What We’re Reading: May 21, 2010

| May 21, 2010 | 6 Comments
whatwerereading052110 What We’re Reading: May 21, 2010

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. Although we’ve been negligent these past few weeks. Enjoy these great posts that you may have missed this past little while. If you have any suggestions for next Friday’s round-up, please contact us!


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Mobile optimized! Two Go Round-The-World is now optimized for the iPhone and other mobile devices thanks to the excellent WPtouch WordPress plugin from BraveNewCode. It automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects, when viewed from an iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Opera Mini, Palm Pre and BlackBerry mobile devices.The optimized pages provide a seamless experience for browsing our content from around the web and engaging in the conversations around that content. Now our mobile users can experience one of the best web experiences on a cell phone whether it’s in landscape or portrait mode! Check Two Go Round-The-World out on your phone!

Round-the-world advice for newbs. Anil Polat over at FoxNomad offers up “10 Pieces Of Practical Advice For Backpacking Novices“. Our favourite? The first—and least obvious to those new to the backpacker trail: “Get a smaller backpack than you think you’ll need”. Anil writes: “When confronted with a choice between two sizes, go for the smaller one. As previously mentioned, you’ll end up filling your backpack up, no matter how big or small”. Check out his nine other great tips here.

Bangok is burning. Always thoughtful, Andy Jarosz from 501 Places provides his take on the recent developments in Thailand in his piece “Death and violence in a land of smiles: the tourist paradox“. He writes “A Thai person we met was quite amused at the ‘Land of Smiles’ label that is constantly applied to her country. She explained to us that the Asian culture and the spiritual beliefs of the peoples of SE Asia lead people to keep their troubles deeply internalized.” Good stuff. More here.

Grantourismo Travel Blogging Competition. Lara and Terry are excited to announce the third contest in their yearlong series of monthly Grantourismo travel blogging competitions. Once again, they’re inviting you to create an inspiring blog post, consisting of 500 words of evocative writing and one mouthwatering photograph. We’ve been really busy but we’re going to try to get something submitted. Enter here.

C’est Christine. We discovered Christine’s blog via Candice at Candice Does the World, who describes Christine as “a French-fuelled traveller who believes in slooooow travel rather than RTW trips.” Great post entitled: “Mastering the art of French waiting“. Check it out! We bid you adieu.

New gear. Gray Cargill over at SoloFriendly.com shares her decision to upgrade a couple of years ago from a Point-and-Shoot to a new Nikon D40. She writes: “Up until last year, the only camera I brought with me when I traveled was my Nikon Coolpix 885, a 2001 model that was practically an antique by the time I decided I needed to upgrade. It took perfectly fine photos for 4″ x 6″ prints, but once I started my travel blog and started uploading photos to my website, I realized I needed something better.” But now, she’s missing the portability of a great P&S—so what’s she going with? Check out the new gear here.

Premature Retirement! Vincent over at Midwestern Wanderer shares his motivation to travel. He writes: “I am a big believer in the idea of taking a “mini-retirement.” Why spend the best years of your life working, and only retire when you are old.” We are, too, Vincent! Check out his post here.

New Look! Jessica over at To China… And Beyond! has rolled out a new logo, a nifty new navigation bar and an e-mail mailing list. Great new look to complement already-solid content. Check out her most recent post “Snapshot: Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Base“. Caution cute pics of lovable Panda ahead.

BootsnAll Threads

BootsnAll is a web-based travel publisher, an online travel community, and provider of services and information that travelers need and want. We frequent their forum—and bring to you our favourite threads from the past week!

Touts! A Bootie posed the question: “Can anyone give some pointers on tout management?”—which gave rise to some great suggestions in the thread and prompted us to post “Tips for Dealing with Touts“. Our favourite tip was from CarolinaCouple who wrote: “I found that playing dumb to anything and answering with “Snakker du norsk?” works”. For our favourite tips check out our post here.

No pockets! An age-old question was posed by K2: “What do you do with your passports when you hit up the beach or places where you’re only wearing a bathing suit?” The Booties chime in with some great answers here.

Towels. In A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams writes: “A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” And vagabonds have taken this advice to heart—so it came as no suprise when a fellow Bootie aske: “What kind of towel is best? Any recommendations? So many out there, not sure which is bang for the buck.” Check out the various answers here. By the way, I was going to jokingly mention a ShamWow — but it appears that someone else has already thought about this, putting it through its paces against a camp towel from REI.


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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. Anil says:


    Thanks for including me among this great set of articles. I’m off to my iPod touch to check out your mobile site btw!

  2. Anil says:


    Just saw it, very cool. Might look into that plugin for my sites as well.

  3. Dave and Deb says:


    Excellent round up. You two always give us some great articles to read. We have been traveling sort of intensively, but are taking the summer off in July. Will definitely catch up and check out your fabulous friday series to see what we have been missing.

  4. Candice says:


    Oh, I’m so glad I turned you onto another travel blogger! Mission accomplished!

  5. Gray says:


    Hey, thanks very much for the mention! You do a LOT of reading every week, don’t you? :-)

  6. Europeeno says:


    Great heads up for Tripbase travel secrets e-books – and a donation to charity too.

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