For those of you familiar with my site, you’ll know that I used to do weekly posts featuring my favorite reads from travel blogs, as well as a round-up of world news. Now that I’m back in school, though, I haven’t had the time to do those round-ups each week. However, I kind of miss them! Sure, I can retweet my favorite posts on Twitter or share them on Facebook. But I like highlighting the really good stuff this way, too.
So welcome to Best Blogs of the Month! I’ll be doing these round-ups once a month, summing up my favorite 15-20 reads from the previous few weeks.
Here are my favorite reads from January 2012:
My Top 3
It's a question that many travelers find themselves pondering — is it possible to date or fall in love with someone who is not a traveler? Answers will differ, of course, but this very well-written piece examines one side of the debate.
Getting scammed is never fun. But the fact that it happened to her in the midst of India's holy city of makes the experience even more difficult for Sarah to accept. Not only is this a very well-written post about falling prey to a popular scam, but it also gives perspective on Varanasi.
Read this awesome tale of venturing into a former Soviet bunker, and share in Katie's confusion over the whole intense experience.
My Other Picks
In this post, Rease, an American expat, discusses her decision to bid farewell to Argentina, where she had been living in Buenos Aires. Written in the style of a breakup letter, this post is very honest in acknowledging Argentina's faults — something we need more of in travel blogging!
Normally, a “how/where to have sex when you travel” post would not hold my attention long enough to make it onto this list. It's been done before. Many times. But not quite like this! The illustrations Laurence includes in this post make it totally list-worthy in my eyes.
One travel couple. The Sahara Desert. And a camel named Farty. … Pete and Dalene ventured into Africa's Sahara desert recently, and even though Dalene's camel didn't like her very much, the experience seems like it was amazing. Some great photos in this post, too!
This photo-filled post will catch your attention in much the same way I imagine Thailand itself would. Check out Dani and Jess' first impressions of this crazy, beautiful country.
In this very honest post, Brooke talks about how her struggles with anxiety have actually made her a better traveler. The things Brooke gets anxious about are things I feel like many people (including myself) can relate to. But instead of letting them stop her, Brooke is motivated most by the anxiety that her anxiety will hold her back.
Whether you really want to learn how to seduce one of these large birds or you just want to learn a few fun facts about them, definitely check out this post. It certainly gave me a chuckle!
The photos alone in this post make me want to get to Budapest and all her thermal baths ASAP. This place is definitely going on my list for this summer.
Even though Chiang Mai has become one of the most popular places for nomads to relocate to in South East Asia, it is not without its faults. Though most of these faults are never mentioned, Kate brings attention to them in this post about why she could never live there. You can always rely on Kate to present an honest dissenting viewpoint if one is warranted.
I love the weird and quirky, and this post is a perfect example. Check out some of the strangest rules/laws from around the world. For example, did you know emo clothing is not allowed in Russia?
Jeremy proves in this post that travel is very often all about the journey instead of the destination. I loved reading this tale of hitchhiking from Wellington to Gisborne to celebrate New Year's.
The video in this post, of the call to prayer echoing out across Wadi Rum in Jordan, is beautiful and haunting and incredible all at once. Definitely have a listen.
Dance of the Spirits: Real-Time Aurora Footage
This footage of the Northern Lights from last month in Norway absolutely blows me away. THIS is what I want to see myself someday.
Our visit to Forks at Captain and Clark
I love Tawny and Chris, and especially love this tongue-in-cheek video from their visit to Forks, Washington, home to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series.
Shit Travel Bloggers Say at Travel Yourself
Just because it's true and funny…
Have you read or written a post that you'd like me to consider for next month's round-up? Leave a link in the comments!