Rant: Travelsphere, Knock It Off, Already!

I'm editorially cranky. This doesn't mean that I have perfect grammar or I never make a typo, but I am hugely impatient with a handful of ubiquitous travel publishing sins, made up words, fake philosophical arguments, and marketing ploys. More and more, I feel myself reaching for a virtual red pen to mark up the travelsphere (see, that's a fake word right there, I get the irony) in order to correct some of these travesties. Below, seven things that Drive Me Crazy when it comes to travel on the web. ...more

Thanks for this. It is, indeed, primarily a self-identifier -- oh, I'm not like THEM -- and ... more

Rant: Travelsphere, Knock It Off, Already!

I'm editorially cranky. This doesn't mean that I have perfect grammar or I never make a typo, but I am hugely impatient with a handful of ubiquitous travel publishing sins, made up words, fake philosophical arguments, and marketing ploys. More and more, I feel myself reaching for a virtual red pen to mark up the travelsphere (see, that's a fake word right there, I get the irony) in order to correct some of these travesties. Below, seven things that Drive Me Crazy when it comes to travel on the web. ...more

@Kimba: But WHY do you hate the word? I suspect it's because it's come to signify a specific ... more

iPad Frenzy and the Story of Stuff

The past few days there have been hundreds of stories about the release of the iPad. Stories about standing in line to buy it, stories about why it's a great product, stories about why it's not a great product, stories about why you should buy one, stories about why you shouldn't buy one. It's a media frenzy around the shiny new tablet from Apple. ...more

Virginia, I REALLY hope you saw this piece on The Onion:

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For the Love of Maps

What's a better fetish for a traveler than maps? I love them -- not just maps of where we're going right now, but maps of other places, maps of imaginary worlds, maps redrawn to show what things are really like. When I first moved to Seattle and learned about the Great Outdoors, I was still a working artist and much of the best work I did at that time was on topographic map -- I'd acquired a great pile of them from a friend who had been unable to throw them away. I've also been picking up old guidebooks here and there, and while the information they include is wildly out of date, the maps of walled cities and mountain elevations are enchanting. We have a handful of atlases, too, states have changed, borders are not in the same place they once were, whole countries are divided and redivided and divided again. ...more

I'm really glad to see I'm in such excellent company with my map mania. And Suzanne, I'm with ... more

Horse Ice Cream and Other Weird Food From Across the Globe

I'm not a brave eater; I won't eat "just anything." Man vs. Food gives me the creeps, and I have mostly vegetarian tendencies by nature. I'm still talking about that crazy weird meal we had in Ho Chi Mihn City (Saigon), the gummy noodles, the salty mystery meat, the fishy crunchy ... uh, what was that? We went to a bakery afterward and got cake. Not ideal nutritionally, but I was still hungry. ...more

You are all to be envied. I just could NOT do a lot of the things that you've managed to ... more

Congress Will Regret This Terrible Bill; The American People Deserved Better

Yesterday was a sad day in American history.  Despite the objections of the vast majority of Americans – many of whom travelled to Washington, DC this weekend to protest this dangerous bill – President Obama and Speaker Pelosi convinced enough House Democrats to bypass the will of the people and pass this unprecedented government takeover of America’s health care system. ...more

My husband is from a "European welfare state" and does not understand how people can object, ... more

Itching for Travel? Read About Canada, New York and Southeast Asia

It's exciting to discover new blogs about travel -- there are so many different voices, so many styles of travel, so many ways to tell stories. It's always fun to take a spin through the travel blogs on BlogHer, to find new writers and meet new travelers. In case you're wondering what catches my eye, I'm always attracted to photos that capture a place, stories that take me there, and voices that sound real. On the practical side, I like information that's easy to navigate, authoritative, and fun to read. ...more

Sherry, I'm nutty about your blog, I think it's great. I'm happy to share the love. ... more

Itching for Travel? Read About Canada, New York and Southeast Asia

It's exciting to discover new blogs about travel -- there are so many different voices, so many styles of travel, so many ways to tell stories. It's always fun to take a spin through the travel blogs on BlogHer, to find new writers and meet new travelers. In case you're wondering what catches my eye, I'm always attracted to photos that capture a place, stories that take me there, and voices that sound real. On the practical side, I like information that's easy to navigate, authoritative, and fun to read. ...more

... is truly an excellent city. What you said!

 

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Distracted By Texting: Are Cell Phones Actually a Danger?

I had a scare a couple of weeks ago.  I was driving my van down my street, and as I came around a small curve, a young girl of about 10 was riding her bike straight towards me.  I stopped, thinking that she would look up and get herself back up on the sidewalk.  But she never looked up.  Her eyes were cast down, and she was texting on her cell phone. ...more

Oregon recently implemented a hands free law, there's one sponsored in the legislature in ... more

Living on the Road Together

With Valentine's Day around the corner, my inbox is a swamp of cliched press releases, each one of them attempting to sell me the idea of romantic travel -- a trip to Paris, perhaps, or exotic chocolates from far away places, or little extras that you can pack to transform the sturdy beige interior of your hotel room into a rose colored tent in the desert. Yeah, okay, maybe. ...more

And there are LOADS of excellent blogs on family travel, I've highlighted traveling families ... more