A backpacker in the Namib Desert, Africa © Westend61 / Getty Images
Our Pathfinders have been up to all sorts of adventures this month – from visiting a prison in the Philippines to discovering a modern-day Pompeii. Spend a night with brown bears in Estonia; plan an outdoor escape in the Greek capital; and learn how to pack light when backpacking through the world’s second largest continent with July’s top travel blogs.
Spending the night with brown bears in Estonia – Emily and Gregor
If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise… Emily and Gregor bring their adventures in Estonia to life with some wonderful storytelling that pitches the imagination in a fairytale-like forest landscape and gives us a glimpse inside their heads as they venture into the wild.
This Edinburgh-based couple try and squeeze in as much travel as possible. Follow their blog at unpavedtravel.com
Backpacking light and ultralight in Africa – Valerie Bowden
This post gives you all the tips, tricks and techniques you need to help you pack not only light, but ultralight too. Such a thing may seem impossible, especially when facing a destination as diverse as Africa, but Valerie will soon have your suitcase stripped down to size.
From Cape Town to Cairo, Valerie wants to discover the real Africa. Follow her blog at backpackingafricaforbeginners.com
Montserrat: a modern-day Pompeii in the Caribbean – Ken and Cally
Ken and Cally’s post on the Caribbean is a far cry from the sugar-soft beaches and sparkling seas we’re used to. But their reflections on a region devastated by a volcanic eruption are sincere and thought provoking and they end on a high note, showing what Montserrat has to offer beyond its sombre past.
These 50-somethings have clocked up over 100 countries and counting. Follow their blog at dodgyknees.com
The day we ended up in a Filipino prison – Beatrice and Elie
Travel can expose you to a wealth of unexpected experiences – as Beatrice and Elie discovered first-hand when they found themselves voluntarily behind bars in a Filipino prison. Their post gives us an insight into the prison’s forward-thinking rehabilitation project, the ‘Dignity Project’, and we love how their images capture the personalities behind the prisoners.
This Lebanese couple quit their desk jobs to pursue a life on the road. Follow their blog at igotyourbackpack.com
Athens outdoors: the ultimate guide – Karisa Klee
Want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city of Athens? Karisa has got you covered. From island hopping to street-art tours and climbing sacred mountains for some stellar views, this post proves that even outdoorsy types can get their kicks in a big city.
This attorney from Atlanta has a serious case of wanderlust. Follow her blog at flirtingwiththeglobe.com
Find out what else the Lonely Planet Pathfinders are up to (or sign up yourself!) by checking out the Travel Bloggers: your stories forum on Thorn Tree.