What We’re Reading: July 16, 2010

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whatwerereading071510 What We’re Reading: July 16, 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. 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!

Newsletter contest. Our newsletter contest is entering its third week. However, we won’t send out the first issue until we reach a milestone of 50 subscribers! And we need some help getting there. For a limited time, when you subscribe, you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 gift certificate from Amazon. For more information—and to subscribe—click here.

Child Labour. According to the U.N. Children’s Fund report, more than 6.3 million children under 14 are working in Bangladesh. Many of them work under very poor conditions; some of them even risk their life. Factory owners pay them about 400 to 700 taka (10 USD) a month, while an adult worker earns up to 5,000 taka per month. Check out nmvsite.com for sobering images of child labor in Bangladesh.

Travel without  crowds in high season! “I hate crowds, don’t you?” asks Jeanne d’Arc on Soultravelers3. She continues: “We have been traveling non-stop since 2006 and we do travel off season and shoulder season as much as we can, but we also have gained great experience on the tricks of how to avoid crowds even in the highest of seasons in the most popular places.” For her hints and tips, check out her post.

Managing finances securely while traveling. With a background in financial planning and a current full-time travel lifestyle, Nora Dunn is a stickler for managing finances—and doing it wisely and securely. Check out her recent article for a few tips on how to manage your own finances securely while you travel. Afterwards check out our take in our article: “Managing day-to-day spending on the road“.

Funding Your Travels. eBay, Craigslist & Amazon, Oh My! Kristina Wegscheider over at Do It While You’re Young offers up some great advice to make a few extra bucks for your travels. Sell stuff that is collecting dust for a decent return on websites like eBay, Half.comAmazon.com and Craigslist! Kristina. Kristina honed her listing skills while working at an eBay consignment store in college. Check out her post 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!

Rolling solo. “How does anyone ‘go it alone’?” writes Bootie Counterfugue.  They continue: “I’d like to know how you all meet up with fellow travelers, and how you determine what to do and where to go?”. On a six-month solo stint through Asia, we quickly learned that the majority of solo travellers are on the lookout for other travellers to socialize with. Check out the thread here. We compiled some hints and tips in an article entitled “How to meet backpackers and influence people“.

Travelling with bling. “Should my wife and I wear our wedding bands on our 1 year RTW trip?” asks fellow Bootie NSJ. ”Hers is a simple narrow white gold band and mine is a darker metal (Tungsten Carbide). Will this attract unwanted attention?” The Booties weigh in with there experiences here.

Malaria meds. “On my one-year RTW trip, I’ll be traveling to a few countries that require preventative malaria meds.” writes NSJ. “19 weeks is a long time to be on malaria pills, and I’m worried about the costs and effects of these pills.” In our opinion, if you’re planning on visiting mostly tourist trail hotspots, using repellent, and dressing sensibly, then chances are you probably don’t need to take malarials. On the other hand, if you’re planning on spending a lot of time trekking in remote areas and don’t plan on using repellent, then availing yourself of a course of malarials would be a prudent decision. Check out the thread 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. 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. Thanks for the DIWYY mention! I encourage everyone to downsize their belongings in an effort to generate some income to travel the world!

    • Daniel says:

      It’s our pleasure — Kathryn and I have been planning to unload a bunch of things we no longer use in order to help save up for ‘The Big Trip’!

  2. Thank you for the mention of my article on managing finances abroad! I like the point in your article “Managing Day-to-day Spending” about setting up automatic transfers of money from your savings to chequing accounts. Great tip!

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