Friday Five for 10.22.10

Starting today, and continuing (hopefully) every Friday – I will be compiling a list of my favorite posts, articles and photo essays that I have come across in the previous week. As the name suggests, I’ll be highlighting five of my favorites. They will be in random order and they aren’t intended to be a show of favoritism. Instead, I want to highlight content related to travel and those who work in the travel arena which I think would benefit a greater audience. I like the “Follow Friday” trend on twitter in theory, but it can get out of hand. I hope this will be a nice alternative to that trend and it’s my way of honoring the things I think are very worthwhile of a “follow”.

This Week’s Inaugural Five Are:

1) On Women, Start-Ups and Travel: Defending an Open Mind – Alisha Miranda’s response to an article which originally appeared on Tech Crunch, written by Penelope Trunk makes good points about the diversity of women in today’s society. As a woman who has now chosen what some would consider an unconventional path for my own life, I appreciate that Miranda sticks up for women like me. Then again, many may disagree with Miranda like she disagreed with Trunk. I think the debate about the place of a woman in this society is a fascinating one! Miranda’s post is yet another perspective in this ongoing debate.

2) Abandoned Places: 10 Creepy, Beautiful Modern Ruins – As someone who has been to the abandoned Detroit Train Station which makes an appearance on this list and someone who wants to go to the Principality of Sealand (pictured in the article) – I just loved this photo essay. As a photographer and history buff I adore abandoned places, so even if I had known nothing of any place they chose to highlight, I think this would still have made today’s list!

3) To Be Free – Abby Tegnelia wrote this post upon her return from a year living abroad as an Expat in Costa Rica. I love how she describes driving across the New Mexico desert (since I was just there last week myself) and I love how she talks about getting to know herself in a way she may never have been able to – if she hadn’t taken off for a year as a “Jungle Princess”. Most of all, since I know Abby, I admire the courage I know she lives each day with. So I’ll read anything Abby writes and beware I may recommend more than once that you do too.

4) Sins of Visiting France: Too Much Goat Cheese. What was I thinking? – One, I am from Vermont and there are few things I love more than cheese. Two, I love France and some nights all I dream about is eating my way through the streets of Paris and the French countryside. Three, if cheese is a sin then I have no problem being a sinner!

5) The Movement is on the Move! – Written by Sherry Ott this article takes a look at the growing prevalence of the “Career Break” in America and in the corporate world; and how important it is that this trend continues to gain momentum. As an attendee of the inaugural Meet, Plan, Go! event in New York City just last month (that focused on empowering people to take Career Breaks) I can tell you this is something I’ve seen first hand and am very excited about myself!

If you’d like to be considered for a future edition of the Friday Five – please direct your inquiry to my comment form or email address. I will not take bribery (unless it’s in the form of Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream) but I will consider each and every request carefully. After all, I am just one person and I may not have time every week to scour the internet for items of interest. Help is never a bad thing when offered in the right spirit! So offer away!

This week’s header image was taken at “Carhenge” outside Amarillo, Texas.

  • October 22, 2010

    Merci, fellow fromage lover for the shout out!

  • October 23, 2010

    Great round up! I had read Abby’s and Sherry’s but not the others.

  • October 26, 2010

    great post i hope i make it there sometime

  • November 01, 2010

    I’ve already read some but there are a few that I’ve missed, thanks for sharing!

  • November 01, 2010

    Nice idea. 🙂 That’s my next half-hour sorted out.

    And Abby’s a star.

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