Gnarliest Travel Articles: August 4th-10th


Welcome to your weekly travel digest. Just like a young chap in the early 1900’s, I will be playing the role of town cryer telling you all of the best travel articles hot of the (word)press.

Each week I will be posting up my favorite blog reads that catch my terribly low attention span. No, I will not be in overalls and a golf cap like this dapper young lad on the left.

When I’m not wandering around the world, I’m reading about it, so I want to collect some entertainment to light that travel spirit under your ass!

There will be no “Top 10” posts here, no “Best Beaches” bullshit, just straight up travel adventures and motivation.


I want to know your Secret.
by Caz and Craig of YTravel Blog

Exceprt: Today I’m going to share with you how we went bankrupt, how I nearly lost my marriage several times, how our health stood in our way, and how we turned it around with this blog and the determination to create my dream.

Caz and Craig are always in some new exotic locale with the lil’ ones, always smiling, and always seemingly happy. But never revealed before was an extremely catastrophic series of events before they found travel that have haunted them for years. Now that they have finally found their footing and are living their dream, Craig shares a raw and heartfelt confession of the struggles leading up to this point.



A Letter to my Homeless Father
by Toni of Reclaiming my Future

Excerpt: “What do I tell people in the future when I meet them and they ask about you?  Am I supposed to say that we no longer talk?  That you’ve died? Or that I walked away from you to allow you to be the homeless alcoholic you seemed so eager to be?”

Toni is the epitome of inspiration and is constantly using her blog and her time to get people pumped about life. But what about her own life? What about her? Well, in a heartbreaking letter to her father she reveals just how much pain she has been through dealing with him, and that it is time to do something for her. In a selfless and empowering post, she takes a hold of happiness for herself.



How to Travel the world when you have Lost Everything.
by Ryan of Just Chuckin’ it!

Excerpt: It is much easier to give up all hope than it is to stage an internal coup d’tat to overthrow Depression, the bastard that attempts to rule you in these times. When all is crumbling around you, it is still possible to climb your way out of the abyss.

Yes. This is my own article. But revealing my past in this post was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Travel truly saved me, and under this inspirational category this week I wanted to JAM pack it full of mojo. If you have lost in your life, if you are a dreamer, if you are desperate to travel, this is for you.



The Road to Dahab | Jeruselum to Egypt.
by On a Junket

This is hands down one of the most provocative and well written articles I have come across in a LONG time. I literally felt sucked into her experience as she waited for a bus, and described the sights, sounds, and encounters while making her way to Egypt. A must read.


Travel Photography

Orange you glad: A colorful Photo Series.
by Matt of Landlopers

#Frifotos is always a fun series each week that travelers take part in. This week’s theme was Orange, and Matt went all out! From neon glowing buildings, to bright orange foxes close-up, all of the photos are awesome.



Temples of Angkor Wat
by Time-Crunched Travelers

Excerpt: “When most people think of Angkor Wat, they usually picture crumbling stone temples with tree roots snaking their way around ornate doorways.”

Many times you see photos of Angkor Wat, and it is the same freakin’ angle. These to delve deeper into the Angkor complex with a series of photos that reveal the true beauty of this landmark in Cambodia.


Travel Videos

The Contents of my Backpack Two Years On.
by Lauren of Never Ending Footsteps

Excerpt: A year in and I had never worn a money belt, never found a use for duct tape. I’d yet to take a single anti-malarial tablet, never used a padlock and obviously the umbrella had to go.

Lauren is going on her third year of travel. In this video, she reveals what makes sense for her to pack after two years traveling, and the silly things she thought she HAD to pack the first time.



Inspirational Videos

Holstee Manifesto

Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Do or Die”

Does that have ya pumped up?! Find other awesome reads this week or want to be featured next week? Comment below!



  1. Matt August 11, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Thanks for including my photos, I really appreciate it! 🙂

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author August 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Anytime Matt! Keep up the rad work!

  2. Adam Finan August 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Nice collection of articles… Money belts are hilarious!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author August 12, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Ha, I bought one solely to tie the string around my belt because I wasn’t worried someone would steal it, I was worried I’d leave my wallet somewhere!

  3. On A Junket August 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Great run down….
    Thanks for adding one of our stories!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author August 12, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Of course, thank you for writing such a beautiful piece!

  4. Mary @ Green Global Travel August 11, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Great list! I really enjoyed some of the articles and images – and loved the videos! So many truths! Beautiful! Thank you!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author August 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Glad you liked everything, I thought the articles this week were amazing as well! So much inspiration.


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