Flashlight Friday—the day I shine a tiny little spotlight (a.k.a. flashlight) on a traveler who I admire.
The question of the day is, Why would you do something that you absolutely know, without a doubt, is bad for you? Even when you know the exact consequences of your actions, and you hate how you’ll be paying for it later, WHY DO YOU STILL DO IT!?!
I have no idea.
And yet I find myself, at 7:00 p.m. drinking a big fat cup of mocha. There will be no sleep tonight!
And yesterday I found myself, after an extremely filling Thanksgiving dinner, shoving another slice of homemade pie down my throat, expecting it to magically find space in my already engorged stomach.
Often you just can’t resist, and… I feel a separate blog entry developing on that theme.
So we’ll table that thought for now, along with the last slice of pumpkin pie, covered in a delectably real blob of whipping cream.
And we’ll get to the real reason for today’s blog—a crazy awesome lady called “Lash” who has been traveling the world by herself for 15 years!
Her traveling blog, Lash World Tour, is as overflowing with travel wisdom as my stomach is overflowing with food.
At first glance, it’s also very pink, Lash’s favorite color. This being Black Friday, maybe it would have been a better idea to find a different, more appropriately color-themed blog for the day.*
But I like Lash. And I wanted to feature her today, because her attitude towards life is uplifting and inspiring.
(It’s been a mystifying week for me confidence-wise, and reading about all the incredible places Lash has been has re-inspired me.)
So, here’s what I like about her blog:
- She has a “Travel Disasters” section, which is always fun to read. No one likes to experience bad things on a trip, but it happens. So when you end up paying the equivalent of 3 nights at a hotel for a cup of coffee, you may as well blog about it so the experience turns into something positive (namely, another person’s reading pleasure).
- She has a “Cultural Insights” section that demonstrates that she takes traveling to the next level by finding out what the locals do, and why. One blog entry I particularly liked was about trying sweets in Penang, Malaysia.
“…I rarely see any western tourists eating these delicious sweets! I suspect it’s simply because guidebooks don’t mention them. Apparently, not many travelers are curious enough or brave enough to discover them or try them without a guidebook ‘stamp of approval’ ? Pity, really, because these sweets are super tasty…”
- She has an “Adventures” section that includes her experiences SCUBA diving, sky diving, cycling, hiking, camping, and motorcycling; also volunteering and working as a crew member on the Survivor TV show.
She’s cool, she’s been around, and she has a free e-book called, “100 Free Things to do in Asia.” What more do you want?
In Lash’s own words, her mission is:
“…to inspire you to travel the world, to entertain you with tales from the road, and to help you reach your travel dreams.”
I recommend that you check her out.
In the comments below, please tell me if you think Lash is fulfilling her mission.
*I did find this black blog (in honor of Black Friday), Man on the Lam. I love the header graphic—you should click the link just to see it quick; it made me laugh. Raymond is checking things off his Manly Bucket List in honor of Movember. That’s pretty cool, and if you’re a man, you’ll probably be impressed (and maybe a little jealous) of the things he’s done this month. Personally, I couldn’t get into it quite as much, which is why Raymond isn’t really featured on my Flashlight Friday. But I still think he’s a neat travel blogger and worth a mention. My favorite series of his is the “5 Quirky Things to do in…” series.
Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!
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