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The World First Wander: the best from the world of travel blogs and blogging

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.

Eek. This week it’s been more difficult than ever to whittle down our favourite new articles from the travel blogosphere. But since the sun has had his hat on (for most of us) this week, we’re going to start with that quintessential summer pastime: the festival.

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Of course, festival season isn’t all about seeing Adele headline Glastonbury. (And I’m not sure about you, but Adele seems a strange choice of headliner to me.) In fact, festivals don’t even have to be about the music and reckless hedonism. Just ask Vicky Flip Flop, who has quaffed down a smoothie and compiled a list of The healthiest festivals in the UK.

The perils of getting older

Here at World First we enable thousands of older travel-lovers to live their travel dreams with our seniors travel insurance packages. So this next post is pretty apt: a delightfully tongue-in-cheek look at getting older.  Award-winning writer Carol Wyer is a firm advocate of growing old disgracefully. That and making unusual noises on buses. Sure. Who are we to argue? What no one tells you about getting older until it's too late.

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Staying with the baby boomers, next up is a post from The Planet D. Guest bloggers Jane and Duncan Dempster-Smith believe that you are never too old to inject a bit of extra adventure into your life. And, from eating crickets in Myanmar to a nighttime trek through the Amazon lit only by an iPhone torch, they practice what they preach: Baby boomers hit the road - Senior travel is not like it used to be.

If you like what Jane and Duncan have to say, take a look at their blog To Travel Too.

East Jesus!

Nope, we had never heard of it either. But it exists. In California. And it sounds as amazing as it does crazy. One Google reviewer describes it as a permanent Burning Man type of exhibition, with all sorts of weird and wacky art and sculptures. Here in the World First office we thought it looked like a set from Mad Max. Either way, it seems like an utterly spellbinding place to visit. Travel Past 50 are inclined to agree: A short trip to East Jesus, California.

It’s not all plain sailing when you travel

There’s a lot to love about travelling. Adventure, exploring new places, food and meeting amazing people along the way. But there are consequences. Big, big consequences. One traveller who knows all too well is Girl vs Globe, who has written this strongly worded missive: 15 ways travel ruins your life.

What’s your contingency plan?

Do you have a backup plan when you travel? Sometimes even the best laid travel plans go a bit wonky. Other times they are completely blown out of the water. Of course, the unpredictable nature of travel is part of what makes it so appealing. But it’s important to have a contingency plan for the unexpected. If you are unprepared in an unfamiliar place, home can suddenly feel like a very, very long way away. Not convinced? Consult Travel On The Brain: Do you really need an ironclad backup plan?

A castle close to home

Each week we try to include a post featuring somewhere a little closer to home. This week our final post comes from two of our favourite bloggers: Rob and Bridget of The Bimblers, who know a thing or two about accessible travel. Now, you could be forgiven for thinking that a wheelchair and a Grade 1 Listed castle may not be the closest companions. But the National Trust had other ideas and have attempted to make Castle Drogo (the last castle built in England) as accessible as possible: Saving Castle Drogo.

Righto! That’s it for another Weekly Wander. Until next week, happy travels and stay safe.

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