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Faraway Files #11

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It’s nearly Christmas and whether you celebrate or not, the coming end of the year is a normal time for reflection and gratefulness. Do you give gifts? Did you receive gifts? Would you ever give the gift of travel? Have you bought gifts while traveling? Yes. Yes. Yes. And YES. For me anyway.

The travel blog community Faraway Files has been a gift to me. Not only in the meeting of interesting and far flung writers, explorers and photographers (in person and online). But in being fodder for my wishlist. OH! I want to see THAT! Things I never even knew were out there. It has been such an eye-opener for me. And I LOVE that.

These posts were gifts in different ways, come open one with me.

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Corey of Fifi + Hop proves to us that there is more to NYC than Manhattan. Check out the diversity that a visit to another of the 5 burroughs can give. The Bronx has so much to offer for families – from zoos to baseball to botanical gardens. Thanks for sharing Corey!

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New York City: Top 5 Family Attractions in The Bronx | Fifi + Hop

If you still need to do some Christmas shopping and want it to be somewhere festive, Megan at Truly Madly Kids has created a walking lists for seeing the best Christmas Lights in London. I loved these along Carnaby Street – so retro! She plans the route for you avoiding congested areas for the best views. If in London or visiting this season – check it out!

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Christmas Lights in London: A Walking Tour | Truly Madly Kids

Nano at Travel with a Nob gave us the gift of Osaka’s secret shrine – Katsuo-Ji. Swoon-worthy photography and full of these super charming lucky little daruma. Give yourself a gift and take a look. I’m in love!

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Katsuo-Ji Temple | Osaka’s Well-kept Secret | Travel with a Nob

And would you ever give yourself the gift of travel? How about an African Safari? Yes please! But they are way too expensive. Not if you prioritize and negotiate and stick to your budget. Heather at Wanderlust Wayfarer shows you how.

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How I Got a Luxury African Safari for Under $2000 | Wanderlust Wayfarer
Me? I’m offering you the gift of a little Scandinavian hygge – time to cozy up with this wintery mix of Scandi music.
Faraway Files will be taking a little break for the holidays to enjoy time with our families, catch up on some blogs and for me – hygge. Raising a glass of gløgg to you and yours – wherever you may be. We’ll be back Thursday January 5th, 2017. Wow. That’s crazy!

WANT TO JOIN IN?

We’d love you to join us in building a supportive community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

We’d love you to join us in building a supportive community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

This week I want to tell you a little bit about the Danish Christmas feast – so much tradition and love put into this end of year celebration.

How it works:

  • Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge onto the post or your blog (code below) or link back to the hosts.
  • The link up will go live every Thursday at 8am, UK time (9am, CET) until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles and Oregon Girl around the World. This week:Clare at Suitcases and Sandcastles is hosting.
  • Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least two others.
  • Share your #swoonworthy travel images on InstagramTag @FarawayFiles and #FarawayFiles – we’ll repost our favorites.
  • We are posting each week’s links on our Pinterest page for you to follow.

Grab Badge code here:

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Faraway Files #10

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Show us. Tell us. Share with us. With others. We don’t know. Maybe you do. We want to see your far-flung corners. Your faraway files. For some reason the lyrics to the Estelle song, American Boy always lilt around my head every Thursday. Let’s go somewhere.

Take me on a trip, I’d like to go some day.”
– Estelle | American Boy

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What a diversity of discoveries we delved into last time. We drank gluhwein in Nuremberg Germany, sampled gouda cheese in Gouda Netherlands and sampled mint tea in Tangiers Morrocco. We danced through Seville and roadtripped in Ireland and California. But, these are my favorite posts from last week’s travel blog community linkup. If you missed them – don’t you fret – you can read here.

Newcomer to Faraway Files community is Ruth at Tanama Tales. Last week she shared the creative and fun street mural project that is helping re-energize a historic area and community in Dallas, Texas. This is a colorful and impactful post. Thanks for sharing Ruth!

Street Art in Dallas (Deep Ellum) | Tanama Tales
Street Art in Dallas (Deep Ellum) | Tanama Tales

When we visited Croatia in October for our fall break, we did not make it to nearby Montenegro. Tracy at Tracy’s Travels in Time takes us to Kotor, Montenegro for a day trip from Dubrovnik, Croatia. The pictures and adventure are stunning and driving my wish to revisit the region. Check it out!

A Day in Montenegro | Tracy's Travels in Time
A Day in Montenegro | Tracy’s Travels in Time

From sparkling to blue Adriatic to the freezing and beautiful Misty Fjords in Alaska. Nesting Nomads share their flightseeing adventure in a cozy seaplane through epic Alaskan wilds. I have flown in a seaplane once – for my 10th wedding anniversary weekend – from Seattle, WA to the San Juan Islands. I would adore to it again in Alaska. Thank you for the inspiration!

Seaplane Sightseeing in the Misty Fjords, Alaska | Nesting Nomads
Seaplane Sightseeing in the Misty Fjords, Alaska | Nesting Nomads

WANT TO JOIN IN?

We’d love you to join us in building a supportive community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

We’d love you to join us in building a supportive community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

This week I want to tell you a little bit about the Danish Christmas feast – so much tradition and love put into this end of year celebration.

How it works:

  • Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge onto the post or your blog (code below) or link back to the hosts.
  • The link up will go live every Thursday at 8am, UK time (9am, CET) until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles and Oregon Girl around the World. This week – Katy at Untold Morsels is hosting – so head over there and give her some love. She needs it this week, her laptop and camera were stolen!
  • Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least two others.
  • Share your #swoonworthy travel images on InstagramTag @FarawayFiles and #FarawayFiles – we’ll repost our favorites.
  • We are posting each week’s links on our Pinterest page for you to follow.

Grab Badge code here:

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Faraway Files | A Travel Blog Community Linkup
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Faraway Files #6

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Happy Thursday! In Denmark – they call it lille Fredag or little Friday. I’m ready for the weekend this week. It has been an interesting one being an American living abroad. And while the outcome of the U.S. election was not what I had hoped for, I am trying to remain positive and spread love. We are all part of #TeamHuman. And the world is watching. BIG TIME.

As a travel and culture writer, one of the things I have loved most about starting this blog is being exposed, enlightened and educated about how beautifully diverse yet similar we all are, the world over. What makes us different should not divide us. Sometimes what we don’t know or understand makes this difficult. But I am not going to spread fear. I believe in love. I’m trying hard. I will continue to try and build bridges. Between my world community. With my American community back in the States. I have lived and loved in red states AND blue states. And while I feel much pride about the results from my Oregon, I believe there is much work to be done. In many places. But that it can be done. It must be done. Let us build bridges. Together.

It may seem simple to think that a travel blog community could help. But stay with me here – I believe it can. Show us your corners. Your faraway places. Educate and inspire. Please continue to share and connect and illuminate. Bring us together, however far apart.

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WOW! 36 submissions to Faraway Files last week! The participation and engagement is exactly what Clare, Katy and I were hoping to foster. We are so grateful. Last week, we were taken to unique off the beaten track sites in Tokyo and London. We virtually buried toes on beautiful beaches in Hawaii, Myanmar and New Jersey. We learned of ski trips and hiking excursions and where to find the best vistas and views. Want to learn more? Check out last week’s submissions here.

So many amazing places to spark inspiration, but these were my favourite posts shared last week. Whether it was the #swoonworthy imagery or interest-piquing insider information – these special blog posts offered me something unique.

Elizabeth at In Search Of gave me a serious bout of nostalgia sharing a very detailed look at one of our favorite East Coast seaside towns – Cape May, New Jersey. Colonial charm and a big swath of beautiful beach – check it out.

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Cape May, New Jersey sunset from In Search Of Blog

Vlad from Eff it… I’m on Holiday showed us why we should all have the Andalusia region of Spain on our immediate travel wish list. Moved up a few spots for me with his beautiful images and entertaining writing. And I really want to see this!

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Vlad at Eff it… I’m on Holiday shows us where you can live under a rock in Spain.

Phoebe from Lou Messugo showed me places I had never known I am dying to visit! See more of the amazing charm and beautiful scenery around Nice’s hill villages dotting Southern France.

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Peillon, France from Lou Messugo’s Hill Villages around Nice
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Funky seating at Camden Market, London via My Life Long Holiday

And Alex at My Life Long Holiday made my virtual taste buds tingle with an excellent round up of culinary treasures around London. Check out her London – The Best Food Guide.

This week the link up is right here on Oregon Girl Around the World. Scroll down for instructions to add your post and read others.

I can’t wait to see where you’ll take me this week. I’m sharing about a perfect fall break option in Northern Germany – the charming island of Rügen. I will quietly admit here that this year’s fall break will be a little further afield as we are heading to Croatia! We can’t wait. Please share any insider tips for a visit to Split, Korcula or Dubrovnik – I’d love to hear your suggestions!


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Welcome to Faraway Files, the new travel link up hosted by Katy from Untold Morsels, Erin from Oregon Girl around the World and Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles.

This is the place to link up your travel posts every Thursday. Faraway Files is a weekly file of the best travel ideas on the web. We want to dream of faraway places, to make new travel plans and share our travel secrets. Inspire us to travel to places we’ve never considered before or revisit a place we thought we knew. We know that you can feel faraway even when you’re close to home so share your experiences of travels near and far wherever you are in the world.

We’d love you to join us in building a really supportive community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three of us will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

How it works:

  • Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge onto the post or your blog (code below) or link back to the hosts.
  • The link up will go live every Thursday at 8am, UK time (9am, CET) until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles and Oregon Girl around the World. This week’s link up is right here.
  • Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least one other.
  • Tweet us your posts (@suitandsand, @UntoldMorsels, @oregongirlworld) using the hashtag #FarawayFiles and we’ll retweet to our followers.
  • Share your #swoonworthy images on Instagram at tag @FarawayFiles and #FarawayFiles – we’ll repost our favorites.

CLICK LINK UP BUTTON HERE to add your inspiring travel post this week:

GRAB BADGE to place on your post here:

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Introducing Faraway Files – A New Travel Blog Community

When I began blogging nearly two years ago I was motivated to share stories about my experiences living in Denmark and travels abroad. In the beginning my followers were friends and family – mostly my mom. Thanks mom! In that same time, my biggest surprise and delight in this process was discovering an incredible online community of like minded people from all corners of the globe. Today I engage with people around the world. It is amazing. I never dreamed that there would be so many who would be interested in my stories and share their own, inspiring me daily. Last month I was lucky enough to meet two of these people in person. In real life. In London. At the Royal Academy of Art. If you know me – all of these things make me very happy. Meeting interesting people while traveling and seeing art? Yes. Yes and YES. Oh. And bubbles. There may have been bubbles involved. Only one – I promise! We were working! On something cool. Together.

Today I want to introduce you to Katy – an Australian blogger living in London and author of Untold Morsels. And Clare Thomson – a British ex-journalist now blogger in Kent who writes at Suitcases and Sandcastles. Katy is saucy and savvy and knows how to manuever epic travel with twin toddlers in tow. It is impressive especially when you see where she takes them – from Italian lakes and Swiss alps to Melbourne and back. Clare is truly the nicest and brings a detail oriented yet approachable style to her posts about real castles and sandy islands – from the UK to the Greek isles and spots in between. I appreciate her honesty and trust her opinion, knowing it is fully vetted and thoroughly experienced both with her kids and without.

What drew us together online and was confirmed in person is a common love for a slower pace of travel. We share a desire to explore places deeper. A need to connect on a local level. We three are also interested in creating community. Here online and out there in the world. It is our goal to create a space where people can seek out inspiration and information and new destinations. We immediately agreed that this space had to be supportive and collaborative and welcoming. We hope you find that it is. Without further ado – I am beyond excited to introduce our new weekly blog link up and invite you to travel along. Add your post. Read others. Join us. This is Faraway Files.




Welcome to Faraway Files
, the new travel link up hosted by Katy from Untold Morsels, Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles and myself at Oregon Girl around the World

This is the place to link up your travel posts every Thursday. We want to make Faraway Files a great resource for all of us and create a weekly file of the best travel ideas on the web. We want to dream of faraway places, to make new travel plans and share our travel secrets. Inspire us to travel to places we’ve never considered before or revisit a place we thought we knew. We know that you can feel faraway even when you’re close to home so share your experiences of travels near and far wherever you are in the world.

We’d love you to join us in building a really supportive community who will inspire us all and share each other’s posts. All three of us will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs.

How it works:

  • Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge onto the post or your blog (code below) or link back to the hosts.
  • Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least one other.
  • We’ll be sharing all our favourite posts on our social media channels using #FarawayFiles.
  • We’ll be adding your posts to our Faraway Files Pinterest board so do ask if you’d like to join us there.
  • Love Instagram? Share your favourite photos from your posts with us, tagging #FarawayFiles and we’ll add our favourites to our Faraway Files Instagram feed.
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