In case you are new here, I have started a weekly segment, geared towards reading and spreading the word about great travel posts and websites. Each week, I ask readers and writers to leave their favorite travel posts, videos, or websites throughout the week in a comment on my “Suzy Stumbles Over Travel” posts. I stumble (Stumbleupon), comment, and tweet each submission. The following Monday, I highlight my five favorites that were submitted last week.
This week, I had a total of 22 submissions. I have included a roundup below of five favorites out of those 22 entries. Once you are done taking a look at these travel posts, leave a comment with your entry for this week. Also, please keep it to one link per person and leave the link here, rather than sending it to me on twitter. The deadline to submit is by the end of the day on Saturday. I encourage you to subscribe to my stumbles on Stumbleupon to make sure I am upholding my end of the bargain and follow me on twitter to see your articles tweeted. Come back next Monday and see if your post, video, or website made my 5 favorites.
This Week’s 5 Favorites
“Sounds Like Home” From Flying Suitcase
Submitted by Neha
Neha does a beautiful and difficult job of putting the sounds of India into words. The end result is a wonderfully crafted piece, creating a well-rounded image of what feels like home to the author. No matter where you are reading this piece, the room with fill with the sounds Neha describes.
“Gaming, 4, Love” From The Way The Nori Rolls on WorldNomads.com
Submitted by Amy
One of my favorite aspects to travel writing is learning new things about places all over the world. This piece goes through the author’s day-to-day observations of Korean culture that the guidebooks wouldn’t describe. Amy uncovers some quirky cultural aspects to Korea, anything from the gaming fixation of teenagers, couples matching outfits, and my favorite, Korean superstitions. After reading this, you will think twice before sleeping with an electric fan on just as Koreans do.
“Worrying is like a Ferris Wheel: You go around without really getting anywhere” From C’est Christine
Submitted By Christine
So much of travel involves hesitation and nerves. Many are too afraid to pursue a different life rather than the standard 9 to 5 job, 2.5 kids, and dream husband. Christine examines the emotions behind her upcoming 6-month adventure to Nice (volcano ash permitting). She emphasizes not being nervous and fearful when it comes to travel. This is an encouraging and motivational piece for anyone questioning their routine and looking to step outside to the unknown.
“How To Choose Your First Backpack –PART 1: Size” From As We Travel
Submitted by Nathan
This post is one of a three part series. Each new segment will be posted over the course of the next few weeks. As I always say, I love travel narratives, but travelers need good information to be well prepared when they discover those travel stories. Sofia goes through the steps of selecting a backpack for a round the world adventure. This is a great resource if you are planning on heading out with all of your belongings strapped to your back. The post makes you consider size, weight and the different types of backpacks.
“The True Threat to Travellers –The Shower” From Vagabond Roots
Submitted by Catia
Closing things out this week with a little humor, Catia battles with those dreaded hostel and hotel showers. Sometimes you just have to laugh at what accommodations deem acceptable for their guests. Yes, those hot showers that go ice cold are described perfectly here. If you have ever stayed in a hostel or budget hotel, you will get a good laugh out of Catia’s battles with the showers of travel.
Don’t forget to leave a comment with your favorite travel post, video or website to be stumbled, commented, and tweeted this week. It just may end up as one of my five favorites next Monday.