From Around the Travelsphere

Gypsies on the Move
The New York Times takes us this week to Romania, where the historically reviled and largely uneducated Gypsy population is taking advantage of Europe’s porous borders and decamping the motherland for wealthier places. But some countries are taking controversial steps to keep them out.

Boeing’s Space Tourism Plans Have Lift-Off
Entering into a partnership with Space Adventures, Boeing aims to ferry astronauts and tourists to the space station by 2015. But will Congress let NASA be privatized? Start saving now just in case, because that window seat will set you back a few bucks.

The Joy of Traveling Alone
Lauren Quinn, whose chronicles her globe-trotting adventures, during which she’s been detained in Venezuela and kicked it with soldiers in Columbia, writes on why she travels solo at The Huffington Post.

The Ashes of San Miguel
Amid a mid-life life crisis, Tawni Vee Waters explores this Mexican town’s celebrations of death while coming to terms with her own mortality in this haunting essay. The Ashes of San Miguel is the 2009 grand prize winner for best travel story in’s annual contest.

Featured Site
Written anonymously by a global backpacker in search of a home, The Longest Way Home provides a hyper-local look inside places as far flung as Slovakia and Pakistan. As its title suggests, the point of this wanderer’s journey is to find a country he can call home. More than five years later, he’s still looking. Highlights: B&W photography and an entertaining guide for each of the countries he’s passed through, including Dos and Don’ts and whether these countries are potential homes.

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