By Ben Green
Have you ever wanted to wash an elephant? You may do once you’ve read Audrey Bergner’s post A day spent feeding, bathing, and marvelling at Elephants from her blog That Backpacker. “With buckets in hand, we stepped into the shallow water, where we splashed around while the elephants gingerly munched on watermelons,” she writers about her experience in Thailand (pictured above). However, though tourists may visit, Audrey’s blog explains that whilst you get to spend time in close proximity to the elephants, this is primarily a rescue centre and a sanctuary where the majority of animals housed here have tragic pasts. You can follow Audrey @thatbackpacker.
Bhutan (pictured below) is not a regular destination for many travellers, so the post Bhutan: The Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery from the Traveling Solemates blog stood out. As the post explains: “Tiger’s Nest Monastery is believed to be the birthplace of Buddhism in Bhutan, making it the most sacred monastery in the country. Precariously perched high up on a sheer cliff a dizzying 10,000 feet above sea level … it has the most stunning and fascinating location.” You can follow Marisol and Keith @tsolemates.
Route 66 is one of the road trips I plan to take one day, so I was interested to come across the post Getting our kicks, on Route 66 from photographer James Tarry on his travel blog, that sits within his photography site. As you might expect, it is the photographs of the well-worn route that are of particular interest, as are the shots from Death Valley: Ghost Town, a post that comes later in the blog. As James says of the journey, “it’s historical, beautiful, sometimes sad but still one of the greatest drives ever.” You can follow James @JT__photography.
You may not want to read the final recommendation this month unless you have eaten recently. The post A Tapas Tour of Barcelona by Katie Collins from her blog An Unfamiliar Sky is a visual feast and Katie’s plan of “nibbling my way around the city on a self-guided tapas tour” is a good suggestion for any visitor to the city. The post covers five locations around Barcelona, notable for the fact that they are not venues catering to tourists, so you’ll need some Spanish (or Catalan) and a very good appetite. You can follow Katie @katieecollins.
About our writer
Ben Green is a frustrated traveller, who has been to some beautiful places but only seen 20% of the world so far. Based in the Cotswolds with his wife and children, Ben recently started blogging at Hand Baggage Only and is also a freelance photographer, marketing and communications consultant. Through work and pleasure Ben has stayed at several hotels and since September 2009 has reviewed more than 120 of them on TripAdvisor.