The Global Nine: Travel stories you should be reading this week

There are so many great travel stories out there and so much fascinating content to process that it can sometimes be incredible overwhelming. But we don't want you to miss out on the best travel tips and inspiration!

So from now on we'll be bringing you the Global Nine, our curated mini round up of what we think are the best reads in travel news, destination spotlights, advice pieces and inspirational stories. Some are recent, others are ones we love - and all of them are one we think you'll enjoy reading. 

This week, we're kicking off with some gorgeous travel inspiration for where to go in 2020, according to our friends at Qantas. It's an exciting line up with some popular choices like Sri Lanka and Tokyo, plus some less expected options like Albania (pictured above), Namibia and Sikkim, India.

And while we’re at it, here’s Lonely Planet's suggestions for the top 10 places they think you should visit next year. Cairo, Egypt and Galway, Ireland are high on the Cloud Nine Global travel wish lists - which ones are tempting you?

We've talked a bit on The Global about airports and how they don't actually have to be the worst part of the trip (check out our story about airport travel hacks here) but this New York Times journalist has taken it to the next level by spending 27 hours in Changi airport. And you know what? She loved it!

A good way to pass the time in an airport (or, preferably, on a beach;) is with a really wonderful and engrossing book or article. Here's some Summer travel-themed reading from the New Yorker to get you in the mood.

What’s your personality type - and does it make a difference to the way you travel? Afar delves into this fascinating question in this article and comes up with some very thought-provoking ideas.

We also enjoyed getting a little insight into how professional traveller Catriona Rowntree gets around in this Gourmet Traveller piece. Like us, she really values her eye mask and ear plugs!

Fancy the idea of popping to London for the weekend? The 24-hour journey could be cut down to just a four hour flight by 2030. Check out this article on Delicious to find out more

And we all know that the best way to eat well on a flight is to either pack your own food, or to fly in one of the premium classes. But going Economy isn't always a bad thing - and in this T&L article they do a round up of some of the best food offered in Economy class by airlines around the world.  

Finally, we all know that having a killer Instagram feed is the best way to prove that your holiday was better than everyone else's (we're joking... but also it's true;) If you're serious about taking some really impressive snaps, then CNN have done a round up of the 20 most beautiful destinations around the world.