Photo by Tinou Bao.

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

1. Have you ever been harassed by people trying to sell you stuff when you were traveling (boat trips, postcards, camel rides, plastic toys, the list goes on…)? If so, you know the touting can get pretty intense at times – so much so that it almost ruins your impression of the country. This open letter to the touts of Egypt describes one woman’s frustrating experience of being hassled incessantly while traveling with her young son. It’s funny, disturbing, thought provoking, and undeniably relatable.

2. So you want to travel in way that’s eco-friendly but you’re not sure where to start? Living and traveling more consciously doesn’t have to be difficult at all – in fact, it can be as simple as holding onto your rubbish until you find a trash can, supporting local businesses, and thinking about where and how products were made. This post lists 10 simple steps to more sustainable travel that you can put into practice right now.

3. While few people are downright afraid of travel, most of us have flickering moments of concern about the things that could go wrong on the road (usually after watching a disaster movie, hearing about a real-life crisis on the news, or having a concerned relative tell us about a “person they know” that had something awful happen to them). Usually, the worry is all for nothing, but every now and then, things do go wrong – this post describes one traveler’s gripping tale of facing a tsunami.