This Week in Travel (Issue No. 34)

As much as I love to travel, constantly eating new, rich foods high in salt and sugar can catch up to me quite quickly. Don’t get me wrong, I love to try the local foods and delicacies, and indulge in a beer here or there. However it can be hard to maintain a health or exercise plan while on the road. Thankfully, the Wandering Dietician has put together a kickass list of health apps, that will literally help kick your butt into gear. Bring on the active travel!

For all you travel bloggers out there, one of the biggest travel conferences, TBEX, just wrapped up in Ireland. We haven’t had the chance to attent (yet), however The Upbeat Path attended for the first time and shares all the inside scoop. So for those of you wondering whether TBEX is worth attending, check it out!

 

Ireland

Lakes of Killarney, Ireland. Photo from the Kosan archives. 

Always in search of inspiration and stories of people overcoming the odds, we recently came across Jacqui Kenny’s story on BBC News. Jacqui suffers for agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder where the person views their environment to be unsafe with no easy route for escape. This has made it very difficult for Jacqui to leave her home, let alone travel the world. However, she’s found another way to travel – via Google streetview. This coping method has allow her to discover incredible parts of the world, and her ‘photography’ will be showcased in New York city mid October.

Speaking of travel enthusiasts, Conde Naste Traveler has named the top 10 country with the most well-traveled citizens. Did your country make the list? SPOILER ALERT: Ours didn’t, and we want to make it our personal mission to fix that!

You may have heard in the news recently about the uproar in Catalonia at the moment. It seems to be challenging to get a straight answer, with different news outlets spouting opposing stories. We came across this opinion piece on El Pais, trying to explain the situation. It was shared with us by someone from Catalonia, however as with all things, it’s important consider all sides of the equation.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar, Burma

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar. Photo from the Kosan archives.

Elsewhere in the world, Myanmar to be exact, a different type of conflict is underway. Spending time in South East Asia, we are hearing lots of backpackers asking if they should go there…is it right? Is it safe? Carola from Notes on Travelling tries to tackle this issue, on whether or not backpackers should be visiting countries strife with conflict that are violating basic human rights. Having visited Myanmar almost exactly two years ago, the entire situation breaks my heart. If you’re looking to get involved, The Independent has recently put together a list of ways in which you can help.

On a lighter note, this amazing tree that shows how different languages are connected while completely change how you see the world. We believe that it is so important to build connections while travelling, both with the places you visit and people you meet (locals and other travelers alike).

Bagan, Myanmar, Burma

Bagan, Myanmar. Photo from the Kosan archives.

Lastly, we wanted to include the week in travel to include a few words about Las Vegas. A friend of our just happened to be travelling there and told us the story that brings to light something we all need to consider.  At the airport he was chatting with another traveller and he mentioned where he was going. The person looked shocked and horrified and said “why would you go there…it’s dangerous.”

This speaks directly to the issue we looked at two weeks ago in the WIT. The media has a track record for quickly painting a confusing picture that incites fear rather than understanding. That place or destination is often ‘punished’ in some sense as tourists begin to avoid the area, which in turn can have a huge negative effect on the local economy. As Jimmy Kimmel said in his opening monologue “ people forget that people actually live there”. Of course, the Daily mail is warning of a  “Copy Cat Attack”  and there are debates over whether or not to label this as terrorism, which all just leaves us a little speechless. We are at a total loss for everything that is happening around us. We want this blog to be about inspiration, and connection and travel… yet each week we address yet another devastating event.

So as we continue to send our prayers to those in Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, Mexico, London, Manchester, Spain, Charlottesville, and all the other cities, towns affected by recent events and ask ourselves what can we do… We’ll not give hope (Thanks Ellen ).We’ll leave you with this small but powerful suggestion for our friend travelling to Las Vegas.

“Travel in love, not in fear. How am I going to do that? I’m going to Las Vegas and I’m going to give someone a big hug.” 

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