This Week In Travel (Issue No. 37)

In what might be the job of the year, or even the dream job for life, The New York Times is looking to hire a journalist to travel the world. Each year, they recommend the 52 places you have to go, and now they are looking to send one journalist to live the experience. Competition may be fierce, but with a prize like that up for grabs, you might as well throw down.

And if that doesn’t work out, and you just need to travel, not to worry – this Medieval Italian village will pay to live there. The mayor of Candelo is committed towards ensuring the wellbeing of her town and is fighting the declining popular, by offering the equivalent of  $3,200 to any new residents.

Cinque Terre, Italy, Medieval Italian Village

Speaking of must see spots, this small Jordanian hotel has recently been put in the spotlight after being touted as the world’s smallest hotel! We first discovered this adorable little set up a few months on Instagram, and since then, it just keeps popping up. Created out of a vintage Volkswagen beetle, it is based out in the middle of the desert. The creator, Al Malaheem, said he made the hotel as a way to show visitors just how stunning the area could be. With it’s rising popularity, there is sure to be a growing wait list, so sign up fast!

Where are our Harry Potter fans at? It’s not yet Halloween but why not make Christmas dinner plans? Talk about the magic of Christmas, this year you can have a Christmas dinner at Hogwarts. Warner Bros is opening up the doors to their London set to recreate a real-life Yule Ball, where guests will sit down to a  two course meal and dessert. You will also have the chance to wander around the set, recreating all your favourite scene.

In another turn of fate, the winner of a Queensland tourism award has rejected the prize after learning it was sponsored by mining giant Adani. The winner, Lindsay Simpson who owns a Providence Sailing business, said that having Adani as a sponsor goes against everything they believe in with regards to responsible reef tourism. Respect!

You may remember when we shared the dream semester abroad, courtesy of our friends over at Global Degree. They have recently launched a program that allows you to travel the world while earning credits. While tons of people were interested, the price was a bit steep for some. Thanks to a few great new sponsors, Global Degree has just slashed their pricing by taking 25% off the grand total. And plus, the experience of travel is truly priceless isn’t it?

If you are planning on travelling anytime soon, it’s worth checking out this list of weird foreign laws you really should know before you go. Compiled by the team behind Budget Travel, rules include not feeding the pigeons in Venice’s St Mark’s square, and making sure you don’t pee in the ocean Portugal. Feeding the pigeons may be fairly obvious…but we’re curious how they catch you in the act of peeing the ocean. This give a whole new meaning to Baywatch.  

Ayers Rock, Australia

And with Halloween fast approaching, maybe you want to indulge your more superstitious side. Lonely Planet has just released a list of haunted hotels and terrifying attractions that would spook even the most die-hard ghost story lovers.

One of our long time favourite, widely controversial personalities, Anthony Bourdain, has recently been banned from ever entering the country of Azerbaijan again. Now you may stop and say where? He has joined the likes of 700 other journalists, government officials and activists who can no longer enter the country which is surrounded by Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Iran.

And on that note, we’ll leave you with this quote by Anthony Bourdain which rings true, for us at least.

“As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”

Source: Kosan

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