I am always astounded and left in awe when I see an artist capture the essence of the place rather then just its visual markings. Matty Brown does a wonderful job of bringing us along to Spain on his first trip outside of the United States. His view of Barcelona, Seville, Cadiz, and Madrid is deeply layered and quietly haunting.
Today’s favorite place is from Andrea MacEachern of Another Day of Grace
Andrea’s Favorite Place: Cuba
Why She Loves Cuba
“Cuba is so untouched by the influences of the United States and the rest of the developed world. The culture, the way people behave and interact with one another and keep family at the forefront, the food, the lack of material possessions among the people, the cars, the music and just the way of life is so different from the rest of North America.” (more…)
Souvenir Stories is a new series that tells the story behind someone’s souvenir. Chris from Real Man Travel was kind enough to write the very first one – many thanks Chris! Go here to share your Souvenir Story.
Do Souvenirs Find You?
Do you look forward to finding making or buying that perfect souvenir?
The common misunderstanding about souvenirs is that they will cost you a lot of money. I’ll tell you that in my experience, this is not always the case. A souvenir can be anything that takes you back to a moment in time by just looking at it. A magical time travel device, think of it like your very own DeLorean (minus the flux capacitor) taking you back to your toes in the sand, or on a road trip with friends, or in my case a football stadium 10 years ago.
My most memorable souvenir can be both a short story and a long story. It’s become a staple of my day-to-day life and it might be the only thing in my wallet that can’t be replaced. You see my most memorable isn’t a t-shirt, a shot glass, or even a photograph. It’s not a stuffed animal in a t-shirt, a wooden keepsake or even a fridge magnet. My most memorable souvenir is my “lucky” 1990 50 cent American coin. (more…)
Today’s favorite place is from Julie McNamee of Quirky Travel
Julie’s Favorite Place: Reykjavik, Iceland
Why She Loves Reykjavik
“Reykjavik has the coolest, funniest, most laid-back people you’ll come across. It has beautifully colourful corrugated iron houses because it has few trees. It’s surrounded by volcanoes and you can smell the sulphur. It’s heated solely by geothermal energy. It has a spectacular cathedral. What’s not to like about Reykjavik?” (more…)
Guest post by Laura of Tutus and Tiny Hats
Lately, I’ve found myself torn between wanderlust and concern about global warming. I want so badly to see the world, but I don’t want to harm it — especially since we’re terrifyingly close to the point of no return.
As much as I might wish otherwise, it seems pretty clear that air travel is unsustainable. It’s unlikely that airplanes will become more efficient in the near future, and carbon offsets aren’t particularly helpful in reducing emissions–they might even make it worse by encouraging people to fly more. Luckily, though, air travel is not the only way to see the world. (more…)
I don’t know about you, but sometimes my trips turn into a blur. My itinerary dominates the vacation and I start worrying more about where I need to be next and not where I am. One cure for this type of vacation overload is to be mindful during your trip.
What is mindfulness anyway?
There are varying definitions of mindfulness, but I like Jon Kabat-Zinn’s:
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”
(If your interested in learning more, I highly recommend reading How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness. It’s an amazing life-changing book.) (more…)
Today’s favorite place is from Aggy of www.DreamExploreWander.com
Aggy’s Favorite Place: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Why She Loves Yogyakarta
“My hometown is a beautiful place and should not be missed by travellers coming to Indonesia. It’s a vibrant and lively city with friendly locals who will happily show you the city’s rich traditions and cultures. The food is excellent and you can almost find anything from Western food to local food, all will make your mouth water and come back for more.” (more…)
I was so excited when I received an invitation to enter the VisitBritain Shop Blogger Competition – any excuse to write about this amazing city is one I will quickly take. To enter the competition you have to blog about your perfect shopping trip to the city of London. As I thought about what my dream shopping trip to London would be, I realized that one of the things I love about London is that it is so rich in history. (more…)
I’m so very excited to share with you Trip Logic’s very first e-book: Favorite Places. Even better, it’s free (yes completely free – not even an email sign up needed to get it).
25 bloggers kindly told me all about their favorite place to travel and shared photos and insider tips on what to do there once you go. It is truly great travel inspiration and should kick-start some serious travel dreaming for anyone who reads it.
Click here to download the Favorite Places e-book and please share if you like it!
Maybe I read too many Little House on the Prairie books when I was young
(remember the maple syrup covered snow Laura’s grandmother made) but the
idea of visiting a maple sugar farm has always been high on my to-do list. I dig the rustic settings, the old fashioned techniques used, and the sweet amber syrup that nature gifts us.
A Few Fun Facts About Maple Syrup
- The Maple harvest season begins in late February and ends in late March or early April depending on the location.
- A maple farm is called a sugarbush or a sugar wood.
- Maples are usually tapped beginning at 30 to 40 years of age and can continue to be tapped until they are over 100 years old.
- Canada produces over 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup. 91% of that is produced in Quebec.