June’s Top Travel Links

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This month’s round-up includes insane beard growth, mountain gorillas and the Olympics

VideosTop Travel Links June

It can be hard to scour the entire web for inspirational travel videos. Luckily, the BBC recently made both your lives and ours easier with this breakdown of five rousing, jaw-dropping and moving travel movies.

Next, it’s time for some good old-fashioned travel fails. To steal the opening line from this Wanderlust piece itself… here are five salutary lessons on why you should never travel without good insurance.

Let’s not forget that traveling doesn’t just have to mean scouring the earth: China’s decision to send its first female astronaut into space is a big step towards interplanetary travel. Here are her thoughts on it.

Finally, to bridge this section gap, here’s a video slideshow covering the Travel Photographer of the Year.


After a recent story about the tourism links between the towns of Dull in Scotland and Boring in the US, the BBC asked its readers for photographic proof of some other odd place names. Our favorite is Ugley.

Sticking with amusing signs, it’s high time to revisit British rag The Telegraph’s wonderful Strange Sign of the Week series – and this particularly unsavory entry from mid-June. Or if you have had your fill of silly signage, here’s a photo slideshow of the world’s most remote hotels, guaranteed to give you itchy feet.

Finally, here’s indisputable proof of fourth-dimensional voyaging: uncanny celebrity time travel pictures!


With the last month having seen Poland and Ukraine co-hosting the Euro 2012 championships, we have dug out a great article about each country. First, this fascinating Guardian feature on Chernobyl and the rise in ‘pollution tourism’, then an awe-inspiring New York Times piece about Palace-Hopping in Poland.

Alternatively, for a look at the wider world, try this fantastic photo factfile on world travel trivia… or this fun piece on the world’s most unusual bodies of water (including the previously-featured Jellyfish Lake).

Some other great articles from the last month include this Wanderlust account of a close encounter with mountain gorillas in Uganda, this BBC article on the bizarre Barcelona tradition of constructing human pyramids and these two tempting Food & Travel celebrations of gourmet food travels and German wine.

Oh, and this amusing piece on the world’s geekiest tourist destinations by British company Insure & Go.


WorldPride is a major event that promotes LGBT issues through cultural activities – and this year it is in London. Although the main event isn’t until 7th July, the festivities leading up to it are already underway.

This month also marks two national days of great significance: Independence Day in the USA (noting the independence from Great Britain) on 4th July, and Bastille Day in France (which celebrates a key event in the overthrow of the monarch, and is just known as ‘The National Celebration’ locally) on the 14th July.

July has a lot to offer sports lovers too. The Euro 2012 Football Championships in Poland and Ukraine may be all over, but the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London are only just beginning. More importantly, the 27th of this month sees England’s capital kick off the biggest sporting event on earth!

Finally, for those involved in the ever-expanding travel industry, there’s the China Retail Travel event on 24th and 25th July in the bustling city of Shanghai. What more could you want from the coming month?

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