This weekly series on Solo Female Traveler focuses on the power of place. Where I Want to Go This Week in Travel is all about the colorful, the compelling, the enchanting, the quirky. Each week I look for travel stories and articles in personal travel blogs that highlight a destination I personally love or have long wanted to explore, that brings to light for me a spot in the world of which I was unaware or that captures my attention through artfully spun words. My focus for Where I Want to Go This Week in Travel is any aspect of the power of the place. From every travel blog on my radar, I’ll peruse the posts of the week and pull out the destination-based pieces that capture my attention. Here I will showcase what I think are some of the most intriguing spots on the map of the world, as brought to life by travel bloggers.
Here’s the destinations where I’d love to travel this week.
Dahab, Egypt – In Of Shib-shibs and Shay-The Sounds of a Dahab Night Nick Rowlands from Delicious Chaos plucks us up from where we sit and sets us down in this little town on the Sinai. In his skillfully worded story he makes us feel as if we’re right beside him listening to the the shib-shib sound of Egyptian sandals while watching the action of the night.
A Moroccan marketplace – Modi, a guest blogger on Maiden Voyage, writes that, “The real beauty of traveling [is] exploring new customs, trends and ways of life as there isn’t any right or wrong one.” I agree. One of life’s customs that varies quite wildly worldwide is shopping. In How To Bargain in Morocco, Modi provides some truly useful and effective tips on how to navigate around and possibly emerge victorious from the typical chaos that is an Arab marketplace.
Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts – Kira Matus, guest blogger on We Blog the World captures the feel of my favorite island on earth in Three Hours in Oak Bluffs and made me long for its breezy warm harbors. “Not much changes in Oak Bluffs,” Kira writes. I personally have seen literally exactly one thing change in 15 years. And that is one of the millions of charms of this island in the Atlantic.
Mash Gush Falls, Newfoundland, Canada – My friend Candice Walsh loves her home province in Canada so much that, through her writing, she makes me want to travel to Newfoundland to capture even a moment of what she experiences every day – not the nights stretching into sunrises of partying on George Street but the culture, the nature and the character of her region. In Candice Does the World’s Seriously Off the Beaten Track-Hiking to Mash Gush Falls she focuses on my love of off-the-beaten path locations. I am positive, were it not for Candice, I never would have heard of this waterfall with the roar that can be heard a mile away.
Chichen Itza, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico - I’ve traveled to Chichen Itza and seen the many serpent heads around these ancient Mayan ruins, but I learned all about their history from Barbara Weibel of Hole in the Donut. In Feathered Serpents Litter the Grounds at Chichen Itza, But One Can Only Be Seen on the Equinox, Barbara writes a carefully detailed post on serpent worship at these second-most-visited ruins in Mexico and makes me want to return for a closer look.
Do you have any enticing, unusual, incredible or thoroughly bizarre travel stories you’ll soon be posting? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll go check them out for next week’s segment.
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