Photo by Damien du Toit

{A house in the deserted town of Kolmanskop, Namibia}


Your weekly roundup of the hottest travel links across the net:

1. If you’re tired of visiting places that are overrun with tourists or full of people trying to sell you crap you don’t want, then you might be interested in this list of the 10 most interesting abandoned places on earth. Warning: most of the places have pretty tragic pasts.

2. It’s always fascinating and sometimes questionable, the food people around the world choose to consume. Here are some tips on how to survive eating strange things when traveling.

3. Here’s some good advice about how to spot a scam when purchasing tickets for a vacation. It’s amazing how easy it can be to get caught in a trap when buying online.

4. Check out these beautiful shots of the recent total lunar eclipse, as seen from different places around the world.

5. Street food around the world holds a special place in my heart, so it’s exciting to see the mobile food van/cart idea taking off in developed countries too. This article has a rundown of some great eats in San Francisco, with prices starting at just $2. The nutella crème brûlée has me drooling at the thought.

6. Airlines seem to charge for just about everything nowadays, and in the past year American carriers managed to collect a whopping $5.7 billion from us. Most of that revenue comes from checked baggage fees (the rest is from cancellation penalties), which is kind of surprising given the amount of carry-on luggage I see people trying to cram into the overhead bins. Here’s a list of a bunch more pesky fees that aren’t even accounted for in the tally.