As a couple of ex-corporate types we remember the dreaded year-end reviews. You know, the painful process when Le Grand Fromage checks off the strategic goals achieved, new clients acquired… blah blah blah.
But running a personal blog is totally different. The beauty is that the yearly closeout can be nothing more than a popularity contest, and you can’t lose. How fun, refreshing, and easy to do. All it takes is a look at our WordPress stats and voila! The Best of the Blog for 2018.
By far, this post on the ancient Maya capital of Uxmal was our most popular. Like all bloggers, we’re pleased when a post gets lots of attention, but we had another reason to be excited about this one. The editors at WordPress picked this post to feature on their Discover page, and the views, for days and days, were in the stratosphere. In a word, we were chuffed.
Our posts featuring “Lessons and Tips” were popular this year, and this one was at the top of the list. Actually, posts like this one take lots of energy to pull together, but as bloggers, it was well worth the effort. It addition to the “How we blog” question, it helps us to evaluate the “Why we blog” as well. It was also rewarding to hear comments and opinions from other bloggers on what does and doesn’t work for them.
For frequent travelers the gear they carry is serious business, and it all begins with the perfect luggage. Of course, there are as many definitions of “perfect” as there are travelers. But we’ve gone through lots of bag iterations, and if post views are any indicator, lots of people wanted to know how we choose our bags.
As a travel destination, Jūrmala has it all. It’s essentially unknown to most travelers, and it has a small town, beachy ambience with splashes of glitter and mystery. And it’s the only place on earth that you’re likely to bump into America’s newest BFF Vladimir Putin.
We’re both keen on the Maya, so we were glad to see that our readers shared our enthusiasm. There are outstanding ruins all over the Yucatan and Chiapas, and we hope that our series of posts will help visitors decide good locations to begin their journey.
In addition to our real-world experiences on applying for Global Entry, the main takeaway from this post should be that it may be the best $100 you’ll ever spend on travel; well that, and being bummed that you didn’t apply sooner. Travelers tired of the airport grind are catching on, and we hope this post helps motivate them to apply.
Ljubljana, Slovenia, which was previously a part of Yugoslavia, doesn’t appear on many Top 10 lists, but it has an intimate and charming ambience that may surprise visitors.
Ukraine has had its share of problems recently, but this shouldn’t dissuade travelers from visiting. Kyiv, in particular, has lots to offer and it should be included in any Eastern Europe itinerary.
As we’ve said before, our loyal commenters are king, and this post is proof. The earthquake we experienced in Merida really shook us up (pun intended), and it was heartening to hear that many others had also experienced earthquakes and were just as frightened and disoriented as we were.
One of the rewards of travel is experimenting with new foods, and our post on northern Spain’s delightful finger-food got lots of attention.
So that’s another fun year passed at Gallivance. Our Best Of series is a chance for us to celebrate all our regular readers as well as our new followers who read our blog each year. Our blogging buddies Rusha and Bert over at the top-notch Oh, the Places We See had a busy travel year as well, so their Seen and Noted 2018 post makes interesting reading.
We know you have almost unlimited choices where you spend your time, and we appreciate very much that you choose our blog.
We wish all of you happy blogging and best wishes for a fabulous 2019.
Happy New Year,
James & Terri
And if you’re still curious, here are your past faves.