Friday Five: Travel Link Roundups 4/17

Interesting stories from around the world (wide web).

Royals aren’t the only ones flying commercial. Travel and Leisure has an adorable story of the latest Australian cultural ambassadors buckling in for their flights—a quartet of koalas!

Want some off-the-beaten-path Caribbean fun? For those who’d prefer to leave the cruise ship behind, Prestige Vacations has prepped a list of Aruba’s hidden gems—no “fun” director required.

Just in time for spring, Travel Zoo has a list of the world’s most swoon-worthy flower fields.

Because I’m feeling nostalgic for my time in the Kingdom, here’s a list of ten must-try dishes when you head to Thailand.

It happens to all of us—you’ve filled your phone with travel pictures but have no clue how to share them. Wanderlust Travel has some tips for getting your photos formatted and printed into photobooks.

Cheers to Carlsberg: Beer Billboards

What’s better than beer? Free beer. What’s better than free beer? Beer that comes from a billboard.

Okay, I don’t know if that last claim is true, but it sure is rad. (Of course, you all know I have a weak spot for innovative beer dispensaries). Carlsberg is making a load of Londoners happy with what they tout as, “Probably the best poster in the world”—a billboard that pours perfect pints of cold draught beer.

From Adweek:
“We want to get the Carlsberg brand in front of as many beer drinkers as possible,” says Dharmesh Rana, senior brand manager at Carlsberg U.K. “To do this, we have to think differently with our approach and can’t just rely on great TV advertising.”

Can’t beat that strategy. Cheers!

Friday Five: Travel Link Roundups 4/10

Interesting stories from around the world (wide web).

The view is always better from above—Travel and Leisure shares the world’s coolest tram rides.

BBC throws Atlanta some props as a city deeper than Coca-Cola and the world’s busiest airport.

The Dutch make art come alive with a brilliant staging of Rembrandt’s “Nightwatch” (in a mall, no less). The fact that it’s an ad makes it that much better.

Attention Wes Anderson fans—NYTimes has a story on a real life Grand Budapest Hotel.

I’m never one to shy away from a comprehensive list of useful travel resources. Claimair does a great job curating a tried-and-true list here.



Friday Five: Travel Link Roundups 3/27


Interesting stories from around the world (wide web).

When did sleeping in your car become cool? When you’re spending the night in the Tesla hotel. (via Autoblog)

As the season of April Showers approaches, Taxi shows us what rain sounds like in different languages.

Mashable has a great story about what it’s like to be the host of a travel program (it’s as fun as it sounds).

In the mood for an intellectual discussion? The Guardian asks why white people are considered expats and the rest immigrants.

Just in time for the weekend party, Eater sets you up for a pub crawl of New York’s classic literary haunts.

Friday Five: Travel Link Roundups 3/20

Interesting stories from around the world (wide web).

Buzzfeed’s got a roundup of 18 useful sites for booking travel and planning your trips. (Full disclaimer: Some are kind of obvious, but there are also some gems)

Adweek discusses just how realistic Ryanair’s supposedly-$15 flights to Europe are.

The NYTimes claims this Norwegian view of the solar eclipse prompted people to travel from all over the world. You’ll understand why.

Like world music? You’ll love this story from NPR about an incredible collaboration amongst African musicians.

The Netherland’s “Original Cool” campaign gets a new addition in a slow and lovely spotlight of Van Gogh. (via Adland)


Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Here in America, we’ve pretty well succeeded in taking all the beauty out of St. Patrick’s Day. Cheap beads, silly hats, mugs of questionably-tinted green beverages, and of course, plenty of vomit from ingesting three times too many of the beverages I previously mentioned. So it was lovely to see this gorgeous ad from Discover Ireland, focusing on the emerald beauty and spirited community. The copy isn’t incredibly unique, but delivered by Liam Neeson’s powerfully quiet voice, it’s the perfect accompaniment to the sweeping shots that can truly only be described as travel porn.

What do you think? Does it make you want to #GoGreen4PatricksDay, or do you think it’s just another gimmicky ad?