Time again for Friday Links, a collection of the most interesting international travel writing from the past seven days and – hopefully – provide you with some weekend reading.
The capsizing of the Costa Concordia continues to dominate international headlines. You can read all the latest versions of Captain Francesco Schettino’s story in a million places, so you’re on your own for that.
But many folks are wondering what the lasting impact will be on the cruise business; will people be concerned about their safety out on the ocean? That might seem like an absurd concern, but you can be sure some people will be worried about it. At Bing Travel, Eric Lucas debunks 12 other myths about cruises that might be stopping people from considering this travel alternative.
Nancy Trejos of USA Today reports that a study from DePaul University shows that travelers are using tablets such as the iPad when they travel. The study shows that the use of iPads, Kindles and Nooks rose more than 50 percent in 2011. I assume most of those folks have the good sense to download an mPassport app before leaving the country.
I say Rwanda, you think genocide. Not good, I know. But that was almost 20 years ago, and it is a beautiful country. At CNN, Kim Segal reports that officials in Rwanda are hoping to attract tourists eager see what the “land of a thousand hills” is all about. Segal offers three must-see attractions in Rwanda.
At the New York Times, Christopher Solomon skies the Spanish Pyrenees.
Here’s a good way to put together your travel bucket list – the New Open World Corporation has compiled a list of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Bing Travel has a spectacular slide show.