As much as I would like to faithfully follow every single great travel blog in the world, that would require endless amounts of time I don’t have, but especially thanks to Twitter, I’m discovering new ones each day. However, the following four blogs are those that I have been faithfully reading for more than a year and ones I would highly recommend to anyone looking for blogs with great content.
Le Blog: After I read the book Sarah’s Key I became mildly obsessed with Paris’ role in the Holocaust, especially since on a world scale, it is still so unknown. Although I had visited the Memorial de la Deportation which is located on Il de la Cite, I had no idea about the Vel d’Hiver, nor the fact that there was a memorial to its victims only a short distance from the hotel where I stayed on my last visit to Paris. One day when googling images of the memorial, I came across one that was of good quality and the link took me to Le Blog, devoted to all things French. Although Jennifer doesn’t post too often she has a good reason-she’s too busy being a mom, a wife, a high school history teacher and a graduate student. However, when she does she offers posts on some extremely interesting topics, not to mention that she presents history in a non-boring sort of way (I say this for anyone who finds history dull). Besides sharing a love for all things French, she also lives in my state and adores Hemingway.
Around the World with Rebecca: I was first drawn to Rebecca’s blog as she featured one of my favorite travel quotes “Where I’ve been, where I’m going, where I wish I could go. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” (St. Augustine). While Rebecca may live “deep down under” she certainly seems to get about just fine, as she visited more than half of the South American continent in one trip last year, including the ever illusive locale for most travelers, Easter Island. One of the things I love most about reading her blog is her perspective of places that are probably average and quick(er) jaunts for her due to where she lives. She visits the Cook Islands quite frequently, a trip that would probably require more than day of traveling from the eastern United States, and like many other Australians avoids visiting Bali even though it’s a destination I’ve always dreamt of visiting. However, I’m sure to Australians, Bali is maybe the equivalent of Cancun, Mexico for Americans during spring break.
Katie not in Prague: If there was ever someone to be jealous of in real life, it would be Katie. She currently lives in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumper but has also lived in Prague and Geneva, Switzerland. She’s racked up an incredibly impressive amount of unique countries visited (Burma anyone?) in a relatively short amount of time, places that I will spend probably a good deal of my life dreaming about. While she would probably be the first to tell you that the expat life isn’t always a bed of (dethorned) roses, she’s still having some pretty unforgettable experiences in the meantime, all of which I love reading about.
Tasty Travels…food talks I listen: Holly’s blog was one of the first ever that I started to follow. A native Hawaiian (she grew up on the island of Kaua’i), she now lives in not so sunny Oregon, where she blogs about all things related to food, gardening, cooking, and travel. When it comes to Hawaii, she’s the person you want to ask. Holly offered some great tips and recommendations when I was planning my own trip to Maui last year. Although her posting is not as regular as it once was since she’s also an incredibly busy person between working full time and attending school, she still has some wonderful posts, many of which will make your mouth water due to their food oriented nature and the accompanying pictures. (However, in the last couple of days she has posted a ton of new posts so be sure to check them out!)