Top Travel Links – August

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This month’s round-up includes 23-year road trips, sandwichwallahs and Parallel Olympics


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If you like adventure travel, check out British rock-climber Steve ‘Crusher’ Bartlett tackling a previously-unclimbed tower of rock in Canyonlands, Utah – along with a journalist who is REALLY out of his depth.

That may be impressive, but it’s nothing compared to climbing a mountain when you have no arms and legs! In true Paralympian spirit, here is Kyle Maynard’s stunning story of his quest to tackle Kilimanjaro.

For strictly-travel related shenanigans, how about a classic travelogue from the 1930s? Screened during last week’s Adventure Travel Film Festival, it recalls a 40,000-mile motorbike trip from the UK to Japan. Or, sticking with the ever-reliable Guardian, here’s a collection of the very best time-lapse travel videos. And just to give someone else a look-in, there’s this Red Bull YouTube video of mountain biking in Nepal.

Finally, the past and future of road tripping. Here’s the tale of a German couple who have spent 23 years driving an SUV around the world, and here’s a trailer for a new film about caravanning in Britain. Kind of.


Where better to start this section with some of the finest photographs taken anywhere over the last 12 months? Here is a gallery of winning snaps from the 2012 National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest.

As with much of the summer past – from Diamond Jubilees to Olympic Games – you’ll be seeing a lot of London during this September… so it’s only right to celebrate Britain’s beautiful capital with some world-class photography. Here are some shots of the city from National Geographic, while here are some great snaps from professional photographer Christopher Holt. You will also find Olympic photos on the official London 2012 photography site. And for a lesser-seen side of London, there is this cool Forbes slideshow.

Ever thought of trying travel photography yourself? Take a look at these top tips on taking better travel snaps from the industry pros, courtesy of Wanderlust Mag. You can also check out some of their finest. And if you want even more photo advice, take a look at these offerings from Fodor’s and Lonely Planet.


Here are two articles that challenge the idea of seasonal travel: The Independent’s revealing piece on Alpine ski slopes in summer, and this old Budget Travel article on the best US beach resorts for winter.

Sticking with the latter American theme, here are a selection of articles that celebrate a quainter side to the world’s most powerful nation: The New York Times’ opinions on Montpelier, VT; The Independent’s take on Nantucket; and the BBC’s selection of the country’s finest spring drives – with photos included! Oh, and there’s this LA Times piece on cozy cabins and boundless nature in California’s smallest country.

Finally, here is rather random selection of August travel gems from around the world. “A day in the life of a Mumbai sandwichwallah”, “Island hopping French Polynesia, without breaking the bank”, “On the truffle hunt in Florence” and “Travels with my teenager”. There is also this incredibly handy BBC Travel piece on the best sites for exchanging travel advice, and this amusing Insure&Go feature on the world’s oddest statues and sculptures (to accompany this Pimsleur piece). That’s enough to be getting on with.


If last month was all about the Olympics, the next month is all about the Parallel Olympics (as they were originally known). Having begun on Wednesday with a stunning opening ceremony, the action continues until September 9 – topped off by a performance by Coldplay, if this press release is to be believed. For the first time in history all the event tickets are sold out, but you can always go visit the Paralympic park. And if you still need to be convinced by the sporting prowess and bravery of the competitors, watch this.

If you do insist on avoiding this particular festival of sport, don’t worry: there are many more September festivals waiting to be enjoyed. Whether it’s St. Ives Festival in Cornwall, England (8th to 22nd), Brisbane Festival in Brisbane, Australia or La Mercé Festival in Barcelona, Spain (21st to 24th), there is something for everybody. Not to mention the little matter of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany (27th to 7th October).

Sport, music, theatre and lots of ice-cold beer – this might be the most enjoyable month of 2012 so far!

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