Photo by Avlxyz.

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

1. Dining abroad is almost always an adventure that generally involves ordering something off an incomprehensible menu in an incomprehensible language and then waiting with bated breath to see what exactly turns up on your plate! Fortunately, learning a few key words can make all the difference between a so-so and a fantastic meal. This post lists 5 steps to ordering a meal in Japan, including exactly how you should handle your chopsticks so as not to offend anyone.

2. If you’re planning travel that involves passing through a US airport, you may want to get the lowdown on which hubs take the title of America’s best and worst airports. This reader survey takes into account things like airport design, inconvenient check in & security, and spotty wi-fi. In case you were wondering, New York’s La Guardia Airport was voted the worst of the lot.

3. France is the most popular tourism destination in the world so you would think that everything that can be said has already been said about the country. However, I recently stumbled across these tips for visiting France that lists some handy advice I hadn’t heard before, including information about a hotel chain that provides value for money and tricks for navigating the country’s roads.