“Travel, travel, read all about it!”
Once upon a time in the early 1900’s you may have seen a young chap, dressed in a dapper plaid golf cap and overalls, screaming this at the top of his lungs and flailing a newspaper about.
This was how important information was passed around the decades before nifty doohickeys like e-readers and smartphones.
Well, I will be taking on the role of somewhat to that of a Town Cryer. Each week I will be posting up my favorite blog reads that caught my terribly low attention span. No, I will not be in overalls and a golf cap. I will be posting ere the very best travel reads, because when I’m not wandering around the world, I’m reading about it.
There will be no “Top 10” posts here, no “Best Beaches” bullshit, just straight up travel adventures and motivation.
Sophie in North Korea
Excerpt: The best description we could come up with: it’s like The Truman Show, at country scale.
Teenage daughter of Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt recently had a very rare chance to attend a delegation into North Korea with her father. In this immersive article about her experience visiting the hermit country, she sheds some light on the extremely staged, extremely repressed, and extremely weird country. The world’s biggest information aggregator visits the worlds most anti-information country. Kind of ironic huh?
Out of Sight and Out of Mind – Maintaining Friendships While Traveling
Melissa vents about a topic most travelers are sure to relate to: Losing touch with people while abroad. It seems as though it happens a lot. We go abroad and try to keep in touch with family and friends as much as possible, while at home with easily accessible internet it seems very few seem interested in reaching out. Melly’s frustration speaks for us all in this one!
All About Our Road-trip From Florida to Alaska
(The Constant Rambler)
Except: Before we get into all the nitty gritty I wanted to share a few facts about our trip:
- Days Traveled – 59 days
- Distance Traveled: 15,749 Miles on the road or 25,345 Kilometers for the rest of the world
- Gas Consumed: 533 Gallons
- Amount of Coffee Consumed: 28.5 Gallons (and that’s a conservative figure)
- States & Provinces Visited: 22 US States and 3 Canadian Provinces
- Car Accidents – 1 (more on that later)
Now that above sounds like a gnarly adventure! I have driven across the US (which was more of a blitz) and I can relate to the diverse and changing beauty, but an amazing diagonal route across the U.S. and back? Well you just have to read it to believe it, and to see all of the nifty things along the way!
So I Bought a BB Cream
Excerpt: Before you reach for your hard-earned cash and purchase something, ask yourself one question: WHY am I buying this? Is it because an ad told you to or because your friends all have one?
Lilian has an issue. She has returned from travels in Australia and noticed all the sudden she is buying all the crap again that she discovered she didn’t need when she left. Is consumerism in our blood and can we cure it? Well she will tell you just how to deal with reverse culture (consumerism) shock when returning home.
Video of La Transumanza in Le Marche Italy
Cattle herding through a rustic Italian village? Pretty neat stuff.
I Am Not Brave, I Am Not Lucky
(Be My Travel Muse)
Excerpt: In reality, I was shaking in my shoes for a full year up until my departure on this journey. I was scared as hell.
Kristin speaks of fear and assumptions in this inspirational post about how most people assume travelers are so brave and lucky to be traveling the world. No, it is in you to do the same, because we all are scared as hell when we leave everything behind. Be un-brave, be unlucky, and see the world.
Have you read any awesome Travel Articles this Week? Share your favorites in the comments!