The best reason to travel is not to discover new places; it is to discover what you would become after being affected by your destination. Pick your destinations wisely.
That quote from a blogger named Juan seems particularly pertinent for today, a day when the virtual connections between people, places, and cultures are celebrated. Yes, it's the third annual BlogDay, a day to celebrate discovery and networking in the blogosphere. The idea is simple: "every blogger will post a recommendation of 5 new blogs. This way, all blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, previously unknown blogs."
So here are five new ones for you to explore.
1. Global Culture: a blog on migration, globalization and their impact on global culture
Author Juan looks at interconnectedness, quality of life, travel, and other impacts and results of globalization. Sometimes the intellectual language gets a little thick, but always interesting ideas.
2. Saharan Vibe: The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it.
Author Liz picks a topic and runs with it, whether it's a city, a person, or a food. Great photos complement the detailed text. Prepare to be surprised and educated.
3. UpFront Radio: an award winning, hour long, news and culture audio magazine for and from California's ethnic communities. Argue amongst yourselves whether this should be categorized as a blog or a podcast, but it's consistently interesting, with original stories and unique angles on widely reported stories. And I'm living proof that it's of interest to people far beyond California.
4. Awesome Tapes From Africa: You didn't think I'd neglect to mention music entirely, did you? This is one of my favorite blogs for discovery of lesser-known African music -- stuff that's released only in Africa, and only on cassette. You may no longer use those obsolete old tapes, but there's still a wealth of music on them, and thursdayborn has recently begun posting more regularly.
5. OlyBlog: hyper-local news blog for Olympia, Washington, USA. Sure, hyper-local citizen journalism can get messy at times, and the inside jokes about caymans and local personalities can be puzzling or annoying. But it's real grass-roots news about the community, a check on the city's corporate-owned daily newspaper, and a great place to find out what's going on, from book clubs to volunteer needs to local boycotts.