What We’re Reading: January 7, 2011

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whatwerereading010711 What We’re Reading: January 7, 2011
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!


It’s been a while since we featured a week-end round up (wow, August). But here’s our first of 2011, following a few challenging (but nonetheless rewarding) months pulling together an adventure travel brochure lineup (2010 saw a change in career that we outlined here), we celebrated Christmas by travelling to Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, which we’re detailing in a series of posts here. So we have some (fairly reasonable) excuses. Of course, we hadn’t given up reading our favourite travel blogs — we just didn’t have time to pull together a weekly wrap-up!

anilpolat What We’re Reading: January 7, 2011Iraq back on the tourist trail? It’s maintained that northern Iraq is the gateway to the rest of the country and the areas under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government are a relatively stable place to start for adventurous travelers. Traveling in northern Iraq is easier than you might suspect—and Anil Polat tells you what you need if you’re thinking about including northern Iraq in a RTW trip. Check it out here.

wesnations What We’re Reading: January 7, 2011Up to his ankles. Wes Nations had planned on doing some volunteering on his trip, but what he wandered into wasn’t quite what he had in mind. Leaving his hotel to go shoot some photos, he came across four people struggling to move a huge slab of sandstone down a narrow alley. As he writes, it proved to be a dirty job!

twobackpackers What We’re Reading: January 7, 201110 Things to Love About India. Is India the most colourful, mad, exciting country in the world?  Probably.  British adventurer Alastair Humphreys shares India through his lens over at Jason and Aracely’s TwoBackpackers.com. He writes: “In India you see what life must have been like hundred of years ago”. India is a photographer’s dream and his photos are not to be missed!

nelliehuang What We’re Reading: January 7, 2011Up-and-Coming Adventure Travel Destinations for 2011. Another exciting year packed with thrilling travels is looming ahead! In 2010, we saw more unconventional destinations popping up in our adventure travel world—such as South Africa and Bhutan. In the new year, Nellie Huang predicts a similar trend—check out her seven up-and-coming adventure travel destinations for 2011 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!

How did you raise the $$$? Epic thread on Bootsnall now in its fifth year! Over 30 pages of posts on how to get money together for that trip of a lifetime. Check it out here. Could always consider nude modelling, of course.

Which pack is right? Bootie KatieG writes: “I’m taking a 2 month trip to Costa Rica starting in August. I’ve found tons of information about what to pack, but no great information on how to pack it.” The Booties weigh in — with a particularly in-depth reply from Mark Feenstra.

Keeping gear dry. Lindsey from Backpacker Daily (and also a Bootie) asks “Are netbooks affected by weather conditions?” Markus suggests stocking up on silica packs. Good advice 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. Danny says:


    Good to see you guys are still at it and getting closer and closer. We just finished our trip and it’s nice to hear from a ‘fresh’ voice….

    As for the money question….people have been asking us how we raised the cash for over two years now and to help others do the same we created a new site, Doughhound[dot]com. Give it a shot and let us know what you think!

    Let us know if we can help you guys out with the upcoming adventure!

  2. ayngelina says:


    Great picks, Anil’s post on Iraq is a must-read even if you will never go there.

  3. Kirsten says:


    This is such a great idea, I love that I now have some new things to read. Thank you for sharing this list! I do a similar type of post every Friday, the “FridayFive” w/ 5 recommendations for posts and articles to check out from the internet.

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