Photo by Jason Bolonski.

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

1. When you think of torturous, pain-inflicting creatures, ants are probably not what come to mind. But after you watch this video about ritual death mittens in which native South American tribes stick their hands into gloves filled with nasty, poisonous ants, you’ll think again. Apparently, the ant bites are so painful they feel as though a bullet has shot you. I’ve heard of some hardcore rite of passage rituals, but this one is pretty out there.

2. Whether you’ve moved for school, work or just a change of pace, living abroad can be an exciting prospect. But after the initial excitement wears off, you start to realize that relocating to a foreign country also comes with a downside – loneliness. This article has some useful tips on how to overcome the isolation of being an expat and start connecting with locals.

3. There’s no question that from a Westerner’s perspective, Japan is both a fascinating and quirky country. These 72 random observations about Japan are intriguing, helpful, thought-provoking or just plain weird. The public service signs had me in hysterics!