Travel & Inspirational Link Round-Up, April

by gigigriffis

Before I dive into this month’s round-up, a quick announcement: as you probably know, my Switzerland guide is coming out in early May. And, of course, I’d love to get the book in front of some new people. So if you are a blogger, writer, etc. and have any interest in interviewing me or having me guest post, now is the time. Please get in touch!

Okay now, links:

:: So important: when you’re too busy to take a break, that’s when you need it most.

:: The longer I travel the more troubled I am by our efforts to “develop” landscapes, which often result in destroying them.

:: A fascinating photo journey through Europe’s abandoned border posts.

:: Speaking of abandoned things, this town in Pennsylvania was abandoned because of an underground fire…that’s still burning 40+ years later.

:: Since it’s almost summer, here’s a fascinating-looking Italian footpath to daydream about.

:: And here’s a castle-dotted trail along the Rhine.

:: In world news: something sad and important to think about.

:: If you’ve ever lived in a German-speaking country, this is probably the funniest thing you’ve seen all week.

:: I think this dog must have gone to circus school.

:: Finally, thank God, because someone else thinks The Secret is utter bullshit.
“The Secret actually requires that you never doubt yourself, never consider negative repercussions, and never indulge in negative thoughts.5 This is the confirmation bias on steroids and it can be dangerous: taking on risky business ventures or investments, ignoring red flag behaviors from a romantic partner, denying personal problems or health issues, avoiding necessary confrontations, failing to weigh the possibility of failure in decision making, and so on. While this sort of “delusionally positive” thinking may make one feel better in some (or even many) situations, as a long-term life strategy, it is utterly disastrous.”

Finally, my Swiss book comes out in a few days. In case you’re dreaming of the Alps, here are a few old Switzerland posts:

:: How to Find & Watch BASE Jumping in the Lauterbrunnen Valley

:: Spas of the Bernese Oberland (And Some Thoughts On Occasional Luxury)

:: Hiking the Alps: To the Top of Schilthorn

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