Byteful Travel Blog Carnival 5 – 2011 Feb 22

Once again it’s the last tuesday of an even-numbered month! And surely you know what that means, right?

No, it’s not “macaroni and cheese” day at the hofbrau!

It’s much better than that: it’s time for another deliciously-crafted Byteful Travel Blog Carnival (or BTBC for short), featuring only the best travel writing around the web. And as I’ve said before, blog carnivals are one of the best ways to discover new quality content you never would have discovered otherwise.

And boy did I get some sizzling submissions this time. Between zip-lining in Costa Rica, having your bus break down in Thailand, and laughing your face off with Madeleine’s hilarious limericks, there’s no question: this is the best BTBC yet.

An All-Time High

I’m so thankful to say that I got more quality submissions than ever this time, and it’s all thanks to my fellow travel writers. Thank you so much for helping make BTBC a great resource! (And a special thanks to The Vacation Gals who are consistently prolific in submitting new articles to the carnival.)

Basically, you all rock. Because of you all, this carnival includes 19 quality articles, an all-time high for the BTBC. So thanks again!

Remember: if one of your articles is in this month’s edition, please be sure to retweet and stumble this article, because spreading the word multiplies the reaching-power of this blog carnival very much which in turn helps more people discover your article and grows your site. Plus, I’ll love you forever. (A platonic love, of course.) 😉

Mixin’ it up!

To mix it up this time, I’ve paired each category with an appropriate photo from the Gallery. The “Travel Destinations” category features the megaboulder from Red Rocks in Colorado (an especially an amazing destination); the “Travel Poetry” category features a photo of a giant poem stone from the Lan Su Garden; and the “Travel Stories” category features a Mayan story tablet I saw in the Field Museum. To see a bigger version of any of the photos, just click on it.


It’s time to get to the gems. So hold on to your pants, because they may get blown off by the sheer awesomeness of these articles…

Travel Destinations

The Megaboulder in Red Rocks parkJennifer Miner presents:
Alaska Cruise Vacations posted at
The Vacation Gals, saying,

“Three different Alaska cruise ship vacations, three completely different travel experiences. Which one would be right for you?”

Beth Blair presents:
Winter Carnivals and Festivals posted at
The Vacation Gals, saying,

“Some fun winter carnivals and festivities to help travelers enjoy the cold season.”

Priya Florence Shah presents:
Herne: German City Of Coal, Castles And Cranger Kirmes Fairs posted at Beach Holidays Blog, saying,

“Herne, a German city in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, is located in the Ruhr area. More specifically, Herne lies between the cities of Bochum and Gelsenkirchen.”

Hawaii Beaches presents:
A Few Of The Top Attractions On The Big Island posted at Hawaii Beaches. (Site down.) presents:
Morning at Manele Bay, Lanai, Hawaii posted at Traveling Mamas.

Lyn Harris presents:
The Seabird Coast posted at Traveling New Zealand.

Travel Poetry

Chinese Poem etched on Stone in Lan Su GardenDiversion Verse (Air Travel Humor) posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog, saying,

“Airplane Piloting 101: If you must spill coffee, spill it on your co-pilot… and not on the plane’s communication’s equipment.”

Madeleine Begun Kane presents:
Charge! posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog, saying,

“This limerick is loosely based on personal experience. My now 92 year old father used to strongly disapprove of charge accounts. But one day, many years ago…”

Travel Stories

Mayan Story TabletZhu presents:
The Thai Adventure posted at Correr Es Mi Destino, saying,

“My motto has always been ‘travel the world, take pictures, eat chocolate’, but I’m strongly considering changing it for ‘you haven’t lived till you’ve taken a bus that runs out of gas in the middle of the freeway’.”

Jeet presents:
Puncha Mukhi Ganesha Temple on Mysore Road, Bangalore posted at Discover Karnataka, saying,

“Check the new addition of a beautiful temple in the Indian city of Bangalore. Puncha Mukhi Ganesha temple could be a half day trip.”

Jennifer Miner presents:
Zip Lining in a Costa Rica Rainforest posted at The Vacation Gals, saying,

“In Costa Rica, a pre-teen faces her fear of heights at a rainforest zip lining course.”

Andy Hayes presents:
The Difference Between Travel and a Pilgrimage posted at Sharing Travel Experiences, saying,

“Travel vs Pilgrimage – it sounds so simple, but when you start thinking more about it…”

Tim Freeman presents:
Holiday Travels posted at Madrileño Americano, saying,

“This post recounts my holiday travels to Amsterdam, the Alps, and Geneva.”

Shannon O’Donnell presents:
Secrets in Ireland’s Heart posted at A Little Adrift: A RTW Travelogue, saying,

“The whimsical reasons why traveling through Ireland is so compelling.”

Carolyne Hall presents:
The Frick Collection posted at Lady on a Roof (entry taken down), saying,

“On Sunday, I had the opportunity to visit the Frick Collection…”

Nicole Elena Robertson presents:
Beehive print, Belgium posted at Nicole Elena Robertson, saying,

“Artwork inspired by a trip to Ghent, Belgium.”

MoTravels presents:
My South African Soundtrack posted at MO TRAVELS (Update: The site has since gone offline, and they’ve even blocked a listing at — Who would do that?)

“The role music plays in travel.”

Want to grow your blog’s audience? (Don’t be a Homunculus.)

If you write well (and you’ve written something that relates to travel) and you haven’t submitted to the BTBC before, what the heck are you waiting for? Blog Carnivals are an amazing and free way to get more exposure to your work, so you’d be a silly homunculus if you didn’t try it.

I know this from firsthand experience because blog carnivals have been incredibly helpful in spreading the word about this site. So if you’re a writer, and you’ve written something that relates to travel, I’d highly encourage you to submit a piece you’re proud of.

To request an article you wrote to be considered for inclusion next time, please submit your article (and no more than 3 of them, please) to the next edition of the Byteful Travel carnival using the Byteful Travel carnival submission form. And remember, to be accepted into the carnival you must submit a blog post that provides real value to the reader, so no spammy articles. And if your submission isn’t poetry, it’s gotta be at least 300 words long. Past posts and future hosts can be found in the blog carnival index.

A Call for BT Carnival Hosts

Speaking of future hosts, so far BTBC has only been hosted on Byteful Travel, but I’d like to change that. BTBC is a travelling blog carnival, and I’d really like it to travel around in the coming year. So if you have a travel-related blog and you’re interested in hosting the BTBC, please contact me via the contact page.

Keep in mind though, hosting a blog carnival does take some time and you accept a certain amount of responsibility in doing it. You’ll be selecting only high quality posts that follow the carnival rules and weeding out spammy posts. But there’s a huge upside to hosting the BTBC: you attract a lot of attention to your site (not to mention spreading goodwill and fostering new connections). So if you’re interested, please contact me, and we’ll arrange it.

I look forward to hearing from you!

The next carnival is in late May, and I’m looking forward to sharing more travel articles then. Once again, a big thanks to everyone who submitted! Not only have you helped grow your audience, but you’re also certifiably not a homunculus. Congratulations!

And while you’re here, why not take 10 seconds to thank the awesome writers who submitted? I know they appreciate it. 🙂

5 bits on Byteful Travel Blog Carnival 5 – 2011 Feb 22

  1. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Great job with this carnival. I love BTBC, the hard work you put into it really shows.

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  3. Thanks so much, Jennifer 🙂 I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving such encouraging feedback! And thanks to everyone else at Vacation Gals, as well.

    Yeah, you don’t even want to know how many hours I put into this one, between triaging over 50 entries, optimizing the photography, getting the layout just right, and proofreading and revising…

    But I’m really happy with the result, and I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one. The way I look at it, this will be online forever, so I made sure I had enough time and didn’t rush it.

  4. Blog Carnivals used to be fun.
    But now it appears that I’m done.
    Cuz the site we’re all using
    To build them’s refusing
    My stuff — no more Mad Kane post fun.

  5. Madeleine,

    Good to hear from you. A luscious limerick, as usual! Might I ask what exactly happened?

    Synchronistically enough, I went to a few hours ago and there was a message explaining that they were having a database problem. It’s quite likely they’re still having lingering problems.

    Unless you got an email addressed to you saying blog carnivals are officially disqualifying limericks? I hope not!