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Travel Newsletter: 11 Aug 2023
Mentawai Islands, the Albanian Riviera, A.I.-generated guidebooks, travel pre-smartphone, and more travel reads.
Hello from Lake Toba. I’ve been here for over a week now, and I got to see that this beautiful little place gets a surge of weekenders, and then it goes quiet during the week. I’m recharging my proverbial batteries here before heading to the Big Durian.
Here is this week’s assorted travel reads.
“A tiny island chain in Indonesia has achieved mythical status in the surfing community. Here come the resorts.”
The Washington Post has made an interactive article about the Mentawai Islands in West Sumatra. I plan to visit West Sumatra in a separate trip.
“A weeklong music-and-wellness festival on the beach is just one reason visitors are now flocking to a country that was sealed off to the world for decades.”
Good to see Albania getting mainstream attention, but I wonder how long it will take for publications not to mention the past troubles. I’ve become attuned to this after still seeing “it’s been x years since the war” in articles about Vietnam.
“In a world threatened by housing and climate crises, people from all over North America are choosing a life on the road to reclaim their freedom, security, and dignity.”
“As a member of Gen Z, I’ve always had a device. I asked my mom and others to tell me about how they went on adventures without one.”
Or, “Trying to walk in American cities”.