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Read This Blog: Connvoyage

Behind the blog: I found Connie Hum’s blog when she guest posted for my Favorite Travel Memories series. Connie seems truly fearless, whether it comes to sampling the local delicacy, crashing an Indian wedding or holding a giant snake. Although she’s spent the last couple of months in Southeast Asia, it hasn’t been all bucket drinks and beach parties, as she has volunteered every step of the way. You won’t find ConnVoyage on many top travel blog lists, but that’s a big reason of why I love her blog so much!

What’s in a name?: “Like a lot of travel bloggers, I wanted the name of my blog to be associated with travel and have my name incorporated into it, as well as something that could be easily remembered. My good friend, Leigh, helped me come up with ConnVoyage, which (we hope people get) is a play on my name and the French phrase for “good trip” or “have a good journey” (bon voyage) because well, who wants to have a bad travel journey? Somehow, I think not too many people make the connection…”-CH

Why should you read?: “I think travel is so much more than just the places you see. It’s about the experiences we gained along the way and the incredible people we are bound to meet. Plus, I’m a HUGE lover of food and discovering the best hole-in-the-wall places for food is a passion of mine. I hope that, through my blog, people can share in my experiences of travel, remember some of the great memories they’ve had at a particular place or gain some helpful advice on the places I hope they will one day visit as well! Plus, it’s fun to read about the (mis)adventures other people can get themselves into in new situations!”-CH

Favorite posts: “My favorite posts are either ones about food or the local people I’ve come into contact with in my travels. I know there are a lot of people out there who love to eat as much as I do and writing food blogs and taking photos of the food is so fun because I get to brag about what delicious meals I’ve been indulging in and hopefully get people to try something new the next chance they get. My favorite food post is the Hoi An local cuisine one because the little town of Hoi An in Vietnam has just so many local specialties, all of them delicious!

Getting to know the locals is also a great topic to blog about because I think some people forget about that aspect of travel. As travelers, we can get so wrapped up in getting from one place to another and seeing the sights, that we forget that the thing that makes these places so special are the people who live there and they’re the ones that can really make a particular place so memorable for us. My favorite locals post is about me belly-dancing in the streets of Cairo at a neighborhood wedding on my last night in Egypt. I had great difficulty traveling around and was very frequently frustrated but after a fun night dancing with the locals, everything negative about my trip up to that point was erased from my mind and I’m left with nothing but amazing memories.”-CH

I first have to mention Connie’s Bucket List, who makes me feel like a major underachiever! She’s crossed off some amazing things already. I know she already mentioned the food of Hoi An, but I couldn’t get over the adorable clothes she had custom made there! I am dying for her yellow dress. There’s also the cautionary tale of checking references before volunteering, as she learned the hard way in Nepal. And I had to link to the aforementioned snake picture, which makes this Mekong Delta Days post priceless.

What are your favorite blogs to read?: “This one is a hard one! I admit, I’m not a great follower of blogs. I read TONS of blog posts every chance I get, but I don’t always read from the same bloggers. I like reading about different travel perspectives and experiences so I’m pretty much all over the place when it comes to reading blogs. Generally, I’m inclined to reading blogs about places I’ve been to so that I can share and compare the experiences, places I’ve been lusting to go to so that I can get myself worked up about why I haven’t gotten there yet, special experiences while traveling because that’s pretty much the whole point of traveling (in my opinion anyway) and the food blogs because, and I cannot stress this enough, I really REALLY love food. If I really had to do some shout outs, here are the ones that I frequent most often than not:

  1. My Beautiful Adventures: So darn inspiring and some of the most envy-worthy destination photos on the net, not to mention Andi’s infections positive outlook on life!
  2. Wandering Chopsticks: Excellent food blog, concentrating mostly on Vietnamese food, with amazing recipes and mouth-watering photos!
  3. YTravelBlog: Incredible travel bloggers who really put in the effort to help out other travel bloggers. Their site is full of travel blog goodies, such as guest blog posts and travel advice.
  4. On Our Own Path: A couple traveling together for only two years AND they still love each other?!?! A lesson to be learned by all traveling couples, plus they’re just so cute together!
  5. Todd’s Wanderings: Another great resource blog from a 10-year plus traveler with great photos who seems to love food almost as much as I do, and he’s pretty funny too.
  6. Caroline in the City: A great outlook on how to see the world that reminds us that the experiences of travel doesn’t just mean crossing international borders. It’s about exploring out of the ordinary, even in your hometown. [Would you believe me if I told you I didn’t pay/force her to write that? Haha, thanks Connie!]

So there you have it, another installment of Read This Blog Tuesday. Be checking your inbox because you never know when you could be next!

7 Responses to Read This Blog: Connvoyage

  1. Jayne January 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Another great post Caroline – I love how you give exposure to some of the smaller more personal sites rather than the usual big guns!

    I found Connie’s blog when I was researching volunteering in South East Asia. I found her posts about her experience really useful and can’t wait to hear about her next adventure of volunteering in China. Good luck Connie!

    ps I think Connvoyage is an inspired name and totally got the link straight away :)

    • Connie January 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

      Hi Jayne! I’m SO GLAD that you found my blog helpful. My main focus was to overcome my own bad experience and help others with what I was able to learn from it. Volunteers should be rewarded for their interest in helping others, NOT getting scammed!

      Awesome that you got my website name play right away too!

  2. Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World January 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    I’m already a follower:) I love her writing style… it’s very unpretentious and personal. Go Connie!

    • Connie January 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

      Aww, so sweet! I can’t wait for your own adventures to start! You’ve got an incredible wealth of advice on your site already. Wish you guys were around when I was just starting out traveling!

  3. Connie January 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Oh my gosh! I can’t believe I didn’t see this until now! I blame the social media ban in China for this!

    Anyway, Caroline you rock and I’m loving the new layout. Thank you so much for featuring me and for all the kind words!

    See you in Australia later this year!

  4. Andi January 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Awww I adore Connie!!! Thanks for the shout out love. You are such an inspiration for many. Hope our paths cross somewhere exotic again. Who gets to say they met up with their friend to go bangle shopping in a market in Jaipur???

    • Connie January 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

      True say! Too bad we only met up in Jaipur for one afternoon!

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