Greetings from Mamallapuram, India. I’m halfway through my 3 week trip around Asia, with India and China being my last two countries.
Here is this weeks Nomadic News links:
Passports and Visas
Greater Mekong Subregion single-visa plan gets nudge forward. There is talk of a single visa (not unlike the Schengen Area of Europe) that would cover Thailand, China (Yunnan Province and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region), Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. That would certainly save on the one-page visa stamps in my passport.
Speaking of passports, the British passport is No.1 for visa-free travel. I often get told that I’m lucky for being able to work and travel. Lucky is said as if this business just dropped on my lap, when in fact I’ve worked for years to get where I am. I will say though that I know I’m lucky to hold an Australian passport and to be born in a country where I have the chance to travel freely. Australia is ranked sixth in the list of best passports to hold.
Check out the full list of countries at the annual 2013 Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index [PDF].
Wandering Earl has now been on the road for 5000 days.
Mike Spencer Bown becomes world’s most travelled after finishing 23-year odyssey. While I’m not sure of accuracy of being the world’s most travelled (as there are travellers who don’t document their journey), it is still an impressive life of travel.
How 5 Countries Could Become 14 – a hyperthetical map of how the Middle East could be redrawn.
Office Of The Week
This weeks Office Of The Week award goes to my poolside office in Mamallapuram.