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Every week I read so many interesting, enlightening and fun travel blogs that I thought I should share my top five with you on a weekly basis. If you’re an armchair traveler, these bloggers will take you places. And if you’re an avid traveler, these folks will add things to your bucket list at a fast clip.

Read, enjoy and, as always, safe travels!

  1. MiniTime Ready to travel with a toddler, a middle-schooler and a teenager? Never fear: MiniTime is here. Their homepage asks you ages and destination, then proceeds to show you a nice, user-friendly page with destination highlights, kid-friendly hotels and reviews from other MiniTime readers. Their Trip Planner is a lifesaver, and you can even keep all your info (and pics!) together in your My MiniTime page. I had to laugh when I read their “What Not to Pack for Your Next Family Vacation” because I saw myself in each and every bullet point. (Twitter: @MiniTimeFamily)
  2. My Itchy Travel Feet Donna and Alan Hull are baby boomers living the travel dream. They focus on what she calls “active and inquisitive” travel and the “heady mix of adventure and luxury.” Basically, you won’t find them hanging off the cliffs at Borneo, but they have watched a pride of lions waking up from an afternoon nap in South Africa. And though they write to inspire boomers to get the most out of their empty nests and free time, they give great travel advice and ideas that can work for anyone. This week they’re focusing on hiking trails here and abroad in honor of National Trails Day (June 1)—check out her review of the stunning Abel Tasman National Park  in New Zealand. (Twitter: @DonnaLHull)
  3. GoMexico Suzanne Barbezat fell in love with Mexico in 1997 and hasn’t looked back since. She has produced the About.com Mexico travel site since 2006, making it a fun, in-depth and up to date guide to this beautiful country. You can plan your trip, find what to do and where to do it. If you’re planning on going to Mexico this summer, you might want to read her post on “Summer Festivals In Mexico’s Colonial Cities” that include everything from chamber music in San Miguel de Allende to the vibrant, unforgettable indigenous showcase called the Guelaguetza, held yearly in Oaxaca. (Twitter: @MexicoGuide)
  4. TravelingMom Founding member Kim Orlando and editor-in-chief Cindy Richards brought together a network of family travel experts that bring to life their tag line—“We’ve been there”—in more ways than one. Check out a recent article on “Going to Thailand With Kids”—written by kids! It’s very well written and super informative, including what to eat, what to pack, fun things to do and even emergency information to give to the parents. (Twitter: @kimorlando and @CindyRichards)
  5. Ashmole Photography A combination of breathtaking photography, great guides and tips for aspiring (and professional) photogs plus insider looks at some of the most exotic destinations in the world make this a must for armchair travelers or those looking to be inspired to head out #RTW. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Brisbane, Australia (not a bad place for a photographer.) His “No-Nonsense Guide to Shooting Sunsets and Sunrises” has almost inspired me to get up before the sun; I’ll keep you posted on that one. This guy, though really truly knows his stuff. (Twitter: @BenAshmole)

Inspired? Go far, have fun, and tuck your SkyMed membership in your back pocket—just in case. 

Photo credit: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL via photopin cc

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