The Jumbo Stay Hostel

The Jumbo Stay Hostel, where guests sleep in a grounded Boeing Jet. Stockholm, Sweden.

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

1. For those who travel often, hotels quickly become just another place to sleep. Unless they’re particularly lavish or charming, they’re essentially just four walls and a bed. Well if you need to break out of your hotel rut, why not try sleeping in a defunct silver mine? Or perhaps a grounded Boeing jet? Heck, I would sleep in the oil rig escape pod hotel room just for the fantastic story I’d be able to tell at barbecues. Check out some of the unusual hotels that are popping up all over the world here.

2. People, people, everywhere. That’s often how it feels traveling to a popular destination. Worse, go in the peak season and you quickly start feeling like a sardine squished into a tin can. And while this little planet of ours gets more crowded by the minute, there are still a few places where you can find some peace and quiet – like the 10 most desolate countries in the world.

4. So I love to give advice about travel, but there are some things that I don’t really want to get into. How, exactly, one goes about using a squat toilet is one of those things. But no doubt many of you will encounter these in your voyages, so one would do well to be prepared. For that, I recommend this guide.

5. A hidden basement speak-easy. A Victorian hammam steam room turned bar. A pub entered through a fridge door. These are just some of the awesome secret bars in London I bet even some locals don’t know about.