This Week in Travel (Issue No. 30)

One of the many pleasures of travelling, beyond seeing new places and meeting new people, is trying new food.That’s why we can’t help but follow Anthony Bourdain’s adventures and recommendations. So what’s the one country the guy who’s been everywhere won’t go?  In a recent interview, Bourdain said that he would not go to North Korea, for his show or otherwise. He explains that he feels it would be in ‘bad taste’ given how most of the population is starving and the trip would be a fake representation of the country. With more and more travel bloggers and influencers travelling to North Korea, what do you think?

For those who like to dabble in the arts,  the decade long  construction of  Abu Dhabi’s Louvre is almost finished and the wait will soon be over. Come November, you’ll be able to visit the ‘Museum City’, and admire works of art ranging from prehistoric times to present day. While it may not have the historical track record of the original Louvre in Paris, which opened its doors in 1793, it is definitely still worth a visit, if only to admire the stunning architecture and dome that took over two years to install.

Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Photo from the KOSAN archives.

If you’re more into photography, be sure to check out photographer Alexander Khimushin’s project, the World in Faces. He started travelling over nine years ago, on a mission to capture the faces of the people he meets along the way from all corners of the earth. In his own words, “people living on the other side of the world are just the same as people living next door.”

If you consider yourself a ‘country counter’ and you find yourself in need of inspiration for your next stop, check out Lonely Planet’s list of must-see micronations. This list is made up of small regions that declare their independence from their more recognizable ‘neighbours’. If we had to choose, it sounds like free-thinking, dreadlock heavy “almost” anything goes Chirstiania in Copenhagen would be a trip!!

Another endless source of inspiration are festivals. There is no shortage of options, from cultural and religious, to events centering around food and drink such as Oktoberfest. If beer is more your style, Oktoberfest is fast approaching, and will be held from September 16th to October 3rd. If you consider yourself more of a foodie, maybe a trip over to Ireland is in order for the annual oyster festival from September 22nd to 24th.

If the solar eclipse left you thinking about when you can book your first trip into space, we’ve got a great backup plan for you until that becomes a reality. The Teide National Park in the Canary Islands is being touted as the closest you can get to the moon without actually leaving Earth. It certainly looks to be an otherworldly place!

As you may know if you’re following our instagram, we’re currently in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Here’s seen Karoke done, well  just about everywhere, and we thought that was pretty damn cool. But then we read about this ferris wheel in Tokyo and realized we ain’t seen nothing yet.   If you do happen to find yourself in this neck of the woods though, check out Saigoneer for all the insider tips and Hem Gems.

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Photo from the KOSAN archives. 

On a more somber note and on the heels of Harvey hitting Texas, the forces of nature continue to wreak havoc after the earthquake in Mexico and of course, Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. Our hearts go out to all those affected by these disasters. If you’re looking to give, GlobalGiving is accepting donations and will ensure the funds are distributed to local organizations. Alternatively, you can also volunteer via the Red Cross.

We believe that humans have always become stronger through hardship. As far as we’re concerned, it is one of our greatest qualities as a race. We recently came across the story of plane crash survivor Kechi Okwuchi, and felt it was particularly relevant this week. As a testament to what really matters in life, we particularly loved what she said she’d do with her winning.

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