Suzy Stumbles Over Travel: Week of December 19, 2011

As I begin the mad dash for last minute holiday shopping, I bring you this week’s Suzy Stumbles Over Travel. In case you are new to this site, each week I ask writers and readers to submit their favorite travel posts of the week. I read each submission, comment, tweet the article on Twitter, stumble the piece using Stumbleupon and place a link to the piece on my Facebook page. The following week, I select my five favorites to be featured here and the stumbling begins again into the next week.

Just a few things to keep in mind, please only submit one post per person each week. Leave your submission in the comment box below rather than sending it to me on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Your submission should be travel related. You have until the end of the day on Friday to submit. If you leave your submission after Friday, I will just carry it over into next week’s stumbles. I will stumble all submission by the end of the day on Sunday. Be sure to follow me on Twitter, subscribe to my stumbles on Stumbleupon and “like” me on Facebook to make sure I give your post the attention it deserves.


The 5 Favorites of Last Week

Gifts for Travel Gurus in Your Life” From Shereen Travels Cheap

Submitted by Shereen

If you are last minute shopping for the holidays this year, you might want to take a look at Shereen’s list of gift ideas for travelers. From a memory card with WiFi to a wrist charger, she provides some great ideas for gifts for the traveler, or for yourself.

Saying Goodbye For the Second Time” Pack Your Passport

Submitted by Beverley

Beverley details the emotions of having to say goodbye to a close one for the second time while traveling. As she goes through those moments with her parents in Australia, she brings an incredibly human emotion to travel, the more trying times of separation.

Hitting the Wall” From Katie Going Global

Submitted by Katie

The comments on Katie’s post are enough to make any traveler realize just how relatable this moment is, when you hit the wall. Katie outlines some of the reasons why she has come to this barricade after over 100 days on the road.

Photography: Exploring the mangrove biome on Itamaraca Island, Brazil” From 3rd Culture Children

Submitted by Raquel

The family at 3rd Culture Children set out for Itamaraca Island, set up in the northern coast of Pernambuco in Brazil. They share this unique landscape with readers, one that had me wishing on was on that boat.

The Highest I’ve Ever Stood” From That Backpacker

Submitted by Audrey

In another awe-inspiring photo post, Audrey makes her way up 4,170 meters in Jujuy, Argentina. It is the highest point she has ever stood and with that experience, she journeys through some diverse landscapes.

Don’t forget to leave your submission for this week in the comment box below. You have until the end of the day on Friday to submit.


  1. says

    Hi, Suzy. Happy holidays! I’d like to submit a “travel yarn” the Displaced Nation commissioned this month from a 30-something American woman who is about to be an expat in Australia: I’ll (not) be home for Christmas: A holiday travel yarn. The author — her name is Kat Sevlocki — stopped off in Europe to do some volunteer work on a farm in Iceland. And though she originally intended to arrive Down Under in time for Christmas (as she has cousins there), she got swept up in the Christkindlmarkts in her favorite city, Prague, which brought back a flood of memories. In the end she decided to spend Christmas and New Year’s with friends in Vienna. It will be her first time away from family for the holidays, but as Kat says, she is creating a new family for herself through her travels.

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