The World First Wander: what's hot in travel blogging this week
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 frantic, frenetic and fabulously frenzied week in the world of travel writing. You could be forgiven if you haven’t noticed that spring has sneaked up on us and is ready to shower some sunshine on those winter blues. At least that’s the plan. So, where better to start this week’s Wander?
Spring is here! Isn’t it?
Okay, there seems to be a bit of confusion about when spring actually starts. Meteorological spring has been with us since 1st March, yet the astronomical spring doesn’t begin until the 20th of this month. Confused? Snap. At least you won’t be lacking inspiration for your first holiday of the season. Not if Wander Mum has anything to do with it.
Perhaps the balmy temperatures in Lisbon tickle your fancy. Or banish the winter chill once and for all with a trip to Istanbul, where the mercury will rise to the mid-twenties as you take in the East v West delights of this historic city. Oh and let’s hear it for Blighty, hey? As blossom blooms and leaves return to trees, our frondescent little island sure is easy on the eye at this time of year. For all your springtime inspiration, check out 6 destinations to visit in spring.
Spring is made for...
Camping of course! Now, some people won’t go near the canvas unless it comes with five stars and a mini-bar. But if you’re partial to pitching up in the great outdoors, behold Amazing places to pitch your tent from Enjoy The Journey. It’s fantastic to see Croyde in North Devon make the cut - it’s just up the road from World First’s office in Exeter. Pro tip: head to marvellous watering hole The Thatch and order the nachos. They are a thing of local legend - and with good reason.
Of course, you don’t have to spend the night under canvas to appreciate the great outdoors. Spring is a great time for lacing up the walking boots and having a good old stomp around the countryside. And rural Britain doesn’t get much prettier than the Highlands and isles of Scotland. But you don’t have to spend hours trekking hither and yon to take in the beauty. For Scottish walks that are easy on the thighs as well as the eyes, have a butcher’s at The Travelling Savage’s Best of Scotland: Five destinations for casual hikers.
Staying north for an extra day
Once the walking’s done, you could do worse than treat yourself to a mini-break in Scotland’s capital. As The Aussie Flashpacker says: “I’ve never heard a person say they didn’t like Edinburgh.” And come to think of it, neither have we. Get the lowdown on what to expect with 24 hours in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.
Travel can (and will) change your life
We love reading about how travel has challenged people’s outlook on life. Every trip we take helps to shape who we are and how we see the world - sometimes in dramatic, life-defining moments; often in simpler, subtler ways. Absorbing different cultures. Sampling new tastes. Meeting different types of people. Few put it better than Matt Long from Landlopers. If you are a bit of a romantic when it comes to the inspirational side of travel, be sure to take a read of 10 of my favourite life changing travel moments. It’s a fantastic piece.
Talking of change...
There’s nothing like a birthday to kindle a little reflection. And some of our favourite travel bloggers have been blowing out the cake candles recently. First up Lauren from The Enjoyable Rut, who has turned 27 and offers 7 bits of advice for my 17 year old self. Hot on Lauren’s heels is Emily - aka The Cosy Traveller - who has turned 25 and looks back at her 25 most memorable travel experiences: flushing pizza boxes down hotel toilets, getting attacked by a ferocious feline in Bruges and meeting Usain Bolt in Oslo. You know, the kind of travel experiences everyone can relate to!
Could you be a travel blogger?
Hopefully some of the blog posts above have not only inspired you to travel but to write about it too. We read so many travel blogs but always have space for a new one to whet our appetites for adventure. If you fancy chancing your arm at travel blogging - and hey, why not? - then you could do worse than follow the sage advice of one the most successful travel bloggers out there: Johnny Ward from Onestep4ward. Luckily for you, he’s written this: How to start a travel blog. Just make sure you remember to tell us about your new project once you’re up and running. Who knows? You might even feature in the Wander one day soon!
Righto, that wraps up the Wander for another week! We hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as we have enjoyed writing it. Do let us know which blog post is your favourite and if there are any blogs you would like us to feature in future editions.
Until next week!