A sampling of interesting stories from the travel writing world in April.
Yahoo News: Wyoming town’s four residents counted after snafu
Remember when I wrote about my visit to Lost Springs, Wyoming, the town with one person? Well, the new census results came in, and Lost Springs now officially has four residents. These people should be careful what they wished for – nobody will want to visit now that the town has lost the novelty of having just one resident.
A new one-person town has cropped up, though: Monowi, Nebraska. I’ll be sure to stop by and provide a report the next time I pass through!
And by the way, thanks, Yahoo News, for using the word “snafu” in your headline. I haven’t heard that word in probably 15 years. Well done.
The Roamantics: Buying a creen house on wheels
I love hearing about people’s efforts to buy road trip vehicles. This Chinook is an epic ride with levels of comfort and spaciousness I could only dream about, compared to my modest Chevy G-20.
Land Lopers: Seven habits of highly ineffective travelers
Matt at Land Lopers put together a clever piece about poor travel practices. My favorite? Distrust new food; stick instead to the McDonald’s and KFC you’re used to.
Cruise Surfingz: The art of couchsurfing
Every good traveler knows about couchsurfing by now. Cruise Surfingz has probably the most complete couchsurfing guide around, a nine-part series they started last year. This month, they published the final article, “How to find a couch awesomely.”
Most of my friends are couchsurfers. When I moved to Chicago and didn’t know anybody, I started attending local CS meetings and built up a social network. The types of people who participate in CS are the kinds of people you want to be friends with.
San Diego Uptown News: Whale watching in Baja California Sur
This describes some amazing whale watching trips where you can sometimes even touch the whales. Crazy! Contrast that with my colossal failure trying to see whales in Washington two years ago, and I am quite envious.
Budget Travel Adventures: 5 ways to travel at home
A great reminder that even if you’re not traveling, you can behave as if you are, by exploring the sights of your own town.