July 2020

Welcome to the July 2020 issue of Travel Research Monthly!

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I would like to take a few minutes to highlight some of my favorite articles for this month.


The wonder of the Chincoteague ponies’ annual swim.
Marguerite Henry wrote Misty of Chincoteague in 1947 and captured the imagination of young readers everywhere.  The actual ponies enchant adults and children alike.  At no time is this more evident than during the ponies’ annual swim across the Assateague Channel after which some will be auctioned off to lucky owners.  This yearly event raises funds for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department which takes care of the horses throughout the year.


The non-exotic beauty of Denmark and why this native says you won’t visit.
For a long time the author/photographer discounted the landscape of her own country as boring – seeking instead to photograph iconic sites in other parts of the world.  Through her photography, she has come to appreciate the appeal of Denmark’s non-exotic landscape.


How a grandmother’s solo trip to China inspired a granddaughter’s desire to recreate the experience.
A travel writer explores her connection to her grandmother’s solo travel in the 1970’s; specifically her trip to China which had just opened its borders to the outside world.  Although her grandmother passed away when the writer was very young, their mutual love of travel binds them together.


Morocco has hundreds of gardens, here are six of the best.
Gardens are found throughout Morocco.  Most are in Moorish or Islamic style but often a mixture of both with other influences brought in from around the world.  The most famous of the Moroccan gardens is Majorelle in Marrakesh which has been cultivated by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Peter Berge.

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  1. Seeking out pristine beaches, unparalleled diving and the quiet coves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. (Blog, Caribbean, St. Vincent and the Grenadines)
    Author: Nicholas Dean
    Source: A Luxury Travel Blog
  2. Ditch the car and consider a well thought out walking tour of L.A. (Blog, United States, California)
    Author: Anda Galffy
    Source: Travel Notes & Beyond


  1. Houseboat vacation tips for social distancing and family fun. (Podcast, United States)
    Hosts: Kimberly Tate & Tamara Gruber
    Source: Vacation Mavens
    (Podcast – 31 minutes and 25 seconds.  Content begins at the 7 minute 24 second mark)
  2. Explore urban Australia, a Nordic rivalry and navigate a family road trip through Canada and the United States. (Podcast, Australia, Scandinavia, Norway, Sweden, United States, Canada)
    Host: Rick Steves
    Source: Travel with Rick Steves
    (Podcast – 51 minutes and 9 seconds. Urban Australia begins at the 1 minute 40 second mark. Road Trip begins at the 12 minute 58 second mark. Nordic Rivalry begins at the 32 minute 41 second mark.)


  1. See the recently restored 200 year old trail between Tamsui and Kavalan. (Video, Asia, Taiwan)
    Source: New Tapei City Travel
    (Video – 6 minutes and 32 seconds)
  2. All good ideas start at the local pub. (Video, United Kingdom, England)
    Source: TomScott.com
    (Video – 2 minutes 41 seconds)


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