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Phil in the Blank

Phil Paoletta was a school teacher in Washington D.C. when he decided his batteries needed a bit of recharging. Having studied in Ghana a few years ago, Phil finds himself back in the country. His site is a mix of his journey, the music he creates and collects, and stories of the people he has met along the way. Whether he will stay or move on is up in the air but isn’t that is part of the joy of travel?

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Raising Miro on the Road of Life

It’s been a year since Lainie and her son, Miro (then age 10), began their quest to live more simply on the road of life. Career burn-out, long hours, a failing economy and dwindling mother-son time aided in the decision to embark on this journey. Their website is a combination of blogs and podcasts that are truly inspirational.

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Life in a Sack

Life in a Sack chronicles the travels of Paul Duan. Though currently “locked down” in a day job (money pays for travel), he has been writing about his past experiences and recent explorations. Paul’s not a self-professed “adrenaline junkie” but he has done his share of “adrenaline-producing” fun stuff – like biking Bolivia’s “Death Road”.

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GloboTreks: making travel an adventure

Norbert Figueroa finds the world a source of inspiration – one which he shares on GloboTreks. With a Masters in Architecture and backpack full of wanderlust, he travels the world to experience local cultures (and architecture, I’m sure) firsthand. His site offers his personal stories, travel tips, reviews and inspiration, of course.

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Travelling Tonito’s Adventures in the Sahara

What takes someone from South Africa to London to Abu Dhabi to Tripoli? As Tony Fernandes describes it: “six years of relative dullness”. Well, things are no longer dull and it’s all due to “Istanbul and some Gypsies”. Throw in some turtles, interesting taxi drivers and you have yourself an adventure (or two or more).

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Jolly Gringos

Seattle, Washington has it’s pluses – they just weren’t enough for Angie and Allen. In 2009, these two, like others before them, quit the day job routine to hit the road. From South America to Asia, they have been logging miles and blogging entries.( Plus, it seems they like Sumo Wrestling.)

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Seashells & Sunflowers

Katie Alley has given up her life as a Philly girl (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) to become an ex-pat in Argentina. (Okay, that’s quite a change in climate!) Her blog not only covers the transition, but also the revelations brought on by such a move. Ooohhh, and there is a recipe section for all of the foodies out there!

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Stories from far away..

So, you find yourself as an American teaching in a far away place (Busan, South Korea to be exact)… What do you do now… You write about it. And, Brittany Weyen has being doing just that. As she grows through her experiences, so does her blog. Gotta love her students.

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around the world on a toilet

Nick was a paramedic and Lianna, a travel agent. They both left their careers in Canada behind, crammed a bunch of necessary stuff into backpacks and ventured off to Asia for eight months. Guess what, whether together or separately, they haven’t stopped traveling yet. (One question… where is the toilet?)

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The Travel Belles

Margo Millure aspired to be a ballerina at an early age. Over time, and having been able to live abroad for several years, travel replaced her desire to dance. She has also raised a family. Now, the travel bug has bitten again and The Travel Belles has been a way to “scratch that itch”. Margo, along with other women writers, take you to destinations across the globe where you may just spot them dancing around a fountain or two…

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J.C’s Australian Daydream

What do you do when you’ve witnessed the “seedier” side of your chosen profession? Well, if you ask James Cole, you formulate a new plan. You pack it in, pack it up and head out on an adventure. J.C’s Australian Daydream is a collection of his writings and photographs taken while traveling around his home country. He’s just relaunched his site so stay tuned for lots of good stuff.

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LandLopers: Experiencing the World On a Budget

Though some may argue the point, “travel” does not revolve solely around backpacking. On the contrary, and Matt Long has proof. He enjoys hotels, resorts, not making his own bed, lounging by the pool and a few other “cushy” amenities. He also does it on a budget. LandLopers is a great place for “how it’s done” information along with many great stories.

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legless llamas can travel too.

Samantha (Sam) Lee writes about her thoughts and travel experiences on legless llamas can travel too. Looking at the photo on her site – that’s an iffy statement. (Though, it may be true…) Regardless, this native of Singapore has much to say – all enjoyable.

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off-track backpacking

In 2005, while backpacking through Europe, Tanya and Nara met. In the “blink of a cosmic eye”, they became instant friends and now both contribute to off-track backpacking. Their site is a journal of their travels, both together and separately. The entries and two distinctively different writing styles definitely make this blog worthwhile.

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The World is my Jungle Gym

From bungee jumping in Acapulco to riding the roller coasters at Great America (Gurnee, Illinois), Brendan van Son accommodates his “adrenalin junky” alter ego. He also taps into his more serious side – the one which finds true wonder in this great big universe or ours.

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Fabian in Shanghai

Fabian in Shanghai is really about Fabian in Shanghai. (No, really.) While on a one year stint as a language student, Fabian Haverbeke has also set out to discover the cultural and societal aspects that are uniquely China. His observations are truly surprising.

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Matt Gibson is a travel writer and photographer who has melded his work in both fields seamlessly. On Matt-Gibson.org, you can share his experiences from “riding the crocodile” (literally) to ex-pat life to interviews with other travelers. So, who’s up for the crocodile ride?!

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Vagobond: World Travel, World Citizen, World Vagabond

Vago has hitchhiked across Canada, has lounged on the beaches of Tahiti and has (almost) been robbed by a tricky Macaque on Gibraltar. Most recently, he has experienced an Saharan Nomad Wedding – his own! Now the big question is “Where do they go from here?”

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Gibbering Madness: Snapshots of a Bizarre Life

Gibbering Madness: Snapshots of a Bizarre Life is a very interesting site to be sure. There, Alex weaves his web of real life adventures. The entries are written in true “mystery novelist” style and Alex will have you wondering if he’s been “channeling” Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon) or Herman Melville (Moby Dick). Something says the answer is “Yes” to both.

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On Reikalein, Christine Syrad describes herself as a “half-British, half-Japanese girl learning to comfortably straddle more than one culture”. So true as she has now taken up residency in Switzerland and is attempting to learn the German language. Viel Erfolg!

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