by Brandy D. Anderson
Facebook is a wonderful place to look for travel tips, for new spots to visit, and amazing photos to ogle over as you do your planning. FB’s format is perfect for opening up lines of communication with fellow wanderers and it’s also a convenient way to note and share your ideas with your friends and family. Here are four travel pages that you should be following:
About: “Small groups, big adventures. Our style of travel means you’ll stay under the radar, travel the local way, eat the local way and sleep the local way. We all travel for different reasons. People. Culture. Wildlife. Food. Landscapes. Cityscapes. Whatever motivates you, we’re here to help you get stuck in.”
One look at this page will have you ready to book your next holiday! Intrepid Travel is a touring company which sounds great, but even if you’re not a person who enjoys traveling with a group, this page is still well worth checking out. The photos are gorgeous, and they’re great to look through for ideas when thinking of your next trip. There are dreamy pictures of exotic locations like Halong Bay and Tha Prom at Siem Reap (where one of the Indiana Jones movies were filmed). There are also helpful links to travel-related articles like “The Best Thing About Travel (and Why You Can’t Control It)”, “Behold: the World’s Simplest Guide to Responsible Travel”, and “Why Letter Writing is the Best Way to Keep In Touch”.
There are also more place-specific articles such as the recent piece on “Food Author Pamela Timms Gives Us the Low Down on Delhi’s Market Scene”. Perhaps the best thing about this page, though, is the nifty “Meet Up” tab they have which allows you to connect with fellow travelers. It’s a message board right there on their Facebook page. There’s also an option on the left where you can choose your tour (if you’re going with one of the guides) so that you can chat with your fellow tour members before you leave.
About: “Travel guides for people like you! Covering cool spots and well-known secrets in Copenhagen, Berlin, Portland, Paris and more. http://12hrs.net.”
This page is so interesting, and it’s unusual because all of the places covered are done so within 12 hours. This element of spontaneity adds to the enthusiasm and fun of each piece, and you’ll find things here you won’t really find on other travel sites. The most recent piece is “12hrs in Avignon”. The beginning explains that “Avignon is a commune in south-eastern France on the left bank of the Rhone river that is part of the Provence region”. Each article then covers “Good to know” factual tidbits, it lists the population, currency, and language of the location being covered. There’s a nice little map on the right and the page is full of beautiful photography. Below this, there is introductory text for the location, and then we get to the fun stuff.
The 12 hours are broken down with details on what was done during each hour, including directions on how to reach each destination, and there are lovely photos to go along with the commentary. For instance, Avignon bears the caption “Famous Art Collection, Amazing Shops And Good Food: Within the Ramparts of Avignon Lies A Lot To Discover”. From there we begin with “9 AM// LES HALLES: A visit to a colorful market to start the day off right”. There are five photos of the market above the commentary, which includes the hours of operation at the end. From there, we go to “9:30 AM// MELIDO: Cafe au lait and croissants for breakfast”. Then we have more location specific photos, with more text, and the day continues in this fashion, with a breakdown of everything they did during the 12 hour trip. It’s amazing and extremely helpful for travelers. They also include some “Basic Sentences”, which are little useful “cheats”for the language, and there are “Do & Don’ts”. 12hrs has already covered a number of diverse locales like Antwerp, Barcelona, Berlin, Helsinki, London, Copenhagen, the list goes on and on, and they continue to cover new locations.
About: “The definitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders: www.atlasobscura.com. Atlas Obscura is the definitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders. The community driven, editor curated project uncovers unusual and overlooked places not found in your average guidebook.”
If you’re looking for a busy Facebook travel page, Atlas Obscura is your place. They update a whopping 8 times a day, on average, and all of the posts are interesting and pretty darn unique. Some of their most recent posts include a collection of bizarre mouth architecture (including bridges and doors), with the title of “Open Wide: 11 Jaw-Dropping Mouth-Shaped Portals”. The articles are informative and funny, as you can tell from this opening: “Have you ever looked at the face of another person and thought,’Man. I wish I could walk into their mouth.’”
This particular blog entry bears photos of Goa Gajah in Ubud, Indonesia, Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos, Garden of Bomarzo in Bomarzo, Italy, Ghost City of Fengdu in Fengdu, China, Zuccari Palace in Rome, Italy, La Scarzoula in Montegabbione, Italy, The Dragon Escalator in Beijing, China, Diamondback Bridge in Tuscon, Arizona (USA), Catoosa Blue Whale in Catoosa, Oklahoma (USA), and Kindergarten Wolfartsweier in Karlsruhe, Germany. So they really do explore bizarre places around the globe. There’s another blog entry about a Map Library in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA), there’s one about Amsterdam’s “Trippiest [and educational] Museum”, and another article entitled “South Korea’s Jolly Penis Park Has Surprisingly Tragic Origins”. This page covers the less traveled path well.
About: “For those who love travel and those who would love to come along for the ride.”
We Love to Travel is the perfect page for daydreamers. There are loads of gorgeous places here and it’s easy to get lost in the photos. Today they posted a magical picture of Mont Saint-Michel in France, and it showcases the fairytalesque castle and its surrounding bay. There’s another photo of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona (USA). Hohenzollern Castle in Germany, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and a magical photo of Jacaranda trees making a canopy over an abandoned road are just a few more dazzling sights to moon over.
There are pictures of The Scottsdale Desert Botanical Garden in Scottsdale, Arizona (USA), Longbeach Pier, Longbeach, California (USA), and a photo journal of the most spectacular sights in Mexico. There are some links to travel blogs, such as “The World’s Most Spectacular Roads, the Ultimate Road Trip”, “23 of the World’s Most Inspiring Views”, “20 Mysterious Places in India”, and “16 Photos That Prove Elephants Make the World a Better Place”. While this page does post the occasional non-travel related links (“Funny Stuff Online”, etc), its strength lies in the gorgeous array of travel photos from around the globe.