What We’re Reading: July 17, 2009

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whatwerereading2 What We’re Reading: July 17, 2009

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Each friday, Kathryn and I share those sites and articles that we are currently reading or have recently read. In this week’s “What We’re Reading”, we’ve compiled a number of articles discovered as we wound our way through the web. This week’s theme: Tips for travellers!

As we’re beginning to think more pragmatically about organizing our finances and staying on top of everything in a ‘location independent’ manner, we’re starting to compile some tips and tricks. Dan and Jillian having been doing just that, and are continuously picking up more and more general tips about travelling. They have compiled them here. Bookmarked!

More tips! Velvet Escape’s Keith Jenkins drops ten tips for planning a RTW trip.

Hmmm. Not done with the tips yet. Robert Reid shares 44 little travel rules no one ever tells you. Robert is Lonely Planet’s US Travel Editor. He’s written two dozen guidebooks (including USA & Canada, Europe & Southeast Asia).

Tips for choosing the right backpack from Jason and Aracely at TwoBackpackers.com

Jeff Patch over on Have Pack, Will Travel has assembled a list of five wonderful travel books you should read. He recommends Rolf Pott’s newest, Marco Polo Didn’t Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer. I’ve been meaning to pick it up.

Dan discusses choosing a VPN whilst travelling over on his blog, Dan’s Adventures. This is on our tech to-do list. As Dan writes, “The security benefits should be obvious when you consider internet banking, email and any other online service. Its something that would be of benefit to anyone using a public wifi network regardless of where they are.”

After nearly 20 years photographing skylines, James Blakeway, author of Skylines of the World, remains fascinated by how a “collection of unique buildings comes together to create a city.” He shares his list of favorite viewing spots with Kelly DiNardo for USA TODAY. Check it out here.

Via United Planet’s twitter feed, you don’t have to be on the front lines to benefit from these smart tips: The travel secrets of war reporters.

BootsnAll Threads

K2, over on Bootsnall asks, “Ever been ridiculed about your RTW plans?” Which prompted us to write the post, “Why go round-the world (RTW)?


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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. Check him out on Google+.

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  1. Jason says:


    Honored for the mention! Honestly, this is a great concept, “What We’re Reading.” And I am probably going to read all these articles you mention here today! Excellent information.

    • Daniel says:


      Thanks, Jason. Building a post like this is a good exercise—and it helps to keep track of those articles that you might have bookmarked, but not got around to reading, too. What we do is start a new post every friday and keep it in ‘draft’ status, editing and adding to it throughout the week. At the end you have kind of a chronoligical series of posts and links. It’s fun!


  2. Tips for travelers is one of my most favorite topics! :)

    In between our story telling, we often write Travel Tip Tuesdays posts on our website. We love sharing those tidbits we learned during our RTW trip and during our travels since then. Sometimes our TTT posts can be quite specific (like how to get from the airport in Mexico City to the Zocalo by using the metro), other times they’re “list” posts (like top 9 ways to tackle homesickness or top 13 tips for a long bus ride), and still other times they talk about general backpacking subjects (like how to pack a small bag or deciding to volunteer internationally). My fingers are crossed that some of them are helpful! :)

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