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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 April 2012:

My Top 5

Tsunami 2012: I Thought I Was Going To Die at Never-Ending Footsteps

Lauren does dramatic well. She also does funny well. But this post is only one of those things, and rightfully so — it is terrifyingly dramatic, and almost had me just as scared while reading it. Luckily, Lauren was not swallowed up by a giant wave, but I’m sure that doesn’t make the memory of the scare any less frightening!

The Maasai and the Honey Badger at Maiden Voyage

This post by guest author Walter is nothing short of a must-read. With a captivating writing style and a focus on where you draw the line between tourism and exploitation of native people, this post kept me hooked the entire time. Go read it for yourself and get a unique glimpse into Tanzania.

Scandalous Facts Behind the Oracle of Delphi in Greece at Around the World L

This post by my Boston friend Lillie is a fascinating history lesson about the often-mysterious Oracle of Delphi. For example, did you know that the Oracle was usually high when making pronouncements?!?

One Day in a Kenyan Slum at Angie Away

Poverty is never a pleasant subject. And witnessing extreme poverty up close is even more uncomfortable still. My heart breaks along with Angie’s while reading this post, and it reminds me to be grateful for all that I have and often take for granted.

The Good Global Traveler: 17 Actions You Can Take at Uncornered Market

Want to be a good global traveler? Here are some fantastic tips from Dan and Audrey on how you can travel more sustainably and more responsibly.

My Other Picks

Not Your Usual Golden Circle Tour at The Family Adventure Project

As someone who was just recently in Iceland myself, I’ve been finding myself drawn to all sorts of Iceland content lately, just to see how my experience compares to others’. This post caught my attention straight away — good writing tends to do that — and I enjoyed this fun look into a traveling family’s Golden Circle tour.

If I Were An Ancient Egyptian Architect at GloboTreks

Norbert, the architect-turned-traveler, always manages to give some unique insight into some of the ancient and interesting places he visits. In this post, he uses his architectural know-how to give a quick history lesson on what it would have been like to be an architect in ancient Egypt.

Ancient Rome in Photos at The Planet D

From ancient Egypt to ancient Rome — prepare to pick your jaw up off the floor after taking a look at this collection of photos.

8 Secret Weapons for Townie Penetration at Tourist 2 Townie

In this post, Gareth shares his tips on how to integrate better with the locals when you travel. And if anyone is qualified to give this sort of advice, it’s Gareth!

Holi Cow.. Groped in India! at GQ Trippin’

You’ve probably seen pictures of the insanely colorful Holi celebrations that take place in India each year. But this post takes the typical Holi report one step further, telling the experience story from the female perspective. I never knew this before, but apparently Holi is a mostly male celebration. So imagine the attention Kieu got when she went out on the streets…

Down to the Bare Bones — Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic at A Crafty Traveler

I’ve heard all about bone churches before — this one and others around the world. But this post actually delved a bit further into the history of this particular bone church, which I found really fascinating. I also like how Amanda notes how grisly of an attraction this is, despite many people seeming to forget that these are real human bones on display.

9 Reasons Why I Guarantee You Will Love Istanbul at The Most Alive

This post has me SO excited to be visiting Istanbul later this summer! And the great photos don’t hurt, either. I feel like I most definitely could fall in love with Istanbul.

Songkran, the Thai New Year at Canvas of Light

Who’s ready for some fantastic photos from this year’s giant water fight in Thailand? These are some of the best I saw this year.

Songkran: the battle for Chiang Mai at Man vs. World

If it’s a Songkran story you’re looking for, check out Simon’s experience in Chiang Mai. It sounds so intense, and yet like so much fun!

10 Crucial Street Photography Tips to Make Your Travel Photos Stand Out at Yomadic

I’ll admit to being a bit bashful when it comes to taking photos of complete strangers when I’m traveling. But Nate’s post has given me some hope that maybe I should put some more effort into it afterall.

Do Something Good

I hope you’ll forgive my lack of featured videos this month. Instead, I wanted to highlight 2 really great philanthropic projects that you can get involved with easily.

Project SAMA — Help Give Kids the Education They Deserve

This fundraiser, spearheaded by indie travel company Intrepid Travel, aims to help fight gender inequality by helping to educate young girls. The first 3 years of the project will focus on villages in rural Laos, where as little as $5 can go a long way in helping to make sure children get the education they need and deserve. SAMA hopes to raise $60,000 to fund this project for the next 3 years.

Adopt-a-Slum in Kenya

This project, the brainchild of Angie Orth, aims to help out 30 families living in a Ngong Hills slum in Kenya. Angie hopes to raise $3,000 to help these families start small businesses that will sustain them.


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!

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30 Responses to Best Blogs of the Month: April, 2012

  1. Great Reads!

    We just wrote a post about how we were able to purchase a RTW ticket for 346$ – Hopefully it can help others realize that you can get creative and overcome the “Traveling is too expensive” excuse!

    The link is: http://www.traveling9to5.com/2012/05/how-to-travel-the-world-for-346/

  2. Arti says:

    Some really nice ones there which I have already gone through! Will read some more now, Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful weekend Amanda:)
    Arti recently posted..Raman Reti or Raman Van in Old Gokul, Vrindavan

  3. I’m blogging a series of posts about Bhutan, the kind of cultural detail you don’t see on blogs too often. This is the first one: Travel Tales of BhuitanL Love the Boots! http://ow.ly/1LDoQJ
    trish nicholson recently posted..Travel Tales of Bhutan: Thangkas

  4. Sorry, me again! It all happened too quickly. I wanted to say what a great idea this is, the share travel writing posts, and also to offer an earlier photo essay that has been very popular: Women Trading : http://trishnicholsonswordsinthetreehouse.com/2012/02/03/women-trading/

    I hope you enjoy these posts. Many thanks, Trish.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I’m glad you like the idea; I love sharing posts with others that I’ve enjoyed reading, and I feel like this is a much better way to showcase them than just retweeting stuff on Twitter! :)

  5. Simon P says:

    Whoop! Thanks heaps for the mention. Perhaps if me and Canvas of Light should have worked together to create the ultimate Songkran story!
    Simon P recently posted..London’s best riverside pubs

  6. Emily says:

    Thanks so much for the shout-out for Walker’s post on my site about Tanzania! I was really proud to publish it–I agree that he did an amazing job. I had always wanted to visit the Maasai, but that made me question it.
    Emily recently posted..Exploring The Serengeti

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Visiting tribes like that is always a tricky thing. On the one hand, many of them now depend on tourist dollars. But, on the other, it can feel very uncomfortable, too. Walker did such a great job writing about it, though!

  7. Angie Away says:

    Thank you so much for including Adopt-a-Slum! So far we’ve raised about $650! I appreciate you helping to get the word out =)
    Angie Away recently posted..I’m Taking the Train! Highlights from 6 Weeks with @Eurail

    • DangerousBiz says:

      You are very welcome, Angie! And good to hear you’ve already raised a nice amount of money! I’m happy to help spread the word on worthwhile projects like this.

  8. Big thanks for including my crazy Oracle facts article in the mix, along with great other bloggers’ articles!
    Lillie Marshall recently posted..Elaine: How to Travel the World By Teaching Internationally

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  10. yeah! that’s really very nice blogs
    thanks a lot :)

  11. Sam says:

    I like the ‘Do something good’ category. Looking forward to May’s roundup.
    Sam recently posted..English as Your First Language, Blessing or a Curse?

    • DangerousBiz says:

      April was a great month – so many worthy posts that it was hard to choose! Glad you like that new category. Perhaps I’ll have to keep it around!

  12. LozinTransit says:

    I know a lot of travel bloggers consume a lot of their peer’s blogs. Seems like quite the undertaking sorting through the lot to find the most outstanding. You must have quite the reading list to sift through to discover those hidden gems. Handy list.
    LozinTransit recently posted..Traveling, living the dream and remembering it – The nostalgia for Wonderland and Muscle memory

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Yes, I do read a lot of other travel blogs! But it’s really not that much of a chore — most of them I read are definitely worth the time and attention!

  13. Thanks for including us Amanda! Attention isn’t bad most of the time, but too much attention in this case was simply crazy!
    Kieu ~ GQ trippin recently posted..Thai Cooking School in Chiang Mai

  14. Hi!

    Let me suggest a post I recently wrote for Backpack ME, about quiting work and a “regular life” to become a full-time traveler. It’s full of inspiration and tips for those wanting to make a move!


    Zara @ Backpack ME recently posted..Island hopping the Galapagos, part 3/4: Isabela Island

  15. Hi Amanda, If it’s not too late (as it is June 1), I’d like to submit one of our post to celebrate your new logo. OK, I don’t know why pimping one of my posts helps you celebrate, but I really like the new look anyway.

    Now the struggle is which post, From this months posts I’m torn between an issue that bothers us about travelers (wasting $ & leaving plastic behind) or just a pretty old photo essay.
    … A scientific game of eeny, meeny, miny, moe has determined pretty it is – http://trans-americas.com/blog/2012/05/lempira-day-parade/

    Eric @ Trans-Americas Journey recently posted..Drink Responsibly (or, why we love our SteriPEN)

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Definitely not too late, Eric! I won’t be putting together my May round-up until later in the month. Thanks for submitting! (And thanks for helping celebrate my new design!)

  16. Jesse says:

    Hi, I like your site, it is similar to mine… travelingminds.com

    maybe we should guest post for each other?

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