Best Travel Blog Posts in May

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 By Kathryn Burrington

May has seen a wonderfully mixed bag of travel blog posts from the descriptive to the poignant, from the cute to the stunningly beautiful.

Iain Mallory shared an interesting post about his visit to Tanji fishing village bringing the sights and sounds of the Gambian coast to life. “Women wearing rainbows of vibrant shades barter on both sides of the tables attempting to secure the best possible price, men and women carry large bowls laden with today’s catch balanced on their heads from the vessels anchored just offshore and wheelbarrow boys cart heavy loads of fish between vendors … The sky is alive with the calls and acrobatic manoeuvrings of squadrons of seabirds swooping like feathered divebombers for anything that is dropped.”

He continues: “Not all of the vessels have gone to sea, there are regimented lines of dozens of traditional pirogues in a variety of sizes, their colourful painted patterns contrasting with the uniform orange of the sand. There is something which draws me to small fishing boats, they have the power to mentally whisk me away to an exotic destination. It is a romanticised and wholly inaccurate perception but it is difficult to resist the notion that they are vessels of adventure.” Read more and see Iain’s colourful photographs in his post A passion for pirouge: wolves of the waves. Follow Iain on Twitter @MalloryonTravel

Earlier in the month Madhu wrote a chilling article about her visit to Cambodia’s Killing Fields. She begins: ” ‘Why?’ a young American ahead of us asked his friend, ‘Do you get why this happened?’ His Cambodian friend started describing the events that led to his country’s descent into hell, but the young man interrupted him. ‘No, no…..I know what happened. WHY did it happen?’ ”

After considering this and sharing her experience of visiting the sight, Madhu raises another question, namely whether we should even be treating memorials to mass massacres as tourist attractions in the first place; a thought provoking question, open to much debate. To read more, visit Madhu’s post Why? Follow Madhu on Twitter @TheUrgetoWander

The monkeys on the Rock of Gibraltar are the stars in Sat Nav and Cider’s post Cheeky Monkey where you’ll find a lovely collection of portraits of the macaques acting their hearts out: the aggressor, the aggrieved, the submissive and the beguiling. Follow Sat Nav and Cider on Twitter @satnavandcider

Freelance photographer, Gavin Gough, writes a blog on his website that is well worth checking out by anyone with an interest in travel photography. This month he covers a variety of subjects but I was particularly drawn to his imagery from a tattoo festival in Thailand and his strong composition and use of depth of field.

“This year was the third that I have photographed the Tattoo Festival and it was fascinating to spend the night before the main festival in the temple grounds. Tattooing takes place throughout the night. In contrast to the noise and chaos of the following morning, the night is peaceful with small groups gathered in rooms and halls around the temple, waiting for their turn to have a new tattoo and to have tattoos from previous years re-blessed, the magical power being replenished.” See Gavin’s photographs on his post Thailand’s Tattoo Festival. Follow Gavin on Twitter @GavinGough

To see some wonderful, ethereal images from Austria, where the subtleties of light and shade are superb, visit Beers and Beans’ post The Blue Danube in Black and White. Deciding to share these images in their monochromatic form was definitely the right choice, as Bethany explains “I just didn’t want the light to have to compete with the color.” The resulting images are simply beautiful. Follow Beth and Randy on Twitter @BeersAndBeans

* I’ll be looking out for more interesting and unusual travel blog posts throughout June. Please do let me know if you spot any great stories or stunning photographs from independent travel bloggers by leaving a comment below or you can send me a tweet @travelwithkat

** Photo by Beers and Beans

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