TravelPod.com - Host your own free online travelogue today! What's happening at TravelPod Check out some of TravelPod's best travelogues This month's top ten most visited travelogues Stop receiving this newsletter Send us your comments
Find a travelogue now!

or browse by country
Quick Links
Discussion Forums
Resources
Top 100 Travelogues

Member's Login
Join TravelPod
Plan your trip
Flights
Hotels
Car rentals
Find Hostels
Adventure Tours
Travel Insurance
Tell a friend about TravelPod!
Your Name
Your Friend's Email
What's hot @ TravelPod?
Did you know you can choose Satellite, Hybrid or Normal default map views?
Share your advice and opinions in the TravelPodium
Check out the site enhancements
Best Photos of 2007 Contest
Question of the month
What is your favorite ethnic dish?
April 2007 TravelPod Newsletter
Previous Newsletters

Carmella, aka
whereshegoes

The Joy of Food

Eat, dine, munch, feed, have a meal. No matter how you put it, we seem to spend a lot of energy and time on food. Whether it’s the jerk chicken in Jamaica or gyros in Greece or kung pau in China, we all like to fill our bellies with international cuisine. What’s better than trying a new type of food in the actual country in which it was created? Now that’s authentic.

There’s no doubt that traveling affords us excellent opportunities to try new and exotic dishes. In fact, some people travel primarily to taste new flavors from around the world making food their focus. There are many foods that you can only get in certain locations as they may be too fragile to export. Some fruits and vegetables may give you quite a surprise when you take your first bite. Various tastes you either love or hate like our ongoing battle between Marmite vs. Vegemite in the forums.

Tastes of World

Photo courtesy of Trevor.ajn
I remember falling deeply in love with the cherimoya fruit while backpacking in Spain. The creamy sweet ivory flesh was like no other fruit I’d ever tasted. I became quickly addicted to them and would eat them for breakfast, lunch and supper. I daydream about them now that I’m home but have searched the supermarkets in vain. I’ve accepted the fact that I’ll have to make regular visits overseas to satisfy my cherimoya addiction.

Photo courtesy of Bonkers

There’s something very exciting about exposing your taste buds to a brand new experience. When we travel, we find foods prepared in ways we may never imagine. Some combinations are just downright Strange Foods and are an acquired taste. Add your favorite dish to our Favorite Ethnic Dish thread in the forums. The bouquet of flavors and textures out there are endless affording us vast opportunities to expand our repertoire of taste.

Local Fare and Eat with Care

Photo courtesy of Darrrenlotta
One of my favorite hobbies when away is finding a nearby market to explore what the locals are serving up. Read our thread in the TravelPodium which lists the World’s Best Food Markets to see what cultural delicacies are out there. And in a restaurant, I’ll ask for a dish of the local specialty which never disappoints as it’s usually what they do best.

One consistent commonality between travelers is the need to be well nourished. When we subject our bodies to unfamiliar environments, climates, physical activity, not to mention the stress of traveling, we must take special care. It’s especially important to pay close attention to your physical health while on the road. No one wants to spend their travels in the toilet or doctors office.

Not quite a food group, though some of our members may beg to differ, are the drinks that wash all that nourishment down. Make sure to visit our famous Beer’s of the World thread where you can get and give advice on just about any beer out there. Also, check out How to be sure water is safe tips from our fellow TravelPodders.

TravelPod Member MeetUp

Photo courtesy of cguzik

Last month, several of the TravelPodders met up in Florida to attend the Ultra Music Festival in Miami then hop on a Caribbean cruise. It was a wonderful feeling to put a face to a name and the group seemed to gel really well. Between sun bathing, scuba diving, dancing, and dining on first class cuisine, we had our hands full of blog worthy moments. Check out Incrediblelife, Jessica_cdn, Caro!, and Whereshegoes, my own blog, to catch up on the antics that ensued this fun filled week. It was such a success that we’re already thinking about the next meet up…

Moment with a Member - Real Travel Tips from Real Travelers

Adrien, aka
Peacefrog
Adrien of Peacefrog is a French engineer in his 12th month around the world. “One aspect of traveling that can easily be improved is the interaction with the locals you meet everyday. It is very useful to learn a few words of the local language: I found that whatever the culture, making that effort earns you great rewards, moments that give thickness to your trip. And to me it can be as simple as a sincere smile...

In the same line, items I like to carry are photos and a world map. Many people will be interested in hearing about your country, and in seeing photos of your home and family. Maps are especially good with kids: geography does not kill the imagination like pictures do, and it provides support for telling how things are in lands far away. My favourite is the inflatable world globe: not too bulky to carry, and watch the amazed gazes as the world takes form.”

Best Photos of the Year - And the winner is…

Photo courtesy of eduardennicole
Best Photo of the Year contest is still going strong with an exceptionally stunning round of entries. The contenders ran a good race with the winner coming out just a few votes ahead. March’s Photo of the Month is W. Lago Canapa. Congratulations to eduardennicole who did a wonderful job of capturing . Make sure to check out the next group of contestants and register your vote.

Lucky’s Words

Luc Levesque, aka
Lucky
“This newsletter is making me hungry so I'll keep it short and sweet this month. We've been busy, as usual, launching some new site features and enhancements that you'd requested like our new larger photo thumbnails and map enhancements. Thanks to everyone for the feedback.

See you next month, happy trails!"

Lucky"

I hope everyone is having a terrific month whether you are home, away or somewhere in between. Until next month....

Carmella
TravelPod Community Manager


The TravelPod News Ticker
All news | What people are saying about TravelPod
Apr 28, 2007
Choose Satellite, Hybrid or Normal default map views

Apr 27, 2007
Site updates

Apr 13, 2007
New map enhancements

Back to top
Recently Featured Travelogues
Missing... Presumed Having a Good Time. An online journal for your entertainment.

What your are about to read is a story about my travels loosely based on facts, occurrences and actual events. As such, my recount with poetic license may differ significantly from events as YOU remember them and are only my recollections and perceptions of experiences at the time of my blogging them. In other words, “that’s my story and I’m sticking to it“. The names may have been changed to protect the somewhat less than innocent. As I’m sure you may already know, most writings are a few weeks to a few months after they occurred, sorry. Blogging takes a lot more time that I had expected. Enjoy! For entries before November 2006, please refer to my previous travel blog at blogs.bootsnall.com/mphagt and reference stories for map pins

We've been planning this move for 18 months. It's finally here. We've sold everything we own, put what's left in backpacks, and we're off to explore SE Asia.

It seems like I've spent years saving and planning for this trip. And now that it's here, I don't know exactly what to expect. It's not a vacation, but we're not going to work right away either. I don't know where we'll end up and when. I just know we have a one-way ticket to Thailand. Then the adventure begins. So have a look around. See what we've done so far and what's coming next. Dane Phillips

North to the frozen tundra to see the polar bears!

I finally decided we'd go up to Churchill, Manitoba, and see some polar bears. The trip involves flying to Winnipeg, and taking a train for 2 nights and a day up to Churchill. Then we have a 5 day "learning vacation" at the Northern Studies Center. Then another 36-hour train trip and flight to get home.

Bustling around Britain and relaxing on the Continent

I'm battling through a cold English winter because Ian, the smart cookie that he is, has got a scholarship to do his Masters at Cambridge. The only way I'm going to handle six more months of this grey is to have some travel breaks in between, you can read about them (and a bit about England too) here!

More features
Back to top
Recently Featured Photos



Mountain View

Uploaded by kimandmartin





02

Uploaded by foolsgold





05 Fontaine de glace / Ice fountain

Uploaded by siegfried_h.





29 - Inle lake life

Uploaded by perez_r





10 Diving whale

Uploaded by fyrelizard





Mostar - Bridge by night

Uploaded by uncle_davros





first good sunset

Uploaded by pablito





Kanchanaburi

Uploaded by arlash





A - Roman ruins at Volubilis

Uploaded by heatheravan





Cascade D'Ouzourd

Uploaded by susan_g


More photos
Back to top
This Month's Top 10 Travelogues
Travelogue Visitors
#1 Global roaming: overland from Sydney to Scotland, via a wintry Siberia. Someday I'll find a home!
26,116
#2 Wandering around the world to see what I can find. Aimlessly from place to place with no real plan in mind.
17,446
#3 Our Epic Journey aka 'I hate you' - Trans-siberian, SE Asia, Oz & NZ, most of South America (inc. Easter Island), Antarctica, Central America, US and then home!
16,580
#4 Lost: One Davros and Lucinate, if found please return to ?????
16,438
#5 Eat dessert first - life is uncertain
11,958
#6 Too much to see.
9,332
#7 Putting off work for another year to go round-the-world!
9,210
#8 Revolving a day back around the world - From there I will be one day younger... and if I can't get used to the idea, maybe I'll just have to do it again the other way...
9,119
#9 'Every day's a Sunday' - Tales of a one-way traveller..
8,485
#10 Again it's time for me to go, Although I've traveled high and low, Now to challenge all my best, To work while tripping is the test My search for balance in extremes, To bring the real into my dreams
8,442
Top 10, Top 25, Top 50, more ...
Back to top
About TravelPod | Search our travelogues | Become a member | Donate | Privacy Statement | Send Feedback to TravelPod
Copyright 1997 - 2006 ( All Rights Reserved )