Want some inspiration for where to go on holiday in 2013? Well, here’s a selection of travel blog posts to whet your appetite, ranging from city guides and money-saving advice to rafting and volcano-climbing adventures.
Consider this your Grumpy Traveller+1 service, where I recap the best posts from the previous month that you might have missed first time round. Here’s the best stuff from January 2013 – feel free to bookmark to read later, share or print out to use as the formative base of a new religion.
A lot of January’s talking points were inspired by my visit to South East Asia last year. In particular, I’ve discussed the problems faced by solo travellers joining tours and whether it’s OK to have separate charges for locals and foreigners. The debate spurred in the comments about whether it’s OK to take photos of villagers was great too.
By far and away the most popular post of the month, however, was my 40 ideas for TV travel shows brainstorm…
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BOOK YOUR OWN ADVENTUREThe following sites are usually my first port of call when booking a trip - so I recommend them as somewhere to start when booking your own holiday.
HOTELS: Hotels.com (£) or Agoda (£)
FLIGHTS: Skyscanner (£) Kayak or Roundtheworldflights.com
CAR HIRE: Car Rentals (£)
GUIDE BOOKS: Amazon (£)
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES: Viator (£)
If that doesn’t grab you, the Palio festival in Siena, may well do.
And, for fans of my humiliation, there’s an account of a disastrous attempt to join a tour in Krakow, .
Continuing the Australia-heavy slant, there are tips on how to enjoy Sydney for second time visitors. I’ve also explored Munich for people who don’t drink beer, discussed what makes a good hostel and shared tactics for getting cheap train tickets overseas.
Oh, and as spotted in Dubai, possibly the world’s worst celebrity endorsement.
This month’s reviews include night kayaking on Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bay, testing a extreme cryotherapy spa treatment in Slovakia, learning Tai Chi in Hong Kong. There are also assessments of Singapore Zoo and Air ’s supposedly revolutionary Skycouch seats.
Of the work I’ve done for other publications that I’ve republished on the site, there’s plenty New Zealand content. I’ve plucked out the best New Zealand wine tourism hotspots, focusing on Central Otago’s wineries in particular, and suggested ideas for things to do in Auckland.