February links: Mesopotamia vs. Mississippi

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Here’s my February roundup of interesting travel links.

CNN: Why more Americans don’t travel abroad
This one hit home since I’ve been to 48 states but have yet to leave North America.  The article notes that only 30% of Americans have passports, compared to 60% of Canadians and 75% of Brits. A few prominent travel bloggers offer their opinions.

The article notes the diversity of America and its people as a main reason why people don’t feel the need to go abroad, and I agree with that conclusion. Personally, I really want to explore the world, but I decided to get to know my own backyard first. My reasoning was, Why visit Mesopotamia when I haven’t been to Mississippi?

(But don’t get me wrong… I’ll be visiting Mesopotamia just as soon as it’s feasible!)

Technosyncratic: Our worst RV disaster ever
Not having a bathroom in my van during my epic summer road trip was a bit of an inconvenience, but at least it helped me avoid something like this.

Travels with Two: Spending (Most of) the Night at Quebec’s Ice Hotel
I’ve read a lot about this hotel lately and now I really want to stay there. The architecture looks amazing and the thought of sleeping in 25°  rooms gets me excited. I’m sure it’s one of those things that sounds fun in my head but in reality would be super-uncomfortable. On the plus side, it would give me a chance to test out my heavy-duty sleeping bag (the box claims: “keeps you warm down to 20°!”)

San Francisco Chronicle: Travel solo, but you’re never really alone
An article that runs down the positives of solo travel. Among them: Simplicity of planning and the “adoption option.”

Get Currency: The curse of the professional travel writer
An interesting take on travel from someone who gets paid to do it for a living. While travel writing is a fantastic career, the author notes that he often doesn’t get to enjoy the places he goes because he’s too busy working. I can easily see how that could happen. Even on my recent trip to LA, there were a couple places I went to just because “it would make a great story” or “the photos would be great for my blog.”

Still, I think I achieve a good balance of work vs. fun when I travel. I’d like it to stay that way.

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Seattle-based journalist and blogger who puts a quirky spin on travel adventures around the world. He has been featured in Travel + Leisure, Connect Magazine, Matador Travel, and the Washington Post.

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