It’s that time of the week again, when Ian MacKenzie rounds up his favourite travel-ish links from around the web. Enjoy!

T’is the season / Photo kassa

“For me the first great joy of traveling is simply the luxury of leaving all my beliefs and certainties at home, and seeing everything I thought I knew in a different light, and from a crooked angle.” Read this classic article from Pico Iyer on “Why We Travel.”

“Joy to the world is contagious,” says a new study. Turns out you can infect others with your oozing good cheer not just at holiday time, but all the time.

Speaking of joy, it all starts with an open your mind. Read an elightening post on What The Buddha Discovered by Genpo Roshi.

Also check out one of our newest spiritual bloggers, JennyD.

Given the doom forecast for the economy, it’s time to evaluate how much you really need to live. For inspiration, read about one former engineer who found peace on mind on $5000 a year.

Or you may want to have a giant garage sale and head out on the road. Learn more about what Yaro Starak calls trave-living and how to hit the road with your family.

Since you’re hitting the road, might want to avoid 20 of the world’s most dangerous places.

Enjoy the weekend!