Happy Sunday to all our travel friends, both near and far. Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, so we’re passing them along.
- Once again, YouTube and Instagram adventurists have caused enough trouble to get the government involved. First, the Alaska National Guard removed the bus from Into The Wild because too many people required rescues when trying to hike to the location. Now the Honolulu City Council just voted to remove the 3,922-step Haiku Stairs. While the site was already not open to the public, too many people were trespassing on the property to climb the stairs because of the Instagram appeal. Just another example of certain people ignoring laws and basic common sense for the sake of creating content.
- Traveling anywhere right now is a constantly changing evaluation of risks. Last year, we explained how our decision to avoid flying had little to do with the fear of catching COVID on a plane. Today, in addition to the risk of getting sick from COVID, you also have to consider the consequences if you happen to fall ill while away from home. That’s what happened to a local tax collector when he was diagnosed with COVID while traveling to Iceland. Since they take COVID measures seriously in Iceland, he was picked up from his hotel by a car with a driver in medical scrubs and taken to the government quarantine facility. After staying there for over a week, he could leave the room and catch a flight back home to the US.
- I’m always looking for things we can do when visiting Texas. We already have our list of things to do in the Texas Hill Country and our favorite places to eat in the area. I was interested to see this post about the things to see in nearby San Marcos. We usually drive through the area on our way between Austin and New Braunfels, but next time we’ll take some time and get off the Interstate to explore.
- One of the worst parts of traveling a long distance by plane is jet lag. Everyone has their own way of dealing with the problem, including our somewhat unique approach that ignores several of the most common suggestions. Here’s yet another take on the issue by someone who travels way more than us. While Ben’s situation of having to work while away introduces some different variables, he has some tips that also aren’t ones you’ll read on the “Top 10” list.
- Here’s an interesting question. Why do airlines policies about carry-on luggage vary so widely? In the US, if you can lift your bag into the overhead, it’s okay. However, European and Asian carriers have weight limits that run from ridiculously low to reasonable. I had this issue when I couldn’t figure out which airline’s rules I had to follow when booking a ticket which included two different carriers. And this doesn’t even take into consideration if your bag is found to be too large by an inch or two.
- People have lost all sense of decorum while on an airplane as of late. If it’s not punching a flight attendant or verbally abusing kids, we have people who just treat an aircraft like they’re sitting on the couch at home. Apparently, one flight attendant wasn’t having this and told a passenger seated in a bulkhead row not to put his feet up against the wall. We only have one side of the story, but the passenger, a former NHL player, is now suing American Airlines, claiming he was assaulted and suffered damages from the incident. Another reason why I don’t see the appeal of bulkhead seats because you have to sit next to people like this.
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