The World First Wander: travel inspiration from World First travel insurance
Welcome to another World First Wander, our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel blogging and writing. As always it’s compiled by Tristan Rothwell, the man who scours the internet for the very best travel related stuff so you don’t have to.
It’s been another busy week in the world of travel and travel blogging. This week we take a look at travel advice, searching for hidden treasure and confessions of a travel blogger.
Ignoring the advice of the FCO
We start off with a controversial story. It is especially so for us in the travel Insurance industry because it is about travelling to a country where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against travel to. The basic crux of this is that if you do go to such places it is likely that you will void any travel insurance you may have. We would always recommend you read and heed the FCO’s advice if you are planning to visit any country. It’s also worth reading their Know before you go page.
However, Travel Geek decided to go against all this advice in his latest post that he has entitled Should you visit a country that’s advised against travel to? It’s interesting, of course, but our response has to be ‘if you want and expect cover then it has to be “NO”’.
Mallorca. Should you or shouldn’t you?
Mallorca has always been a popular destination for us Brits. And it’s not hard to work out whay when you look at the average temperatures. Even in winter you can expect a balmy mid 20s degrees Celsius. It seems like a distant memory here! So it shouldn’t be such a tough decision for blogger Jen Lowthrop on She Gets Around. But in case you need reminding here are the answers to the important question So…..should I visit Mallorca this winter?
2nd Week in a row for the Bimblers
We included The Bimblers in last week’s World First Wander as they were celebrating their first 12 months of blogging. This week we are featuring them again with their Wheelchair friendly bucket list for 2016, although we have to say we are deeply disappointed that neither Rob nor Bridget have yet to venture to Cornwall. We think both Devon and Cornwall should be on everyone’s bucket list, which is why we’ve found two great sites for people looking for accessible holidays in the Westcountry (or anywhere for that matter. Check out Accessible Countryside and Walks with wheelchairs.
Top travel Destinations for February
We like to keep our finger on the pulse when it comes to the hot travel destinations bloggers are writing about. This week we seek the advice of Scottish Emma who has been giving us some ideas for Top February travel destinations. Some great ideas in there, from Berlin to Iceland, places that are proving popular with travellers at the moment. Berlin is obviously a hot spot at the moment because A Brit and a Southerner have also been blogging about it as well in their post 10 Reasons you will love to explore Berlin in a day
Another spot that will always be hot is the Eiffel Tower in Paris. As with any tourist attraction there are always a few tips worth reading to make your visit easier, so if you are planning a trip, have a read of Tips for touring the Eiffel tower from Pit Stops for Kids.
Searching for hidden treasure
Geocaching, in case you have never heard of it, is the up to date equivalent of letterboxing. That is using your phone or GPS locator to find hidden treasures around the countryside. It’s a great way to get out there in the wild whether and is as simple to get started on as downloading app. Tristan likes Geocaching.com
Geocaching is a great way to explore new destinations on holiday. In the course of a day you’ll visit all kinds of places you might never have gone. Kids love it too because they still get to use their phones but also get to go outside. It’s a parents’ win win. If you are new to Geocaching Got Ireland has a new post that explains it all: Geocaching in Ireland: searching for hidden treasure.
Searching for Adventure
Hand Luggage Only have featured many times before in the World First Wander, and for good reason. They consistently write great articles about great stuff which are always accompanied by amazing photography. This next post is no different. 21 Adventures you have to take this year is a dreamer’s paradise of ideas. Which one would you do first?
Finally, it’s confession time
Confession is good for the soul, so they say. So here’s a little something another of our favourite bloggers, Vicky Flip Flop. If this isn’t enough to make you want to run for the nearest airport then we don’t know what is. It’s funny, honest and inspiring. Ready…? Take it away Vicky…. 29 confessions of a 4 year strong travel blogger.