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LP Pathfinders: top posts from November 2017

Tent in the mountains on a winter night with bright moon, Annapurna Sanctuary Nepal This month's blog round-up includes a photo diary of trekking the Annapurna circuit © Nicram Sabod / Shutterstock

From high-altitude festivals to sunken cities, November’s blog post round-up is an eclectic mix of engaging travel yarns spun by our globetrotting Pathfinders.

Islas Uros: Lake Titicaca’s incredible floating islands – Dave McClane

For those of us who’ve never visited, Lake Titicaca’s floating islands exude something of a mystical aura. In this blog post Dave lifts the veil and takes an honest look at the experience of visiting these fabled islands, detailing their fascinating history and the day-to-day life of the Uros people while also touching on what he calls the ‘Disneyfication’ of the attraction to bolster touristic appeal.

During his many adventures Dave has road-tripped through the Salar de Uyuni, partied at Rio Carnaval and surfed the dunes of the Sahara Desert. Follow his blog at manvsglobe.com

Livin’ it up in Laya at the 2017 Royal Highlander Festival – Alex and Sebastiaan

A compelling subject matter set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most lauded travel destinations usually spells a recipe for a tasty blog post, and Alex and Sebastiaan’s photo essay certainly hits the spot. Informative and colourful, the post details the pair’s experience at the Royal Highlander Festival, a celebration of nomadic traditions in the mountainous northern region of Bhutan, and – with help from beautiful accompanying imagery – provides a glimpse into the world of these remote communities at their most uninhibited.

Alex and Sebastiaan are a backpacking couple who get their kicks travelling to offbeat destinations. Follow their blog at lostwithpurpose.com

A guide to introvert travel in an extrovert’s world – Kate Beveridge

A good blog post places you firmly in another traveller’s shoes – whether they be trekking boots or diving fins – granting the reader a new perspective on travel, but sometimes the point of view need not be of any intrepid adventurer to be insightful. Kate’s guide to introvert travel is perfect reading for the less socially-inclined traveller, but equally of interest to the gregarious backpacker, helping the more rowdy among us to understand the behaviours of ‘quieter’ travellers they may meet on the road.

Kate writes about living and travelling with mental illness in an attempt to help end the stigma around the topic. Follow her blog at hertraveltherapy.com

Annapurna circuit in 100 pictures – Javi Lorbada

They say a picture tells a thousand words, and with this article Javi lets his photography skills do most of the talking. Documenting one of the world’s great treks in 100 arresting images, Javi leads readers along the twists and turns of Nepal’s beautiful Annapurna mountain circuit. The mix of brooding landscape shots and portraits of smiling locals is enough to leave anyone contemplating dusting down their old hiking boots and hitting the trail.

Born in Madrid, Javi wants to share his passion of photography with the world. Follow his blog at adventures.javilorbada.com

Kayaking over the sunken city of Kekova, Turkey – Macca Sherifi

Tightly focused and expertly crafted, Macca’s account of kayaking over the submerged city of Kekova in Turkey is reminiscent of that off-the-beaten-path travel experience that we all want to write home about. The post’s alluring subject matter is complemented by evocative descriptions, a simple structure and striking images, with the accompanying video cementing the blog post’s appeal.

Macca is one of Lonely Planet’s Trail Blazers. He is always exploring, documenting his travels to inspire others to see the world. Follow his blog at anadventurousworld.com


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