Recommended Reads, February 21, 2010

by Gray Cargill on February 21, 2010

kitten on computer keyboard

Have you all been watching the Olympics this week?  I confess, I was not–until I read my first recommended article of this week, written by JoAnna Haugen of Kaleidoscopic Wandering. The 2010 Olympics from a Traveler’s Perspective was a wake-up call to me that I have been focusing so much on the trees, I forgot the forest.  I thought I was too busy to watch the Olympics.  JoAnna reminded me that the Olympics is more than just a sporting event, it’s a celebration of the very reasons we travel.

Christine Garvin, at the Matador Networks’ Brave New Traveler, writes In Defense of the Introverted Traveler.  Sometimes it may seem as though all other travelers are extroverts, but that’s just not so.  And not everyone wants to meet other people on the road.  Do be sure to also read the article that sparked Christine’s essay, a March 2009 article by Sophia Dembling titled Confessions of an Introverted Traveler at

Lauren Quinn of Lonely Girl Travels is one of the freshest young voices in travel writing that I have discovered in the past few months.  She has a very real and earthy writing style. In I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow: Port Costa and the Past, she shows that you don’t have to travel very far to have a travel adventure.  Her description of the trains is truly lovely.

Those of you who have been following my blog for more than a year probably remember that I spent Christmas week 2008 in New Orleans and fell head over heels for that city.  In New Orleans: It’s About to Get Weirder at, Adam Karlin notes that New Orleans seems to have finally turned a corner in this, its fifth year after Katrina; its recent election of a new mayor and the Saints’ triumphant win at the Super Bowl are symbolic of this turn.  It’s a well-written piece which captures the joie de vivre of the city beautifully.

Finally, another wonderful post by Sarah Menkedick, this time at her blog, Posa TigresOne Brief Illustration of Authenticity explores authenticity and awareness in Sarah’s interaction with two boys–part children, part businessmen–on a sand pile.  It’s a simple story that leads to some complex thoughts about the intersection between tourists and locals. Wow.

Photo credit: Midge cat and computer by Doug Woods.

Lauren Quinn February 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Thanks for the shout out. I'm honored to be included in this list!

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