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Over in fair Verona, one of the most famous literary tourist sites is about to make it rain. Sadly the cash flow is only going their way as Verona is considering charging a few Euros to view the balcony and courtyard of "Romeo and Juliet," even if it isn't the real thing (because it's fictional).
Verona played home to the star-crossed lovers of Shakespeare's play, and it's said that certain families in the city's history were the inspiration for Shakespeare's play.
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
Millions of travel blogs exist online. Actually the number is more likely in the billions, a staggering amount considering civilization has only had the ability to create weblogs since the early 1990s. Prior to this, travelers sent a steady stream of letters home, or *gasp* wrote entire books of their journeys. These handwritten journals or published, typed tomes often sit forgotten in an attic, in the stacks of suburban libraries, or rotting under heaps of trash sifted away from the jewelry and other hockable bits of estates.
Recently we got our hands on one such book, saved from the last fate as it turned up in an auction, forgotten in the bottom of a box.
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We bet New York, San Francisco and Paris are quite jealous of Shanghai right now. Why? Because earlier this month, the world's first standalone Moleskine notebook store opened in the city's Xintiandi Style Mall. Shanghaiist kindly reminds us that Moleskines are "supposedly the notebook of choice for Oscar Wilde, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Henri Matisse," but we know them to be equally beloved by contemporary travel writers and creatives as a stylish physical alternative to tapping away on a laptop all the time.
Travel junkies can hang with their more-well-known peers, like Samantha Brown, Arthur Frommer and Rick Steves at the 13th annual Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show. The globetrotting group will gather at the Los Angeles Convention Center on March 19 and 20 for the biggest travel show in the West, with more than 20,000 expected to attend.
Among the headliners, Frommer will chat about "Thinking Outside the Suitcase—Injecting New Life Into Your Vacation Plans," Brown will impart "Lessons from the Road & a Life on the Go" and Steves will give budget travel tips in Europe (of course he will).
A state fair-edition Field Notes at left, a regular Field Notes at right
As irreparably attached to digital accessories like smartphones, e-readers and laptops as we are, there is still something to be said for setting pen or pencil to actual paper. In our laptop sleeve pocket, we've always got a notebook of some sorts, just poised to record odd thoughts and inspiration from our trips, thoughts that just don't seem as magical when entered into a Word or Notepad file. All praise be to the almighty travel notebook.
Here are our Top 5 Picks for the Best Travel Notebooks:
There's a neat media literacy study to be done about this article, in which a New Jersey Record travel journalist unmasks the woe hidden beneath gleaming world of press junkets. It's not that there's anything straightforwardly wrong on a factual level. It's just that literally everything elsethe framing, the style, and above all the entire purpose and directionis exactly and completely backward. And, we might add, obnoxiously so.
The article purports to describe how travel writing, even though it seems awesome, is actually a tribulation-riven odyssey filled with loneliness and despair. The whole thing is filled with these sugary "insights," dispensed in tidbits of trite you'd-think-it's-the-best-thing-ever-but-it's-actually-really-hard banalities. Half the stories are are delivered in a tone of pathos-soaked wistfulness, while the other half invoke cringe-inducing forced cutesiness.
See for yourself...
I got my hands on an early copy of Chuck Thompson's latest book, To Hellholes and Back: Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism (on sale Tuesday, December 8, 2009), and enjoyed it immensely. In Hellholes, the original rogue travel writer and author of Smile When You're Lying comes to the conclusion that while he's been all over the world, he's consciously or unconsciously avoided many different places that scared the hell out of him. Feeling like a bit of a fraud, he decides to visit them all.
Do you enjoy writing about travel just as much as you love reading about other's adventures? Or perhaps you just dream of getting paid to travel. Whatever you motivation, Rough Guide, in conjunction with Hotels.com, WorldNomads.com and Intrepid Travel, might have the perfect, Tokyo-bound deal for you.
It's a travel writing scholarship of sorts, except you don't need to be a student. In order to win an all-expenses-paid, week-long trip to Tokyo for the purpose of updating the Rough Guides Tokyo book, along with travel writing instruction from Rough Guides writer Simon Richmond, you must be 18 and up, be a non-professional writer with a love of travel and a valid passport, and available to travel in February 2010.
The results of the 2008 Weblog Awards are in, and the winner for Best Travel Blog is ... MyKugelhopf. To be honest, I had never heard of MyKugelhopf before the poll came around, but I had a look at it and have to hand it to creator Kerrin Rousset. The Zurich-based New Yorker has a nice-looking and frequently-updated website about food and travel, with tight writing, quality photography, and wide range of destinations and yummy-looking foods. In fact, she travels so much, to so many exotic locations, that I wonder if she has a regular job outside of this blog thing. Could this be her main job? It doesn't even carry any advertising! However she does it, it's a winner, so congratulations to Ms. Rousset. Incidentally, MyKugelhopf is named after a sweetened bread, similar to brioche, that is enjoyed in France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. It's probably quite good with coffee.
If you cashed a check for a Nigerian prince and you're still waiting on that payout, then have we got an offer for you!
World Swirl Press is looking for stories related to all kinds of travel misfortunes. If you've been pick-pocketed, scammed by your travel agent, kidnapped or were positive that he was a she or she was a he, then they want to hear from you. You'll even get paid if your story is selected, but just how much hasn't yet been decided.
Don't forget the details, as they want to know about every little miserable misfortune of your personal travel hell. If you've got a winner just bop on over to their site and submit away. They're accepting stories through the end of this year and hope to go to print sometime in 2009.
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Were you already criticizing the American Airlines blog by the time we posted about it? Are your fave spots in LA ruined after they appear on "The Hills?" Do you have a collection of glamour shots--of Airbus planes?
You should probably be writing for us, then. And here's the good news: We pay our writers.
For those of you who love to read about travel almost as much as travelling itself, Canadian writer Michelle Orange has published The Sicily Pages with small publisher Hobart Pulp, which describes it as "a series of letters she wrote while traveling alone throughout the region.
Though originally meant to reassure an anxious correspondent, over time the letters--both high-spirited and frank, searching and satisfied--grew into something larger than the sum of their parts: a love letter to Italy, to an uncertain future, and to the lost art of letter writing itself."
The book is simply cool to look at, too, with its passport design and full-color Sicilian maps. Mama mia!