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The World First Wander: travel blogs we love 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 great week in travel and travel writing. As always it’s been tricky deciding what to keep in. However, in the interest of democracy, we have worked doubly hard to find something for everyone. So whether you are young or not-so-young, a seasoned traveller or a first time backpacker, read on!

travel blogs we love this week

We start off this week with regular visitors to the World First Wander, our friends over at Hand Luggage only. They write interesting travel articles that are always accompanied by brilliant photography. That’s why we love their blog. Some people don’t need a reason to travel, but others do, so if you fall into the camp of the latter, this first post may help you along. It was written by Yaya, the Hand Luggage Only’s resident dance ninja, Cambridge graduate and cookie monster. She’s also a fine travel writer: 10 Reasons why you should travel more this year.

Also well worth checking out from Hand Luggage Only is: 14 Important tips to stay safe when travelling!

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Backpacking in a Wheelchair

This next post, from James Ballardie from Look at all the Poor People is, without doubt, our favourite travel blog post this week.  It’s a tale of adventure, naturally, but also includes tales of the kindness that people show other humans, and shows us that you should never judge a book by its cover. It’s a great read. Things I learnt whilst backpacking around the world in a wheelchair.

Using travel to overcome personal limitations

Most of us have a personal limitation of some sort, whether it’s a fear of flying or a phobia of creepy crawlies. Shyness is one thing that, apparently, a lot of travellers suffer with, We see them tweeting and creating amazing Facebook status updates and they seem to ooze confidence, but sometimes the reality is slightly different to what It may seem. That’s where our next post comes in. It’s from Travel on the Brain and is all about combatting shyness through travel. Have a read of 10 ways to overcome shyness through travel.


Let’s take a look at some travel bloggers talking about destination choices now. First up we head to a firm favourite amongst us British travellers, Spain

travel Destinations - spain

As they say “Spain is probably one of our favourite places on Earth”. They are not alone. According to a recent article in the Daily Express, Spain has recently had a huge spike in visitors from the UK, so if you are among the many planning to travel to Spain this summer it’s well worth a read.

A bit closer to home – Northern Ireland

A bit closer to home – Northern Ireland the giants causeway ireland

While Spain may be perfect for some, others may prefer something a little closer to home and slightly more rugged. It doesn’t get much more rugged than Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast which the team here at World First thought looked stunning. This blog was written by another of our favourite bloggers and regular visitor to these pages, Heather on her Travels. Have a read of The Star of the Coast – The Giant's Causeway.

New York New York

Ever popular and always amazing, New York is a magnet for tourists from all over the world, but if you are planning a first time visit to the big apple then it can be a bewildering place! But with a bit of help from The Travelettes and their Top 10 Travel Tips for New York City blog post you will soon be virtually a local, ish.


Now you are probably thinking Rwanda??? It’s not the first place you think of for a trip but when our next travel blogger writes we always take notice. As The Quirky Traveller says “Rwanda is quite simply one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited”, and if you follow the blog you will know that’s saying something as she has been to a lot of countries. Take a look! 5 Compelling Reasons to Visit Remarkable Rwanda.

For the adventurous souls

We love adventure, and every year we insure lots of people doing all sorts of adventurous activities including bouldering, canyoning , glacier walking and jousting….yes, really, jousting. The list of activities we can insure is a long one, so when it comes to adventure travel we can help,

We love adventure, and every year we insure lots of people doing all sorts of adventurous activities including bouldering, canyoning , glacier walking and jousting….yes, really, jousting.

If you are looking for adventure but are unsure about where to go, our next post could be just the ticket. It’s from Total Travel Guide and should give you a few ideas for adventure travel destinations and what they have to offer, from skiing in Canada to climbing in Arizona. Inspiration aplenty here in 10 destinations for adventure sports lovers.

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3 Responses to The World First Wander: travel blogs we love this week

  1. Zoe Dawes says:

    Thanks very much for featuring my article on Rwanda. To be able to get so close to the mountain gorillas was a unique and very moving experience but I also loved the impressive landscape and the friendly, resiliant people. I hope more people will visit and help them to move forward to continue their inspiring progress.

  2. wftristan says:

    Hi Zoe

    Always a pleasure to include you, Rwanda is definitely not the first place we think of as a destination but your post may change that as it looked truly amazing.


  3. Annemarie says:

    Hi Tristan! Thank you for including my link. I think it’s important to let people know that it does take some guts to travel but it’s entirely possible to do it despite having some anxiety, being an introvert or extremely shy. It’s all a challenge but one that’s so very much worth it!

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