Is New York’s Hudson Street Passport Services Office the “The Most Efficient Office in the World“? (Slate)
7 awesome exotic trips using American Airlines miles (Mile Adventures). Great, implementable ideas.
Airline Luxury Battles Between New York and L.A. (WSJ). I have tried United ps service between JFK and SFO twice in the past month, both planes were decrepit and laughable compared to Delta’s, though I hear I just drew a band hand twice as they also have some nice planes on that route.
The Distance and Seclusion of the Maldives are a Feature Not a Bug (for me) – But You Can Still Go for Less (View from the Wing). A well-reasoned justification of why the Maldives works for one busy traveler. I had a similar benefit of being disconnected in North Korea, though for the unfortunate reasons that the country is so closed, my two trips there have been the most relaxing I have taken anywhere due to everything being arranged and totally disconnected. Not that I did not wear myself out on them. Traveler now can pay a hefty sum for a SIM card with 3G at impressive speeds.
North Korea Showcases Its Military Might at a Mass Rally (NYT). It was breathtaking to see in person.
Kim Jong-un gives nod to Hong Kong ﬁrm to redesign Pyongyang airport (South China Morning Post). In my visit last week all departures are through the old arrivals hall and the main building has been torn down with a rudimentary concrete frame in its place, far from taking shape.
My Week in North Korea (reason.com), perspective from a Soviet-American.
Uruguay votes to create world’s first national legal marijuana market (The Guardian). Uruguay is a very chill place, much like Argentina with more reasonable prices. See my Uruguay in 22 Hours parts 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Where the Short Customs Lines Are (WSJ). Get Global Entry if you are eligible.
Okinawa: the Scotland of Asia? (The Diplomat). Visiting a couple weeks ago, to the outsider, Okinawa feels very Japanese and very densely populated, hard for a casual visitor to unearth the remnants of Ryuku culture other that a few preserved sites.
The Secrets to Shipping (Departures).
Moldova: embracing its status as Europe’s least-visited country (Lonely Planet via MileQuest). The big draw for me was self-proclaimed Transnistria, a bit dull, though Moldova is more so unless into night clubs.
A Great Solution to Airplane Stiff Neck Syndrome (The Travel Insider).
Star Wars home of Anakin Skywalker threatened by dune (BBC). This is a prequel set so I don’t mind it going away, I gave them a pass to focus on the original sets when I road tripped around Tunisia.