After a month-long hiatus caused by a long vacation and the subsequent depression associated with coming back to real life, Freaks of the Week is back!

Were you absolutely lost without my roundup of the best travel blog posts of the week? I’m sorry, babies, but dry the salty tears from your ruddy cheeks because I’m back in action:

September Challenge: Where is North Again? // 100 Miles Highway

I’m very into Katherina’s initiative to take something as abstract as honing her ability to orient herself and turn it into a pet project for the month of September. She has a plan and everything — there’s even a gadget involved! I happen to have a superhuman ability to naturally orient myself in unfamiliar places so I don’t necessarily need to follow the same plan, but this challenge has encouraged me to work more actively toward self-betterment. First order of business: plucking the space between my eyebrows.

A Play of Colors: Mozambique Above the Clouds // Wild Junket

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am a piss poor photographer. Luckily there are people in the world like Nellie Huang at Wild Junket who can snap quality shots like these of the coast of Mozambique. “Ooh” and “aah” worthy indeed.

Iconic Food of Montreal // Bacon is Magic

My love of poutine has already been documented on Travel Freak, so I was more than a little excited to feast my eyes on Ayngelina’s post of three traditional Montreal treats. As it turns out, the post was entertaining and educational — I knew about Montreal-style bagels, but I had absolutely no idea that smoked meat was a Quebecois staple. Now I have all sorts of ideas about stuffing a bagel with brisket and cheese curds to bring a comprehensive taste of Montreal to my fatty self in New York.

Healthy on the Road // Trip Styler

And once I’m done stuffing my face with Canadian artery cloggers I can follow this workout routine for travelers by Trip Style. I always end up falling out of my workout routine when I’m on vacation, so it’s nice to have a list of easy on-the-road exercises that I can do to avoid unwanted love handle growth when I’m trying to sightsee my way through every food truck in a city.

Steven tried out for The Amazing Race one time and was denied. We're not saying this is why he started this site, but it may have been a contributing factor in his decision to explore the world online and share his travel inspiration with others.


  1. Thanks for including me in your list, Steven! I’m glad it encouraged you to do something for self-improvement as well. How’s it going so far? 🙂


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