Wanderlust? Me too! My monthly Fearless Wanderlust posts will keep you informed about travel news and give you inspiration for your next trip.
The above photo is from our day trip to Georgetown! We visited twice this month: once for a day of fun that resulted in this travel guide and another visit that I’ll tell you about later this week.
Things Not to Do as a Tourist
Fall into a volcano is one of them. Barriers exist for a reason and sometimes people think there are exceptions. This tourist climbed over a guardrail in Hawaii for a better look and fell into the volcano.
World’s Largest Underwater Restaurant
Take a look at this architectural marvel that allows guests to dine five meters below. Under is located in Norway and focuses on a seasonal, creative, and seafood-focused menu. It comes with a price though, about $260 USD for the 18-course menu with a wine pairing at $166 USD.
The Arctic Hideaway
Another enticing destination in Norway: this hotel off the grid on its own island above the Arctic Circle. It looks beautiful and I’m sure you’ll have a lot of quiet and intimate experiences. You’ll also have a hefty bill here too.
What is authentic and who gets to decide it is? That’s what a writer asks in this article. “Authentic” is frequently used by tourists and can be the easiest way to describe something you don’t usually encounter or something you’ve never experienced before. But this experience can easily be one person’s interpretation of authentic, their way of bringing their memories to life. It’s an eye-opening way to look at your travels.
Road Trips from Austin
Want to take a Texas road trip this summer? Check out my post about day trips and weekend getaway recommendations.
Climbing Everest at a Cost
At the time of publishing this post, there have been at least 10 deaths on Mount Everest this year, many because of overcrowding and inexperienced climbers, though the government is blaming it on the weather. The picture in this post showing a crowded LINE on the ridge of the mountain is terrifying. Can you imagine waiting for hours on a mountain? The Nepali government has issued more and more permits to visitors every year.
Looking for the cheapest place to fly from where you are? This website searches the web for all your options. When I searched a random weekend in July, it told me to go to Albuquerque, New Mexico or Cartagena, Columbia.
Have you watched the new Netflix show “Street Food”? I’ve watched two episodes and enjoyed learning about these casual restaurants gaining local popularity (and thus recognition from Michelin and tv shows). This article lists the vendors featured and where to find them.
Speaking of foods in other countries, do you know how to pronounce these 24 food names?
If you are seeing wildlife in an unnatural habitat and interacting with them, there’s a chance the animal has suffered for it. This in-depth National Geographic article takes you to tigers, bears, and dolphins in several countries. I thought this quote was important:
“The wildlife tourism industry caters to people’s love of animals but often seeks to maximize profits by exploiting animals from birth to death. The industry’s economy depends largely on people believing that the animals they’re paying to watch or ride or feed are having fun too.
It succeeds partly because tourists—in unfamiliar settings and eager to have a positive experience—typically don’t consider the possibility that they’re helping to hurt animals. Social media adds to the confusion: Oblivious endorsements from friends and trendsetters legitimize attractions before a traveler ever gets near an animal.”
Read a fun article or hear some interesting travel news lately? Share in a comment below.
P.S. I need help planning our trip to Indonesia! Have recommendations? Tell me all about it!