Blind Woman

Photo by Ed Yourdon

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

1. It might sound somewhat contradictory at first, but sightseeing for blind people is actually possible thanks to a company called Traveleyes. The organization arranges tours by teaming visually impaired travelers with a sighted companion who functions as the other person’s eyes. It’s a pretty cool idea – even if hearing polite British ladies describe erotic sculptures to their blind companion is kind of funny.

2. Even if you’re not a visually impaired traveler, watch out, because you might just have the wool pulled over your eyes. Apparently the Brits rather enjoy bamboozling tourists – here are a few of the whoppers you might find yourself on the receiving end of. And here are some more funny lies told to tourists in other parts of the world.

3. If you liked my post on the gorgeous El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore in Buenos Aires, then you’ll want to check out pics of this beautiful converted church in the Netherlands.

4. Regret is not a sentiment I waste much time on, both because I’m the kind of person that likes to seize opportunities, and because I figure even the things I’ve done wrong have taught me something or helped me grow as a person, or at the very least, made for a good story! But there are always little mistakes we make as we travel, which with a bit of foresight we could avoid. Here is one traveler’s list of regrets, and here is another useful roundup of mistakes made on a Southeast Asian trip.

5. And finally, check out this gorgeous split-screen travel video shot entirely on a mobile phone. I have no idea how they planned & filmed this – really incredible!