Today officially marks the last day of Summer. Tomorrow, the season will tip over into Fall, and it will be time to break out the boots, pumpkin-flavored coffee, and scarves. I can't wait for scarf weather.
To mark the end of the summer season, I'm going to catch up on all the great blog posts from this summer that I didn't get to highlight. (In case you're new here, I usually do a “Best Blogs of the Month” post at the beginning of each month, but was unable to while I was traveling all summer.)
Here are my favorite reads from Summer 2012:
My Top 5 Picks
It's always interesting to me to read accounts from non-Americans of their visits to the 9/11 Memorial in New York. In this really great post, Nicole experiences the memorial in a very personal way — by connecting to a victim who shared her name.
I love posts that really give you a feel for the destination they're about. And this one by Adam does that in a completely different way — through sound. I've never seen/heard a blogger capture a destination in this way before, and this post therefore really stood out.
This summer, a small group of female travel bloggers did something that few other women have the guts to do — they ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. In this in-the-moment post, Jeannie describes her experience and thoughts in a way that makes you feel the nervous energy.
Katie is a marathon runner. She also has been traveling for some time through former Soviet nations — including all of Central Asia. According to Katie, traveling through this part of the world is just as challenging as running a marathon. I love the comparison.
I was drawn to this post because it's about a topic I've often had discussions about — why it seems like Americans don't travel. Angie argues that Americans DO travel; it just may not seem like we do. That, and there are definitely some barriers that often keep us at home.
My Other Favorites
Dave and Deb are such an inspirational couple. But little did I know just HOW MUCH travel has influenced and changed their lives. This very personal post from them is a perfect example of just how powerful travel and finding your passion can be.
Come on. You know you're curious. Aaron's answer may not be what you'd expect!
Bullfighting in Spain is a time-honored tradition. But it's also quite a controversial practice. In this post, Cole tries to understand both sides of the argument.
This post about cool things is pretty cool itself. In it, Robert details what sorts of things you can get for $100 in countries all around the world. From a Great Ocean Road daytrip in Australia to 3 nights camping in the Sahara desert, this post is both interesting and informative. It also made me laugh (see the Singapore entry to understand why).
Do you consider yourself an introverted person? Do you think this would prevent you from enjoying travel? Well think again! And then check out Stephanie's post on how to travel as an introverted personality.
Sarajevo is a city that has always intrigued me, especially as I've read more and more about it recently. In this great bit of writing by Dave, I actually felt like I was there experiencing the city with him.
I couldn't agree more with the sentiments in this post. If you are young and want to break out of those expected roles, just DO IT! You'll be happier and live a fuller life.
Check this post out for lots of hot air balloon goodness! I reallllly want to do this someday!
I'm always really impressed with photographers who have mastered street scenes. And this black-and-white photo post from Nate convinces me that he definitely has.
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!