It’s my pleasure to bring you another installment of the five best travel articles on Friday. Doing this series reminds me that there is a brilliant and thriving travel community out there on the web just waiting to be discovered. I’m as guilty as the next guy in admitting that if it weren’t for making a commitment to this series I might not have read through and looked at as many of the well deserving articles and photographs as I did this week. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time, but I’m glad to make it.
If you like this series and you’re interested in reading more than just the five I select based on my own personal interests and taste than let me take a moment and tell you how I find these articles. If you just want the five please feel free to skip ahead. I ain’t mad at ya. To make this series easier on myself and in an effort to open up the travel community to more exposure on the whole I have created a Travel Blogger RSS feed bundle. What this bundle allows you to do is to view more than 70 travel feeds organized into a single folder in Google Reader. Pretty cool, no?
This weeks segment is going to take us from Bangkok to the top of Europe, Peru to Hong Kong and back to Indonesia. Let’s get started.
This first post is from @holeinthedonut Barbara one of my favorite travel writers on the circuit. She paints a beautiful picture with words. If a paragraph was worth a thousand photos I’d reckon there’s a pretty good chance @holeinthedonut wrote it. This one comes from the floating market Bangkok Thailand, one of my favorite cities to travel to.
Yeah, all of those who know me know I’m a sucker big mountains. There’s no exception here. Geoff has captured some pretty dang spectacular shots on top of Europe’s biggest. We can thank the Swiss for most of the neato stuff up there. Geoff, you couldn’t have said it better: “You gotta love the Swiss.” Make sure to make it through and read about the Aletsch, Europe’s longest remaining glacier. I’ve developed a fancy for glaciers as of late. Good work Geoff. I couldn’t find twitter account for you though.
Permaculture and Archeology: Volunteer in the Sacred Valley
Take it from @camdenluxford the way to get to know a culture and have some meaningful connection with them is to get involved! You too could be hanging out in the Sacred Valley eating organic food and doing some good for the world. This post is what I hope for is so many ways. Get organic, get sustainable, get self sufficient, respect the land and be and example for those around you. Thanks @camdenluxford
Did I mention my fascination with getting on top of as big a rock as you can? Multiply that with a another fascination: cable cars and incline planes. Can you see how I might have picked this posts? Seriously, @velvetescape is a tireless crusader for the travel blogging community and is constantly churning out great content and selflessly promoting the work of others. Make sure to stick around his site for a while and check things out.
When The World is Pure and Blue and Quiet
I’ve been trying to round out the five with a post that isn’t chalked full of pretty pictures because it tells a story that photos cannot tell. This is one such story. It’s how one person felt at one moment in time while they were alone with nature. Can you ask for anything more beautiful than that?
Thanks for joining me for another week. If you missed last weeks installment you can find it here: Freewheelings Five
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