Thanks to Inspiring Travellers, I have been nominated to participate in TripBase’s “My 7 Links Project”. The goal of this endeavor is to bring to light travel bloggers’ lessons and travel stories that might have been long forgotten in blog archives.
I found myself re-reading old posts I too had long since forgotten. In case you haven’t been following this site as long as I have, I hope you can give my seven links a read or re-read if you are a devoted fan (I’m talking to you, Mom).
My Most Beautiful Post
I love to find little towns of understated beauty. Locorotondo in the Puglia region of Italy carries the title of one of the “borghi piú belli d’Italia”. In other words, it has been deemed one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The photographs I share here truly capture the beauty of a town completely adorned in white.
My Most Popular Post
This is the first post I remember writing early on in my blog’s history that actually received quite a bit of attention. As I looked up to see what my most popular post was to date, I was surprised this is still it. I guess loneliness and solo travel are something travelers all face. Here I share my tips on how to fight those feelings of loneliness on the road.
My Most Controversial Post
I think this post received the most opposition, perhaps for my word usage of “excuse”. I explored whether travel is just an excuse for something else such as to escape a life back home, to socialize more with strangers or for getting out of a bad relationship. I was motivated to classify travel as an excuse as it seemed I kept reading articles on how to quit the job you hate to travel or how someone left their boyfriend and decided to travel as a result.
My Most Helpful Post
In this piece, I outline the ways I made living in Western Europe for three months possible, without breaking the bank. It seemed helpful to those skeptical of traveling in a country like Italy for an extended period of time with little cash.
A Post Whose Success Surprised Me
A story about a woman from Kosovo who randomly invited me to coffee as we waited on the same delayed train to Graz, Austria received much more attention than I thought it would. I didn’t think such a simple story would resonate with so many other travelers.
A Post I Feel Didn’t Get The Attention It Deserved
Maybe I feel this post didn’t get enough attention as I just wrote it last week, but I was surprised more people didn’t connect with my story of witnessing a 6 year old’s first time flying. Perhaps everyone hates flying too much to find the childish innocence and wonder in this form of travel.
The Post That I Am Most Proud Of
When I met Ötzi in Bolzano, Italy, the incredibly preserved 5,000-year-old Iceman found in between Italy and Austria in the 1990s, I had no idea how powerful that meeting would be for me. I found all of these connections between a traveler back in 3300 B.C. and modern day globetrotters, one you can’t find just anywhere.