Burning Man 2012, totallycoolpix.com
If anyone is still on the fence about heading to the playa next week, these crazy scenes from last year’s festival might make you join a camp right now. Serena Renner

Get to Know: Jodi of Legal Nomads,” G Adventures
Put this on your bucket list: visit Southeast Asia and have a meal with Jodi Ettenberg. Runner-up option: have an authentic Southeast Asian meal with Jodi Ettenberg and let her pick the restaurant. I can personally vouch for the latter experience (if you’re ever in San Francisco, go to Soup Junkie and have the Bún riêu!). I’ve followed Jodi and her site Legal Nomads for over three years now, and I’ve seen her love affair with Vietnamese soups unfold in her writing. This G Adventures post is a great way to get to know Jodi, a woman who “eats soup for a living.” (Stay tuned for her Jodi Eats food tours in Vietnam!) —Lauren Nicholl

Colombia’s Culinary Comeback,” Conde Nast Traveler
Visiting Andrés Carne de Res, a steak house/club 40 minutes outside of Bogotá, is probably one of my top 10 food, if not travel, experiences of all time. No one has quite captured its wonderful madness as well as Frank Bruni in this piece on Colombia’s culinary comeback. Bruni chronicles a restaurant renaissance underway in Colombia’s capital. I’m visiting in September and already used his story to plan my eating itinerary. —Jen Murphy

Uncruising to Alaska: Short on Frills, Long on Thrills,” The New York Times
Kirk Johnson describes his “uncruise” on Alaska Marine Highway’s ferry run from Bellingham, Wash., to Juneau, Alaska like this: “Robert Frost suggested the road less traveled; uncruising to Alaska is the marine counterpart.” Far from the luxury liners sheltering passengers with gyms, ballrooms and the privilege of one’s own room, Johnson’s voyage ignites the rugged adventurer within. Sign me up. —Kim Fortson

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Soundtrack of the Parisian Street,” Jungles in Paris
Close your eyes, and travel back in time to 19th-century Paris with this video. It features one of the city’s few remaining street musicians who play bal musette, the iconic accordion melodies that used to fill the city’s dance halls and narrow streets. Today, most of the genre’s players cater to tourists in search of La Vie en Rose, but venture to the Montmartre neighborhood and you may just hear what the City of Light once sounded like. —Lara Takenaga

Village on the Edge of Time,” National Geographic
I had the pleasure of seeing novelist Amy Tan speak at the Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference a couple weeks ago. Between sharing bits of writerly wisdom, Tan spun fantastical tales about a tiny village in the mountains of Guizhou, China. While it lacks some of her amazing travel anecdotes (a lighting storm, a snake bite), this National Geographic story reveals the beauty and mysticism of a place where history and culture are preserved through song. —Serena Renner

China’s Singles Turn to ‘Dating Camp’ to Find Love,” The Atlantic
In the Atlantic, Shako Liu reports on how single men and women in China are forgoing the world of online dating and instead are signing up for experiential matchmaking events and even dating camp. —Jen Murphy

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