MJ’s Travel Favorites 11-1-09

Ah, the life of a travel blogger – lounging around in a luxury hotel, eating bon bons, sipping the finest champagne, with nary a bit of coin passing hands or an ounce of sweat on the brow.  While nothing could be further from the truth, the best travel bloggers make it look and seem that easy.  It’s a mark of a real pro, taking an often mundane task,and making it look both exotic and simple.

Barcelona Chocolate Museum

Display at the Barcelona Chocolate Museum

This week I found lots of great posts that serve to inform, inspire, motivate and amuse the traveler in all of us.

  • News.com has a scrumptious list of the top chocolate museums.  I’m not sure that these exhibits are truly edible, though.
  • Sharing Travel Experiences (new name, but same great content) takes us to the Basque country.  Great photos of some delicious looking food.
  • Elliott brings us a tale of two passengers, one nice guy, and one elite, not-so-nice guy.  Frequent travelers, does the story ring all too familiar?
  • Heather on her Travels, a relatively new addition to my travel feeds, has a great review of the lovely Fawsley Hall Hotel in Northamptonshire.
  • PlanetEye Traveler – Auckland promotes a great concept called Movember.  It’s a moustache growing contest for the month, calling attention to men’s health issues.  Very creative!
  • Intelligent Travel gets in the Halloween spirit with 5 locations that have ghosts all year round.
  • Eyeflare makes the touristy gondola beneath the Bridge of Sighs seem, well, not quite so touristy at all.  This one is for all the romantics.
  • BootsnAll Travel lists the 7 Deadly Sins of Travel.  True confession, while I know that I shouldn’t (and I mean, I really, really know that I shouldn’t), I have been known to violate #2.
  • Consumer Travel explores the new choices for cashing in frequent flyer miles.  Those rewards are going to come with a higher price tag, whether it’s more miles or more cash.
  • Sosauce takes us along for four hours in Riga, Latvia.  A fascinating glimpse that makes me want to know more.
  • Gadling takes us back to the kinder, gentler era of flying, with a few television commercials from years gone by.
  • Dianasaur Dishes, while not strictly a travel blog, has a great tutorial for how to cook and clean a Dungeness crab.  Anyone living or traveling to the Pacific Northwest will find this information handy for crab season.
  • The Vacation Gals explain that Minneapolis’ Mall of America is not just about shopping.  Who’s idea was it to combine a theme park and a shopping mall?!
  • Gadling makes a second appearance on the list, with a list of 10 vintage carousels, evoking some nice childhood memories.
  • PlanetEye Traveler – Atlanta teases us with a preview of Cavalia, a sort of horse theater.
  • The Carey Adventures has Peter posting more photos from Hawaii, this one of the mischievous creatures of the ocean, playful dolphins.

That’s it for this week.  Please take a few moments and go read some of these great posts from some great travel bloggers.  And don’t forget to tell them that MJ sent you.

Photo credit:  marcoPapale @flickr

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Israel, Stockholm, and a Baltic cruise.

7 Responses to “MJ’s Travel Favorites 11-1-09”

  1. Heather on her travels November 1, 2009 at 8:24 am #

    Thanks for the mention, Fawsley Hall was a lovely, luxurious country House hotel – in summer there are also some wonderful stately homes nearby such as Allthorpe and Blenheim although they close in the winter so we couldn’t see any.

  2. Kara November 1, 2009 at 8:59 am #

    Glad you highlighted Peter’s dolphin photos. They are AMAZING!

    • Mary Jo Manzanares November 1, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

      I love the dolphins. It’s such a highlight of a Hawaii trip to see them playing in the waves. Peter really captured how fun they are to watch.

  3. Heather on her travels November 1, 2009 at 9:23 am #

    Hi Mary Jo

    Now I realise that you are the Mary Jo from Fly Away Cafe. I thought the
    name was familiar.

    Anyway, I see that you are on the guest list for Travel Blog Camp so hope
    to say Hi to you there.

    I’m interested to know what Planet Eye are up to, is it branching out more
    widely than just selected cities? If so, perhaps there are ways we can
    collaborate with some content.

    Best wishes
    PS tried to e-mail but it bounced back

    • Mary Jo Manzanares November 1, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

      Hi Heather. And yeah, it’s me. Lots of great stuff going on and I’ll email you to catch up. Not sure why you’re email bounced.

  4. Lindy Howard June 6, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    It’s such a shame to waste all that chocolate (note: statue at Barcelona chocolate museum) on a statue! Can you imagine how much enjoyment that would bring if it were eaten 🙂


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