September links: From Alaska to Kansas

alaska license plate

Alaska is one of the two states I’ve never visited, and since I stubbornly refuse to post any photos that I didn’t take myself, the contextual pic I’m entertaining you with today is this awesome shot of a license plate from our 49th state. Woohoo!

I’m dying to visit Alaska (next summer, fingers crossed!), so this month I was intrigued by stories on Alaska by Adventures with Ben and Caanan and Kent from No Vacation Required. Here’s a look at some of the posts that interested me in the travel world this month.

Featured personal link:

I went to the Mormon Church Grounds and they didn’t try to recruit me
A recap of my visit to Temple Square in Salt Lake City and how the covert recruiters did not deem me worthy of joining their ranks. Update: Check the comments section for an informative message from a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!

September travel links of interest:

Adventures with Ben: 6 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Museum of the North
When I think about Alaska, museums are not necessarily high on my list of places to see. But Ben found an interesting place in Fairbanks with exhibits about the history of the state, its wildlife and its people.

No Vacation Required: Alaska – Glacier Palooza
The NVR guys posted a series of fascinating Alaska articles. After hiking and camping in Alaska, they got to relax with a cruise that offered amazing glacier viewing. Enjoy the glaciers now, while they still exist!

Wandering Earl: Do Budget Travelers Travel in Comfort or in Poverty?
Nice post from Earl, who seeks to explain the term “budget travel,” which we all throw around without really defining. Budget travel doesn’t mean sleeping on the street, but it can mean dealing with less-than-perfect accommodations.

The Everywhereist: The Kansas Underground Salt Museum
Kudos to Geraldine for finding something interesting to write about in Kansas. Because I didn’t. Ok, that’s not fair to the Sunflower State … I only spent two hours there. If I had more time in the Big K, I certainly would’ve checked out some place like this. It reminded me a lot of my visit to Carlsbad Caverns.

GloboTreks: Photo Essay: National September 11 Memorial
I read a lot of beautifully-written posts this month dealing with the anniversary of September 11. Norbert provided one of the first posts I’ve seen about the new September 11 Memorial in New York City. Check out up-close photos of the somber memorial.

Shereen Travels Cheap: A Lesson in Carry-On Packing
A crazy-detailed but awesomely-insightful post on how to maximize your suitcase space when packing for trips. This is especially useful for loading up a carry-on bag to avoid paying baggage fees when flying.


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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.

8 comments on “September links: From Alaska to Kansas

  1. Just read your Mormon Church post and it sort of makes me want to get out there and experience the place for myself. It’s not my typical type of preferred destination but it’s always good to mix things up every now and then!

    And thank you very much for including my post above!
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