This Week in Travel (Issue No. 31)

Have you heard the news? Jetstar, a well-known Australian budget airline, has partnered up with Australian start-up Afterpay to allow customers to book flights now and pay later. For a small transaction fee ($10), you can book any flight that is less than $1000 and pay in 4 installments. This is a clear shift in the organization’s new strategy to target millennials. There goes any hope of saving our pennies!

9 Mile Beach, Tasmania, Australia

9 Mile Beach, Tasmania, Australia. Photo from the KOSAN archives. 

Speaking of other firsts, one of our top female role models, Sylvia Earle, has just become the first woman to be named chief scientist of of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She already has quite an impressive resume, and has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998. If you haven’t have the chance, check out her TED talk on ocean conservation and find out how you can make a difference.

If you’re willing to spend a bit more to avoid those pesky layovers, we’ve got good news for you. A few airlines, Air Canada included, have included direct routes to a number of kickass destinations such as Dublin and Doha.

And in a classic case of expectation vs. reality, Insider has shared some rather depressing photos of what some major tourist attractions actually look like. While we don’t want to discourage you from checking out some of these locations, as they hold both historical and cultural significance, it may be worth taking a look at the list before you head out on your next holiday.

Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Photo from the KOSAN archives.

If you are looking for some inspiration for a new destination slightly off the beaten track, check out this Ashram in India that inspired the Beatles back in the 1960s. Their visit to there was what apparently inspired their White album, and we have a feeling that it is sure to be a special place. In fact, we’re adding to our list as we speak!

If you’d rather take a trip through history, Belfast has recently opened their Titanic Hotel in the historic shipbuilder’s offices. Highlights of the 119 room hotel include a six week exhibition that will tell the story of the conservation and construction of the site.

As you may know, we are based in Vietnam at the moment working on a special project that will be announced this week. While we are safe in Ho Chi Minh, there is a weather alert on for the more coastal regions as much of Vietnam bunkers down for what is predicted to be the worst storm of the last decade. Stay safe, travellers!

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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

It seems that we can’t go through a week without hearing of a new terror attack. If you haven’t heard already, there was a recent bombing on the London tube, and while no one died, at least 27 people have been injured. The threat level has been raised to critical while a country-wide manhunt is underway to find those responsible.

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