Photo by Hugh Kimora.

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

1. Are you in the process of planning a major trip but feel like one obstacle after another stands between you and your dream? Maybe you’ve got debt that’s accrued over the years, a house, a car, and children – all leaving you wondering if travel is even possible. If you need some inspiration as well as practical suggestions for how to slowly tweak your lifestyle to reach your travel-related goals, have a look at Great Family Escape’s post about a year of travel planning and come away with renewed vigor towards your trip.

2. Eating on vacation can be hit or miss – sometimes the food is mind-blowing and sometimes it’s so bad you have to work to force it down. But there are things you can do to increase your chances of finding those meals you’ll be reminiscing about for years to come. This article has a great rundown of how to find the best food when traveling – from technology that can help to who you should (and shouldn’t) ask for restaurant recommendations.

3. Lots of people take cooking classes when they travel abroad but have you considered candy-making classes? This candy workshop in Sweden sounds like lots of fun… except for the inclusion of one bizarre ingredient that might leave you gagging.