Another month, another banquet of engaging travel yarns provided by our globetrotting Pathfinders community, who, during September, have penned an exciting array of stories covering topics from nomadic sports in Kyrgyzstan to the street-art scene in Bristol, and pretty much everything in between.
Though narrowing down submissions is no easy feat, here’s five of our favourite blog posts produced by our Pathfinders in September.
Pie Town, New Mexico: why you should visit – Stephanie & Adam
There are some travel experiences too iconic to miss: tossing a coin into Rome’s Trevi Fountain, riding the cable cars in San Francisco and, of course, eating a pie in Pie Town, USA. Stephanie’s post details her experience of driving five hours to this obscure community in New Mexico just to sample its eponymous dish. Simple and satisfying (like a good slice of pie!) this is an ode to the strange things we do on the road in the name of a memorable travel experience.
Husband and wife Stephanie and Adam are on a mission to work through their bucket list while holding down regular day jobs. Find out more at roadunraveled.com.
Horseback archery at the World Nomad Games – Richard Collett
Set against the backdrop of Kyrgyzstan’s mountainscape, the World Nomad Games are increasingly drawing tourists from across the world to witness an array of exciting nomadic sports. Richard’s post manages to capture not only the colour of this spectacle but also the convivial – slightly chaotic – atmosphere, smartly framing his narrative around the success of the US women’s horseback archery team.
Richard is an adventure traveller and photographer who is addicted to getting off the beaten track. Read more of his stories at travel-tramp.com.
Beyond Banksy – Bristol street art in three neighborhoods – Carol Guttery
Before street art was considered an essential component on the ‘trendy city’ checklist, there was Bristol and Banksy. Carol’s post offers a highly informative history of street-art scene in the English West Country town – which was infatuated with graffitti long before it was considered ‘art’ – and one of its most famous residents: world-renowned street artist Banksy. The post also delves into famous murals visitors can see in the city today, as well as highlighting the work of upcoming local street artists, making this essential reading for real fans of the art form.
Carol’s blog aims to encourage travellers to go beyond the headline sights and find alternative and offbeat adventures. Learn more at wayfaringviews.com.
Sometimes a blog post can really take you by surprise. Though Di penned her article to provide information to those interested in finding employment on Kwajalein, a tiny fleck of land in the Pacific Ocean (which, admittedly, does hold a certain appeal to this claustrophobic Londoner!), the more broadly appealing aspect of this post is Di’s personal recollection of her childhood growing up on the island: a car-free, 1.2sq-metre atoll home to just three restaurants, two pubs and a US army base. The post offers a fascinating insight into a very unique place to grow up.
Dan and Di started travelling after a spell teaching in Abu Dhabi and haven’t looked back. Read more of their stories at slightnorth.com.
A look at Puerto Rico one year after Hurricane Maria – Jess Vincent
Often, after the immediate aftermath has been addressed, the best way travellers can help a destination that has suffered a natural disaster is simply to return. This is the ethos of Jess’ piece, which highlights how the resilient people of Puerto Rico are rebuilding their lives, and the new attractions that are attempting to lure tourists back to the Carribean island, from new thought-provoking art installations to boutique hotels.
Jess left her graduate job in the city to pursue her love of travel writing. Keep up with her adventures at nomadatravel.co.uk.
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