World Travel for Couples was nominated by my friend Todd over at Todd’s Wanderings to take part in the 7 Links Project that was started by Trip Base. It’s an easy and very cool project, the purpose being to “unite bloggers in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again” (Trip Base).
After answering the 7 questions, I get the opportunity to nominate 5 more travel bloggers that I follow and enjoy reading. Without further ado, here’s my 7 links.
1. My Most Beautiful Post
The idea behind 100 Things I Love About Travel was born during Twitter’s TNI back in October of 2010. The topic was World Wonders, and after tweeting about some of the world wonders we had visited and then receiving a comment about how lucky we were, I began to reflect. I agreed with how fortunate we had been to see all the awesome things we have seen, then started thinking about all the things I love about travel. The list was going to be 10, then 20, then 30. Finally, I said “Screw it!” and expanded it to 100, with a picture for each, making it a 10 week long series that was a huge hit.
2. My Most Popular Post
A Trekking Guide (for those who like to eat and drink a lot) has been my most popular post by a pretty wide margin, and I think it’s because it speaks to the normal, everyday Joe who likes to travel and hike but isn’t the fittest person in the world. The point of the post was to inspire others to get out there and go on popular, difficult treks despite not making fitness their #1 goal in life. I think it succeeded.
3. My Most Controversial Post
Are We The Only Traveler’s Who Didn’t Like Laos got a lot of feedback, both good and bad. I knew I was going to get questioned for bashing Laos, as it is blasphemous to critique what backpackers think is the best place on Earth. I still think it’s “Meh.”
4. My Most Helpful Post
When getting ready to hike Torres Del Paine in Chilean Patagonia, we were shocked that there was not one single site (that we could find at least) that summarized all you needed to know. There was so much information scattered everywhere, so I vowed to create THE Definitive Guide to Hiking Torres Del Paine. It was a pain in the ass to write (probably why there wasn’t one already) and a ton of work, but I challenge anyone to find a post anywhere on the interwebs that offers more thorough information for hiking the W in Torres del Paine.
5. A Post Whose Success Surprised Me
The very recent post, How to Choose A Thai Island, got tons of great responses and traffic, and while I do feel it offers some good information, it garnered way more praise than I was expecting. I guess when you write a thorough piece about a very popular travel destination, it gets noticed. Noted.
6. A Post You Feel Didn’t Get the Attention It Deserved
Colombia was our favorite country during our RTW trip, and it’s probably my favorite country I’ve ever been to. Stereotypes, Irony, and the Nicest People in the World is a post that was straight from the heart about a country I have loads of passion for. The fact that it didn’t get much traffic or response was a bit depressing to me.
7. A Post I’m Most Proud Of
At This Time Last Year… was a post I wrote on the one-year anniversary of our return home from our year-long RTW trip. It is by far the most brutally honest post I’ve written, and it touched on so many different emotions I had felt over the course of a year after returning. Though going on the trip was the best decision we ever made and has changed our lives forever, it’s been really difficult dealing with the fact that it’s over.
Here’s 5 more bloggers that I have nominated to share their stories: