What We’re Reading: January 29, 2010

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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!

Shoot. Kathryn and I have—for a while now—been considering a new camera, one that we can bring along with us on the road. Hence, we’re looking for something that’s portable without sacrificing the bells and whistles of a traditional DSLR. After reading Craig Mod’s review of the Panasonic Lumix GF1, we’re now leaning towards the micro 4/3 format. “The GF1 is a near perfect travel camera” writes Craig. For 16 days Craig field-tested the camera as he climbed through the valleys of central Nepal up to Annapurna Base Camp. He continues: “The compact combination of Panasonic’s GF1 body and the 20mm f1.7 Lumix pancake lens works with you as a traveler. It’s a light, sturdy, capable, exceptionally well conceived photography kit that demands to be taken on adventures.” Check out the exhaustive review here. Craig’s shots are amazing.

home 01 What We’re Reading: January 29, 2010Donate. BootsnAll World Adventures (BWA) is throwing out the net to all of those who’ve trekked Kilimanjaro (and those who intend to make the trip in the near future) to dig out your old outdoor gear and box it up donate it to the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project based in Moshi, Tanzania. More information can be found here.

Write. Andy Hayes lists five reasons why you should carry a travel journal, writing: “With real time networks like Twitter and Facebook, some may call for the death knell of travel journals. But there’s something about the blank page after a wonderful travel experience that social media just can’t capture.” Read his post here.

Look. Check out Gourmantic’s snap—”Twilight Tango Along the Seine“. “I could have chosen any of the 408 photographs I took during a twilight Bateaux Mouches cruise in Paris,” she writes—but “like life, an image doesn’t have to portray perfection to capture the essence of the moment.” A great tranche de vie.

Win. Nomadic Matt and Gap Adventures are giving the travel blog community the chance to enhance their travel junkie status with a two-week Gap Adventures Costa Rica trip with airfare! How do you win? Create a 550-word blog post or a 1 ½ minute video entry and answer the following question for Matt “Why do you want to go on this trip and what do you hope to get out of it?” Visit Nomadic Matt’s site for more contest rules and details.

Go local! Check out Mark’s (of Migrationology fame) eight-step guide to becoming a “native in Cambodia”. He writes: “From spending 24 Hours at Angkor Wat to aimlessly walking around the capital of Phnom Penh, in order to fit in to the Cambodian lifestyle, you will need to follow a few or possibly all of these tips.” Check them out here.

Rules. “There is a certain standard operating procedure that many travelers fall into after knocking about for a few years”, writes Wade from Vagabond Journey. He continues: “These travel strategies often serve to remove doubt and self questioning at each turn, they ease the mind from the constant barrage of decisions, and make traveling a little more enjoyable”. Check out Wade’s “Rules of Travelhere.

Tease. Saben and Lin tease thumb their nose at everybody in the northern hemisphere, writing: “Brrr! It can’t be more than 70 degrees out here!”. Check out their pics from Koh Samui. Guess what? Toronto has issued an extreme cold weather alert as temperatures dropped overnight to below -15C.

Eat. The inimitable Jen Laceda shares thoughts and snaps on the mind-boggling street foods of the Philippines. Caution Balut ahead!

Fight! Sara and Jason from Our New Office (dedicated to the “working while traveling” lifestyle) provide five compelling reasons why Puerto Rico is better than Hawaii. We reserve judgment until we’ve visited both!

Laugh. Candice from Candice Does the World, claims that this photo will brighten your day and perhaps your whole life. It did. Check out her post on a big resort vacation drawback.

Budget. Check out Budget your Trip, a new site that lets you create an itinerary and enter your daily travel expenses. Your budget will then be broken down by category and location, and displayed graphically, allowing you to keep track of your daily budget. Is your spending on accommodation outpacing your budget? Interestingly, the travel expenses you enter are then aggregated and used to estimate costs for future travelers. Although new, it will be interesting to see how this site progresses—especially in light of the diverse budgets and trip styles of travelers out there. Check out the site here.

Resolutions. Anil from FoXnoMad asked an interesting cross-section of travel bloggers: “Did you keep your travel resolutions for 2009?” Anil concludes: “I would say it’s a middle-of-the-ground “sort of”. Answers from GoPetFriendly, Shannon OD, Mark H, Heather On Her Travels, Brooke vs. The World and Gourmantic. Check out the article here.

Volunteer. Check out this piece from Dani Scism, who volunteered for five weeks in Peru with International Volunteer Headquarters. You can read more about IVHQ here on Volunteer Global.

Far East. Monica Wong shares 20 things she learned while travelling in China. Monica writes about her oh-so-offbeat travel adventures on her site, A Pair of Panties & Boxers. Unusual name? You bet. Click here to find out why. Then read more about the travels behind her stories.

Contribute. Lonely Planet is looking for folks to join their “Travelers’ Pulse Panel”! The panel is a discussion forum where folks from Lonely Planet engage travelers and listen to what they have to say about travel—where to go, how to plan and other creative travel ideas. As a panelist, you will have access to promotions exclusively for panelists (ie free Lonely Planet products and Amazon gift cards). Interested? Check it out here.

Work. Shannon from A Little Adrift writes “I feel like a cheater in the RTW traveler club.” Why? She worked steadily from the road her entire RTW trip! Check out her post, “A Little Confession…My SEO Job aka Why I’m Not a “Real” Backpacker“.

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Yay us!

Patting ourselves on the back. Louise Brown of TravelBlogSites.com has informed us that Two Go Round-The-World ranks #100 of the Top 100 Travel Blogs on the TravelBlogSites leaderboard (the score is the average of the Alexa and Compete.com rankings for each travel blog). That’s cool! The best part? We get a cool medallion (look right). If you’re looking for other solid travel blogs to add to your feedreader, the weekly leaderboard at TravelBlogSites is a good starting point. Read more about their endeavor here.

Read. Betsy from Married With Luggage asks “What are you reading?“. Check out some great reading suggestions here.

Vote. The Weblog Awards, or Bloggies, are on again! Be sure to vote for your favourite travel blog. Choose from Camels & Chocolate, Go Backpacking, The Vacation Gals, Everything Everywhere, or A Traveler’s Library. Click here to vote.

Save. Nico Crisafulli from Air Treks shares some strategies on scoring cheaper RTW tickers in his article “10 Ways To A Cheaper Ticket“. I’ve used Air Treks before and endorse them wholeheartedly—they are one of those companies that have been online and doing it right for a long time. I booked my first mini-RTW ticket with them online way back in 2001!

Pack. Sofia from Nathan and Sofia… Travel! shares some tips to help lighten your load before heading out on the road. Check out her post: “The Basics Of Light & Easy Backpacking“.

Mexico. Bethany from Beers and Beans shares her perspective on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula in her post, “Blood, Drugs & Sangria—How To Vacation In A War Zone“. She writes “A once vibrant, exciting city, Tijuana is now a virtual ghost town with shopkeepers and restaurant owners drained to their last penny without tourist dollars”.

India. Jessica from Hedgehogs without Borders spins a tight narrative (with nice pic) on Rajahstan’s Kumbhalgarh. Really enjoyed it.

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iPad. Booties weigh in on the new iPad. Is it the “perfect travel device—ebook reader, iPod, internet, GPS, and everything you can find in the App Store in a 1.5 lb device for US$500?”. Opinions are divided!

Getting hitched. A Bootie asks for advice about getting hitched overseas this March. They write: “We’d love to do the deed somewhere cold and snowy…we’re dedicated ski bums from way back. Any suggestions, tips, ticks or potential problems that we might encounter?” Any suggestions?

Guatemala. A long-running thread on safety in Guatemala just keeps getting better. Check it out here.,

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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. Check him out on Google+.

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  1. Jen Laceda says:

    Hi, I haven’t even read past the micro 4/3 recommendation and I’m already writing a comment. I promise to return to read the rest of the post, but I just wanted to say that there are many people, including professional photographers, looking into this micro 4/3 camera. Terry Carter is one of them. My curiosity is piqued as well. Travelling with a young family (baby no.2 due this March) means I have to travel light. My Canon EOS 5D is getting to be a bit of a burden! Time to make the switch, perhaps?

    • Daniel says:

      I’m really digging the camera. Going to find a store so that I can play around with it this weekend—maybe Henry’s or Vistek in Toronto (looking for the package with the 20mm Pancake Lens. I’d also like to pair the Panny with a Voigtlander 50mm 1.1—that’s crazy glass. Catches incredible amounts of light and produces sharp pictures with great DOF. I spent the evening browsing Flickr and checking out pictures with that combo (here for example).

  2. Shannon OD says:

    Thank you for the mention this week :-) You have quite the thorough round-up of posts and a few new blogs that I haven’t actually stumbled across before, so I’ve got some fun reading planned for the next 30 mins. Cheers and thanks!

  3. Betsy Talbot says:

    Thanks for the shout-out. Cool to make your list about what you’re reading when my post is about what I’m reading. :)

    And now I have even more to read, thanks to you.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  4. Monica says:

    Thanks so much for the mention! You guys rock! I always look forward to your “What We’re Reading” posts but I dread them at the same time because once I come here, I can’t leave! I’ll be doing the same GMAT problem for the next 30 minutes. Lol

  5. Candice says:

    Thanks so much for the mention! I’ve been really diggin’ the blog. You guys rock.

  6. Anil says:

    These posts are great and invariably lead me to some awesome articles I missed or haven’t run across.

  7. Gourmantic says:

    Merci for the mention and the bon mot, Daniel :) Makes me feel warm and fuzzy to be included among such good travel articles.

    Congrats to you and Kathryn on making the top 100! :)

  8. Hey Daniel! Glad you enjoyed the story about the fort at Kumbhalgarh. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it was actually my husband Tim who wrote the story. :)

  9. Sara says:

    Thanks so much for listing Our New Office. I jest when I talk about PR and Hawaii … I know they’re both great but its fun to trash talk:)

    The other articles you list here are excellent too. Great reads.

  10. Jennifer says:

    This is a very well thought-out, nicely written round up. I enjoyed finding it; thank you!

  11. Rick says:

    Food and travel are the joys of life. If only there was enough time to see everything in the world.

    The photos in your other blogs are awesome.

  12. Thanks Dan, great resource as always!

    Liked the volunteer post. I actually found this the other day, a card giving discounts to all the volunteers out there:


  13. Nancy says:

    Great round-up! I really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to the next one! I just discovered your blog and like it a lot!

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