Imagine you have spent months or even years planning, saving, and dreaming of the moment you arrive in Piazza San Marco Venice only to find it teeming with thousands of other tourists. Certainly not the experience you had dreamed of. Now you have to share this moment with hundreds or thousands of tourists, many of whom are getting in your way, preventing you from taking those Instagram-worthy photos, and ultimately disrupting the tranquility of the square.
It's that time of year where we reflect on where we have traveled to and begin planning for 2018. To help reflect we’ve selected 6 top travel bloggers and asked them about their favorite destinations of 2017. Here's what they had to say.
As I wrote in our guide to San Francisco, I went to undergrad in the Bay Area, so we couldn’t take a trip to San Francisco without visiting my alma mater-UC Berkeley. After nearly ten years of talking about Berkeley to Albert, I finally got the chance to show him the campus and some, unfortunately not all, of my favorite parts of the city.
We could literally see Anguilla from our room in Grand Case, Saint Martin, and the Bonds are never ones to pass up the opportunity to visit a new country or territory, so we decided to take a day trip to Anguilla.
Most of you reading this post already know that we started Backpacking with the Bonds to help travelers think about how their travel affects the places they visit-both positively and negatively. All of our posts and guides are written to help travelers to think about and design their trips to maximize their impact on the local economies. Recently, we wrote a blog piece about the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) International Year of Sustainable Tourism, to showcase the international initiative to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development.
We traveled north from Burlington, Vermont to our friends’ lake house on Lake Memphremagog in the province of Quebec, Canada. On our way there we decided to go a little out of our way to visit Montreal. Neither of us had been and we simply couldn't miss an opportunity to catch a glimpse of what the city had to offer. In short, Montreal is awesome and we will have to go back. We didn’t even scratch the surface of this vibrant city.
Did you know that the United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development? The purpose of which is to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for change.
A couple of months ago we were awarded the Liebster Award by Loving Life with Cass. As you may have seen on our website we’ve been busy traveling and of course writing about it and therefore haven’t been able to post about the award until now.
Surprisingly, Carrie and I only recently stayed in our first Airbnb. Our first stay happened to be in the home of Airbnb, San Francisco. On a recent work/leisure trip to San Francisco I had the chance to experience both accommodation options in the city-a hotel in Union Square, which I won’t name and an Airbnb in the Mission, which I will happily promote.
Looking to explore more of Lithuania than just Vilnius, Carrie and I decided to take a day trip to the country’s second city - Kaunas. Kaunas is Lithuania’s cultural hub and served temporarily as the capital of the country when Vilnius was occupied by the Russian Bolsheviks in 1919.
Full disclosure, Carrie and I are not independently wealthy. We earn average salaries for our positions and education in the Washington DC metropolitan area. People often ask how we afford to travel as much as we do. Well the secret is...
Mid-morning on day five of our road trip we began our drive up the windy route through the hills toward the historical city of Madaba, where I (Albert) served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. With the Dead Sea receding in the distance behind us, my excitement grew. I had been looking forward to returning to Madaba since I left nearly 8 years ago.
After a few days of lounging around in balmy Aqaba we packed our car yet again and drove north to the Dead Sea. Even though Albert and I both lived in Jordan for two years, neither of us had taken the Jordan Valley Highway. This highway spans the length of the country from Aqaba in the south to just near the border with Syria in the north running along the Dead Sea and Jordan River.
After spending a few days in Amman, Albert and I packed up the little Hyundai we rented from Budget and headed to the furthest point south in Jordan, Aqaba. Situated on the Gulf of Aqaba and bordered by Saudi Arabia and Israel, with Egypt off in the horizon, Aqaba has a desert climate and makes a perfect escape in the colder months.
We are honored to have received the Versatile Blogger Award Nomination-Backpacking with the Bonds’ first award. A huge thank you to Urska and Matic of the travel blog Sliva for the nomination.