Photo by Tim Wilson.

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

1. If you’re a parent who’d love to jet-set around the world but can’t stand the thought of uprooting your kids – this read is for you. The truth about traveling as a teen features a series of interviews with globetrotting youngsters who share the lessons they’ve learned on the road as well as what life is like studying and traveling at the same time. It’s a testament to the idea that travel is a great learning experience in itself.

2. Afraid of flying? Scared to travel alone? Worried you’ll get robbed or fall sick? We all have doubts and concerns when it comes to traveling – after all, we’re heading out into the great unknown. But you shouldn’t let your fears stop you from heading abroad and having potentially amazing experiences. If you’re ready to take the plunge, check out this article about the most common travel fears and how to overcome them.

3. Afraid of touching that hotel remote control that thousands of prior guests have had their bacteria-ridden paws all over? Well you may be interested in a new smart phone app that turns your phone into a remote control. The feature is already available in about 500,000 hotel rooms across the US.