Travel resources keep evolving, which help me get better ideas for places to go and things to see and eat.
When I lived in Cambridge, MA, for travel inspiration, I would go to the local bookstore in Harvard Square during my lunch hours and scour each brand of book about my planned location. I almost always bought a Frommer’s guidebook after getting used to the format.
My move to Heidelberg, Germany kicked me out of my old routine. I am now a big fan of buying electronic guidebooks. Chris and I can both have them on our Kindles and, even better, on our iPhones. We bought two Frommer’s guidebooks this year from Amazon and have loved being able to use the highlight and bookmark features. Above all, we don’t have to carry around heavy books when traveling. We just use our phones. The e-books are also nice for when plans change unexpectedly and we find ourselves somewhere without internet access.
I’ve recently taken to looking for advice from my fellow bloggers. Many of them are locals who provide photos and reasons why I should see (or eat in) their cities. Others are travelers who stumble upon hidden gems. I’ve found some very helpful pages that made my recent travels even more memorable and gave me ideas for future trips.
I was honored last week while I was on vacation in Spain to be nominated for the Inspiring Blog Award from Expatially Mexico.
I’ve decided to pass this award onto bloggers who have enhanced my recent trips with their honest, helpful, and welcomed advice. Thank you to the writers below for your sightseeing, travel, and culinary tips.
- blog4foodies for detailed food advice in San Sebastián, Spain with Pintxos in San Sebastian (Donostia)
- Travel, Food & Booze: Sarahlynn Pablo for helping to encourage me to take a day trip to Figueres, Spain with Salvador Dalí Day Trippin’ to Figueres. Barcelona Part 4.
- una vuelta del destino (for Domingo de gloria – DONOSTI) and Un clasico en tu boda (for El Funicular del Monte Igueldo Cumple 100 Años.): Two blogs written in Spanish that made me want to go up in the hills for beautiful views of San Sebastián. However, the pictures and information they provided made me content to stay on the beach instead!
- Finally, Jen Maan in Amman, who I regularly follow for an interesting perspective of being an expat in the Middle East, inspired me hours before I left on my trip to Spain. In her recent post, Paris and Purchases, she bought such beautiful things on her trip that looking through the pictures reminded me to make more room in my suitcase for shopping!
I started writing my blog in order to keep in touch with my family. Although, I hope along the way, my posts may inspire others with their travel plans or expat adventures.
If you have a travel bug and are looking for some inspiration, I’ll be writing about my recent trips to Spain and the Black Forest soon. And, if you’re an expat looking to feel better about yourself, I’m bound to have some more mishaps in Germany happen the next time I walk out of my apartment.