Official Lonely Planet Press Release
“In late 2008, Lonely Planet launched its experimental ‘Blogs We Like’ program. We picked our favourite bloggers around the world and featured their content on the Lonely Planet website.Since then, those bloggers have banded together to form a community of expertise, showcasing the best travel blogging has to offer. We are pleased to feature their ebook, Around the World with 40 Lonely Planet Bloggers, and to support them on their blogging journey. Here’s what Todd Wassel, the book’s project manager, has to say:The concept is simple – put 40 experienced travel bloggers together, shake and see what pops out. The result is the first ever Lonely Planet Blogger Photo ebook, which explores our beautiful world from street level through the eyes of travel bloggers.This eclectic group, whose tales range across voluntourism, family travel, expat life, long term backpacking and more, was born out of Lonely Planet’s effort to broaden its content. Lonely Planet wanted to shine a light on the very best travel writing and photography on the planet. Around the World with 40 Lonely Planet Bloggers is the first book produced by Lonely Planet’s ‘Blogs We Like’ program and introduces readers to the world of professional travel blogging. Lonely Planet knows what it takes to produce amazing travel writing and photography, and these bloggers are producing up-to-date live content from around the world while still managing to travel. We also know that the internet, like the world, is a big place and it can be difficult to sift through the thousands of journal type travel blogs out there. Lonely Planet has done the work for you. From adventure travel with The Planet D, to family travel with Alpaca Suitcase, to the life of an international conflict management specialist at Todd’s Wanderings, there is something for everyone. The new ebook shares a collection of stunning photos and descriptions that captures the essence of travel. It walks the reader through almost 70 countries and 40 unique ways of experiencing the world. It lets you research your next destination from a variety of perspectives, depending on your own interests and needs. I could go on and on describing the book, but it’s better to just dive into 88 pages of colour, excitement and passion for travel. So download the book now!“
The reason why I find the release of this ebook so exciting (other than the amazing photos, travel ideas, and links to awesome travel blogs!) is because one of the travel writer/photographers featured is someone that I had to great pleasure to spend some time with back in 2008.
Ragne Kabanova is the author of Destination Anywhere blog and is featured on page 64 of the ebook. I had the pleasure to meet Ragne when I was traveling through Estonia in the spring of 2008. She was our couch surfing host and we were her first ever couch surfing guests. We stayed with her, her husband and her shy kitty for a few more days than originally planned, as she did a very good job of talking us out of our sea side visit to Parnu. Ragne was an amazing host and we shared many cozy evenings sharing tea and food and talking about our dreams and aspirations.
During Ragne’s world travels, I have always kept up with her blog. Her travel style is refreshingly different from many other backpackers as she tends to prioritize connecting with local inhabitants over checking off experiences or sights from a travel guide list. By reading her musings one can gather many insights into cultures much different from the standard western one, such as Cuba and Morocco.
I want to wish Ragne the best of luck with all her adventures in the future, and urge everyone who loves stunning travel photography to check out this ebook.
A photo of Chris, Myself, Ragne, and her kitty which was taken during our visit to Estonia in 2008