What We’re Reading: July 9, 2010

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whatwerereading070910 What We’re Reading: July 9, 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!

Newsletter contest. The community at Two Go Round-The-World is growing in size and involvement so this week we’re very pleased to announce another way in which readers can become a little more involved in the blog—by subscribing to a special free newsletter!  And for a limited time, when you subscribe, you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 gift certificate from Amazon. More information—and to subscribe—click here.

New York’s Highline. Travel writer and freelance wardrobe stylist Gina Gorelik offers up an interesting post on Keith Jenkins’ Velvet Escape on New York City’s highline. The city decided to turn an abandoned rail line into an elevated park. Writes Goreli: ”These days, the Highline is considered one of the most unique urban parks in the world”. Check out her post here.

Writing contest. Hey—all of you Travel Bloggers out there! Globetrotting travel writers Lara Dunston and Terence Carter, in partnership with HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, are excited to be announcing the fifth contest in their year-long series of monthly Grantourismo travel blogging competitions. This month, they’re inviting their reader to produce an inspiring blog post comprised of one stunning photograph that captures the spirit and colour of a local festival and 250 words that describe the events effect on you. Check out the contest here.

Cuba is so very Cuban. Shawn takes a break from his work in Haiti to post to his blog Rerunaround, writing: “All those stereotypes you hear when folks talk about Cuba turned out to be true. Loads of classic cars and cigar shops just like you would expect. Sprinkle in some Che Guevara and Castro imagery and you pretty much have it.” Check out his post here.

Don’t let the bed bugs bite! “Bed bugs are easy to transport in luggage and very hard to get rid of” writes Kevin Visser from Travelonly, “The Bedbug Registry exists to give travelers and renters a reliable and neutral platform for reporting their encounters with bedbugs. These retro pests are spreading extremely quickly across several North American cities!” An interesting link—check out Kevin’s post here.

More blogs! Looking for something great to read? Check out Brendan’s Top 100 Independent Websites.

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!

Do it for cheap. Bootie yanks26dmb is putting together a list of countries that can be done on 35 USD or less per day.  They write: “There’s so much contradictory information on the web, its hard to really know true costs”. The Booties offer up some keen insight here.  We suggest reading Tim Leffel’s The World’s Cheapest Destinations: 21 Countries Where Your Dollars Are Worth a Fortune.  We’ll offer up a full review when we’re through — but until then, check out Amazon’s reviews.

If you only knew. Fellow Bootie Ozzie Traveller asks: “If you where doing it all again for the first time, what would you have loved to know back before your first round-the-world or major long-term trip?”. As always there’s an eclectic mix of opinions and answers.

Travelling with phones. “I have traveled before using an unlocked phone and bought sim cards along the way”, writes a Bootie looking for some insight from the road “It was three years ago, though, and things may have changed considerably in that period of time… looking for suggestions for communication devices in the areas of Morocco, Egypt, India, China and Thailand”. Check out the thread here.

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