Travel Blogs: Best of the Week (August 29-September 4, 2010)
I was surprised to see that my Travel Blogs Bundle on Google Reader now has 18 subscribers! Thank you so much! I added a few new travel blogs this week, and the bundle contains 73 in total.
Here are some of my favorite travel blog posts from the past week:
15 Things You Don’t Need to Pack: Globotreks is a new addition to the Travel Blogs Bundle this week, and I loved Norbert’s useful advice about what not to pack! I agree with him on #6 that packing nice shoes, there’s little chance you’re actually going to wear them (unless you’re going to Vegas!).
The Stunning Fortified Town of Peñíscola: This is another destination of which I had never heard until I read about it in a blog post, written by Keith of Velvet Escape. Though it looks like a classic touristy town, it’s quite beautiful in its setting high above the sea. I’d go on a nice day and take hundreds of photos!
What I Don’t Like About Travel: Michael the Mobile Lawyer put together a great post about the downside of travel — something all long-term travelers must keep in mind before setting off. In particular, he has some great things to say about seeing poverty around the world.
Thai Desserts (Khanom Wan Thai): The Ultimate Thailand Sweets Guide: Mark from Migrationology put together what should be considered the premiere post on Thai desserts. I can’t believe how extensive this guide is. It must have taken him forever. If you’re heading to Thailand, be sure to check it out before you go!
Adam’s Peak, A Pilgrimage For All Religions: If you’ve been reading this blog or following me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been wanderlusting like crazy for Sri Lanka. One thing I’m yearning to do is climb Adam’s Peak, which holds religious significance for Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Muslims. Dave and Deb at The Planet D took an excellent video of their climb — it’s well worth seeing, as it looks nothing like what I’ve imagined!
Story of Escaping the Cubicle Corporate World: I love posts that describe travel planning in great detail, and this is a great resource. Mike from Art of Backpacking lays out the specifics of exactly how, step by step, he downsized his life and saved $15,000 for a year abroad. Also, just a few minutes after, Jason from Life After Cubes posted Traveling For a Year Isn’t Luck — a perfect way to underscore the message that long-term travel is absolutely possible if you’re willing to make sacrifices.
Also, congrats to Wandering Earl, who just released his new ebook (aka the project on which he worked 90-hour weeks!): How To Get A Job On Board Cruise Ships. I have to admit, after reading about what ship life is like, I was sucked in! Check it out.
Happy Travel Tuesday, everybody!