Best Travel Blog Articles of the Week – May 18th-24th


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.


Are you a real traveler? How the trip can change your approach to people
by Clelia Mattana of Keep Calm and Travel

Excerpt: “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they would ignore at home.”

There’s a punch in the stomach for a lot of travelers. Many of those who travel for leisure or vacation go to places abroad and gawk at everyday life of other cultures. Hell, backpackers can be guilty of it too — especially snapping photos of everything that catches our eyes. One thing that travel can change in you though, if you allow it to, is the ability to notice and acknowledge other human beings around the world — who are quite similar to ourselves. The only thing separating us is our refusal to interact with one another.  Clelia does an awesome job of analyzing the disconnect and showing how travel can change how we interact with each other.




Falling for a traveler: My on the road relationship 
by Flora of Flora the Explorer

Flora has quite an adventure spanning multiple countries over an extended period of time…but an adventure not of the romance of travel, but of travel romance. From the unexpected beginnings and the intense and passionate rise of feeling, to the struggle of keeping the spark alive as they part ways numerous times — Flora chronicles an emotional tale of fleeting love abroad.



What I learned from my round the world trip 
by Hayley of Love Puffin

Travel is full of ups and downs, moments of ecstasy and agony, and most importantly — life lessons. On a round the world trip encountering all sorts of cultures and experiences, Hayley details all of these lessons that have shaped her since embarking.


Travel Photography

Cities of the dead — Exploring a New Orleans Cemetery 
by Letty of Bella Vida

Though some might say it is a morbid fascination, I absolutely love walking through old, historic, or unique cemeteries. Letty takes us through one such city of the dead in New Orleans and the above ground crypts.



Kutna Hora Bone Church  
by Roam at Dawn

I guess the photo section will be undead themed! Cue the organ music for this one. Since I am in the Czech Republic at the moment, I was REALLY looking forward to seeing this Bone Church, or Sedlec Ossuary, has massive pieces of the church “decorated” or adorned with bones. But in very elaborate and somewhat chilling designs. Tis will have to do until I get to visit.



Palazzo Sacchetti, Rome
by Gillian’s List

Off of the dead topic and onto Rome where I just spent an awesome week wandering the city. Gillian shows us around Palazzo Sacchetti with stellar photos of the beautiful architecture and decor of a hidden gem in Rome.



Cartagena Street Art
by Bianca of Nomad Biba

Hi, my name is Ryan and I am a graffiti-haulic. I absolutely love street art and this photo essay is chock full of some o the most vibrant and gnarly street art I’ve seen from a destination I am not familiar with the least. Go have your retinas rocked by this art.



30 photos that will make you want to visit Italy 
by Robert of Leave your Daily Hell

Since I just came from Rome, a city I fantasized about visiting since I was a youngin’, I just had to include Robert’s photo essay in this mix. It was images like this (though not seen from a blog 15+ years ago) that filled my imagination about Italy and made it my top country I wanted to visit.


Travel Videos

Let’s get lost!

by Zara of Backpack Me

Here is a video which I will simply will call upbeat — one of those travel vids with the catchy music and the adventure footage that makes you just want to get up and go. Love it, and I like the overall message of inspiration to go travel.




The do-it-yourself tour of Pompeii
by Jennifer and Tim of Jdomb’s Travels 

I just experience my first taste of the rich history of Italy with a last-minute trip to Rome. Though I am not a fan of tours, I did take part in quite a bit of tours while in the eternal city to take advantage of my short time there. But, as some of us know, tours can be bloated as well — especially to a place as famous as Pompeii. Here, Jennifer and Tim give you an extensive guide and history lesson of this fallen city so you can do it yourself!


6 Photography Tips from a National Geographic Seminar
by Phila Travel Girl

Videography had always been something of a passion of mine growing up, but moving from a mini-DV camera and a digital HD movie camera to learning a DSLR and picking up still photography — I am still learning new things each day. As a traveler a perfect photo can come along at random and you have to be ready. Here are some great tips learned from a National Geographic seminar.



How to make an Italian neighborhood your own
by Penny of Adventures of a carry-on

One thing about Rome when I visited was just how disoriented I was. Coming from Thailand, I was obviously in for a bit of culture shock, but walking around neighborhoods in Italy made me feel a bit self-conscious about my lack of knowledge. It seems like every place I went in, the locals were in and out and knew exactly what they wanted, whereas I was spinning in circles trying to figure out what was what. And most people I encountered did not know much English. So, Penny gives a great guide on how to get acquainted with an Italian neighborhood like you’ve been there forever.



And don’t forget to check out my recent articles! 


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



  1. Penny Sadler May 25, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    What a fun blog! What an honor to be included in this list. I hope you can go back to Rome and explore Trastevere!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 26, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Shucks, thanks Penny! And thank you for sharing your awesome article with me!

  2. Franca May 26, 2014 at 3:25 am

    There are some interesting reads here, thanks Ryan for sharing them. I noticed you posted quite a few for Italy, does it mean you enjoy your stay in Rome?

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 26, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Glad you dig em’ Franca! And yes, it was strange how many I found while in Ialy just randomly, but I loved my time in Rome for sure!

  3. Sandra (@SandalsDownUnda) May 26, 2014 at 5:54 am

    All great articles, and a few blogs I hadn’t heard of but will now follow, thanks!! You’re missing the best one though.. mine!! #LiveGnarly

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 26, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Aw Sandra, I can’t believe I missed that! Sorry for not including ya this time, but I’ll keep an eye out for next week 😉

  4. Kiara Gallop May 26, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I already follow the fantastic Flora the Explorer but am always looking for new travel reads for those long bus journeys so I’m glad I discovered your weekly round-up 🙂

  5. Victor Tribunsky May 26, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Maybe one of my travel articles will be interesting to you and your readers.

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 29, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Nice Victor I’ll check it out for next time then!

  6. Zara @ Backpack ME May 26, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks for including our video in this cool round-up!
    We’re always up for a little serving of travel inspiration! 😉

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 29, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      It definitely made me start wanting to finally edit all of these videos I have! Cheers for the rad video Zara!

  7. Bella Vida Letty May 27, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Hi Ryan, thanks for including me in this roundup. You have a very nice selection of travel articles here. I’ve bookmarked so I can check them out.

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Anytime Letty, keep up the gnarly work and I’ll be stopping by often to read your stuff =)

  8. clelia May 27, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for including me Ryan, and glad you liked Rome, my favorite city in the world. I lived there for 3 years and there is no place like it. the atmosphere in there is …something else 😉

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      No problem Clelia, thanks for the rad article! I definitely need to explore Rome more though that is for sure. Wow, 3 years, that is amazing! Jealous.

  9. Michael May 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Nice list. I loved Flora’s post about relationships on the road. So well-written.

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 29, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Glad you liked the picks Michael!


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