Traveling The Blogosphere December 2009
It’s Christmas Eve, so it’s a good time to get in some holiday reading. Here are some of the travel posts that have caught my eye in December:
First of all, there’s a thought-provoking post on Man vs Debt, titled Is Travel Worth It? The post examines the pros and cons of his family’s semi-nomadic lifestyle and makes a clear assessment of what worked for them, what didn’t – and why. While admitting that there have been difficulties, Baker also says there have been a lot of pluses, not least this:
Tomorrow, while much of the U.S. bitches about the cold weather, we’ll pack our bags and catch a plane to what is widely considered one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Next up, Wage Slave Rebel provides a new take on the ‘bucket list’ made famous by the recent film. The As-Soon-As-Possible List urges us all to get off our butts and start doing some of those things on the list. JD says:
A bucket list for me became a ’someday’ list. It was just a collection of things that I had planned to get around to eventually.
Putting together an ASAP list is a better approach, he says.
The New York Times has some great advice on Organizing The Chaos of Online Travel Tips. It’s a review of a range of travel tools to help with searching for travel information and organizing that information when you find it.
Why do we travel. Two Go Round The World ask if travel is self-indulgent, commenting:
Kathryn and I believe that one of the most important aspects of travelling is a greater understanding of the place one calls home.
I quite agree. It’s worth reading both the post and the comments.
If you think you’ve ever had a weird travel experience, then check out AOL Travel’s Weirdest Complaints From Real Fliers, from getting covered in someone else’s sweat to getting arrested. You’ll thank your lucky stars this hasn’t happened to you – or has it?
On the Location Independent Parents site, to which I also contribute, there’s a running series by Lea Woodward on their location independent journey with a young baby. The Countdown & Preparations To Leaving Home has some interesting lessons. Here’s an example:
Don’t commit to any flights or accommodation until everything back home is lined up & ready to go; but make sure you bookmark/save all the relevant emails in a separate folder so you can find them easily & finalise/confirm your arrangements as soon as you are ready to hit the road.
Finally, if you’re tired of the cold already and want to look ahead to summer, check out the winter home of the soultravelers3, but beware:
“within walking distance” has different meaning in Europe than it does in America as most are at least 2 kilometers away which we are use to walking now, but a distance that is rarely walked on a regular basis in the U.S.