Estonian Air

Earn air miles without even flying. Photo by Johan Viirok.

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

1. Airline loyalty programs typically offer points to customers for flying with them, but let’s face it, not all of us are able to fly all the time, which means that our miles often languish or even expire due to inactivity. But now an airline is promising to reward customers for promoting them online. In a world first, Estonian Air says its new social loyalty program will reward fans that tweet deals or post messages about the airline on facebook – meaning you don’t even have to fly with them to get in on the action. If you accumulate enough points, you can actually earn free flights, but some of the other rewards, such as the Amazon gift cards, are also pretty good incentive to get on board.

2. If you’re a female contemplating travel to a Muslim country for the first time, chances are you have a few questions about what to expect. Will you need to wear a headscarf or burqa? Is it okay to drink alcohol? How will people react to you? For the answers to all these and more, check out the girl’s guide to traveling solo in Muslim countries (and for more general safety information, you may want to take a look at my ultimate guide to staying safe for women traveling alone – which incidentally is also pretty useful for men).

3. Bhutan is one of those countries that’s rather closed off from the rest of the world – so much so that television has only been available there for a bit over a decade. The Buddhist nation is also famous for its monasteries, where monks study for up to 10 hours a day. For a look into this rather mystical place, click over to these gorgeous photos of what life is like inside a Bhutanese monastery.