This Week in Travel (Issue No. 33)
When we first came across the story of Kala, the world travelling dog, we knew we wanted to share it on our next travel digest. Rochelle Lucas first came across Kala when she was a street dog, hanging out outside her office. Over a few months, Lucas began to feed Kala and eventually decided she want to adopt her. Rather than leave her in a kennel, Lucas and her husband take Kala with them wherever they go. So far, this jetsetting dog has been to over 21 countries, and has lived in 4.
If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, you’re going to want to check out this list of the most indulgent desserts from around the world. Insider has included where you can get each dessert, as well as the calorie count for each, but we’d rather turn a blind eye to that part.
For those of us in need of some post labour day travel inspiration check out Lonely Planet’s list of the most travelled to destinations in 2016. While the idea of big crowds and over-touristy destinations may discourage some travellers, there are certainly some places on the list that are not to be missed. For example, Bangkok is the most visited city in the world, and it is one of our favourites. If you do find yourself in Bangkok, be sure to check out Nerd Nomads’ list of the best places to eat.
If you’ve recently booked a flight with RyanAir, you may want to rethink your travel plans. RyanAir has been under fire recently for cancelling numerous flights, and things only seem to be getting worse. They have cancelled an additional 18,000 flights between November and March, and are predicting that almost 500,000 passengers will be affected.
While RyanAir may be given budget airlines a bad name in Europe, Canada will finally have it’s ultra low cost airline! WestJet has announced that they are launching Swoop, a no frills alternative. Based out of Calgary, the airline has announced they will begin flying routes starting in early 2018.
We were recently talking about the unveiling of The Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, but they aren’t the only ones investing in art at the moment. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art has recently opened it’s doors in Cape Town, and critics are raving that it is Africa’s answer to London’s iconic Tate Modern Museum.
In other news, the US Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that they will be expanding the type of information they collect for all new immigrants as of October 18, 2017. In what feels like a breach of privacy, the DHS will now be authorized to collect information on social media handles and search results.
As you may know, we are currently travelling around South East Asia, field testing our Kosan travel pack system which we will be launching in November 2017. While we are travelling and enjoy the beautiful sights, we are still trying to work which has proven to be a challenge without a good wifi connection. We’ve checked out some digital nomad hotspots such as Ubud, but have been looking for something a bit more off the beaten path. We were stoked to come across Location Independent’s post about Kuching, Borneo as being the up-and-coming remote workplace. We haven’t visited yet, but when we do, we will be sure to keep you posted!
Speaking of the increased popular of the digital nomad trend, Matt from Expert Vagaband has announced that he is ‘quitting’ the lifestyle. After backpacking and working around the world for 7 years, he is finally ready to ‘settle down’ and have a home base. But to him, settling down means that he will still travel 6 months of the year, and will continue to run his very successful travel blog. We wish him all the best on this new adventure!
And since we are travelling in South East Asia, spending a significant amount of time in Bali and the islands, the imminent eruption of Mount Agung has been preying on our minds. Over 145,000 people have been evacuated from the 12km radius surrounding the volcano, and with hundreds of tremors recorded each day, some scientists believe there is a significant chance the volcano will erupt within the next week.