If you need ideas for your next trip or your next destination, where better to look than into the volumes of the travel bloggers. These are no glossy brochures. They’re not staid guidebooks. These are the real stories from people on the ground who have visited as visitors and reported faithfully and without favour.
Any decent travel blog will have stories to inspire your next adventure. But I thought I would choose to highlight just a few, to give a taste of the opportunities for adventures. Perhaps your next trip in 2012 could be to one of these amazing destinations.
Nellie Huang from Wild Junket takes us into the natural beauty of this African island nation. In her post, full of beautiful photos, she explores the mountains, the rivers and the jungle. As she discovers, there’s enough adventure, stunning scenery and luxury here to suit anyone’s tastes.
OK, this is a bit self-indulgent seeing as I’m heading back to Argentina in January, but two stories show the potential for exploring the country away from big cities and typical tourist haunts. In this post on Hike Bike Travel, you can see the benefits of using your own transportation to travel through the countryside. And at Absurd Traveler, you can see the benefits of using someone else’s transport (otherwise known as hitchhiking) to explore Patagonia in the south of Argentina.
Doesn’t that photo make you want to head straight to Tibet and get caught up in nature? No? Ok, well then maybe horseriding isn’t for you, but it still sounds like an amazing place to visit. Theodora writes on her blog, Travel With A Nine Year Old, about the changing scenery and weather conditions – as well as the feeling of being so far from civilisation on this leg of her journey.
Easter Island would have to be on the travel list of most people. There’s something iconic about those stone bodies or, as The Traveling Canucks described the island in their story, it’s “as if it has a dark history that it doesn’t want to reveal to the world”. It’s a place to philosophise, to marvel at the mystery of man, and to take some amazing photographs!
I have a fascination for places like this and it seems it’s shared by Lauren from Neverending Footsteps. To get a better understanding of history, it’s important to visit locations like Chernobyl, but as Lauren says in her post, “it’s impossible to understand the enormity of what happened”. Still, I can’t imagine the experience of visiting is one you forget quickly.
From all the stories I’ve heard, Iran is quite a magical place to visit. It’s apparently a beautiful country with extremely friendly people. Quite often a country can get a bad reputation because of the actions of its government and the political advantages Western countries see in demonising it. Read this post by Uncornered Market and then make up your own mind.
So many places, so little time. Hopefully some of these ideas have helped if you’re looking for somewhere to go. Be sure to check out some of the other fantastic places these talented bloggers have visited in 2011 – and get ready for more adventures in 2012.