From the Inner Hebrides to Ethiopia: our pick of the week’s best travel blogs

By Holly Cave

Over the past few days, it’s been adventurous exploits that have captured our attention. From a cruise around the deserted Inner Hebrides to a trek through the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia, our imaginations have been stretched to bursting. Oh, and we haven’t forgotten about Christmas – one of this week’s blogs features some gift ideas for the traveller in your life (or to put on your own wish list for Santa).

We love the enigmatic Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, and any article that highlights the warmth of its people is a good read in our books. Lara Dunston and Terence Carter filled us in on one of the city’s top spots for culinary tourism, Romdeng restaurant, in the latest of their Local Knowledge series. As well as being a top-notch eaterie (true, I’ve sampled the fresh shrimp rolls and fried tarantula myself), Romdeng is also an NGO that trains young people in the industry. A great insider’s tip and a heart-warming interview with 18-year old Vibol.

Back in cooler climes, Keith Savage was taking to the Scottish waters to visit Staffa and the Treshnish Isles (pictured above right). We always like reading about places we’ve never even heard of and this descriptive piece, accompanied by some stunning photos, means you live the journey as you read. As a result, we feel urged to undertake a more unconventional exploration of Western Scotland and the Inner Hebrides. Although we might wait for Spring.

Mark Horrell was heading into an even greater wilderness in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains (pictured above left). An engaging read, packed full of facts about the geology, culture and wildlife of this barely-discovered area, this is a holiday plan in a single article. Definitely one for adventurous types, Mark’s article gives a real sense of what you would see and experience during a trek in this destination. One thing we’d like to know: Mark doesn’t mention how dangerous the Ethiopian wolves are!

Over at 48-Hour Adventure, Justin Morris took our minds off the cold snap with his article, Escaping Winter – Our Weekend Destination Picks. Along with some reminders of more familiar weekend break spots such as Barcelona and Nice, Justin puts Tunis and Tangier in the running too with some snappy summaries of why these cities make for a great 48-hour winter getaway. Tunis gets our vote for the mixing of cultures and opportunities for Christmas bargain-hunting in the marvellous souks.

And on that note, Dave Dean started the week with a very practical blog post: 10 great gifts for the traveller in your life. We approve of all of these, particularly the portable luxury of a travel-size coffee press and a silk sleeping bag liner, although we’ve already got Kindles, so choose something else for us when you go shopping!

>> Please give us your suggestions for great travel blog posts, whether you’re a reader or a blogger. Leave a link in the comments below and we’ll check it out for next week’s round-up.


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