Here are BootsnAll, we publish at least one travel article every day, Monday through Friday. The amounts to hundreds of articles that – we hope – teach you something new about the world, help you travel better, and inspire you to feed your wanderlust with travel. As is popular at this time of year, we though it was fitting to take a look back at 2010 to see which articles our readers seemed to connect with most.
From a rundown on the drinking customs of cultures around the world to an interview with badass traveling foodie Tony Bourdain, here are the most popular BootsnAll articles of the past year.
We believe that sampling the local drink is a great way to get to know a culture. Writer Lucy Corne agrees and takes us on a trip though five different countries, including South Africa, Australia, and Spain, and shows us the ins and outs of local drinking customs. From why you should watch how you phrase a drinking invitation in Spain, to what to expect when sharing a drink in South Africa, here’s what you need to know to avoid a drinking faux pas.
This past fall, travel writer Rolf Potts went on a six week round-the-world journey without so much as a backpack. Carrying everything he needed on his body, Rolf proved that you don’t need to bring a lot of stuff to have an epic trip. While some of us may not be able to fathom a trip without luggage, many would-be round-the-world travelers think it’s the lack of money that’s holding them back. Adam Seper crunched the numbers on the No Baggage Challenge and then showed us how much it would cost to do the same trip on a backpacker budget. Hint: it’s cheaper than you think!
Long-term, round-the-world travel can only be done the summer after high school or college. Any working professional would be crazy to leave behind the stability of a job in order to travel. You’ll miss out on too much and your career will never recover, right? Wrong. Adam Seper dispels these myths and more and makes the case that taking a break to travel won’t ruin your career (but will add more resume-worthy skills), is not dangerous, and is most certainly not crazy. Unless, of course, you redefine crazy. As Adam says, “To us, not quitting our jobs and traveling the world was crazy. Doing it seemed logical.”
World Cup fever took over in 2010, especially at the BootsnAll offices, as some staff got to go to South Africa to report on the games for our World Cup blog. We took a look back at some of the World Cup host countries, important moments from games held in each one, and how you can travel to each host country now.
Hiking trails and walking paths around the world allow us to see a place from ground level, get in some exercise while we sightsee, and take in some spectacular views. Jeanine Barone takes us on a tour of some of the most unique of these paths in the world. From the trails over wooden boardwalks that traverse some of Plitvice Lakes National Park’s 16 lakes in Croatia to a four mile path over towering coastal cliffs in Iceland’s Westmann Islands, these paths will surely make you want to lace up your hiking boots.
Another alcohol-related post, this one examines not what we’re drinking and how, but where we’re drinking it. Victoria Brewood shows us 13 unusual places to knock one back. From Sweden’s Icebar to the Hobbit House in the Philippines to a bar inside a tree in South Africa, these watering holes offer a lot more than your average corner bar.
Architectural marvels have always been high on the list of must-see sights. Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Chicago’s Willis (Formerly Sears) Tower, and the Colosseum in Rome are among the most iconic buildings in the world, and the cities they reside in are among the best places to see architecture at its most magnificent. Betsy Mikel takes us on a tour of these and other cities that she says are the best for those with a passion for manmade structures.
The popularity of this guest post proves just how much our readers love to learn about good food and local cuisine. Writer Lindsey Ford extols the delights of Madrid’s cuisine and tells us where (and how) to eat some of these signature dishes. Warning: it’s hard to read about the city’s famous jamon, churros, croquettas, and other culinary wonders without getting a little drool on your computer.
Whether they be engineering marvels or iconic images from a city skyline, bridges have always fascinated. In this article, BootsnAll’s Cristina Dima shows us bridges we can not only see from afar or while zipping over in a car, but those that we can take the time to truly examine and admire while slowly walking or climbing across. Including Australia’s Sydney Harbour Bridge, Prague’s Charles Bridge, and the Tower Bridge in London, this list spans the globe from the US to Japan to Turkey, stopping twice in Italy for two of the most romantic bridges, the Rialto in Venice and the Ponet Vecchio in Florence.
The culinary world’s king of snark made time to answer a few of our burning questions in what was by far the most popular article of 2010. From the travelers who inspire him to his favorite destinations to how he handles jet lag, we got a little glimpse into mind of Tony Bourdain.