What We’re Reading: September 4, 2009

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Keep up with what we're reading!

Each friday, we share those sites and articles—those interesting links—that we are currently reading or have recently read. Today’s ‘What We’re Reading’ is a monster—we’ve been all over the interwebz this week!

In the spirit of Twitter’s ‘Follow Friday’, Two Go Round-the-World is sporting a new plugin: The Better Blogroll widget for WordPress. This plugin allows you to display a configurable number of random links from your WordPress blogroll on every page load. This plugin should help to combat link blindness while still letting us share the link love with more of our favorite blogs.

That being said, if you feel your site might be of interest to our readers and you’d like to link up, don’t be afraid to give us a shout!

The Independent Traveler has asked their well-traveled readers to divulge their worst packing disaster stories. Their pro-tip? “If the airlines ever lose your luggage, tell them you have dead animals in it—and they miraculously find it!”

In the past, scientists only had a vague idea of the scope of the trash they would find in the North Pacific Gyre, a vortex where four ocean currents meet. Now, however, tentative research is being made into this very real and very large problem. Inhabitat has an interesting post on the 1,700 miles of floating plastic trash commonly referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Question—you’re slowly going blind—where do you go/what do you see while you still can? Unfortunately not a hypothetical question for this Reddit user. Fortunately, he has the opportunity to do a bit of traveling over the next decade. What would you suggest?

We’re happy to introduce a new blog (well, to us that is) that we discovered courteousy of Deb and Dave—fellow Canadian travellers Ian and Wendy! They were kind enough to share their packing list with the world!

Akila of the Road Forks (best punny blog name—ever, mind you) shares some pre-trip jitters. Kathrn and I love these kinds of posts. They are so cathartic.

Violet Dear shares an Interview with Brook Silva Braga—he of A Map For Saturday fame. I’m trying to find a ‘pull quote’ to use from this interview, but it’s so solid, I think you should just read the whole thing.

After checking out Violet’s interview, I started poking around Brook’s website, and enjoyed his “needless tips for lengthy trips“—and, despite my penchant for being cheap, splashed out on A Map For Saturday. Will review it when it arrives and Kathryn and I have had a chance to digest it!

Over on Have Pack Will Travel, Jeff Patch has a great article entitled “10 Things We Fear When Traveling, and How To Get Over Them“. It addresses his previous week’s article — “Fear: The Enemy of Travel“.  We think it complements our series on safety, which you can check out here.

Andy Jarosz—he of 501 Places—shares a heartwarming tranche de vie from a hike in the south of Kyrgyzstan, near to the Chinese border, upstream from the Tash Rabat caravanserai. Check it out here—it’ll brighten your day! Not only that, but in a moment of fortuitous synchronicity, Andy’s shared some tips that in an article entitled “Play it safe while travelling—how to reduce the risk of accidents and still have fun” on the same day we published ” Travelling Safely: Tips for a Safe Night’s Sleep“.

Three glorious years! Sherry Ott is celebrating three years of escaping corporate America and traveling—take a walk with her down memory lane!

BootsnAll Threads

Bootie GBaxter asks: “If money were no object,what’d your ultimate vacation be?

Topical, as Kathryn and I were discussing bedbugs just the other day—a bootie asks: “was wondering how you would handle a backpack if it got infested with bedbugs?”

This one’s a little self-serving—but hey it’s our blog! A little while ago we posed the following question to the Booties: “Faced with the prospect of leaving North America in July on a RTW trip, where would you go?“. So far, South America is in the lead. As we begin to prepare in earnest, we’re planning a similar post that will pose the questions to readers of Two Go Round-the-World. But if you’re a BootnsAll member, your input’s appreciated!


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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. Akila says:


    Thanks for including us and the nice compliment on our site name! I’m going to check out a bunch of these links today. :)

  2. Anil says:


    Great set of links this week!

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