Inspiring Travel Blogs 11-20 April
I have a confession to make: I follow and read around 200 travel blogs daily. But it isn’t a chore. It’s something that I love to do! There are so many interesting stories around. It’s time I start sharing the best with you.
A Different Travel Lifestyle
I’m a huge believer in the idea that there isn’t a ‘right way to travel’. There are so many options, from solo to family, from beach holidays to volunteering programs… The possibilities are endless, really. Isn’t that great? Here are some travel blogs about ways to travel that caught my eye this week: How to Travel With Someone Else In this guest post from Stephanie (Twenty-Something Travel) on Room77, you can find some great advice on travelling with a partner, especially when you’re used to travelling solo before. I did both and both have their advantages, but having someone to share your experiences with is a benefit that you should definitely consider. Why you shouldn’t travel with kids Talon from 1Dad1Kid had an epiphany. He has failed as a parent dragging his 11 years old son around the world, teaching him the real value of life. His kid shouldn’t learn how to follow your dreams, how to learn something from every experience and communicate with others even when there are language barriers, right? The Pros And Cons Of Travelling By Bicycle Cycling musicians Jenny and Lars (guest posting for Art of Backpacking) started travelling from Mexico to Argentina… by bike. What started as a bit of a necessity because of Lars’ claustrophobia on public transport, turned out to be a life changing way of travel. Travelling by bike is not for everyone, but it will definitely be an experience never to forget. Keeping Kids Connected While Travelling When you’re travelling for a long time, keeping your kids connected to family back home can be quite a task. But Beth from Flashpacker Family shows you 5 ways to let them keep in touch.
This has to be my favourite section of weekly round-ups. There is so much to learn on a trip and these people really explained it in a unique, personal way: An Affair to Remember: Why I Had to Leave the Paradise and How Rough Guide Failed Not every holiday goes to plan. Juno (from Runaway Juno) knows all about it. Her last trip to the Philippines didn’t go as planned, but she managed to stay positive and moved on. Like we all should. How a children’s book inspired my wanderlust I always love reading where a person’s love for travel originated and Adam from Travels of Adam knows it well. A book written to inspire curiosity and an adventurous spirit among children, what better can there be? Getting Lost Gray from Solo Friendly gets lost. A lot. But even with losing some time on her travel itinerary, she finds a way to learn from these experiences. And that is all that matters! Today I Quit My Job to Travel the World Liz from Young Adventuress quit her job to travel. It seems easy, but it is so much more than just that. She chose to do the one thing she truly believes in, the one thing that makes her happy and feels as her life’s purpose. And that is a great lesson we can learn from her. Travel or Love: It’s Not a Choice Between One or the Other Last week, I showed you to the post of Jane writing about her thoughts on finding a partner while travelling so much. Nicole from Bitten by the Travel Bug gives her response. She thinks a partner doesn’t have to be a travel addict too, but as long as she/he is supportive to the other, a true match is found. Part 1: I am following my dreams. Are you? Sebastian from Off The Path shows us that it isn’t impossible to live the life you dream of. It might take a lot of work and others might not understand and support you at all times, but if you have the courage to follow your dream, you will live it. I cannot wait for the part 2 of his series! Can Travel Strengthen Marriages and Long-Term Relationships? Caz and Craig from yTravel blog have to be some of the most inspiring travel bloggers around. They travel a lot, while keeping up with their business and their two little kids. Caz talks about the ups- and downs of travelling with your partner.
Meaningful and Responsible Travel Blogs
More and more travellers are looking for a more green way to travel. And it’s not just eco-friendly activities and accommodation. People are looking to add more meaning and responsibility to the people they meet on their trips too. I love it! Here are some travel blogs that ‘get it’ and show you how they travel more consciously Citizens of the World: A Manifesto Flora (from Flora The Explorer) teaches us in her beautiful manifesto to always look at people with open eyes and open minds and the importance to stay true to yourself when travelling. Paying it Forward Stories: The Secret Letter in My Suitcase If you thought the ‘Pay it Forward’ idea from the movies is an old thing, you should read this post by Victoria from Pommie Travels. She found a very special and kind note in her backpack… from a perfect stranger. The Benefits of Ecotourism: 20 Top Travel Bloggers on the Importance of Nature Travel The Green Global Travel blog is the best place to find information about eco tourism and in this post, the pie gets a cherry on top with beautiful quotes from 20 travel bloggers. If this doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will! Slow Travel in the Loire Valley Jo writes on BootsnAll about the importance of slowing down on your travels. We all know we should do this, but it can be hard sometimes! Jo gives excellent tips for travelling slow in the Loire Valley in France. By the end of the post you should feel calmer already! On Traveling: And Its Transformative Powers There are so many things you can learn from your trip: about yourself, about others… Beth from Wanderlust and Lipstick talks about the way your life changes when you travel. Why the term “off the beaten path” annoys me I totally agree with Oneika (from Oneika The Traveller) here. The term ‘Off The Beaten Path’ is being overused sometimes and we should realize that every destination is special.
Unique Travel Experiences
This part of the round up doesn’t really need an intro, so let’s get into it: the most unique travel experiences from this weeks travel blogs: This Meat Has Expired – Abandoned buildings in Berlin A photo tour through abandoned buildings made Sherry from OttsWorld come up with some pretty amazing photographs. I remember once winning a book featuring abandoned buildings too, and her pictures could go straight into the book! Monarch Butterflies Sanctuary in Mexico A great tip for butterfly loving travellers (me!me!) by the lovely family from Family Travel Bucket List. Shark Cage Diving | Not my finest moment Anthony from Positive World Travel takes a leap, literally, by jumping in a cage surrounded by sharks! I once did this in New Zealand, and the sharks Anthony shows in Africa seem just as scary… Ostia Antica: Rome Frozen in Time This post by Stephanie from Twenty Something Travel instantly appealed to me, as I have visited Ostia Antica with my class from high school. Stephs amazing pictures brought back a lot of memories and I’d love to go back now that I’m not a hormone-driven 16 years old :) A long day in the mountains: hiking the Tongariro Crossing A great recap of his hike at the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand by Dave from What’s Dave Doing. He writes it’s one of the best walks he’s ever done, anywhere in the world, so definitely a must-read!
Global Food Inspiration
This week, it seemed a lot of people were really hungry. There were much more food posts than I normally see. Or maybe it’s me and I just got attracted by them more than usual. (Did I mention I quit eating cookies again this week?) Here are some stories and photos from travel blogs that made me drool: Traditional Food of Finland From Mustamakkara to Blini, Pulla and Vorschmack, I had never heard of these Finnish dishes. But Ayngelina from Bacon is Magic shows us a great range of deliciously looking meals, starter to desert. You Can Be Vegetarian or Vegan and Travel: You Won’t Miss Out! A must read for every vegetarian/vegan traveller. Forest from Everyday Nomad gives some great tips and also features opinions and experiences from other travellers. 5 Must Try Foods in Lhasa, Tibet A quick overview of some popular food in Tibet, by Agness (Etramping) on the Travel With A Mate blog. I tasted the momo not in Tibet, but in Nepal and I would definitely recommend them as well! Moroccan Food: A Feast for the Senses And a feast for the reader too. A great post by Dave and Deb from The Planet D about their experiences with Moroccan food. Gelato University in Bologna If you thought gelato was just another word for ice cream, think again. And read this article by Michael from Art of Backpacking. You’d be surprised!