#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar–the best of the travel blogosphere–is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday.

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Here are our latest picks:

  • When you hear the phrase “capital city,” you may picture skyscrapers, shutter-bugging tourists, and frenetic workaday hordes. None of those stereotypes ring true in Vientiane. And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The beautiful wats and laid-back pace of Laos’ biggest city may just be its biggest assets. @20YH 
  • Aliens in Australia? That’s the idea at Lake Ballard, an ephemeral salt lake that, in its dry stages, reveals 51 sculptures that look a bit like ETs. While the unique art installation is difficult to access due to the lake’s remote location in Western Australia, seeing this spectacle in person is a truly humbling experience. @LandLopers
  • People travel for a whole host of reasons. But the desire for universal connection seems to rank high on the list for many of us. Experiencing meaningful exchanges with locals may sound difficult when you’re in an unfamiliar place, but it doesn’t have to be. These helpful tips will help you on your way, wherever you roam. @vagabondish

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  1. Slovenia
    April 18, 2014, 5:39 am

    Nobody see those sculptures, I mean because of the desert those sculptures are very good “hidden”.:)