The Worst Travel Writing

2008 is coming to a close and the internets are being inundated by best and worst lists. The Chicago Tribune published an article entitled “Readers Picks: Overrated Travel Destinations of the World,” which could be one of the worst things I’ve read on travel. Here’s a few of the destinations that they list as the most overrated: Bali; Santa Fe, NM; Costa Rica (apparently the entire country); Lake Tahoe, and The Beach. They also list Sacramento and Riverside, but I don’t understand why anyone would recommend these places as travel destinations. Who’s ever planned a vacation to Riverside?!

Writing off The Beach as in every beach though?! The article says more about the contributors than the destinations. One contributor complains about a trip to Reykiavik, Iceland in February. Yes, I would agree traveling to Iceland in February is probably not all its cracked up to be, but then again I doubt anyone has raved about a trip there in the dead of an Icelandic Winter. That’s just a fact about travel destinations, most are seasonal. Don’t be an idiot and go to Iceland in the winter and complain about it. Clearing these guys are idiots.

The only destinations that I completely agree with the writers on as being entirely overrated are the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Hollywood Blvd.

ABC News publishes a much better article on the Top 10 Travel stories of 2008.


Where to Travel During the Recession

So the gloom of the recession is on us. The press is suggesting a global meltdown. The good news is that the dollar is actually staging a staggering recovery and international currencies are losing value vs. the dollar. Time magazine published a good article on the best places to travel during the recession. It lists Iceland, Canada, Australia, Great Britian, and South Korea. All of who’s currency has dropped against the dollar, especially Iceland (down 51% vs. the dollar!). How different things are from a year ago when the Canadian dollar was actually valued higher than the US dollar.

I’m always an advocate of the cheap out of the way destinations, off the beaten track, away from the crowds. All through Central America, India, Southeast Asia, and in parts of South America, you can travel for $20/day. Here a post on the places to learn to surf for $20/day and how to travel in Southeast Asia for $20/day. Happy travels!


Where to go: Iceland

From Flickr (Diamanx)

Iceland has a reputation as a beautiful place to travel and one that’s not overwhelmed by flocks of tourists in part because it’s also an expensive place to travel. Recently, Iceland has been hit hard by the economic global troubles (Matador Travel). Since the beginning of 2008, the Icelandic currency has lost close to 40% of its value vs. the Euro. The Associated Press reports that Iceland is “teetering on the brink of bankrupcy” (and you thought the U.S. troubles were bad). So if you’re not caught in mortage troubles of your own, it sounds like now might be a great time to head off to Iceland.

Iceland is a stunningly beautiful country, with friendly fun people, and Reykjavik has a reknowned nightlight.  Check out the video below on a Iceland roadtrip from