TGIF! Let’s jump right into today’s Freaks of the Week roundup, shall we?
Using the Bus in Honolulu // Solo Friendly
I am a complete novice when it comes to intracity buses. I’m good with long-distance bus travel because I know that I can’t mess it up too badly (the only way to get lost on a bus ride from New York to Boston, for example, is if you take too much time in line at the rest stop Roy Rogers and get left behind) but when getting from point A to point B within a city means reading a bus map I usually just take a cab to prevent myself from getting on the wrong line and ending up in the neighborhood with all the crack houses. This post from Gray at Solo Friendly gives me hope that one day I’ll be able to overcome that fear.
Top 5 Tips for Visiting/Surviving Oktoberfest // Four Jandals
I’ve never been to Oktoberfest, yet all week I’ve been talking about it like I’m some sort of expert. My research-based posts were fun to write and (hopefully) are fun to read, but there’s nothing like a first-hand account to make you feel like you really understand something. So I guess what I’m trying to say is that you should read my Oktoberfest posts for fun facts and then head over to Four Jandals to learn actual skills for getting through the world’s largest fair alive.
Smiles in Doha’s Souk Waquif // We Blog the World
Places in the Middle East have not been high on my list of destinations to see right away, mostly because the cost of getting there and the state of human rights throughout the region. Articles like this, however, make me question this stance. I did some quick research and Qatar seems to be slightly more liberal than some other countries on the Arabian Peninsula, so perhaps a trip to the souk is closer than I previously thought.
It would still be nice if it were cheaper, though.
How to Spend a Night Out in Newcastle, UK // As We Travel
I’ve learned in my travels that the best nightlife in the world is often found in places that you’d never think even had nightlife. According to the duo at As We Travel, one of these places is Newcastle in the UK. For a city that has a reputation for being all about “coal and industry,” it looks like there are plenty of options for even the most well-seasoned revelers. Just throw in an impromptu rave at one of those industrial coal warehouses and this list would have me sold on a visit.