Crowds surge into the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles in France. Photo by John Kroll.

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

1. Have you ever been to a tourist attraction where the crowds were so thick you could barely see past your own nose? This post, which talks about the severe overcrowding at the Palace of Versailles, brings up the interesting issue of congestion at historic sites and how it detracts from the overall experience. I think the Vatican is another good example (the Sistine Chapel isn’t quite the same when you have to share it with several hundred other people) – can you think of any others?

2. Travel has an interesting way of broadening your worldview and shifting your perspective when it comes to your own life. This post about 15 things learned from 10 years of living and traveling abroad is a really worthy read – the sooner we can learn some of these lessons, the simpler and happier our lives are likely to be.

3. The uniforms worn by flight attendants are often fascinating – especially once you start flying through some of the more exotic destinations in the world where unusual prints or headpieces start to make an appearance. This article offers a glimpse into the history of airline uniforms, from the sexy to the couture and the gender neutral.