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From the Aisle Seat Archive

Jul 25, 2020

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: ๐ŸŒŽ A New Vision for From the Aisle Seat

January 14th: ๐Ÿ›ณ Tales of the Floating Petri Dish

January 21st: ๐ŸŒŽ What You Need to Know About Planning Travel Right Now

January 28th: ๐ŸŒŽ In Honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day

February 11th: ๐ŸŒŽ Restrictions are Loosening, But Will It Last?

February 18th: ๐Ÿ“š All About Books!

February 25th: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Standing with Ukraine

March 11th: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Traveling in Ukraine, 1991-2019

March 18th: ๐ŸŒŽ Traveling in 2022: The Tides Seem to Be Turning

March 25th: ๐ŸŒŽ These 46 Destinations Have Fully Reopened Their Borders

April 1st: ๐ŸŒŽ It’s the First Time This Has Happened Since 2020

April 8th: ๐ŸŒŽ Remembering Places That Will Never Be the Same

April 22nd: ๐ŸŒŽ Mask mandates were lifted on U.S. transportation

April 29th: ๐ŸŒŽ I’m Leaving the USA for the First Time Since 2020

May 6th: ๐ŸŒŽ The Unruly Passenger Problem

May 13th: ๐ŸŒŽ Some Stories Are Lost to Time

May 20th: ๐ŸŒŽ 5 Fun Links

May 27th: ๐ŸŒŽ What Oaxaca Taught Me

June 3rd: ๐ŸŒŽ Getting My Mojo Back

June 10th: ๐ŸŒŽ The Destination That Was Supposed to Disappoint, But Didn’t

June 17th: ๐ŸŒŽ From One Chaos to Another

June 24th: ๐ŸŒŽ Do We Critique a Culture as an Outsider?

July 1st: ๐ŸŒŽ I Promise I Didn’t Forget About Y’all

July 8th: ๐ŸŒŽ The Faux Pas of Foreigners

July 15th: ๐ŸŒŽ When the Lights Go Down

July 22nd: ๐ŸŒŽ The Lie of Full-Time Travel?

July 29th: ๐ŸŒŽ On a Bitter Day in Kyiv (and in My Heart)

August 5th: ๐ŸŒŽ This Week, I Booked a Flight to Country #24.

August 12th: ๐ŸŒŽ Country #24 Is ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ


January 8th: ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต What about the Olympics?

January 15th: โœˆ๏ธ You’ll Soon Need a Negative Covid-19 Test to Enter the U.S.

January 22nd: โœˆ๏ธ A Man Was Living in O’Hare Airport for HOW Long?

January 29th: ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Everyone Should Visit This Museum at Least Once

February 5th: ๐Ÿ No More Mimosas in French Polynesia (For Now)

February 12th: โ™ป๏ธ Hey Siri, How Do You Say “Environmentally-Friendly” in Dutch?

February 19th: ๐Ÿ Mallorca in the Era of Covid-19

February 26th: โœˆ๏ธ A United Flight Coasted on Just One Engine Before Landing in Colorado

March 5th: ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ถ How Many Miles Does It Take to Reach Antarctica?

March 12th: โœˆ๏ธ Vaccine Passports: Turn Down for What?

March 19th: โœˆ๏ธ Being an Unruly Passenger Could Cost $35K, Per the FAA

March 26th: ๐Ÿ… Tokyo Zoomlympics 2021

April 9th: ๐ŸŒผ Traveling to Recover What’s Been Lost

April 16th: ๐ŸŒ An Israeli Reopening and 100 Days to the Olympic Torch

April 23rd: โœˆ๏ธ Travel Advisories: Not as Easy as 1, 2, 3

April 30th: ๐ŸŒŽ You Get a Gap Year! You Get a Gap Year! EVERYONE GETS A GAP YEAR!

May 7th: โœˆ๏ธ When You Pair Pent-up Travel Demand with Shaky Border Reopenings, What Do You Get?

May 14th: ๐Ÿง›๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Another Kind of Sting

May 21st: ๐Ÿ’– Planning is Satisfying, But Experiencing Is What It’s All About

May 28th: โœˆ๏ธ Always, Always Read the Reviews!

June 4th: ๐Ÿ Phuket May Offer Hotel Rooms for Just $1 Per Night

June 11th: โœˆ๏ธ Just Me, a Backpack, and Whatever Waits at Arrivals

June 18th: ๐Ÿšž I’ll Take the Single Car for Who-Knows-How-Much

July 9th: ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต What Tokyo’s State of Emergency Means for the Olympics

July 16th: ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Locked Out of Oz

July 23rd: ๐ŸŽ‰ One Year of From the Aisle Seat!

July 30th: โœˆ๏ธ Travelers May Have to Delta Those Vacation Plans

August 6th: โœˆ๏ธ Have Travelers Gone Mad?

August 13th: โœˆ๏ธ A So-Called Travel Agent Stole Nearly $35,000 from Customers

August 20th: ๐Ÿ The 3-Day Weekend That Lasted for Over a Year

August 27th: ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น If It’s Venice You Want to See, You’ll Pay a Tourist Fee

September 3rd: โ˜บ๏ธ Have a Great Labor Day Weekend!

September 10th: ๐Ÿ”ฅ Please Mind the 459ยบ Gap

September 17th: ๐Ÿ” I Solemnly Swear I’m Up to Do Good

September 24th: ๐ŸŽ‰ I Founded a Seasoning Blend Company!

October 1st: ๐Ÿฆ’ Here’s What Can Happen When No One Goes on Safari

October 8th: โœˆ๏ธ From the Aisle Seat’s Got a Whole New Look!

October 15th: ๐Ÿš™ On Slowing Down and Enjoying the Ride

October 22nd: โœจReflect on this Over the Weekend

October 29th: ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝ Today, I’m Thanking 19-Year-Old Sarah

November 5th: ๐Ÿฅ˜ That One Time I Was the Only Foreigner There

November 12th: ๐ŸŒ On Controversial Destinations

November 19th: ๐ŸŒŽ Best of the World?

December 3rd: ๐ŸŒ The Omen of Omicron

December 10th: ๐ŸŒ Regretting a Destination

December 17th: ๐ŸŒŽ What Will Travel Look Like in 2022?


July 24th: ๐Ÿš C is for Covid and…Campers?

July 31st: โ˜„๏ธ This Only Happens Once in 6,000 Years, You Know.

August 7th: ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Now, THIS is a Destination You Can’t Miss in Southeast Asia

August 14th: โ›ฐThis is the Story of a Socially-Distanced Summer Vacation

August 21st: ๐Ÿถ You Can Sleep Inside a Giant Beagle. No, Really.

August 28th: ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Loading: Revenge Vacations

September 4th: ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Akon Could Make Wakanda Forever Happen IRL

September 11th: ๐Ÿ—ฝ It’s Been 19 Years. We Will Never Forget.

September 18th: ๐ŸŒŠ There’s an Ancient City Below Sea Level You Can Visit. This is Not a Drill.

September 25th: ๐Ÿงœ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ The Mermaid Bar That Put a Tiny Montana Town On the Map

October 2nd: ๐Ÿ Palawan = Unparalleled Paradise

October 9th: ๐Ÿป The Results Are in From Alaska’s Fat Bear Week

October 16th: ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Venice Faces a Reckoning and So Does Traveling

October 23rd: ๐Ÿฐ 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: ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ธ Yes, There Is a Place Facing Overtourism in 2020

November 20th: โœˆ๏ธ 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: ๐ŸŽ‰ I Have a Surprise for You!

December 11th: ๐Ÿถ Frequent Flyer Pets May Be No More

December 18th: ๐ŸŽ Your Special Offer is Here!

Hi, I’m Sarah

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Welcome to my oasis! I am a writer and budding entrepreneur with a love for caffeine, capital gains, and seeing the world. If I’m not writing, you can find me reading a good book, trying out a new vegan recipe, or adding to my coffee mug collection. My goal in life? To see every country in the world. Come along for the ride!

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