What We’re Reading: October 9, 2009

| October 9, 2009 | 4 Comments
whatwerereading009109 What We’re Reading: October 9, 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 bluest backwaters all offering up a variety of great posts this week! So without delay, let’s jump in!

People from as far away as Brazil, Peru, Mexico, England, Norway and Australia have put forward their case as to why they are worthy of becoming Gap Adventure’s Coolest Travel Intern. Application period closes October 15. Check it out!

Travel experts from around the world have been entering into the Brooklyn Nomad’s confession booth and spilling their guts about dirty deeds from the road. People from Lonely Planet, USA Today, Budget Travel, Travelocity, and more contributed to this trilogy of travel confessions. Check out the series:

Some interesting revelations there—thanks, Brooklyn Nomad!

Seven memorable treks that took Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll’s breath away. Some great photos.

Dan (from Dan’s Adventures) visits Elephanta—a Hindu temple complex carved out of rock, consisting of three main caves which date back to the 9th through to 13th centuries—said to be the abode of the Hindu god, Shiva. Good stuff.

Described by Rudyard Kipling as “the embodiment of all things pure,” the Taj Mahal is located only a few hours by train from Delhi. But with limited travel time is visiting the Taj Mahal a “must see” for a first trip to India? Check out Hedgehogs without Borders for the answer.

Wade Shepherd shares a formula of how a person, any person, who can work legally in the USA can make and save enough money to travel for over a year off of 3 to 6 months of work. However, these are no longer his circumstances. Check out his piece.

Ren Robles from So Not Lost takes your around Kuala Lumpur.

BootsnAll Threads

Flashpackers are often simply affluent backpackers with larger disposable income. They choose to travel in more comfort than the average backpacker, often avoiding public transport and opting for hotels over hostels. Is flashpacking killing the art of backpacking?

Interested in taking the Trans-Siberian Railway (and transfering to the Trans-Mogolian Railway), LisaLu asks the Booties “how should we go about Visas? Everyone says you need to get it from your home country, but I don’t think that will be possible in our case. What should we do?”

Norm Montana appeals to the Bootis for Vietnam to Laos itinerary suggestions. From what I remember, the overland trip can be quite gruelling.


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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. Corbin says:


    You guys always find juicy articles to read. I’ve found several new blogs to follow care of you guys. Much appreciated.

  2. Tango Lucy says:


    I wonder where the term flashpacking comes from? Never heard of it. Thanks for interesting links!

  3. Social says:


    Great article with some really interesting links. I especially like the Elephanta piece about the Hindu caves. Will be sure to add that to the list of things to see.

    Also love the term flashpackers! It’s the first time I have heard this word and is so appropriate. Reminds me of my days as a traveler when some people would always seem to have money despite wearing no shoes. Then you would walk past them as they enjoyed dinner at an expensive restaurant. Strange!

    Good work Daniel, keep them coming.

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