Posted by: ktzefr | September 10, 2012

5 Fun Women’s Travel Blogs

“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination…”

~ Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese”

I have a number of books on my shelves with stories by women travelers.  They are full of sticky notes, dogeared pages, underlined passages, and stars in the margins.  Of places I’ve been.  Or places I’d like to go.  Sensations I’ve felt or would love to feel.  Some of the following blogs have great stories, some have helpful information and advice, and others are filled with excellent photos.  There’s wine and food and inspiration, too.

1)  Jennifer Rose Smith travels and writes in the winter and bakes in the summer, creating “globally-inspired pastries” for her farmers’ market stand in Vermont.  I discovered her writing in The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 8, in which she tells about hunting for Kiwi birds in New Zealand’s night forest and eating pancakes with honey and lemon for breakfast.  Last year she spent time in the Yucatan and brought back a bunch of tasty recipes.  Read about her “sweet double life” at The Nomadic Oven.
2) In addition to writing about her own travel experiences from California to Cambodia, Paris to Jordan, and places in between, Kristin Zibell also shares interesting links, information about international volunteering, and other good travel advice for women who travel with friends or choose to travel alone.  You may be inspired to take your own big trip by reading about her experiences at Take Your Big Trip.

3) Marcy Gordon has written essays for a number of Travelers’ Tales anthologies.  One of my favorites is a piece titled “Root-Bound” about a trip she took with her mom in search of their family roots in Sicily.  Her blog, “Come for the Wine,” is all about wine tourism destinations around the world.  Grapes are growing all over the map in places you may not have considered hot wine-making spots — Texas?  Croatia?  British Columbia?  Hop the globe with glass in hand at Come for the Wine.

4)  A few years back Barbara Weibel left the working world for a six-month solo backpacking trip around the real world.  She’s still traveling.  Her blog, Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel, has many gorgeous photographs and personal glimpses of unique cultures and places. 

5) Layne Mosler’s “Taxi Gourmet” blog is currently “on book leave” as the blog is now a book-in-progress (Driving Hungry) to be published by Vintage in 2014.  But there are many terrific past entries about eating around the world.  Ms. Mosler likes to visit exotic locales, hop in taxicabs, and ask the drivers to take her to their favorite cafes.  I read a recent excerpt that made me want to pack up and head to Buenos Aires to eat pizza, of all things, and dance the tango. 

Have laptop, will travel…



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