In a traveling writer’s quest to network, connect, banish the void she places herself in, I’ve found some good travel blogs as of late. One example is Camden Luxford’s The Brink of Something Else, an international, regularly updated travel blog from the perspective of a solo woman traveler.
Two years in Europe and the Middle East preceded six months in southeast Asia. And now she’s in Peru, having spent the past two years bustling around Central and South America. When I see creds like that the first thing to enter my mind is, “God, what terror her parents must live in.” I realize I’m doing the same thing, traveling from China and Hong Kong to India and now South America, but my relationship with my parents wouldn’t be any closer if I lived next door. Perhaps I’m inserting myself into a mindset I imagine most parents would have.
Luxford also has some creds to her name. She’s a featured blogger for Lonely Planet and has a bona fide ad on her blog about another writer’s glossy, professional travel book. (These are things I hope to someday achieve.) She’s also been at this blog solidly since 2009. The site is, furthermore, well designed and easy to navigate.
Some reasons to read the blog:
She’s a bit less trepidacious than I as a traveler. I wouldn’t live in Bahrain, for instance. On the other hand when Luxford travels from Cuzco to Columbia in a combi, it reminds me of my train rides through Mumbai. My Mumbai travels alone warranted almost an entire chapter in my in-process book.
By no means would I say this travel blog is flawless (as I wouldn’t say mine is). One post described itself as a tip list for learning Spanish through music, for example. While it is a good idea, and one I occasionally practice whilst here in Peru, how can one learn Spanish with a non-vocal band, which is one of her recommendations? This blog is one, however, that has made it to my RSS feed out of the hundreds of blogs I’ve seen or read.