What We’re Reading: September 25, 2009

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whatwerereading211121 What We’re Reading: September 25, 2009

Keep up with what we’re reading!

Each friday, we share those sites and articles—those interesting links—that we are currently reading or have recently read. Enjoy these great posts that you may have missed this past week. If you have any suggestions for next Friday’s round-up, please contact us!

We’ve lined up a veritable world tour of some of the blog world’s bright boulevards and brackish backwaters all offering up a variety of great posts this week! So without delay, let’s jump in!

Nomadic Matt discusses the downsides to long-term travel, while over on the Professional Hobo, Nora Dunn asks, “is full-time travel an act of withdrawal?

Are you familiar with Gourmantic’s blog? If not, be sure to check it out. Top-shelf writing and top-shelf ingredients make for delectable delights. Need proof? Truffles.

Over on Kaleidoscopic Wandering, JoAnna Haugen lists six life lessons she gleaned from the Burning Man festival.

And in the wake of a peach tart rimmed with pecan gingersnap crust, they’re off. Patrick and Akila from The Road Forks are off for a year around the world. We’re so excited at the prospect of their travels! In the words of Sir Richard Francis Burton: “Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.” He goes on to write: “Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares, and the slavery of Home, man feels once more happy.” Patrick and Akila, find joy in your freedom and happiness wherever you lay your head!

Tim Morris, freshly back from the Far East, provides some pespective on the shortcomings of short-term travel. We love Tim’s blog.

“Train Travel in Canada,” writes Corbin ”is still very much a part of [Canada's] heritage” . Over on I Backpack Canada, Corbin has put together a great post on train travel. Recommended.

We’ve (slowly) been collecting inspiring travel quotes as we wind our way through the web. Hopefully, the random quote appearing in the sidebar has caught your eye on occasion. Now, however, you can view the entire eclectic collection of travel quotes that we’ve lovingly woven together!

Over on Maiden Voyage, Emily Gerson asks “is cruising an inauthentic way to travel in your 20s?:” She writes: “when most people consider traveling in their 20s, they think of backpacking, staying in hostels, and roughing it. What do you think?

Chris, from the eponymous, Chris Around The World blog, writes: “there usually are a few destinations where I’d happily return again and again. We were talking about this in the office today so I came up with my list when I came home.” Check it out and add your recommendations. Ours? Penang! We just love that city—the blend of architecture, cuisine and cultures. It’s truly “The Pearl of the Orient”! Rows upon rows of century-old shophouses and beautiful villas really lend the city (well the downtown core, at least) a unique atmosphere—quite unlike anywhere else Kathryn and I have been together!

To complement our recent advice pieces on personal finance and long-term travel, be sure to check out Stephanie’s series on budgeting for travel. Start with the first instalment here.

The Brooklyn Nomad has the inside scoop on some shoulder season hotel deals to be had.

BootsnAll Threads

Bakpakaddict has asked for some good book recommendations. Cormac McCarthy and Maragaret Atwood are recommended. Weigh in here.

Lambchops asks for recommendations for portable USB chargers. Callpod anyone? Interesting thread.

Yanks26dmb is relocating to Vietnam—and asks HCMC or Hanoi? The Booties weigh in.

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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. His latest book, The Physics of Flocking, gathers his favourite writing featured over the past two years on Two Go Round-The-World in columns like 'Looking Back' and 'The Whole Picture'—along with new reflections.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for mentioning me again! Our series do seem to compliment each other well. Great timing there!

    • Daniel says:

      Agreed—and I like to think it’s a case of great minds thinking alike. Although we challenge that notion on this end, if you know what we mean! Have a good weekend.

  2. Gourmantic says:

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I feel very humbled.

  3. Corbin says:

    Hey! Forgot to thank you guys for mentioning my site. Much appreciated!

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