Canberra, Australia 7 Dec 2017
Dorota at Born Globals talks about her “one perfect day” in Strasbourg, the capital of the French province of Alsace. This borderland area has always fascinated me as changing over time from being part of France to part of Germany, and vice versa. If both nations want it so badly that they war over it, it must be pretty good, eh?
Henry Phillips of Gear Patrol reviews the new Leica CL. Bottom line, it’s a mirrorless interhangeable lens camera with a crop sensor that takes Leica L lenses and the bigger M and R lenses with an adaptor.
It’s a camera that I would love to own. I’m a Leica nut, and I just adore their lenses for high quality photographer-oriented usability. There’s no blaming the lens if your shot doesn’t work out.
The camera looks good, is well-designed, has some nifty features, and it has a tonne of cool.
But it’s not for me.
Here’s a swan and a half. New South Wales woman Sorelle Amore won a world trip with no worries about where to stay. Luxury mansions all the way. We could all handle that gig, yeah?
Rosie Fizmaurice of Business Insider caught up with Sorelle who explained how she handled three months of mostly solo travel – she spent a week with her boyfriend at The Mandala House in Bali – living in luxury houses managed by Thirdhome, described as “The AirBnB for the 1%”.
This is a job I’ll never get. It helps to be young and beautiful, articulate, take a good photo – and have a social media following of a hundred thousand or so. Good on her. I like her style.
There’s that special piece of the lonely planet that only you know. Everyone should go there to experience the emptiness, the solitude, the unique atmosphere. Tell all your travel blogger friends.
Bobbie Edsor of The Independent has compiled a list of such places.
Sometimes, I think we miss the point of travel. We have the perfect meal, we want the perfect Instagram to show it off. We have a hotel room with a fantastic view, out comes the camera, out comes the laptop to record the moment.
Yeah, there’s nothing wrong with that, but what is it about travel and new experiences that we really crave?
It’s the people, I’m sure of it. People with different backgrounds, different life experiences, different likes and loves.
We see our own lives through different eyes, and we discover ourselves.
I’m probably the last person anyone would turn to for any sort of management task. I’m a foot-soldier, not a general. But somehow, somewhere along the way, I’ve managed a few group tours. A few days, a few people; we’ve had fun, seen the sights, gotten from A to B, and done the job without too many people yelling at each other.
So this article by Ellen Morgan from Broadsheet caught my eye. Sometimes there will be travel that involves more than family. Getting it right is crucial; people are spending a lot of money and their valuable vacation days to follow your plan, and if there’s waste and delay, they’ll blame you.
Phillipe Cousteau – yes, grandson of the legendary ocean explorer – tells the South China Morning Post his best travel tips. Headlining the article is one that will surely raise a few eyebrows: wearing a good watch while traveling is like having a “Get Out of Jail Free” card. In a sticky situation, you can barter it to get out of trouble.
I’m kind of dubious about this. Yes, I can see how it would work, but it might also attract thieves and muggers. And what’s to stop some crooked cop or customs official from manufacturing a problem that could only be solved by a timely present?
The rest of the article is great advice. This bloke travels a lot and knows what he’s doing.