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It’s no secret that I love “crawling” through blogs, discovering new content and stumbling posts. Last month I thought it would be fun to have bloggers recommend their favourite blog posts on the Spunky Girl Monologues Facebook Fan Page. Once their links were posted I clicked, read their posts, and stumbled them. At the end of the contest period I would select the top 3 posts (and to steal my new favourite phrase from Garrett of Hosteldog) sicky sicky pow pow thems be the winners of either a Lonley Planet Guidebook, Flickr Pro Acct. or $25 Starbucks Giftcard.

Choosing 3 winners was not easy! There were some fantastic posts, and I loved reading them. But at the end of the day I had to choose 3, so here they are in no particular order.

Brasil Day 5 (Part 2) by Andi Perullo- I loved Andi’s post about the favellas in Brasil, and how the media can be so very wrong about a place.  Yes, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings, especially if you’re a solo female traveler, but don’t let the media hype keep you from cool, amazing experiences! If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow @AndiPerullo.

The Saints of Travel Drive Three- Wheeled Carts by Suzy Guese- As a traveler we all have those lost, or frustrated moments when we desperately need or want a local to reach out and give us a hand. I really enjoyed reading Suzy’s post and her experiences with the kindness of complete strangers. It’s a great reminder of the magic and compassion of travel and of people. If you’re not already following @suzyguese on Twitter, do so!

Life in a Thai Town by Alessandra Giampaolo- A great post on living an expat life in small town Thailand, from the constant stares to annoying local habits. Wonderfully honest post on community life. If you’re thinking of leaving your life behind and becoming an expat, this post is a must read. You can follow Alessandra on Twitter @travelindreamer.

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Although I only selected 3 winner, I’d like to thank everyone who participated. If you have some time (in other words, make some time) sit down and read the rest of blog post entries below.

Vienna by Jason Rodley of On the Way to Somewhere

Climbing out of Poverty by Monica Wong of A Pair of Panties & Boxers

Put Your Head on a Stick by Brandy Bell of Livevicuriously

My 3 Best Kept Travel Secrets by Tomas Mcloughlin of Backpacking Travel Destinations

Lone Star Cafe on San Antonio Riverwalk Provides Superbowl Home by Julie Sturgeon

8 Things I’ve Learned from Working Retail by Maria Schembari

The Smallest House in Great Britain Has a Great Location by Liz Wright of Travelogged

The No List Blogger: Falling Below the ABC’s by Cornelius Aesop of Monkey Brewster

I’ve Always Relied on the Kindness of Strangers by Diana Edelman of The Adventures of D

I’m always amazed at the great content that can be found on the net. Whether you’re a traveler or a foodie, you could stay awake for days, weeks even- just reading new content. I would have loved to give all of the entries a prize, as I really enjoyed their posts and I think you will as well.

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It’s another week and you guessed it, another Blog Crawl! As I’ve mentioned before, I love my blog crawls. I always find great new blogs and content. Blog Crawls work like this… I start on a blog and read a post or two, often “stumbling” the ones I like. Then I look for their links page, select  a new blog and do the same thing over again.  Generally I crawl through 8-12 blogs each week. When my crawl is over I post a list (like this one) and add the blog links to my “Travel Links” page, under the Blog Crawl heading.

So now that the boring little details have been laid out for you, allow me to share with you where my Blog Crawl took me this week. I started my crawl with Velvet Escape. I love this blog, if you have a little time to kill grab and beer, sit down and have a read.

  1. Velvet Escape–  I read his post “A Walk Down Oxford Road, Manchester” and instantly wanted to go there. Which is a surprise as after my last trip to London I vowed to leave the UK off my travel itinerary for a little while.
  2. Wild Junket– How did I not know about this blog before? Seriously! 10 Unique Transport Modes Around the World was a fun read. I’m rather curious about the Bamboo train in Cambodia…
  3. The Travel Tart– I love reading this blog, it’s full of humor and oddities. His post, Bizarre Travel Photo- Best Menu Picture is great. There is nothing like homemade menus with hand-drawn pictures. It’s the simplicity of travel that I love.
  4. Old World Wandering– Currently traveling in India, my post choice was “Hyderabad, slash Cyberabad”.
  5. Border Jumpers– Read their post “1000 Words about Johannesburg”.
  6. Twenty-Something Travel– She’s becoming a legend and rightly so.  I really love her Friday Postcard series. The photographs are always amazing.

Blog Crawl Monday is always the highlight of my week. Sometimes I crawl a little longer than others, but either way I discover new content and new blogs to follow.

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