This week's ‘Best Blog Posts' had us reflecting on adventure at home and abroad, and how they can be one and the same thing when you dare to search for and create it.
Read on for posts that made us think, dream and smile this week.
1. Debauchery on the Danube on TreePot Travels
If you ever need inspiration to carry forth with your dreams despite how crazy they may seem to others, head over to this story and prepared to be wowed. In this post, Jamie of Great Big Scary World describes his epic two-week rafting adventure with three friends in which they make their own raft from recycled materials and paddle their way several hundred kilometres down the Danube River in Eastern Europe. Despite the set-backs they encountered, they prove that adventure can come in many forms and you don't need a lot of money or resources to do it. Seriously, this team of ‘Pirates on the Danube' is making us crave something totally out-of-the-box for 2014.
2. Some More Lies About the Dutch by Invading Holland
I discovered the witty work of Stuart over at Invading Holland only recently after arriving here in The Netherlands. I can't remember exactly what I was searching for that brought me to his site, but his amusing take on life in the land of windmills and clogs drew me in immediately. Soon I had read several of his posts and was recounting every laugh-inducing sentence to Hai as I read. As Stuart's a funny guy, this took a long time. In his latest, he adds some more on-point remarks to his previous posts on ‘Lies About the Dutch'.
3. Travel Deal Sites to Subscribe to and Save by Walking On Travels
Looking for a great deal on your next adventure? Well, it may not be so far away if you know where to look. In this post Keryn of Walking on Travels shares five of her favourite travel deal sites, what they're all about and why they are worth your time. Take this advice and you might be booking your next getaway by lunch!
4. Hereby Resolved by At Home in the World
Kevin and his son Alex have been back in the States for six months. You see, the twelve months before that their lives were based in Asia, China mostly. Here Kevin reflects on their lives then and now, explores notions of reverse culture shock and why moving forward while going back is not always easy. An excellent post not only for the long-term travellers among us, but for anyone returning to something familiar.
5. In Pictures: Little Saigon – Melbourne by Nomadic Notes
In this post, fellow Melburnian James Clark depicts a street very familiar to us: Victoria St, Richmond. This ‘Little Saigon' is home to a large Vietnamese community and hence some of the best Vietnamese cuisine you'll find outside of the country. Whenever we get back to Australia, we always go back to our ‘local' where we used to eat often when we first starting dating, and somehow the owner still remembers us every time no matter how many years in between visits. It's where we'd buy ‘little red packets' for our nieces and nephews for the Lunar New Year, and where I got fitted (or rather told I was too fat) for my traditional áo dài dress for our Vietnamese engagement party. Yet despite how familiar this street is to us, James showed us something in this post we had never noticed before. Namely, that it is modelled on the market in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) itself! We'll be looking at this street differently next time, even if that means crossing to the side nobody walks on to do it. :)
What have you been reading this week?