Lady Love: Digging In to the Blogroll

Thank you, Flickr, for another gem

I’ve got a long Blogroll. What can I say?—I gotta lotta love.

Recently, I’ve seen some fellow bloggers do posts breaking down their favorite blogs. I was honored to be included in both Abbie Mood and Nancy Harder‘s lists, along with some really great writers I often read.

These posts got me thinking: I should really call out some of my own favorites. Many of my go-to blogs aren’t as widely read as I think they should be, and this’ll serve as a chance for me to give an extra shout out to some deserving, ass-kicking writers.

So I’ll start with the ladies. Five of my absolute favorite lady travel bloggers are…

Click Clack Gorilla

I’m not sure how I discovered Nicolette’s blog, but I’m stoked I did. This girl is old school, a DIY, dumpster-diving punk currently living in a house without heat in Mainz, Germany. She writes killer prose about digging around abandoned buildings, au pairing, living on the cheap and trying to keep warm through the winter. What I love about this blog is that it’s something different—utterly non-corporate and unapologetically Β its own. It reminds me of the kind of writing the filled zines I’d find at the old Lookout Records. Thanks for keeping it real, lady.

Girl, Unstoppable

I’ve been following Ekua’s blog for awhile, so I was excited to see her get some big-time props from the folks over at Matador recently. The blog’s title says it all: Ekua is an adventurous lady who writes from a Bay Area perspective about her travels around places like Ghana and Bolivia, as well as her life here in San Francisco. One of my favorite features of her blog is travel quotes, especially this one, from a kid she works with—priceless! Despite living just across the Bay, and talking about it for months, Ekua and I haven’t been able to get it together to hang out yet. One day…

Kanitha Heng

Kanitha’s self-titled blog is a well-kept secret that shouldn’t be. Her stuff is seriously off the hook. She’s an engaging, provocative American writer currently chronicling her travels through her parents’ homeland, Cambodia. Her prose is both unafraid and tender, exploring cultural chasms and haunting histories. Kanitha’s writing consistently blows me away. Get on this shit, y’all.

Posa Tigres

Okay, so technically it’s a joint blog between Sarah, who does the writing, and Jorge, who does the photography. It’s quite the dynamic duo, and Sarah’s writing is some of my favorite out there. She doesn’t water shit down, or shy away from tough subjects—case in point, one of my favorites of hers, about the cultural implications of taking a Dia de los Muertos tour. She writes about living in Oaxaca with her boyfriend—beautiful prose that’s not nuggetized or easily digestible. Get ready to think.

The Mija Chronciles

I started reading Lesley’s blog a few months ago, enraptured by the photos, recipes and, most of all, her sumptuous descriptions of regional Mexican food. She’s currently living in Mexico City with her husband, and writes not just about food, but Mexican culture and the expat life. She’s a solid writer with journalistic credentials, and her tweets about what she’s cooking constantly get me salivating. She once casually invited me to come down to Mexico City for a foodie tour. What she doesn’t know is that I totally plan on taking her up on it one of these days…

11 Responses to “Lady Love: Digging In to the Blogroll”

  1. 1 Abbie February 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out! I too read Girl, Unstoppable, but I’ll have to check out the others as well – thanks πŸ™‚

  2. 2 Sarah February 7, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Thanks for pointing out these women, Lauren! And thanks for the inclusion. πŸ˜‰

  3. 3 Ekua February 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the shout out! I haven’t heard of most of these blogs/bloggers so it looks like I have some reading to do πŸ˜‰

  4. 4 clickclackgorilla February 8, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Hurray! Thanks for the nice words, once again, oh sweller of my ego! Also excited to check out the other ladies on here. Virtual communities are so weird. I wonder if any of us will ever meet in the real world. I hope so. Coffee and stories would be in order. Cheers.

  5. 5 Alyssa February 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    This is truly a small world, because I went to school with Kanitha and have been enamored with her writing for years. So glad to see you love her too!

    I love Posa Tigres as well, and will be checking out all of these suggestions later. Thanks so much!

  6. 6 Nancy February 10, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Thanks for the shout out Lauren. Great list of peeps. I love the blogs of Ekua (Girl, Unstoppable) and Sarah (Posa Tigres). I’m definitely checking out the other ones you listed. (If you like them I know they’re killer.)

  7. 7 Kanitha February 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks for including me, Lauren! I am just getting used to this whole blogging world, and I’ll definitely check out the ones you’ve listed. And Alyssa, you read this blog too? Small world, indeed.

  8. 8 GRRRL TRAVELER February 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks for the list! Got some catching up to do in learning about my loveable travel community! Just started following Girl, Unstoppable & Nancy the Gnomette not long ago, and just checked out Kanitha’s blog (love her writing style!) I’m getting there… πŸ˜‰

  9. 10 Lesley February 18, 2010 at 5:53 am

    I’m honored to be included! And I meant it on the foodie tour thing… whenever you want to come down, I’m here.

  10. 11 Afsun Terano May 3, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Another interesting women’s travel blog that I recently came across that doesn’t seem to be widely followed but has excellent content is Riding the Buses.

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Lauren Quinn is a writer and traveler currently living in Hanoi. Lonely Girl Travels was a blog of her sola travels and expat living from 2009 to 2012. She resides elsewhere on the internet now.

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