By Isabel Clift
August’s the last month of high heat ‘n’ sunshine for most of the northern hemisphere, and peak time for holidays. So we’re celebrating this month in travel blogging with posts on stuff that affects all travellers, whether you’re on a year-long backpacking trip or a weekend break. Things like avoiding pick-pockets, getting a grasp on the local language and missing home comforts. But first, let’s find out who’s…
Blogger of the month
Ashray and Zara of Backpack Me
This travelling couple (one Indian nationality, one Spanish/Portuguese) quit their corporate jobs in Dubai two years ago and have been travelling ever since. Their blog is a well of information on a range of destinations and travel services, plus they’re not afraid to criticise accommodation and services that don’t pass muster.
Five reasons we love them…
- They examine cultures in-depth, like with The USA in my Mouth
- They’re not afraid to speak their mind: Why I Left Dubai and Won’t Come Back
- They make quirky travel videos – browse them all at Indulge your Senses
- They pass on really useful niche travel tips – for eg Easter Island on a Budget
- And help out on less well-covered subjects, like Visas for Indians
The best travel blog posts in August
EUROPE: The Savvy Backpacker breaks down How to Avoid Pickpockets in Europe — Tips for Outsmarting the Thieves with photos of pick-pockets in the act.
WORLD: Katie Aune explains The Value of Learning the Language after learning Russian while travelling former Soviet states.
SPAIN: So Many Places tells of how she’ll be walking 500 miles alone along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela route in A one-way ticket to Spain
WORLD: Y Travel Blog makes doing your homework seem fun with How to Plan a Trip That Works – tackling the travel research
BHUTAN: Runaway Juno posts an eye-popping photo essay on Paro Taktsang – The Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan (spoiler: no actual tigers. Still worth it.)
HONDURAS: Getting Stamped busts some myths in I Survived Honduras!
WORLD: Bridges and Balloons get nostalgic (and make your stomach flip with food pics) in Things I Missed and Miss
What about us?
You’ve still got time to vote for your favourite adventure in our #OutdoorThrills competition. Tell us which outdoor activity you’d most like to do, and you could win £200 – options include watching the northern lights, hiking up the Inca Trail and sailing the Greek islands.
Expert backpacker Macca Sheriffi told us to Stop Tubing in Laos and Do This Instead… , we got tipped on 5 Problems that Spell Disaster for your Travels – and How to Solve Them and we laid down a booze-based challenge: Can you Track Down these 10 Super-Secret Bars in the UK?
One last blog post of joy
Don’t blame us if The Constant Rambler’s Indian Street Food – A Guide for the Hungry Traveler has you chewing your own arm in the resulting hunger-attack. Pictured: a burger with potato patty. Who knew?