Suzy Stumbles Over Travel: Week of June 18, 2012

Back home and jetlagged, I bring you this week’s Suzy Stumbles Over Travel. In case you are new to this site, each week I ask bloggers/writers and readers to submit their favorite travel posts of the week. This can be from your own site or another writer’s piece. I read each submission, comment, tweet the article on Twitter, stumble the piece using Stumbleupon and post a link to the article 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. Your submission must be travel related. Please leave a link to your post in the comment box below rather than sending it to me on Twitter, Facebook, etc. You have until the end of the day on Friday to leave your submission. Anything left past Friday will be carried over into next week’s submissions. I will get busy promoting the articles 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. Check back here next Monday to see if your submission made my five favorites of the week. 

The 5 Favorites of Last Week

In Defense of Traveling Alone” From Ready Set Jet

Submitted by Gillian

Gillian deals with the reactions she receives about traveling solo. What I appreciated about her account of traveling alone is that she doesn’t sugarcoat the experience. She admits to felling lonely, unsafe, stupid, free and powerful all in one form of travel.

Exploring The Ruins of the Old Los Angeles Zoo” From Travel Rinse Repeat

Submitted by John

John takes us where the animals use to roam in small spaces at the Old Los Angeles Zoo. Through barbed wire and graffiti littered former pins and cages, he provides a chilling look at the former U.S. zoo style.

Connecting (and Disconnecting) in Bodega Bay” From This Is My Happiness

Submitted by Jenna

Jenna and her family take an unplugged weekend to Bodega Bay, a small town on the coast of Northern California. Her photographs and descriptions of the disconnected weekend might make you realize it’s time for a vacation without WiFi and perhaps on the peaceful shores of Bodega Bay.

Photo Essay Part 1: Matera, Italy—Stepping into the Past” From Browsing Rome

Submitted by Diana

Having visiting Matera myself, I instantly felt transported back to Matera through Diana’s photographs and words. The Italian town in southern Italy instills a feeling like few places, perhaps due to its construction. Diana explains how Matera is largely made out of caves.

13 Little Things I love About Living in Paris” From Expat Edna

Submitted by Edna

Edna can’t see the light from the gloom in Paris. Perhaps it’s the gray days of Paris rubbing off on her mood, but she decides to get out of the funk and pen 13 little things she loves about living in Paris, a dream for most.

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


  1. Suzy Guese says

    Submission from Diane…

    Hi Suzy, I think I missed the cutoff for last week and wanted to make sure you saw this:
    Just found your site and think this feature is an awesome idea. While my post isn’t on traveling exactly, I am an expat in France and this post on what I do when I don’t understand French is something travelers can relate to. I hope you’ll consider it!

    Thanks again!

  2. says

    Thank you for including my post, Suzy! I look forward to reading (and stumbling) the others. I always find an interesting mix of travel stories from this series.

  3. says

    Loved the selection this week, especially Edna’s list of the little things she loves about Paris. As someone who lived there as well, I can relate to her Parisian doldrums!

    It’s my first time submitting, so I hope you enjoy this short piece I wrote about using some perspective to make the most out of a less-than-ideal hostel stay:

    Keep the great Stumbles coming!

    -Steven (@FreakOutOfTown)

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