Best Travel Blogs This Week From Around The Web
Every Saturday from now on, we will be posting our favorite travel blog posts from the same week (mon-fri) in a segment called – ‘Weekend Reading’. so sit back, relax and enjoy our selection of interesting travel posts below:
- The Pub Of 600 Beers – Or Heaven! – Candice stumbles upon a Pub in France which claims to serve 600 different beers from around the world – how can she decide which one is best… beer tasting time? :p
- What Is The Australian Outback? – Marta from (A Travel Around The World) shares her experience this week from the Australian Outback and posts some amazing pictures.
- Potosi Through Children’s Eyes – Audrey and Daniel from (Uncornered Market) explore the mines and it’s shocking history in Potosi, Bolivia – with 12 year old kids forced to work down the mines and how you can prepare if you plan on visiting there.
- Learning How To Scuba Dive – Matt from (Nomadic Matt) travels to Fiji and is *forced* to try Scuba Diving for the first time, or suffer public embarrassment by Gary on Twitter – does he finally overcome his fears?
- – Craig Ablitt shares his 5 most fav. road trip destinations from Route66, South Africa, Australia and the Alaskan Highway.
Hey everyone! Hope you have had a wonderful week! Today is the start of the weekend – sooo sit back, relax and enjoy our selection of interesting travel posts from this week below:
- Antarctica – A Decision : Audrey and Daniel (Uncornered Market) have pulled the trigger and decided to travel to Antarctica – WOW I can’t wait to read more about this new adventure they are off on!
- Great Places To Teach English : Nomadic Matt shares with us a VERY detailed blog about different place where you can go and teach English – if this is something you have thought about doing, make sure you check it out.
- How To Make The Most Out Of Your Stopover In Iceland : Anil (FoXnomad) stops over in Iceland and gives us the lowdown on this interesting place, and a few great things for you to do and places to check out.
- Why Bangkok? : Gary (Everything Everywhere) explores Bangkok, and has now convinced me to visit this interesting place when me and Sofia head over to Asia later this year.
- Do The Thing That Scares You : Steph (Twenty-Something Travel) has written a very interesting (and not only related to travelling) blog about stepping up and doing those things which scare you, and how by doing this kind of thing, you can grow as a human being and become stronger.
Best Travel Blogs This Week
Hey everyone! this week has been an awesome week for us – firstly I would like to say HI and welcome all our new readers – the traffic to our site has been a record high – over 2,500 views this past month. After starting this site only 3 months ago we dreamt about having the ability to share what we do with as many people as we could – but never thought it would grow this fast – so thanks to you all and I am glad that we can offer you all this free travel value!
Secondly this week we were ranked as the #69 best travel blog our goal was to get into the Top100 by the middle of summer (July) so to be where we are now really blows our mind, but also tells me that we are doing something right and that’s such an awesome feeling – thanks once again to all our readers – you guys ROCK! 🙂 Now here are my personal top 5 travel blog posts from this week:
How We Saved Enough Money To Travel The World – (Pause The Moment) Ryan & Liz are 29 days from leaving for their RTW trip and they share with us a blog FULL of useful and interesting information on how they saved enough money to travel the world. By reading through their blog you will find so many great tips, tricks and advice to help you save money – great stuff guys!
How To Create Your Own Personal Travel Security Plan – (Fox Nomad) Anil gives us another interesting and informative blog post, this time it’s about how you can create your own personal travel security plan – to be honest many of the things he talks about are things I never have really thought about, but wish I did know before – he is not trying to scare us, instead this blog gives you a bunch of simple tips for ways in which you can prepare for anything unexpected which might happen on your trip – to sum up: *Prepare Early, Prevent What You Can, And Be Ready For What You Can’t*
Digging Into Experiential Travel – (Traveling Savage) Keith after months of research and digging around into what Experiential Travel means – he finally shares with us his 4 rules which broken down into simple points give us a better understanding into the meaning behind this kind of travel style – there are many great tips, and a must read for any traveler interested in learning something new!
Visiting Into the Wild’s Magic Bus – (Free Wheeling) I’m sure you have seen the movie – Into The Wild – I am also sure that many of you after watching it, felt some sort of connection with Christopher and his free way of living life. Well Brandon decided that he would go out into the Alaskan Wildness and find the exact location of Christopher’s Magic Bus – in this blog he shares his personal motivations behind the adventure, exact GPS directions (in-case you also would like to go) and also the best time of year to travel there… great blog for those in search of adventure!
5 Essential Zen Habits for Balanced Living – not a travel blog, but one of the most inspiring and educational blogs for anyone who is interested in living a more balanced and happy lifestyle.
Hey everyone! I dunno what’s it like around the world but here in Sweden summer is still avoiding us 🙁 we have had enough of winter, please bring some sun to Europe. Every week we try to balance featuring a few new bloggers as well as making sure we post the best of the best articles from this week. Nothing is better than find new Best Travel Blogs This Week.
Two Reasons to ADORE America – Lillie (Around The World L) gives us 2 reasons why you must adore America, we haven’t been to America yet, but are planning a trip there later this year, and this blog gives us more motivation. Lillie traveled the world and by doing so realized what a wonderful place America was – travel does that to you sometimes 🙂 thanks for sharing!
7 Tips and Resources for Relocating Abroad – a guest post on (Backpacking Matt) by Lauren shares with us 7 tips and resources for those of you who are thinking of not just traveling abroad but also would like to settle down and start a new life in a new country – great stuff!
The Truth About Travel in China – Part Two: Food – Keith & Amy (Green Around The Globe) are currently in China and in the second part of a blog series, share the truth about China. As they say* The food is terrible. That is, if you can even figure out what it is you’re eating.* haha sounds like a bit of an experience trying to order food over there (never really knowing what you are getting) – I would love to check it out and see what happens, it really is stories like this that make me WANT to go and visit a place… I think that getting to see things like that really makes the trip worth it!
Missing the Comforts of Home – Oh I can so relate to this one – Sarah (She’s In Love With The World) has spent 4 months away from home and in this blog she lists a bunch of this that she misses while on the road – some of the things I miss about home: everyone speaking English, certain food choices, my own big bed, a wardrobe of clothes (more than just a backpack full) – what about you? I am sure she would love to hear your own *missed comforts* in her comment section.
My Favorite Australian Hostels – Matt (Nomadic Matt) does it again… this time after spending a few months going through Aussie, he gives us his favorite hostels – he mentions this is a preview for a future blog which will be ranking the best hostel of 2010. I think it is great to be able to read about others you trust who have gone to certain places and can share tips about places to stay etc – thanks Matt!
Are Poor Places Any More Real Than Rich Ones? – Anil (foXnoMad) ponders the question – Are poor places any more real than rich ones, and why many travelers seem to feel a need to see the poorest parts of a culture in order to have seen the REAL country – what do you think? click on his link above and read the whole post!
Commentary: The More I Travel, The Dumber I Get – Gary (Everything-Everywhere) shares a profound and interesting blog in where he realizes that the more he travels the dumber he seems to get – to quote him ‘ Over three years of traveling I’ve learned a lot of things. From a raw knowledge perspective, I’ve learned more in three years of traveling than I did in four years of college. If I am learning so much stuff, how can I say that I’m getting dumber the more I travel? Because the things I know I’m ignorant about increases faster than the things I know that I know.’ – Gary
NOMADIC MATT’S TRAVEL SECRETS – Matthew (Nomadic Matt) has just released a new ebook called Travel Secrets. I haven’t personally read it yet (no review copy for us?!) but based on reading through his sales pitch – this ebook seems like a great book for first time travelers to get in order to prepare themselves for traveling.
Five Things I’ve Learned in Bangkok – Wes (Johnny Vagabond) has just arrived in Bangkok, and shares with us 5 important things he has learnt by simply walking around the streets over the last few days – there are also a few great general travel tips included!
Spring In The Boboli Gardens Of Florence Through The Cameras Eye – Suzy (Suzy Guese) shares with us some amazing photos as spring arrives in Florence and as she wanders through one of her favorite parts of the city in the Boboli Gardens.
Hey everyone! This week we have stumbled upon 5 great new blog posts which were posted in the last week. A massive shout-out goes to Anil @foxnomad who on a weekly basis is posting amazing travel content and sharing so much value – LOVING IT MATE!
We’re All Travelers Here – Steph (Twenty-Something Travel) gets honest with her blog readers about the fact that many travelers seem to develop an attitude of: the way I travel is better and more REAL than the way you travel and personally need to tell you about all the *amazing* things they have done… I have personally experienced this mindset all around the world and like Steph says you will see this while you are staying in hotels – which I personally think is the worst – check out her blog above and make sure you don’t let yourself slip into that neg. attitude.
7 Things You Can Really Do Without To Save Money While Traveling – Anil (fox nomad) shares with us a GREAT blog list with 7 thing you really don’t need while on the road – from drinking alcohol to taking the best SLR camera with you – check out the blog and maybe you can save a few bucks!
7 Ways My Trip Already Kicks Ass! – Joel (Freedonia Post) is in the process of *planning* his bike trip around Europe – here he shares 7 ways for why his travel plans are already awesome (I just found this blog, and love his attitude – so check out the blog because I really can’t wait to follow Joel as he bikes through Europe!
Top 7 FREE Attractions In Las Vegas – Marta (a travel around the world) has just been hanging out in Las Vegas, and gives us 7 things which you can do for FREE next time you are there! – great stuff!
Backpack With Brock – Brock is one funny guy… and he is currently traveling through Asia – the wicked thing about his blog is that he pretty much only posts HD Quality Videos and also does it every few days – documenting his trip and sharing travel advice as he goes – in general a really good blog for you to add to your weekly reading!
I hope the Volcano in Iceland didn’t disturb your travel plans too much this week, and that you have had some time to relax and maybe realize how much we seem to have become reliant on flying for our daily lives… its crazy how much chaos such a simple natural thing can cause!
Antarctica, Part 4: An Audio Slideshow – (Uncornered Market) oh I love this – Audrey and Daniel not only share with you a slide show with heaps of great pictures from their adventure to Antarctica, but they also guide you through each picture via AUDIO, describing everything in such detail – great photos and interesting commentary – thanks for sharing!
*Can’t* And Travel Don’t Go Together – (Suzy Guese) Suzy gets down and honest about how some people find going on a trip easier than others and she comes to the conclusion that to quote ‘… travel is all about stepping outside of your known to the unknown. If it’s not then it isn’t travel…’ I 100% agree, and know so many people who WISH and dream about going traveling, but they always have a list of CANT’S holding them back. Let go of the can’ts and LET YOURSELF travel – then it becomes easy, and the world opens up for you.
India: Day 2 (Part 1) – (My Beautiful Adventures) Andi has just gotten back from a quick trip to India, this place has been a dream of hers for such a long time – check out her blog, follow her adventure and enjoy many amazing pictures – I am sooo jealous! 🙂
Why Do You Travel? – (The Aussie Nomad) Chris is just about to leave for his RTW trip (today?) and ponders the question WHY do you travel? He has been posting many prep. blogs about his up-coming trip, but I really can’t wait until he is in Europe and starts exploring on a daily basis – he is going to have such a awesome time and this blog post shares with us more insights into WHY he decided to quit everything in Australia and leave to Europe – great stuff!
HOW TO GET AROUND OZ CHEAPLY – (Nomadic Matt) Australia is an expensive place to visit, let alone travel around, and many people will only spend a few months there going up and down the east coast, simply because to expand into the outskirts just seems too hard and expensive. Matthew breaks it down for you and gives you every option out there to make the most out of your trip. Before you get to OZ make sure you check out this blog post!
Extra: I know this blog post shouldn’t be included because it was posted last week, but I just found this guys blog a few days ago, and really enjoyed reading about his adventures – check it out and see what you think: Cheap Travel: Bangladesh – Johnny @ oneStep4ward.com
Hey everyone, yesterday we just got back to Sweden after spending the last 5 months in Switzerland. We are going to spend this week uploading heaps of new pictures, and writing a few info blogs for those of you who are interested in also visiting Switzerland – it’s really not as expensive as everyone thinks! Anyways – today is FRIDAY, the weekend starts tonight so there is no better time than now to share with you MY personal favorite travel blog posts from this week.
- 21 Signs You’re a Travel Addict – Katie (Travel Base) shares with us 21 signs that make make you a travel addict – read through her list to find out if YOU also should attend TAA meetings :p
- IS THIS REALLY TRAVEL? Matthew (Nomadic Matt) writes a GREAT blog about a ‘new breed’ of traveler he has met while on the road this year. I am glad he wrote about this, as it is also something we noticed while in Aussie last year – everyone seems to only do what everyone else does and seem to be satisfied by that… is THAT really travel?
- Renting A Motorbike In Thailand – Dan (Voyagner) gives some great tips for those wanting to travel around Asia a different way – It’s funny he writes about it because a few days ago Sofia and I made the plan to travel from China to Singapore next year by Motorbike – so this blog came at the right time.
- An Introduction To Booking Advisor – I haven’t heard of this site before, but after having a quick look around it, it seems like its a site which might have loads of potential – Via the link about Go Backpacking does a detailed review about site, which is very helpful!
- A Tale of Two Travel Archetypes: Breadth and Depth – Keith (Traveling -Savage) shares some amazing insights into travel, disconnecting from the real world, how and why do you travel – giving us a lot of deep thinks to think about – a great read!
Thats enough for today… hope everyone has a great weekend, and if you have read any other great (travel related) blog posts which you would like to share, I would love to read them – so post your links in the comments below! Damn – this week has gone fast! Did anyone get fooled by Aprils Fools Day??? 😉 I saw that Gary got married yesterday – so congrats on that 😉 hehe – anyways this week I have found 5 great blog posts, and also included a few new ones – anyone wanna learn German?
One is Company: Choosing to Travel Solo – Christine posted a guest post on Twenty-Something Travel talking about the pros and cons of traveling alone – Me and Sofia have been traveling for 2 years together, and I personally wouldn’t change it for the world – but I can also understand that sometimes you really just need that freedom to really explore and do what YOU want to do – read her blog, it’s really interesting!
Unusual Place Of The Month – Chernobyl – Ever thought of visiting a nuclear power plant? How about one that had a meltdown? Well, think no more. Matthew (from Nomadic Matt) shares a bit of history about a place which you really wouldn’t think to be a tourist attraction – you even get to feed radio-active fish!? They have been running tours for the last few years to the site of the worst nuclear catastrophe known to man – if you want to experience something creepy, this really sounds like the place!
The Learn German 3month Mission – Benny (Fluent In 3 Months) has just decided to move to Berlin in order to learn German. This will be his 8th language, so follow him as he dives head-first into the life of a Berliner with the mission to learn German in 3 months – he also shares some great tips which can help you to also pick up a new language faster!
Hitting The Breaks – Is It Time To Downshift Your Travels? – Keith (Traveling-Savage) shares a guest post on Suzy Guese’s blog about signs you can look out for in-case you need to slow down during your travels. Are you planning too much? Are you rushing from one country to another? Are you feeling stressed and tired instead of joy and excitement? Maybe it’s a sign you need to slow down and enjoy the moment – Keith always shares a bunch of great insights, so check out this blog and hope you can also learn something from it!
Photo Essay: Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica – Photo time! today Bryan @TourFolio share a photo essay of the Arenal Volcano, which is an active volcano in Costa Rica. I have always had the dream to travel to this place, so by seeing these pictures now I am really inspired to go there even more.
Well there you have it! I look forward to seeing you all here again on Monday where you will find Sofia sharing the Top 5 Festivals & Carnivals she wants to visit.
Well today we finally have FREEDOM in the form of TWO laptops – it’s been about 12 months since my last laptop broke (somewhere in the Cook Islands) and since then we have been sharing Sofia’s cute lil’ 10 inch pink one – what a test it was sometimes, but now we finally bought another (just for me) so we can spend more quality time building this site into what we really want and more importantly more quality time with each other away from doing 2 hour daily laptop shifts – which was not fun! 🙂
7 Tips For Mainintaing Your Travel Blog On The Road – (Backpacking Matt) I just found Matt’s blog, and am enjoying following his trip around New Zealand. In this blog he shares 7 great tips for how you can make sure you KEEP blogging even while you are traveling (from experience, getting into this blogging routine is damn hard – but once you figure out a plan of attack while on the road – it becomes easy.)
Eventually, Everyone Stops Traveling – (Almost Fearless) Christine gives us the question *is the romance of the round-the-world trip actually burning people out on travel?* and goes in-depth into reasons why some people feel a need to *retire* from the travel lifestyle and decided to settle down again – what would you do? do you think you can travel for the rest of your life? or is this a fling for you, something which you know will come to a end? check out her blog and leave a comment.
3 Free Language Social Networks Travelers Can Use To Learn And Converse With Others – (Fox Nomad) Do you want to learn how to speak another language? Anil shares 3 websites where you can sign up, meet and practice with others online. Also he shares a bunch of other links to help you speed up your language learning – great resources!
If you can’t stick to your plans…. Don’t plan anything – (No Place To Be) Poi & Kirsty are in the process of planning their RTW trip but find themselves always changing their plans – they question – *surely a journey with no limitations is the best way to go?* – check out their blog, cos it sounds like they will be having a bunch of adventures very soon!
Things I Can’t Stand When Traveling – (A Pair Of Panties & Boxers) Monica shares with us a list of things she can’t stand while traveling, and also posed the question to her twitter friends – check out the blog to see their replies and to also leave your own. (one example: People who make travel a pissing contest over whose got more traveler cred. ugh. – can you guess who that was?)
hey everyone! This week has been very busy for us – we have decided to stay in Sweden for at least the summer (next 4-5 months) so we are looking for an apartment and all that serious *settling down* kinda stuff – feels weird, but Sweden in summer is an amazing place, so we are going to stay here for a while and OF COURSE… plan for our next trip… maybe start in USA! 😉 Anyways, here are 5 Best Travel Blogs This Week and really want to share with you:
5 Alternatives To Guide Books – Jane (Runaway Jane) shares with us 5 new and different ways for you to find out about the places you visit – yeah guide books are good, but what if you want more inspiration than simply the facts? Jane gives us 5 resources!
THE COST OF TRAVELING OZ – Matthew (Nomadic Matt) gives us a break down on exactly how much he thinks you will need to travel around Australia. He gives you his own personal examples from when he was there last month which is perfect, up to date and a great resource for anyone who is there or planning to explore OZ this year – he also gives you some options on HOW to save money while you are there.
Top 6 Extreme Vacations – do you like extreme sports? then this blog is for you! Nellie (Wild Junket) gives us her top 6 adventure vacations – from Spelunking in New Zealand to Volcano-Climbing in Guatemala – this blog has something for all you adrenaline junkies!
The Traveler’s Guide To Locking Down Your Laptop (3parts) – Anil (fox nomad) has posted a 3-part series about how you can keep your laptop save while you are on the road, from physical security to protecting your data – this is a MUST READ for anyone who is a active travel blogger, I have many times lost articles, and blogs simply by not backing up my system etc. NOT FUN! 🙂
Ten great reasons to holiday in Dubai – James (Indie Travel Podcast) gives us 10 great reasons why we should put Dubai on our list of next places to visit – from it been a shopping paradise, to the warm weather and beaches, to SKIING – this places really does seem to have everything you could ever want… all in the same place – amazing!
In Other News, we have finally made it into the Top100 Travel Blogs @ #95 which is such a cool thing considering we only set up this domain 2 months ago. Even though we have been working hard on the site, I didn’t expect to be there until mid-summer – so this is AWESOME! Every week we will try to add a bunch of NEW travel bloggers into the mix as well as those who are writing consistently great articles so we can all find new, interesting reading and inspiration – check out the list below:
Living Under A State of Emergency – Gary (Everything Everywhere) shares with us some honesty with what is REALLY happening in Bangkok @ the moment – is it really a place you should stay away from now? or is it safe for tourists? check out the blog to see but of course the lesson is simple: use your logic and common sense – this doesn’t only apply to Thailand, nearly every country in the world has dangerous aspects, but does that really mean you shouldn’t travel there, here or anywhere?
Have you been to the world’s smallest nation? – Andy (Europe ala carte) gives us the smallest *nation* in the world – make sure you check out the picture! The place is called Sealand, and you can find it just off the coast of England – with it’s own passports, money and a flag you would THINK it also maybe had some dirt and trees???
How to Get an Empty Seat Next to You On an (Almost) Full Flight – Scott (Trekeo) gives us some tips via a guest post on Almost Fearless about how we can make sure we get a empty seat next to us on nearly any flight – shares heaps of great tips, so thanks for sharing these!
Farewell, India – Laura & Ryan (Round We Go) have just left India and shares some amazing in-depth insights into the real life conditions and situations you can encounter while traveling by train through India – I personally loved reading all their blogs about this place – for me India is next on the map to visit, so thanks for more inspiration!
Are You A Purist? – Pamela (Spunky Girl Monologues) questions are you a PURIST TRAVELER – on her next trip she is to quote her ‘…make a conscious decision to return to a pure and simple form of travel. It’s something that will allow me to feel more connected and creative…’ – do you NEED twitter, facebook, internet to travel or are you more interested in getting back to a *real* way of travel where you figure everything out WHILE you are on the road and things just seem to work out without too much planning… check the blog and ask yourself the same questions – I love thought provoking blogs!
Best Travel Blogs This Week – we are always looking for new, and interesting travel bloggers – so if you have a blog which you would like us to read simply leave a comment below so we can check it out! Well there you go, many new blogs there for you to read, hope you enjoy them and make sure you have a great weekend.