– Written by Victoria Philpott
Shock travel news this month includes 11-year-old schoolboy Liam Cocoran managing to escape from a shopping trip in Manchester with his mum all the way to Rome via a Jet2 flight. No passport, no family and no questions asked. Someone’s going to be in trouble for that one…
Speaking of trouble Australia’s cabin crew are having the ‘mate’ knocked out of them. Virgin Australia says the word is too informal when talking to its business class passengers. Virgin flight attendants are to complete a course in etiquette, wine-appreciation, grooming and body language. *Cough* Ridiculous *Cough*.
And finally, anyone in a mini skirt (less than 38cm) can get a discount at The Merryland Resort near Guilin in China. I can guarantee this is not going to end well. But anyway…
Blogger of the month
Paul from travmonkey.com + worldtravelist.com
As well as being an excellent travel blogger at travmonkey.com Paul is also a champion of sharing and caring. This month he launched the excellent worldtravelist.com which curates the best travel content on the web according to the users. Just upload your favourite travel articles and users will vote forcing the best articles to the top.
Paul’s successful site travmonkey.com not only features his posts but also the musings of some of the biggest and best travel bloggers around, making it a top go to site for anyone looking for travel recommendations and tips.
5 reasons why we love Paul…
- He does extensive real time coverage of his trips… Weekend at the Beach, Newquay #tmNewquay
- He’s well into photography and has loads of tips on how to be a better photographer… Photography: What Controls Exposure
- He monitors and updates the helpful Top 100 Travel Sites list… Top Travel Blogs in Google
- He’s got loads of great content on his home country of England too… Stratford-upon-Avon, A Break from the City
- Through his blog and his site he curates the best of the travel web whether that’s writings, photos or videos… India, A Brief Journey
July’s best articles
ENGLAND: Neil from backpacksandbunkbeds.co.uk admits that as a 28-year-old guy it might not be cool to go on the Harry Potter Studio Tour, but he doesn’t care. He saw the deatheaters, drank butterbeer and walked around sets. Check out his review of Neil’s time as close to Hogwarts as a grown-up muggle like him will ever be.
THAILAND: Mark from migrationology.com is out to make your mouth water in his post about his Day Trip to Bangkok’s Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market. You’ll find foods at this market that you’ve never even heard of before as well as the usual suspects like pork and sausages with a Thai-style makeover. I’d love to/need to eat my way around this market some time very soon.
USA: Jefferson, Texas, just looks incredible. It’s stuck in a timewarp and the signs say 1873. You can buy retro sweets, see the vehicles from times gone by and wonder at what could have been for this now sleepy town. Suzy from suzyguese.com visits the past in Jefferson, Texas, Wishes You Were Here.
AUSTRALIA: I love Beverley from pack-your-passport.com’s quick look photo diary of her East Coast Australia Road Trip. She’s got a picture or a few words, or both, to describe what her and the boyf have seen on their trip from Sydney to Cape Tribulation to Cairns. It looks incredible!
HAWAII: Think Hawaii and you think sandy beaches, hula hula skirts and laise around the neck on touch down – well I do anyway. Deb and Dave from theplanetd.com have proved my assumptions wrong, as many travel bloggers have done before, and found a part of Hawaii that goes against my stereotypes. Check out their beautiful photo post on The Island of Lanai to see what I mean.
What about us?
I’d love to say we’ve been eating and boozing July away all in the name of research for 50 Local Drinks Around the World and the London Street Food Guide, but we haven’t. Instead we’ve been slaving away researching Dubrovnik and finding the top 10 cheap things to do, the best accommodation and our top Dubrovnik cheap eats too.
We’ve also been getting mightily excited about the Olympics and although none of us actually have tickets we’ve found solace in the fact that there are huge Olympic screens in London. If you’re not in London here’s where the rest of the UK big screens have been erected.
And have you seen our favourite Travel Tattoos?
One last blog post of joy
Yep, yep, 50 Shades of Grey, bored of the hype already, but what about 50 Shades of Blue? The Ego Tripper from theegotripper.com shares his beautiful images of the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean.
Thanks to all the bloggers for their images and to Elvert Barnes for the top image from Flickr. Please note, all images were used under the Creative Commons License at the time of posting.