Shiny Travel Objects: May 16, 2010

by Gray Cargill on May 16, 2010

Spring in Burlington

Spring in Burlington

I cannot believe it’s the middle of May already!  My summer weekends are already booking up fast, how about yours?  Don’t forget, this is Vermont Restaurant Week, but don’t feel obliged to restrict yourself to just the restaurants on their list. If there’s another restaurant you’ve been meaning to try, why not use this as an excuse?  You won’t get the 3-course, pre-fixe menu, but you’ll still have tried a new restaurant.  And now, for this week’s Shiny Travel Objects:

One situation I have been following closely on Twitter, Facebook and her blog is Jodi Ettenberg‘s situation being stuck in the middle of the violence in Bangkok.  I was concerned over a month ago when the Red Shirt protests there first turned violent. At the time, I remember thinking “I’d be packing my bags right now and booking a plane ticket out.” But Jodi stayed.  This is what she’s been in the midst of. Luckily, she managed to get out of the Din Daeng area yesterday, where things were getting pretty hairy, and is now safely at a friend’s place about 15 minutes away. Thank God.

Domestic Travel for the 25% Club by Lauren Quinn at Lonely Girl Travels poses the question of “is domestic travel really travel?”  This is a fair question, and I see it between the lines a lot as I’m reading travel blogs:  “Ho, hum, if it’s about America, it’s not interesting.”  This is particularly true among the 25% of the population who have a passport and have traveled internationally.  I’m a huge proponent of travel being travel no matter where you go.  If you’re getting out of your normal routine, traveling beyond your normal sphere, and/or outside your comfort zone, it’s travel. But do read what Lauren has to say about it.

The New York Times posted this slide show featuring flight attendant Heather Poole‘s tips on how to pack everything you need for a 10 day trip in just a carry-on (10 Days in a Carry-On).  I’ve seen articles about this before, too, and it always boggles my mind.  HOW is this possible?  Is it a miraculous feat of physics?  Are these suitcases like clown cars, capable of far more storage than you would ever suspect?  I really need to try her packing methods for my next trip.  As God is my witness, I will get my packing down to a carry-on!  (Someday.)

The title of this next article intrigued me, and I found myself cheering the concept: Christine Amorose of C’est Christine wrote an article titled Quitting is for Winners.  Now, if you’re anything like me, at some point when you were growing up somebody told you “Don’t be a quitter” or “Nobody likes quitters” or some variation thereof when you decided you no longer enjoyed learning piano or just weren’t cut out for the basketball team.  I feel vindicated by Christine’s article.  And yes, it has everything to do with travel.

Cailin O’Neil of Travel Yourself was in Copenhagen last week, where she met up with Chris Richardson, the AussieNomad. She produced this fun travel video of some of their wanderings around Copenhagen.  It’s a good overview of what’s available in the city, should you be considering a trip there.  It’s also funny in places. Best quote: “I came all the way from Australia and I’m looking at freaking Australian animals!”

Hedy May 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Hmm…I'll have to check out that packing article.

SoloFriendly May 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Glad to include it, it was a good article.

SoloFriendly May 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Thanks, Ayngelina!

camorose May 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Thanks so much for including me! Glad you enjoyed it–and can't wait to check out these other pieces!

Ayngelina May 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I loved all of these posts this week, good choices.

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