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Travel Rants Blog Carnival- Week Six

February 9th, 2008 · 5 Comments

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This is my first time participating as a reviewer in the Travel Rants Blog Carnival even though I have been a fan of Travel Rants for a few months now already. If you don’t already know, Travel Rants is a very well-written, well-researched travel blog penned and edited by Darren Cronian. Definitely worth a visit!

This week, I was charged with reading all of the submissions to the carnival and choosing my 3 favorites. As always when you’re asked to judge something, it was a hard decision, but these three stood out to me. I hope you find them as insightful as I did.

Go Visit Hawaii: Why Staying in a Condo on a Hawaii Vacation is a Savvy Choice

People always assume travel is expensive or if you are on a budget that you’ve got to give up all the perkier amenities. This post from presents a compelling argument for renting condos on your next trip to the islands. Not only do you get more value for your buck, you also sometimes receive perks unheard of in a hotel (like a telescope or Japanese soaking tub!) Plus, as I noted in my October post about renting apartments in New Orleans, steering clear of chain hotels makes it feel a bit more like you’re living as a local. And who doesn’t like that?

Kango Blog: 48 Hours Family Trip to New Mexico

It’s always good to pre-plan where to go and what to do when you only have a short time in a new city. Since Travel Boyfriend and I desire to visit New Mexico sometime in the not-too-distant future, I found this article about 48 hours in Albuquerque from Kango Blog to be a good quick hit. It definitely got me salivating for sopapillas! If you’re planning a trip to New Mexico anytime soon, I’d suggest giving it a read. Especially if you have kids.

Escape From New York: Hutongs Beijing, China

I remember back to the 80s when my uncle made a business trip to China. This was seen as such an oddity for someone from good old Midwestern Ohio USA (the heart of it all). Why would anyone want to go there?! Well, thank god times have changed. China is now a fast-growing tourist destination with so much rich history and culture to drink in. Escape From New York‘s post about Hutongs (described as ancient alleyways lined by traditional walled compound homes) points out just one of the more charming architectural aspects that makes Beijing in particular such a fascinating city to visit. But go soon. These jewels are currently being torn down to make way for more “modern” constructions in order to woo visitors to the 2008 Olympics. What a short-sighted shame.

So thems my picks, Betties! I hope you enjoy reading these submissions as much as I did. And don’t forget, Darren is always looking for great travel posts, so if you’ve written an insightful travel-focused article this week, don’t forget to submit.

Tags: Travel Insights

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  • 5 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Sheila // Feb 9, 2008 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Travel Betty,

      Many thanks for selecting my article as one of your faves! I’m honored.

      I totally agree with you that staying in a condo on vacation makes you feel like your a local. It’s fun to pretend like you live there if only for a week or two. Plus, staying in a condo kind of gets you away from the swarms of tourists.

      Thanks again! Now I’m off to subscribe to your feed.

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    • 2 Wendy-Escape NY // Feb 9, 2008 at 1:06 pm

      Thank you for choosing my post on Beijing’s hutongs. I’ve had a good time cruising Travel Betty and will be returning soon.

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    • 3 Erica Johansson // Feb 10, 2008 at 7:17 am

      Good choices!! I definitely enjoyed reading all submissions.

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    • 4 Gudrun // Feb 10, 2008 at 8:41 pm

      thank you for selecting my New Mexico post! We did enjoy our trip there and I hope you and your boyfriend have a chance to travel there soon. I hear October is a great time too, or whenever the Balloon Festival is going on.


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    • 5 Barry // Mar 3, 2010 at 9:02 am

      Between the 26th of February and the 13th of March, the XIV Jerez Flamenco Festival, will be held in this Andalusian city bringing some of the world’s greatest flamenco artists on several day shows, workshops, exhibitions, and other activities . For informations

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