One's desire to travel abroad is often born from stories of adventure and photographs of exotic locales.
In the years leading up to my current journey, I sought inspiration from television shows, magazines, and travel blogs.
Halfway around the world, I still find myself seeking the next cool place to visit, and the HotelClub Travel Blog is filled with potentially great destinations.
The travel blog is the product of HotelClub, an online hotel reservation site operated by a subsidiary of Orbitz Worldwide.
The first thing I appreciated about the blog was its clean and professional layout. Featured posts are highlighted in the upper left corner, followed by the archives organized by category and month.
The right side column showcases similar articles hosted on other blogs affiliated with HotelClub.
The best bloggers know the importance of a catchy title which can reel the reader into browsing the content, and the author(s) of the HotelClub travel blog deliver.
The post entitled “5 Lagoons That Will Take Your Breath Away” captured my attention immediately as I was curious to see if they included any from Southeast Asia.
While Thailand didn't make this particular list, pretty tourist photos (sourced from Flickr) of a lagoon near Cape Town have given me yet another reason to visit South Africa.
My curiosity was also piqued by another post introducing readers to the world of underwater hotels. The post traces the movement from the initial Jules' Undersea Lodge off the Florida coast to two mega-projects underway in Dubai and Fiji.
While the Forums appear to lack sufficient membership to be used as a resource for travel advice, the strength of the HotelClub travel blog is clearly in the concise and fact-based writing which compliment the well chosen and motivating photographs.
This review was written by Dave, and brought to you by HotelClub. All opinions are his own.