Byteful Travel Blog Carnival 12 – 2012 May


Never get in a rickshaw without good reason.

Why? Well, this month’s blog carnival includes that wisdom, and so much more. And best of all, these articles have some wonderful personalities behind them that really shine through.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. “Real people? On the web? I thought the only people left writing for the web were pushing cheap college degrees, wacky auto insurance, and boner pills! Are you serious?”

I am. Turns out, real people with real faces and real personalities are still writing about real experiences and submitting them to the BTBC. And I get to share them here with you. For that, I am so grateful.

Oh, and if you’ve submitted to the BTBC in the past, you may have noticed that BlogCarnival.com was down again for a while this month. This makes me grumble like a grumpy guitarfish; but thankfully, the site came back online in time for me to bring you the beautiful articles below. (So if you meant to submit but couldn’t because of the outage, feel free to submit a quality piece now to be considered for the next BTBC, which will be coming in July.)

The Best of BTBC #12

If you’re new to this blog carnival pizazz, they’re one of the best ways to discover excellent new content you never would have found otherwise. And each time I publish a BTBC, I love to highlight three articles that really stick with me, ones you shouldn’t miss. So, this time I’d like to highlight:

  1. The Gohemians Guide To India: Part 1 – Delhi by Emma is a pure dose of India in which Em quickly learns not to get in a rickshaw unless you have a good reason. But thankfully she didn’t get Dehli belly (a common sickness for those who visit), and she’s also included plenty of vibrant photos. (The rainbow skies one is my favorite.).
  2. Ireland Highlights: An Overnight Itinerary for Seeing The Best Neolithic Passage Tombs in Ireland by Shanna S. is a wonderful article about her explorations of the wealth of archeological sites that dot the Irish countryside. Wonderful photos, as well!
  3. 15 Things I’ve Learned from 10 Years of Living and Traveling Abroad by Reannon M. is a refreshingly honest (and playful!) look at the wonderful lessons travel gives to us. Great photos, as well as great nuggets of wisdom in here. My favorite? “The best trips are ones that I don’t enjoy until I return home.” Reannon, I know exactly what you mean.

A Reminder & A Win-Win-Win

One last thing: if one of your articles is in this month’s edition, you would be my new favorite superhero if you could retweet, stumble, and “Like” this carnival on Facebook. (Seriously, you might bump Dark Phoenix from #1 on my list.) And remember, spreading the word multiplies the reach of this blog carnival which in turn helps more people discover your article, growing your site (not to mention making the lovely Dark Phoenix jealous). And if you aren’t yet a submitter, find out how you too can join in farther down.

Travel Destinations

Emma Goho presents:
The Gohemians Guide To India: Part 1 – Delhi posted at Gohemian Travellers.

Shanna Schultz presents:
Ireland Highlights: An Overnight Itinerary for Seeing The Best Neolithic Passage Tombs in Ireland posted at There and Back Again: Tales of a Travel Addict, saying,

“Thanks for including me in the past. Your blog carnival has really helped me to expose my blog to more readers.”

Theresa Torres presents:
A Trip Fit for a Princess: The Top 4 Castles to Visit posted at Sofluna Travel, saying,

“Many of us are fascinated by castles and their history. So if you’re planning on a romantic European vacation or want to take your family to see Europe, here are some castles to include in your list of places to visit.”

Travel Stories

Gemma Care presents:
The Best Exotic Mindset posted at TravellingGem, saying,

“Advice on the best way to find adventure, or how to let adventure find you!”

Travel Tips

Mayan Story TabletKatie Sorene presents:
15 Things I’ve Learned from 10 Years of Living and Traveling Abroad posted at Tripbase Blog.

Sarah Grace Villaflor presents:
How to Cope When Returning Home After Living Abroad posted at Live Work Abroad.

Ann Sheridan presents:
Tips for Traveling with a Baby or Toddler posted at Know Before You Go. (Site since taken down.)

Hi. Let me ask you a question. Care to grow?

If you write well (and you’ve written something that relates to travel), and you haven’t submitted to the BTBC before, can I ask you a question? What are you waiting for? Blog Carnivals are an amazing and free way to get more exposure to your work, so you’d be silly not to take advantage of this opportunity. And for those of you who continue to submit month after month, thanks again for submitting to the BTBC! By doing so, you reach multitudes, many of which have never even seen your site before, so it’s a real win-win-win situation.

I know this from firsthand experience because blog carnivals have been helpful in spreading the word about Byteful Travel. So if you’re a writer, and you’ve written something that relates to travel, submit a piece you’re proud of to the next BTBC by going to the submission form. Just remember to read the simple ground rules. (And to see past posts and future hosts, check the blog carnival index.)

Also, if you enjoyed the carnival, you’ll probably enjoy the Byteful Travel Weekly Recap, as well. It automatically collects the best content from writers I’ve hand-picked from around the web (most of which I’ve discovered because they’ve submitted to the BTBC).

Coming up on Byteful Travel:

Soon, I make another major leap home. Coming up is the story of an incredible day that begins in Las Vegas and ends at a Denver Halloween party, so be sure to subscribe and stay in touch! And until next time, may your travels enlighten your soul to fresh insights, new connections, and powerful experiences.


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THOUGHTS?


10 bits on Byteful Travel Blog Carnival 12 – 2012 May

  1. Hey, thanks so much for featuring my blog post in your carnival for this month! This was my first excursion into this, and it’s great to see so many people appreciating the work I’ve put out there. Love the other posts here too — excellent stuff!

  2. Once again, thank you so much for pulling this all together! What an incredible collection of talented writers that I am so happy to be included amongst. Can’t wait to sit down and peruse all of the information with a nice cup of tea!

  3. As usual amazing post! Thanks for posting these wonderful ideas.

  4. What an incredible collection of talented writers that I am so happy to be included among. Thanks that you’ve shared.

  5. What a great collection of travel articles. I enjoy traveling and I consider it as a hobby. I had a great reading these especially the “15 Things I’ve Learned from 10 Years of Living and Traveling Abroad”

  6. Thanks a lot for sharing the wonderful ideas. Awesome post!!

  7. Andrew, many thanks and appreciations for posting the amazing and really so witty and playful articles, revealing in a great way, your superb writing skills:) I was especially impressed by the article for the 10 years living abroad, probably because that is similar to my own life story, even though I am not that good in writing 🙂 I am really glad that people like you can be found on the web!

  8. This was my first excursion into this, and it’s great to see so many people appreciating the work I’ve put out there. Love the other posts here too — excellent stuff!

  9. Thanks for the tips! I am determined to travel this summer!