrin Post says to send in your best ideas by 31 July for their Airport Layover Contest.  The submissions are in the comments; some good stuff already.

The venerable Delta Queen riverboat may not be plying the Mississippi River much longer….

Heading to Australia? Here are 15 ways to play in Perth.

Lone travel to Latin America, or how I beat my fears to a pulp, on BlogHer.

Mena, Egypt is my kind of town.

Tickets for the October 2008 Angola Prison Rodeo in Louisiana went on sale today (yes, the same prison that had a reputation for bloody inmate assaults in the 1960s. Today they run a world-renowned rodeo and you can subscribe to the inmate newspaper.)

Cool places to go in Lawrence, Kansas.

Calling all urbanites….five best quirky city tours.

Finally, we’ve been in several blog carnivals lately, so let me give a shout-out to them, and remind everyone that Wendy at Escape from New York is hosting the next Carnival of Cities:

Bahrain Rising was featured on the Less Than A Shoestring carnival covering South America, Africa and the Middle East.  It also includes a Rick Steves people-to-people diplomacy visit to Iran,  and a Swedish writer’s impressions from hitchhiking in Africa.

Virginia‘s unique Barter Theatre was featured on the Less Than A Shoestring carnival covering the Americas (North America, Central America and the Caribbean)  along with the Traveling Mamas telling us where to eat a great fast food lunch in Hawaii.

The Carnival of Travelers on the Fly Away Cafe blog – the Photo Edition – had mostly photo posts, including ours from North Carolina’s Mast General Store and a lovely one from a cemetery in Omotesando in Tokyo.

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