What We’re Reading: July 2, 2010

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whatwerereading070210 What We’re Reading: July 2, 2010

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. Although we’ve been negligent these past few weeks. Enjoy these great posts that you may have missed this past little while. If you have any suggestions for next Friday’s round-up, please contact us!


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The World's Cheapest Destinations

Currently reading. We’re currently reading Tim Leffel’s The World’s Cheapest Destinations: 21 Countries Where Your Dollars Are Worth a Fortune.  Leffel’s popular budget travel guide, now in its updated third edition, offers the lowdown on the best bargain-priced international destinations, with sample prices and key attractions. We’ll offer up a full review when we’re through — but until then, check out Amazon’s reviews. Otherwise, check out a free PDF excerpt here, courtesy of Leffel’s Cheapest Destinations Blog.

Le Tour de France Gourmantic. Coinciding with Le Tour de France 2010, Gourmantic is featuring a special series for the month of July. Aptly dubbed ‘Le Tour de France Gourmantic‘, it’ll take you on a food and wine journey through travel narratives from a road trip around France. Get pedallin’ and eatin’.

Reasons behind the forks. From another great foodie-themed travel blog comes “Why I decided to travel the world“, wherein Akila reveals her motivations to travel (and eat) her way around the world. Check out The Road Forks.

E-Books. Pulled some great resources together and considering writing a travel e-book but haven’t got round to doing it yet? Whatever your reason for wanting to create a digital book, this is the place to start. They offer a large amount of information on self publishing, e-book templates, 3D e-book covers, free PDF creation, and so much more. By learning how to do and create these things yourself, you cut out the ‘middleman‘, in turn saving yourself a bundle of money. You also get the satisfaction of creating someone entirely by yourself. Check them out here.

Shoes on a tree. A weird and wonderful image from JoAnna at Kaleidoscopic Wandering—the Mojave Desert’s famous shoe tree!

A Blogger’s State of the Union. Freshly back from TBEX 2010, the travel bloggers’ conference in New York City, Melanie offers up some insight into the conference — and the direction she wants to take her blog, Travels with Two.

Describing the travel blogger. In New York, as well, for TBEX 2010, Stephanie from 20-Something Travel offers some insight into what travel bloggers are really like. Check it out.

Carnival cruise. The Perceptive Travel Blog hosts this edition of the “Carnival of Cities“, where they tour the world in a single blog post. And they were kind enough to include one of our posts! You too can submit your blog post to the next edition of the “Carnival of Cities“. Past posts and future hosts can be found on theirblog carnival index page. Check it out the post here.

Accolades for Gary Arndt. If you haven’t heard already, Gary Arndt’s ‘little’ travel blog was named as one of the 25 best blogs in the world by Time this week. Writes Gary “After spending three and a half years tramping around the world by myself in shitty hostels and guesthouses, it is nice to be acknowledged for what you do.” Check out his post on it here.

Post-graduate travel. Christine Gilbert answers the question: “So you’ve graduated from College — now what?”. Approached by graduates asking: “I want to wait out the bad economy, do some traveling, but I’m a broke-ass college student… what should I do?” Christine offers up a very thorough and comprehensive post on some ways to stretch your money — and your legs — with some post-graduate travel. Check it out here.

Culture shocker. Jodi Ettenberg articulates her feelings following her return to North America from Asia to  attend the 2nd annual Travel Bloggers Exchange Conference (TBEX). Check out her post entitled “Some Post-Asia Reverse Culture Shock“. She writes: “my return this week from Bangkok has proven much more difficult than my other ‘re-entries’. I think there are several reasons for my current disconnect, each of which contributes to the otherworldly, awkward feeling of being an outsider in a city I used to call home.” More here — great read.

The Wander Project is Dead. Josh Fulmer announces he’s giving up on The Wander Project. He writes: “In the several months that The Wander Project has been up and running, I’ve reached one conclusion: I don’t want to keep a travel blog. It feels forced, and the idea of having to generate content for content’s sake is slightly nauseating. Writing en route generally doesn’t result in one’s best work. Both are points I knew to be true.” Good on ya, Josh — do what feels right. I often wonder whether Kathryn and I will continue blogging while on the road. Our blog was meant to record our planning, preparing and packing for our RTW trip. I always felt that we’d continue on with it once hitting the road, but that’s simply a decision that will have to be made once we’re faced with a departure date! Read Josh’s announcement here.

People to inspire. One of the things Dave and Deb from The Planet D love the most about travel is meeting new people. In a recent post, they shared a few of the special people who have really stood out and touched their hearts during their travels. Check it out here.

Party on! Jason Castellani and Aracely Santos check in from Cusco’s Inti Raymi Festival—the region’s largest festival. Read about it here.

BootsnAll Threads

BootsnAll is a web-based travel publisher, an online travel community and provider of services and information that travelers need and want. We frequent their forum—and bring to you our favourite threads from the past week!

Passport fees for Americans increasing. Fellow Bootie Halfnine reminds Americans to consider adding pages to their passport before the fee hike, writing: “Passport fees for Americans are going up on July 13th. More relevant for most of us with existing passports is inserting additional pages which used to be free is now going to cost $82. If you’re thinking of getting extra pages best to do it soon.” More information here.

Home for a rest? Rachel from Cheap and Charming Europe posed the following questions to fellow Booties: “For those who have done RTW trips, did you come home for a break in between legs of your trip?”. Consensus seems to be split. 2wanderers writes: “Coming home from a big trip is a strange experience at the best of times. And I think popping in for a few weeks at several points throughout the trip would be even stranger.” On the other hand, Canadianbackpackinggirl writes: “I’m glad I came home, it was nice to regroup, repack and catch up with friends and family before I headed off again”. We’re of the mind that coming home for ‘mini-breaks’ defeats the purpose of long-term travel — isn’t ‘being away’ for an extended period and the self-imposed ’isolation’ that ensues part of the experience? Check out the interesting responses here.

No flight travel. Fellow Bootie  writes: “I seek alternative means of transportation: Rail, Ocean, Road. I am looking for others that have traveled RTW this way exclusively. I want to hear from the people who enjoyed the journey and not just getting from point “A” to point ”B”.  Sheep Baron believes that the way you move is more than half the story. Some cool discussion follows.


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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. JoAnna says:


    Thanks for the shout out! If you ever make it to the Las Vegas area, I’ll take you to see the shoe tree. It’s quite a sight in the middle of the desert.

  2. Shannon OD says:


    Love this week’s roundup! I’ve let my RSS pile up so this is a great way to still catch some of the best posts recently! :-)


  3. Daniel, thanks for the shout-out — and for listing such a helpful post on e-books, too! The latter was just the information I’ve been looking for, post-TBEX. Happy 4th of July weekend to you both!

  4. Akila says:


    Thanks for the shout out this week! I’ve read most of these posts already and agree that it’s a great collection.

  5. legal nomads says:


    Thanks for including me in your roundup! It’s been quite the readjustment but meeting travelers at TBEX, so many of whom understand and have experience the same sort of reverse culture shock, helped make it easier.

    Hope to meet you two at next year’s conference!
    Jodi

  6. Dave and Deb says:


    Thanks for the mention! I can’t wait until Saturday morning…that’s when I catch up on all my reading and I will revisit this page to check out the other posts that you listed. I have read Melanie’s already and loved it so much that we put it in our newsletter. And excellent round up for anyone that missed TBEX.

  7. Keith says:


    My family and i are thinking of selecting a Carnival Vacation cruise to Progresso, Mexico, as well as Cozumel. It is actually a five Day trip departing out of Mobile. Anyone have experience with this specific cruise? My spouse and i can’t find out much information with regards to Progresso

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