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April 3, 2013

My Favorite Travel Posts of the Week: April 3, 2013

A waterfall on the White River with Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background.

Every week on Tripologist, I like to share some of my favorite travel-related posts from around the web. If you have a post that you think is especially great, put a comment below, send me a link through the Contact page, or message @TheTripologist on Twitter.

Here are my favorite travel posts from this past week:

An Amazon River Journey Aboard a Haitian Refugee Vessel –

Easily one of the most vividly written posts I’ve read in a while, this post tells the writer’s journey along a 1,100 kilometer stretch of the Amazon River. Taking 4 days on a boat packed with Haitian refugees, this story shows that great adventures result when you step out of your comfort zone and make yourself uncomfortable.

How to Deal with Post Travel Withdrawals –

If you’ve taken some time off to do long-term travel, there is an inevitable withdrawal that results when you aren’t suckling at the teet of adventure any longer. Vagabond Rich has a great post with 22 mostly humorous ways to deal with travel withdrawal.

My favorite? Number 2: “When using the bathroom (at home) rather than leaving your toiletries in there, put them in your travel toiletry bag and take it with you.  It will make you vaguely feel like you are in a hostel or guesthouse of some kind.”

Russian Photographers Sneak to the Top of the Great Pyramid and Capture the View –

Wow! While I certainly don’t condone illegal behavior, these photographers certainly got some amazing photographs. After waiting until closing time, several Russian photographers climbed to the top of the Great Pyramid in Egypt and got some amazing photos.

And to think, I felt like a rebel sneaking past the fence and climbing up the stairs to the first level of the pyramid at Koh Ker in Cambodia. This makes that look like child’s play.

Twenty Things Every Smart Traveler Should Know –

This is a fantastic list from Land Lopers of 20 things that you should definitely know before embarking on long-term travel. I’m embarrassed to say that there are definitely some suggestions on here that I should take the time to learn.

From the Tripologist Archives: The Magic of Southwestern China

Most travelers to China stay along the country’s eastern edge, maybe venturing as far inland as Xi’an or Guilin; however, the best part of China is its southwestern corner. While Kunming, the gateway to the region, isn’t the most amazing of cities, places such as Dali, Lijiang, and Tiger Leaping Gorge are some of the best destinations in the world for travelers. I wish that I had had more than 2 weeks to exploring this fabulous region.


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