Oh, my little blog. It’s been around since before I decided to take my career break and travel. It’s been around since I one sleepless October night in Atlanta when, around midnight, the words to the start of my story I wanted to share just popped into my head. Then, I was up. Out of bed. Laptop open. WordPress blog created.
And the rest is history.
Now, nearly two years later, I certainly have shared. At times, I’ve shared too much. At times, I haven’t shared enough.
Regardless, this ride has been the highlight of my life, taking me through moments, through happy, through sad, that have left me wanting more … and ready to start the next chapter in “The Adventures of D.”
So, when Jason from Jason’s Travels, asked if he could nominate me for this fun little project, My 7 Links, put on by Trip Base, of course I said “yes.” I mean … I get to relive some of my favorite posts!
Without further adieu, My 7 Links:
The Most Beautiful Post:
I’ve always relied on the kindness of strangers
It’s not a beautiful photo essay. But it is an example of the beauty and generosity that still exists in this world. It is also one of the many reasons I fell in love with Croatia.
The Most Popular Post:
How to barter like a pro
I spent a good amount of time in Turkey during my trip, where negotiating is a part of the package. It constantly awed me that people could go in to a restaurant and negotiate the cost of their meal. While that wasn’t for me so much, it was fun to go back and forth with the shopkeepers at the Grand Bazaar and elsewhere.
The Most Controversial Post:
My 30-Life-Crisis … Solved?
It wasn’t controversial in the sense it started a heated debate, but to my family and friends, this post was controversial because I was throwing away a comfortable life for the unknown. I was … LIVING instead of deciding to just go through the motions.
The Most Helpful Post:
Airport Sleeping 101
Oh, the beauty of backpacking and being on a budget. There were a few times when I had stop-overs that, while they were 12 or so hours, were overnight. Rather then haul my 40 kilo backpack and my tired self to a hostel in the city, I opted to just crash out on the floor … or a bench … in the airport. This post gives tips on how to make the best of airport sleeping.
The Post Whose Success Surprised Me:
Dude, don’t be a Hostel Dick
Yes, it’s meant to be funny. I just didn’t realize this post with these tips would be one of my most popular posts of all time. In all seriousness though, every backpacker who stays in hostels should read this.
The Post That Didn’t Get the Attention I Feel it Deserved:
The Best of … Madrid
It’s got some pretty good tips in the post and in the comments for anyone headed to Madrid.
The Post I Am Most Proud Of:
Love, Life and Loss … on the Road
By far, this was the hardest post I have ever written. It took every ounce of me to pull myself together to write this.
And now comes the fun part. Here are the five bloggers I want to do this on their site, too. These folks are some of the best out there! Be sure to check their sites for the My 7 Links project soon!
Adam from The Travels of Adam
Anna from Frill Seeker Diary
Candice from Candice Does the World
Lindsay AKA Hogga from The Traveller
Margo from The Travel Belles