I subscribe to a ton of travel blogs and websites and save the best travel-related articles that I read. Whenever I’ve saved 8, I post the list of them here.

– Tristan

Ponta de São Lourenço, Madeira

Ponta de São Lourenço, Madeira [Photo by Flickr user Svedek]

My Experience In Tamga, Kyrgyzstan Is Exactly Why I Love Travel at Wandering Earl

“We reached the front door and out walked Tamara, the owner, a 60-ish year old Kyrgyz woman with a huge smile on her face. She extended her hand, introduced herself and I kid you not when I say that in an instant, Tamga went from being a town I could definitely live without spending more than five minutes in, to the town that will probably be the highlight of my visit to Kyrgyzstan.”

Vegetarian Survival Guide to Cambodia at Never Ending Voyage

“Kralan are bamboo tubes stuffed with sticky rice, red beans, grated coconut and coconut milk, and roasted over charcoal at the street stalls. You peel back the bamboo to eat the rice that’s crispy on the outside and soft inside.”

On summitting Makalu at Matador Network

“Days turned into weeks as the jet stream hovered over the summit like a worried mother, refusing to let go. Quarrels broke out among camps as egos flared and time ticked away. Soon the monsoon would set in — once that happened, all bets were off. I climbed up and down to higher camps, shaving minutes, then hours off my original times as my body became more acclimatized. Boredom set in as stacks of books and conversations were exhausted. Nothing to do. Breakfast to lunch to dinner to sleep…do it again. Time…somehow…sometimes…stopped.”

Exploring the Island of Madeira at Time Travel Turtle

“The small island of Madeira has, at its heart, a passionate Portuguese community. Forget the fact that more Madeirans actually live in other parts of the world than on the island itself – that’s to do with economics rather than desire. The people from here love their home. It’s easy to see why.”

15 Undiscovered European Destinations at Huffington Post by Fodors

“While travelers typically gravitate toward larger cities like London and Paris, some of the region’s most rewarding and best-kept secrets are alternatively set well off-the-beaten path. From a tiny Albanian cliff town with stunning mountain vistas, to a Swiss mountain village known for its beer and cheese, it’s well worth the extra effort to get to any of our 15 picks for the best undiscovered European destinations.”

A Roman Retirement: An American’s tips on how to retire in the Eternal City at GoNOMAD

“Retirement is a carrot at the end of a very distant stick. Retirement in Rome? The end of the stick isn’t a carrot. It’s a delicious bowl of pasta carbonara and a cone of creamy black cherry gelato.”

Timor-Leste at Imgur via this Reddit post

“Photos from my work trip to East Timor in December-January”

The 25-Year-Old at the Helm of Lonely Planet at Outside

“Last year, a media-shy billionaire bought the flailing Lonely Planet travel-guide empire, then shocked observers by hiring an unknown 24-year-old former wedding photographer to save it. Charles Bethea straps in for a bizarre ride as a kid mogul tries to remake a legendary brand for the digital age.”

What Daily Life Is Like On A Cruise To Antarctica at LandLopers

Many people also aren’t familiar with expedition style cruising, so I wanted to take a few moments to provide you with an honest look at what daily life on a cruise to Antarctica is really life.

Roaming the world on holiday? GigSky, a global SIM card, wants to travel with you at GigaOM

Rates may not be the lowest with GigSky — the cheapest appears to be around $0.10 a megabyte — but the idea here is to remove the hassle. There’s no need to choose a 3G or 4G network and buy a SIM card for it at every new destination: Just buy one SIM for $19.95, pop it in your device and hit the road.

INTERVIEW: National Geographic Photographer Peter Essick on Our Beautiful, Fragile World at Green Global Travel

What separates a great photograph from a good one? It’s usually small things. Sometimes it’s just a matter of being there at the precise time with the right lighting. From an environmental photograph, I think you want a picture that makes you ask questions and think about the natural world.

Has New Orleans Recovered? at Huffington Post

We live every day with reminders of the hurricane, from the wreckage of buildings, to the continued presence of FEMA markings, to the fact that eight years later, we are only now beginning to rebuild our public schools. We got the message that the nation’s government did not officially desire to help us (although the people of the nation certainly did), and this as much as anything has coalesced us as a city. Yet we still struggle to rebuild our properties, and in many cases, our lives.

The Grandeur of the Munich Residenz at The World Is a Book

The Munich Residenz started out as a castle in 1385 and evolved into a government seat and residence of Bavarian royalty from 1508 to 1918. It was heavily damaged during World War II but luckily, many of the masterpieces and treasures were safely moved elsewhere. … Today, it is one of Bavaria’s largest complex of museums, gardens, courtyards and monuments.

Here are today’s best travel-related articles and blog posts.

How to carve a menorah at Matador Network

Leave some bark, some reminder of origins. Notice how the form becomes boat-like, a craft, something with a hull, a planing surface, something that can float and carve. Imagine the lit menorah running a small cascade and staying upright without any candles going out.

Travel Stereotypes: Why They’re Important at LandLopers

In Germany you better have pretzels and massive steins of beer ready for us. In Italy we want endless pasta, gelato and Roman ruins, all the time every day. These are our first and most lasting perceptions of these countries. Are they representative of the modern nation-states? Eh, no, not entirely. But I don’t think that really matters and here’s why.

Making the Decision to Go – The Hardest Part of Long-Term Travel at BootsnAll

Round the world (RTW) travel, career breaks, sabbaticals, gap years, or any extended travel for that matter, is, at the core, not about logistics. It’s not about getting the time off work, saving enough money, or the perfect itinerary either. These are important things to work out, of course, but something critical has to happen before any of this. You have to decide to go. It sounds obvious, but most people never have this experience because they quite simply can’t or won’t decide.

Maui’s Adrenaline Rush Kahekili Highway at Otts World

The Kahekili Highway (Hawaii state highway 340) lives in the shadow of it’s big well-known brother – the Road to Hana. However, this highway along Maui’s North shore was no Road to Hana, because it was 10 times better than the Road to Hana.

A Quick and Dirty Guide to the Appalachian Trail at PMags

Planning for an extended trek on the Appalachian Trail can be easy. There are probably hundreds of books,websites, articles and guides on how to backpack on this trail. For the same reason, planning a hike on the Appalachian Trail can be intimidating.

Life’s Too Short to Settle for Average Love at Get Busy Living

After talking to Eleanor everyday, I decided that I had to be with her in the same city. I was enjoying my time in Taipei and going to class, but without her there, it wasn’t the same for me. The only thing that made me happy was in Australia.