This Week’s Wandering News

  • The Guardian’s Vicky Baker is looking to get off the Lonely Planet grid by “Going Local” in South America, putting couchsurfing and other hospitality sites to the test. Follow her three month journey here.
  • In South Korea, rising oil prices are getting people to start thinking about greener products, says the JoongAng Daily. Local vendors are selling more bicycles, especially of the folding variety, and Samsung just released a hot new low-energy plasma TV.
  • Never mind the pre-election bullying from local Maoists, The New York Times says tourism is up in Nepal, and is drawing well-seasoned travelers seeking spiritual solace — and yetis.
  • A man was charged on Friday with trying to light an airplane seat on fire during a flight from Las Vegas to Seattle. Maybe he was trying to get them to land closer to his home in Ashland, Ore. — or maybe he just wasn’t happy with his economy seating.
  • Thousands protested American military presence in Okinawa today following gruesome rape cases involving marines, says AFP. I’m scratching my head as to why we still have troops in the pacifist nation.

Happy Sunday. Safe travels, and don’t eat too many peeps.

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