This Week In Travel (Issue No. 32)
If you love Paris as much as we do (which is alot considering our recent love letter to La Ville Lumière), you will be happy to hear that a french boutique airline will be offering ‘all you can fly’ passes between NYC and Paris. Luxury doesn’t come cheap though, and at $40,000 per pass, you may have to think twice before enjoying breakfast in Paris and dinner in New York.
Paris, France. Photo from the KOSAN archives.
So you’re looking for something a little less well-known? Check out Conde Nast’s list of top emerging destinations. It’s been a while since we were in Panama City, but did have a good time there, and Manila is in our coming travel plans (so we’ll you let you know). As for Tehran in Iran, the Faroe Islands and Ulaanbaatar in Mongolio, they seem worlds away and we think it’s about time! We don’t know about you but we’re tired of hearing about over visited destinations such as Iceland, and this list offers a few alternative gems.
If you’re more motivated by price than destination, check out Lonely Planet’s list of cheapest long-haul flights. The top destination for value? Tokyo! We were a bit surprised to find out about this, as we had always considered Tokyo to be one of the pricier destinations. However, as Maria of Nerd Nomads shared, Tokyo doesn’t have to be expensive.
Speaking of cheap, if you’re bouncing around Europe or planning to, you may want to think twice before booking with budget airline, Ryanair. They canceled a cool 2,100 flights due to a “rostering error” that has left travelers stranded. Over 700 hundred of those flight happened to be in Italy. This a sparked the Italian antitrust authority to investigate the airline.
Levanto, Cinque Terre, Italy. Photo from the KOSAN archives.
It’s no secret that one of the things we love most about travel is food, just check out our recent first encounters post on Ho Chi Minh. So we were super stoked to discover Travelling Spoon, a web platform that connects travellers with locals to enjoy a homecooked meal in their home. It’s a great way to get to know the local people and customs, and to connect on a deeper level. Their tag line? ‘Travel off the eaten path’.
In an event that will bring Bangkok to a complete standstill, Thailand is preparing for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s funeral. He was Thailand’s longest reigning monarch, and much of the population never knew another king. He passed away in October 2016, and the country has been in mourning since.
Bangkok, Thailand. Photo from the KOSAN archives.
As you may know if you’ve been watching our Instastory, we are currently exploring beautiful Bali. First stop, Ubud. After walking through the main town, which is lined with beautiful little clothing and jewelry shops, and amazing healthy eats, we decided to check out Hubud, a co-working space. It’s a great spot, with tons of desks, bean bags and super fast wifi. And did we mention free coffee? We found it on WorkFrom, which we highly recommend using if you plan on working remotely.
In other news, there is an evacuation warning in place for those living or visiting around Mount Agung in Bali due to increased volcanic activity. While we won’t be go anywhere near the volcano, we’ll keep you posted if we see anything firsthand!
And on the subject of places people won’t go near, we came across an interesting study this week that shows despite fears over terrorism, tourism is growing. According to the World Travel News Daily worldwide, the desire to travel remains unabated; however, there is a major shift in holiday planning to places “people” deem safe. Unfortunately, as tourism is a powerful economic driver for many places, when they are deemed unsafe, people go there less. Overall, destinations with the weakest safety image are Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Tunisia, whereas Canada, Switzerland, Australia and Scandinavia were perceived as safest.Interestingly, those from Denmark, Sweden and Finland are the least likely to let fear of terror attacks affect their travel plans.
Hubud Co-Working Space, Ubud, Bali. Photo from the KOSAN archives.
And to sum things up this week, we’ll again refer to Travel and Leisure who, in the wake of numerous and tragic natural disasters around the world, encourages travelers to “not be so quick to cancel”. The suggest that it’s all about getting the right information. As we said, we’re in Bali, no where near the Volcano so we have no need to change our plans just yet. It’s important to remember that some areas, such as Mexico City, remain totally unscathed. And it is tourism dollars, not just donations, that can really drive recovery.
Although the subject of terrorism is unquestionably different than natural disaster, it is important to do your homework before canceling a trip or forgoing a country all together. Often things are not quite as they are made out to be, and you could be missing a great opportunity by writing off a country as too dangerous to travel to based on the misleading information. By no means are we suggesting that you put yourself in harm’s way, and government issued travel advisories are important, but let’s just say from our own travel experience we’ve found the media surrounding and country, place, region to not match the reality of the experience we’re having there. So take time to really understand what’s going on before you cancel the trip!
Ubud, Bali. Photo from the KOSAN archives.