On our way to writing this post, we discovered a new word – listicle. This word mashup is defined as “a piece of writing presented wholly or partly in the form of a list.”
It’s not a brand new word; it’s been in use long enough for professional writers to develop a love or hate relationship with it. But regardless, listicles are here to stay. And in the spirit of not wanting to be left out of the party, here’s our listicle of Best of the Gallivance Blog for 2019.
If you travel with a partner, it should come as no surprise that this post struck a cord with lots of our readers. Travel, by definition, takes you out of your comfort zone, and stress has a way of putting partnerships to the test. We thank our main man Bill Murray for saying it best.
The one word that epitomized our goal for 2019 was “Simplify.” The journey took us from minimizing our possessions and streamlining our digital footprint, to downsizing our abode and becoming financially independent. As it turns out, we were not alone in our quest!
If you’ve decided that you want to simplify your life, where do you start? We shared the 7 changes we made that worked for us, and we hope they’ll provide some ideas and inspiration for your quest.
We’d never used the word “Money” in a title before! It certainly got peoples’ attention. 🙂 Earlier this year we were featured in an article, Set Yourself Free: Simplify Your Life and Save Tens of Thousands, that appeared in International Living’s newest publication, The Savvy Retiree. Trust us when we say it pays to simplify!
We began 2019 dreaming. We’d just returned from another European escapade, and big plans were on the horizon. But then life intervened. Like many of you, we experienced loss and big life changes. So we turned to the one constant that always recharges our batteries – travel.
We discovered that we’re not alone in our quest to simplify our life. When we asked you, our readers, what you’ve done to simplify your lives, the ideas and solutions rolled in. Once again you’ve proven that you’re THE BEST and truly amazing! Thanks for your great response.
Blog posts are a bit like children: you do your best and send them out into the world and hope they succeed. So James wouldn’t be an honest geology nerd if he neglected to say he was pleased as punch to see this offspring win a popularity contest.
We were honored to be featured in a Travel Awaits article, “Interview With Global Nomads Terri and James Vance.” It’s always flattering when someone respects your opinion enough to ask for it. And it’s equally gratifying that many of our readers found our answers to travel questions informative and helpful.
Talavera tile is the ultimate combination of art and function, and Puebla, Mexico is ground zero for its introduction and extensive use in the Americas. We hope this post will inspire travelers to leave Mexico City for a few days to enjoy Puebla’s wonderful tile-scape.
If we had to pick one post that’s the most fun to pull together, this would be it. It’s light-hearted eye candy for Valentine’s Day, no doubt, but the sheer randomness and coincidence involved in discovering hearts amaze us on every trip and every year when we publish the post.
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This closes out another fun year at Gallivance. We know you have unlimited choices where you spend your online time, and as always, we appreciate very much that you choose our blog.
Thanks for continuing to stop by and best of luck for an exciting and fun 2020.
Terri & James