Spring is finally here- hopefully to stay this time and it seems like after eons of waiting, so many things in my life are finally being set in motion.
My efforts at trip planning have picked up (thanks to your helpful advice) and I am headed in to get my shots tomorrow. I’m beginning to gear up for the Travel Blog Exchange Conference at the end of June in New York.
I’m also very excited about the contest we are running on the site this week with HotelsCombined.com. Be sure to enter here if you haven’t already.
Here is a rundown of what has been going on this month:
- Early this month a blog post of mine was featured on the front page of the BBC, thanks to my affiliation with Lonely Planet. That was a really exciting day for me as you all know what an anglophile I am. Fame was fleeting but I took pictures:
- I wrote what might be my favorite guest post I’ve ever done, for the terrific new blog C’est Christine. Please stop by and read my piece: How Not to Meet Creeps in London.
- I was interviewed twice this month. Once for Nile Guide for their Nile Guide 5 series. The second was for my samuri internship master Andy at Sharing Experiences.
- In a really sweet gesture, Simon and Erin of Never Ending Voyage named me one of the Next Generation of Travel Bloggers and posted a big ol picture of me. There are some really awesome blogs on that list so be sure to check it out.
- Remember a few months ago when I shared my top 3 travel secrets? Well TripBase has compiled an e-book featuring a slew of these secrets from around the web. It’s free, full of juicy tidbits and for each download Tripbase will donate $1 to provide clean water to developing nations.
- Earlier this month I received a lovely package of vegemite samples from Chris, the Aussie Nomad. Vegemite, if you didn’t know, is a creepy yeasty spread destested by everyone not born in Australia. Fearlessly, I invited my friend Eddie over for an experimental taste testing. I think Chris is going to post the video on his site as well, but you can see our reactions here:
Finally, here are my top picks from around the web this month:
- Mike Barish visits one of my favorite places in the US and writes about Remembering the Magic of Domestic Travel for Gadling.
- I know not all of us can quit their jobs and travel with reckless abandon. For everyone else Vagabondish offers 8 Ways to Stretch Your Short Vacation Time.
- For the rest of us who are tired of not being taken seriously, Lillie from Around the World L talks about Why RTW Travel must NOT be Seen as a Vacation.
- Travel CAN be really stressful, so this list of 10 Ways to Stop Stress When you Travel from As We Travel is really useful.
- And along the same vein of emotional well being, the very insightful Suzy Guese talks about Taking the Road Toward Emotional Travel Preperation.
- And to go even one step FURTHER, awesome Tom Gates talks about the stress of coming home in his piece Notes from a Round the World Come Down in Matadors Traveler’s Notebook.
- On a more practical note, Dave from What’s Dave Doing has a great list of 50 Handy Hints for the First Time Traveler.
- You can supplement that with the ever helpful Anil at Foxnomad and his list of 10 Pieces of Practical Advice for Backpacking Novices.
- Not all advice is good advice. Christine from Almost Fearless polls the web for Terrible Travel Advice-That I Never Took.
- Also on Almost Fearless is a really neat and helpful guest post by Bethany, a professional photographer on Shooting Vivid Photography in Well-Traveled Places. A lot of really helpful advice here.
That’s all for this month. In late June I’ll be up in NYC for TBEX with 300 hundred other travel bloggers. In between now and then be on the look out for articles about immunizations, puppies and how to be a good host.