I just got back last night from the Travel Blog Exchange Conference (TBEX) in New York City. It was an amazing, inspiring and exhausting weekend. I got some great advice from some really smart people and I think you will be seeing some major changes round this site in the next couple of months.
You can expect a full report in the next few days but let me just say it was a crazy, crazy experience. Those travel bloggers seriously know how to party! I am so tired right now that I’m having trouble forming even basic sentences, so I’m going to skip right to the chase and give you a rundown of my favorite articles from the blogosphere this June:
- Is Thailand Safe Now? That’s a major question that I think is on a lot of people’s minds after the dramatic events of this spring. Andrew Evans argues that yes it is, on Gadling.
- Lovely Jodi Ettenberg guest posted on Solo Friendly with her Perspectives on Long-Term Solo Female Travel. Jodi is a bold and ballsy lady who introduced me to poutine this weekend and her story is inspiring.
- I’ve been really enjoying the posts on Backpacking Matt lately, particularly this one: 7 Tips for Succesful Long-term Travel.
- Thought provoking piece by Ayngelina of (the fantastically named) Bacon is Magic on the ethics of attending a cock fight in Latin America: Should I Have Gone to A Cockfight?
- Anyone looking for love on the road should take notes on 6 things you should and shouldn´t do during a Backpacking romance from Art of Backpacking.
- After you fall madly in love with some random Australian, you can consult the advice in A “How-to” on International Relations, Sonja’s guest post on Drifting Focus. Bonus points for coining the phrase “euro-sexual.”
- It’s not just people who can get chubby on the road! Anil at Foxnomad demonstrates How To Put Your Backpack On A Diet.
- Sarah Van Auken from Volunteer Global has written a thorough and educational e-book on volunteer travel. Best part: it’s free! Your Totally Awesome Guide to Volunteer Travel.
- This is not really travel related, but I loved this blog post by the great Roger Ebert: Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! Dedicated to all you Twitter non-believers.