Morning Links: The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, Nicholas Kristof’s Travel Tips and More
Travel Blog • Michael Yessis • 06.01.09 | 9:29 AM ET
- An Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris has “dropped off radar” and may have crashed in the Atlantic. Today in the Sky, among others, is following the story closely.
- Nicholas Kristof offers 15 travel tips. No. 14: If terrorists finger you, break out singing “O Canada”!
- Joshua Hammer put together this year’s New York Times summer travel book reading list. His angle: “This summer, travel for the sake of pure travel is out.”
- Also reviewed in the New York Times Book Review: P.J. O’Rourke’s awesomely named “Driving Like Crazy: Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-Bending, Celebrating America the Way It’s Supposed to Be—With an Oil Well in Every Backyard, a Cadillac Escalade in Every Carport, and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank Mowing Our Lawn.”
- In the Wall Street Journal, O’Rourke addresses what doomed the American automobile.
- “One-in-five Britons admits that they happily jet overseas to holiday destinations they cannot pinpoint on a map,” reports the Daily Express.
- Wanderlust magazine wants people “to pay more attention to local dress and to cover up where appropriate on their travels.” Its campaign is called Put Your Brits Away!
- C’mon, fellow travelers. The Russian nesting doll industry needs our help.
- Finally, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative goes into full effect today. For many Americans, that means you’ll need a passport when re-entering the U.S. from Canada or Mexico. The Buffalo News says that means it’s time for U.S. citizens to “think of Canada as a foreign country.”