A Random Collection of Travel Oddities

After a series of long posts here on the Cheapest Destinations blog, here are some travel quickies from elsewhere to end the week.

Flickr photo by Reinhardt Shuldt

If somebody builds a solar-powered cruise ship, that’s a sailing I’ll sign up for. This Swiss Türanor catamaran is a good start. With a design that looks like a ship from Star Trek and the world’s largest lithium ion battery, the crew will be taking it along the equator on solar power. Here’s more on it from a Guardian article a few months ago. Since it’s already docked in the Baltic sea, why is the journey not starting until 2011?

A documentary called Gringo Trails is raising funds to shoot its last segment in Bolivia after looking at the Full Moon Party carnage in Thailand and backpacker haunts of Mali.

In a related note, the Land documentary about the complicated issue of gringos buying property in Nicaragua is in limited release now in Canada.

Almost Fearless says, if you like Anthony Bourdain, don’t read his awful new book.

Adventure Life says that strikes in Peru are disrupting travel, including around Cusco.

We know, we know. Americans don’t get enough vacation. But it could be worse—we could be in Japan. They win the prize as the most vacation-deprived country in the world.

  1. mos

    An inexpensive and beautiful tourist destination is Romania.

    A beer is 1.5 – 3 EUR, coffee is 1 to 1.5 eur, a hot dog is 1.3 to 1.8 eur.
    A trip by train from Bucharest to the sea is 8 to 11 EUR (225 km).

    Most beautiful places in Romania is Sinaia, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu, Iasi, Maramures, the Danube Delta.

  2. Bernie B

    That may be true, but they’re not in the World Cup are they suckah?

  3. Boujin

    Does the 9 days a year in Japan include national holidays? There are close to 16 or so national holidays in Japan which people seem to honor pretty religiously. That would put the total much closer to 25 days a year…

    • tim


      Funny, that’s the first thing my wife asked too because her sister taught English in Japan and it seems like they had a holiday every two or three weeks. Like here though, while government workers get them all, many corporate people have to work through half of them. Plus a 3-day weekend doesn’t let you travel very far—even if you run around non-stop like the Japanese.

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