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Jan 14 2013

My Best Dozen Blog Posts From 2012

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Lash from Lash World Tour came up with the idea of the Travel Bloggers’ Best Dozen Project.  To be part of it involved choosing blog posts from 2012 for each of the twelve categories and then nominating 5 other travel bloggers.

Since I only started my blog in 2012, this was always going to be a challenge but, with a bit of encouragement and having been kindly nominated by Leyla Giray from Women On The Road, I decided to be brave and step up to the mark.  So, here goes.  I mean, what have I got to lose, right?

These are my 12 categories with, well, almost 12 corresponding blog posts:

1.  Most popular: My Long Search for a Pair of ’3-in-1′ Walking Trousers has Finally Ended

Trying to decide on what you should take with you can be a real pain.  Well, it is for me.  When you have to travel light, it’s good to take things that have more than one use.  That’s what I always look for now.  Clothing can be quite bulky and take up valuable space but it’s obviously a necessity.  That might be why this particular post, which was one of my earliest, was my most popular.

2.  Most helpful travel tip: Useful Travel Items

Still on the travel gear theme, this post wasn’t meant to be an exhaustive packing list but to open up the possibilities and get people to think about what might be useful to take with them.

3.  A post that was surprisingly successful: Road Train

I had never heard of a Road Train before going to Australia, let alone see one.  So, I have been really surprised at the number of people specifically searching for ‘Road Train’ and looking at the post.  I suppose the why is not important but I would love to know why.

4.  A post I thought was underrated: A Trial Run At Travelling Differently

I think this is a really useful post for people who are thinking of having an extended travel experience but are a bit nervous or not sure it’s right for them.  I had never been on anything longer than 15 days away, I’d never travel solo or independently and had never backpacked or moved from place to place.  This post is my experience of doing that for the first time and what I learned.  This was pivotal to my decision to backpack around the world on my own for a year.

5.  Most controversial

I don’t have a post to match this category.  I didn’t write anything that was controversial.

6.  Most amusing: Teresa And The Chocolate Factory

Ah, my time in a chocolate factory.  It was such a wonderful experience that I just couldn’t contain myself!  You will see what I mean when you look at the post.

7.  The post I’m most proud of: What Turned My Dream Of Travelling The World Into A Reality?

I suppose the post I am most proud of is the first one in a series of personal development posts related to helping people achieve their dreams.  I have related it specifically to travel but it can help with anything you want to achieve.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what you want to achieve; some people don’t.  This series will help you to work that out.

8.  Best travel story or travel perspective: Car-Free Travel Around (Part Of) Spain

The post I have chosen for this category is about using local public transport to get around a destination rather than using a car or a plane.  It’s not always easy but it’s certainly an adventure, it’s green, you get to see and do things you might have otherwise missed and it’s a great way to meet local people.

9.  Best travel adventure: Road Trip – Day 1 (Quarzazate to Gorges du Dades)

This was the start of a 3-day road trip, which was a fantastic adventure around Southern Morocco.  It included having tea with nomads and staying one night in the desert.  Unfortunately, you will have to squint because my photos are so tiny – sorry!

10.  Best cultural perspectives or insights: Tourism: What A Load To Bear!

Having trekked to Everest Base Camp, the porters I met along the way that carry ridiculous weights to high altitudes was always a concern for me.  It was more of a concern when I read about the type of men that do it and the risks that go with it.

11.  Most beautiful: My Dream Of Being ‘Under The Umbrian Sun’

Ah, Umbria… beautiful scenery, people, food and wine.  Then… I discovered a beautiful old house for sale that could, if I have been brave enough, given me the opportunity to live in the place of my dreams.  It didn’t happen this time but it has given me something to work towards.

12.  Best photo or photo gallery: Shhh, The Little One’s Sleeping

I love this photo just because they look so cute!  I love cute animal photos so that’s why I’ve chosen this one.

My Nominations

My travel blogger nominations…

in no particular order are…

drum roll, please…

(drum roll…)

The nominees are…

Cherie – Flight Of The Deaf TravelBee

Andy – Grown Up Travel Guide

Elin – Taste of Slow

Linda and Dan – As We Saw It

Andrea – Rear View Mirror

 

When you have a bit of time to kick back, with a cup of tea or coffee, you can enjoy some of the blog posts from these great travel bloggers.

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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