Issue #12 - June 26-July 2, 2021 View online
Mark Stachiew Travels Friday Five

Welcome to the this week's issue of the Friday Five, a quick collection of the most interesting travel stories that I shared this week on Mark Stachiew Travels. With travel opening up, we're going to be looking for new experiences which is why stories about an African ski resort and another about a camel-wrestling festival remind me that's there's a lot left to discover.

Federal Court finds mandatory hotel quarantine constitutional
The federal government’s controversial policy of mandatory hotel quarantining for international travellers does not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Federal Court of Canada has found.The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is reviewing the decision for grounds of appeal, but it's possible the requirements may be lifted by the time the case makes its way through the courts. (Law Times)

Lesotho ski resort goes off-piste to keep workers
Since it was established in 2000, Afriski has been one of Lesotho’s biggest tourist attractions, hosting about 27,000 foreign visitors a year, mostly from South Africa, which surrounds Lesotho. The resort is the main employer in the area, but tourism has been hard hit by the pandemic and last year the resort received just 10 per cent of its normal visitor numbers. (The Guardian)

Inside a Turkish camel-wrestling festival
With a headline like that, I was expecting a story about people wrestling camels, but it's really about camels wrestling each other. In either case, this Turkish event sounds like a one-of-a-kind experience. (New York Times)

The couple who travel the world recreating movie scenes
This German couple wanted to do something extra special for their next vacation. They talked through various potential ideas before coming up with something that excited both of them -- travelling to a movie location and recreating a famous scene. (CNN)

Venice risks being put on endangered list if it doesn't ban cruise ships: UN
The United Nations heritage agency may move Venice to its list of endangered sites if the historic city continues to allow massive cruise ships to dock in its fragile lagoon. The recommendation has the Italian government on edge about the status of its world-famous lagoon city, but local advocates say it's about time. (CBC)

Thanks for reading! If you like what you read, have suggestions of what you'd rather see or just want to drop me a line to tell me what you're up to, write me at [email protected]. And don't forget to forward this newsletter to anyone else that you think would find it interesting.


Have a great weekend!



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