Here’s the latest list of stuff I found interesting on the interwebz, July 23rd through July 26th:
- Every woman should travel alone
A woman who sets out on a solo journey, as the author says, "threatens tradition and propriety" – one of the many reasons women are usually presented with more questioning looks than men who want to travel alone. But when she gets into a stranger's car in Maine, it's a stupid thing to do not because she's a woman – but because it's a stupid thing to do.
Yes, there are some places and trips that require special preparation or treatment depending on your gender, but I genuinely believe that most of the time travel information can and should be the same for both men and women. Until, however, people stop raising an eyebrow when a woman says she wants to travel by herself, I'm all for gutsy women setting an example and then shouting it from the rooftops.
One day, I hope there isn't a need for essays like this. One day, I hope the most logical essay on this subject is simply about why "every PERSON should travel alone."
- Gunther Holtorf’s 23-year road trip
Gunther set off from his home in Germany in 1989 with his wife and their Mercedes to spend 18 months driving through Africa. 23 years later, he's now 74, the Mercedes has clocked more than 500,000 miles, and – here's the important bit – he's still going.
Take five minutes and watch this slideshow of some of Gunther's pictures taken over the past 2+ decades, and hear him talk about his travels. He's cutting an inspirational swath most young travelers today will never come close to matching.
(via @legalnomads on Twitter)
- How to suck at your religion
The Oatmeal is pretty much always brilliantly insightful, but I especially love it when he takes on topics that are so hot-button that people fail to see the hypocrisy in their own arguments. And yes, I'm guilty of this, too.
Also? The bit about door-to-door Jews keeping all the awesome shit to themselves almost made me snort-laugh.
- Turn your places into beautiful objects
This is so incredibly cool. Input a list of destinations – the itinerary from your honeymoon, the backpacking trip you did around Europe after college, the places you've lived in one city – and Meshu turns them into a piece of jewelry. Each piece arrives with a postcard showing how the jewelry corresponds to the destinations you entered, which is great if you're ordering one for someone else who would otherwise be completely confused. Seriously, so very cool, what a great gift idea…
(via @roomorama on Twitter)
- WTF Art History
The tagline on this site pretty much sums up why everyone should go visit it: "For everyone interested in art history who has asked, WTF?" Because, really, that's basically all of us.
(hat tip to Alexandra of arttrav.com for directing me to this site!)
- Painting Bought for $9.99 at Goodwill Valued at $15K
Please note, folks, that this is what's called DUMB LUCK and not AN INVESTMENT STRATEGY.
- Learn 40 Languages for Free
In other words, now you have no excuse.
- DIY Sour Mix
Ever since I started making my own limoncello, I've been looking for things to do with the lemon juice (not used in the recipe) and the leftover lemon peels (once they've been sapped of their essence in grain alcohol for a week). The latter is tough, since all the lemony goodness is pretty much gone by the time the peels are done sitting in alcohol, but lemon juice? There are loads of uses for that.
Most of the time, we juice the lemons and freeze the juice in baggies in the right amount to make lemon meringue pie. This recipe, however, for a make-at-home sour mix, sounds like something I need to try next time I make limoncello.
(thanks to @_emilywenzel on Twitter for sending it to me!)
- Twitter Is Not A Conversation [Research & Charts]
(Bit of inside baseball here, sorry. Skip to the next tidbit if you're bored.)
First off, yes, it makes sense that Twitter users with higher numbers of followers are going to "engage" with their followers less frequently overall, but I'm not sure that leads to the conclusion that "Twitter is not a conversation." I still think if you're not engaging with the community in some form on a regular basis, yer doinit wrong.
Second, I still find it interesting that (sparingly) using "Please ReTweet" actually works, when so many people I know say how much they hate that. It's a bit like negative political ads. We all say we hate them, and yet studies show they work. Somebody's biting, obviously, whether they're admitting to it or not.
- Slash’s holiday heaven & hell
Some really top-notch travel advice from Slash. Yes, that Slash. (Like there's another one?)
"Keep it simple. Don’t pack a bunch of crap so you’ve covered every eventuality. … And don’t buy stuff that’s just going to clutter up your house when you get back."
(via @MissExpatria on Twitter)