From the Aisle Seat is the weekly newsletter of this travel blog. Since its inception in mid-2020, it has evolved quite a bit. Travel is about change, is it not?
As I write this intro, I’m moving this space to Substack. The main reason? They don’t charge me unless I start charging subscribers.
On this page, you’ll find all the old issues of From the Aisle Seat. You can find more recent issues on Substack.
January 7: 🌎 A New Vision for From the Aisle Seat
January 14th: 🛳 Tales of the Floating Petri Dish
January 21st: 🌎 What You Need to Know About Planning Travel Right Now
January 28th: 🌎 In Honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day
February 11th: 🌎 Restrictions are Loosening, But Will It Last?
February 18th: 📚 All About Books!
February 25th: 🇺🇦 Standing with Ukraine
March 11th: 🇺🇦 Traveling in Ukraine, 1991-2019
March 18th: 🌎 Traveling in 2022: The Tides Seem to Be Turning
March 25th: 🌎 These 46 Destinations Have Fully Reopened Their Borders
April 1st: 🌎 It’s the First Time This Has Happened Since 2020
April 8th: 🌎 Remembering Places That Will Never Be the Same
April 22nd: 🌎 Mask mandates were lifted on U.S. transportation
April 29th: 🌎 I’m Leaving the USA for the First Time Since 2020
May 6th: 🌎 The Unruly Passenger Problem
May 13th: 🌎 Some Stories Are Lost to Time
May 20th: 🌎 5 Fun Links
May 27th: 🌎 What Oaxaca Taught Me
June 3rd: 🌎 Getting My Mojo Back
June 10th: 🌎 The Destination That Was Supposed to Disappoint, But Didn’t
June 17th: 🌎 From One Chaos to Another
June 24th: 🌎 Do We Critique a Culture as an Outsider?
July 1st: 🌎 I Promise I Didn’t Forget About Y’all
July 8th: 🌎 The Faux Pas of Foreigners
July 15th: 🌎 When the Lights Go Down
July 22nd: 🌎 The Lie of Full-Time Travel?
July 29th: 🌎 On a Bitter Day in Kyiv (and in My Heart)
August 5th: 🌎 This Week, I Booked a Flight to Country #24.
August 12th: 🌎 Country #24 Is 🇩🇰
January 8th: 🇯🇵 What about the Olympics?
January 15th: ✈️ You’ll Soon Need a Negative Covid-19 Test to Enter the U.S.
January 22nd: ✈️ A Man Was Living in O’Hare Airport for HOW Long?
January 29th: 🇳🇱 Everyone Should Visit This Museum at Least Once
February 5th: 🏝 No More Mimosas in French Polynesia (For Now)
February 12th: ♻️ Hey Siri, How Do You Say “Environmentally-Friendly” in Dutch?
February 19th: 🏝 Mallorca in the Era of Covid-19
February 26th: ✈️ A United Flight Coasted on Just One Engine Before Landing in Colorado
March 5th: 🇦🇶 How Many Miles Does It Take to Reach Antarctica?
March 12th: ✈️ Vaccine Passports: Turn Down for What?
March 19th: ✈️ Being an Unruly Passenger Could Cost $35K, Per the FAA
March 26th: 🏅 Tokyo Zoomlympics 2021
April 9th: 🌼 Traveling to Recover What’s Been Lost
April 16th: 🌏 An Israeli Reopening and 100 Days to the Olympic Torch
April 23rd: ✈️ Travel Advisories: Not as Easy as 1, 2, 3
April 30th: 🌎 You Get a Gap Year! You Get a Gap Year! EVERYONE GETS A GAP YEAR!
May 7th: ✈️ When You Pair Pent-up Travel Demand with Shaky Border Reopenings, What Do You Get?
May 14th: 🧛🏻♂️ Another Kind of Sting
May 21st: 💖 Planning is Satisfying, But Experiencing Is What It’s All About
May 28th: ✈️ Always, Always Read the Reviews!
June 4th: 🏝 Phuket May Offer Hotel Rooms for Just $1 Per Night
June 11th: ✈️ Just Me, a Backpack, and Whatever Waits at Arrivals
June 18th: 🚞 I’ll Take the Single Car for Who-Knows-How-Much
July 9th: 🇯🇵 What Tokyo’s State of Emergency Means for the Olympics
July 16th: 🇦🇺 Locked Out of Oz
July 23rd: 🎉 One Year of From the Aisle Seat!
July 30th: ✈️ Travelers May Have to Delta Those Vacation Plans
August 6th: ✈️ Have Travelers Gone Mad?
August 13th: ✈️ A So-Called Travel Agent Stole Nearly $35,000 from Customers
August 20th: 🏝 The 3-Day Weekend That Lasted for Over a Year
August 27th: 🇮🇹 If It’s Venice You Want to See, You’ll Pay a Tourist Fee
September 3rd: ☺️ Have a Great Labor Day Weekend!
September 10th: 🔥 Please Mind the 459º Gap
September 17th: 🏔 I Solemnly Swear I’m Up to Do Good
September 24th: 🎉 I Founded a Seasoning Blend Company!
October 1st: 🦒 Here’s What Can Happen When No One Goes on Safari
October 8th: ✈️ From the Aisle Seat’s Got a Whole New Look!
October 15th: 🚙 On Slowing Down and Enjoying the Ride
October 22nd: ✨Reflect on this Over the Weekend
October 29th: 👩🏽 Today, I’m Thanking 19-Year-Old Sarah
November 5th: 🥘 That One Time I Was the Only Foreigner There
November 12th: 🌏 On Controversial Destinations
November 19th: 🌎 Best of the World?
December 3rd: 🌏 The Omen of Omicron
December 10th: 🌏 Regretting a Destination
December 17th: 🌎 What Will Travel Look Like in 2022?
July 24th: 🚐 C is for Covid and…Campers?
July 31st: ☄️ This Only Happens Once in 6,000 Years, You Know.
August 7th: 🇰🇭 Now, THIS is a Destination You Can’t Miss in Southeast Asia
August 14th: ⛰This is the Story of a Socially-Distanced Summer Vacation
August 21st: 🐶 You Can Sleep Inside a Giant Beagle. No, Really.
August 28th: 😈 Loading: Revenge Vacations
September 4th: 🇸🇳 Akon Could Make Wakanda Forever Happen IRL
September 11th: 🗽 It’s Been 19 Years. We Will Never Forget.
September 18th: 🌊 There’s an Ancient City Below Sea Level You Can Visit. This is Not a Drill.
September 25th: 🧜🏽♀️ The Mermaid Bar That Put a Tiny Montana Town On the Map
October 2nd: 🏝 Palawan = Unparalleled Paradise
October 9th: 🐻 The Results Are in From Alaska’s Fat Bear Week
October 16th: 🇮🇹 Venice Faces a Reckoning and So Does Traveling
October 23rd: 🏰 Who Needs Haunted Houses When You’ve Got Haunted Castles?
October 30th: LOCKED because it includes a freebie — subscribe here to get it!
November 6th: LOCKED because it includes a freebie — subscribe here to get it!
November 13th: 🇬🇸 Yes, There Is a Place Facing Overtourism in 2020
November 20th: ✈️ Boeing’s 737 Max is Ready for a Comeback. Are Passengers Ready for It?
November 27th: LOCKED because it’s a gratitude letter to subscribers
December 4th: 🎉 I Have a Surprise for You!
December 11th: 🐶 Frequent Flyer Pets May Be No More
December 18th: 🎁 Your Special Offer is Here!