The World First Wander: travel blogs we loved this week
Welcome to our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel and travel writing. Each week we scour the internet to bring you our list of “what’s hot” in travel blogging. It’s compiled, as always, by our social media man, Tristan Rothwell.
Every journey begins with…
…a single step, according to Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu (although it’s often wrongly attributed to Confucius). Anyway, wherever it comes from, it’s how we begin this week, with a post from London Kiwi Emma that tells of travel delays and union action and just goes to prove that there can be an upside to sitting on the tarmac long after you should have landed on the other side. Silver lining people would say that it would at least give you time to jot down some ideas for a new blog post. And here it is. Every journey begins with a single step, or so the travel philosophers say.
Stay safe when travelling
If you are off to far away climes one of your most important considerations is how to stay safe. Nobody wants a holiday cut short because of accidents or incidents that could have been avoided. This next blog, from Rory Cummins over at Planet and go, is all about just that. He has compiled a list of travel safety essentials in his post 7 travel safety tips. Of course, number 2 is absolutely essential - get travel insurance.
You can get on a bus and end up in Paris
Going viral is something most bloggers can only dream of, but when American tourist Scott Walker posted his observations of England on facebook in September he probably never guessed it would be shared over 81000 times. It’s a remarkable view of England from the point of view of an American visitor and it’s pretty spot on. If you have yet to see American tourist’s 100 observations about England, check it out on Matador Network . Pure brilliance.
5,000 year ago, someone arranged a lot of rocks all over, but no one is sure why
Scott Walkers observation from the previous post, applies to Stonehenge, but it might as well apply to most of the Westcountry, and in particular, Cornwall. Granite is what Cornwall is made from! If you are heading to Cornwall this autumn and fancy doing some walking (there will be granite, trust me) then it’s worth checking out the work of Penzance based travel blogger The Enjoyable Rut. Check out this latest post, about three great walks in south West Cornwall, Three Autumn walks in Cornwall.
Sometime a little inspiration can go a long way. It’s especially true when it comes to looking a travel photos and photography. If you have yet to discover Pinterest then we can recommend checking it out now! First timers might be a little bewildered by the staggering number of photographs to ponder so we thought we should share Travel on the brain’s latest blog post. 7 Pinterest boards to help you travel better is a great place to start!
Let the train take the strain
Travelling by train is a bit like Marmite. You either love it or hate it. However, get it right and it can be a deeply pleasurable way to travel. And we are not talking about the daily commute here, but trips across continents and to new places. Take, for example, a train trip across Itlay, as featured in our latest post from Heels in my backpack. As she says, “you may even discover a hidden gem of a destination en route.” Quite right. Check out How to travel Italy by train and start dreaming (or planning).
Our last post this week is especially for Kirsty, our office manager, who will hit the grand old age of 30 on Monday. So, especially for her, here’s a little help Vicky Flip Flop Travels in How to be 30 and not have a meltdown.
Of course we can insure travellers up to 100 years old so there is still plenty of time left to travel for Kirsty and Vicky.
Happy Birthday Kirsty.
Until next week.