October 2009 Archive

Do Travel Disasters Make the Best Travel Stories?

Less than one week into a nearly six-month stint in Brussels and I had already racked up my first travel mishap. Heading out to an Internet café for a scheduled online chat session, I was so sure of my route until I came up against a dead end with no sign of the correct street. Only then did I realize that I had walked a good 20 minutes in the wrong direction. I dejectedly backtracked, arriving at the café 30 minutes late only to discover it was closed.

While frustrating and a bit demoralizing, my story is nothing compared with the travel disasters most of us will accumulate in our lives on the go. But it still highlights that no matter how much you travel, no matter how experienced you think you are, stuff happens. I blogged about this topic – travel disasters – last year, insisting that things that go wrong, while maddening at the time, actually become our best travel stories.

How the Economy Affected 16 Travellers in 2009

How has the economy affected your travels in 2009?

That’s the question I put to the internet’s finest travel bloggers last week. For some, the economic crisis put trips on hold, while for others it seems to have had no impact whatsoever. Whatever the case, their responses show one thing: if you’re passionate about travel, you can pretty much always find a way to indulge that passion.

True Nomads

True Nomads is a reflective, almost philosophical travel blog written by Cooper and his wife Jill, a couple who rest in Saipan and live on the road.

Alison Travels

Alison quit corporate America for a life on the road. Along for the ride is Max, her dog and companion as she travels around the USA writing and taking photographs.

Cape to Cairo

In November, Richard Stupart is setting off on an overland adventure from Cape Town to Cairo with a twist: he’ll only travel by public transport.

Miss Travel Girl

Miss Travel Girl is the blog of Rachel, a sufferer of a syndrome that causes both slow progression of blindness and deafness. She is travelling the world to appreciate as much as possible while she still has usable vision.

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