Happy New Year! We hope that as you read this you’re full of all kinds of inspiration and motivation for the year ahead. To close out 2011 (and look ahead to 2012), we’re reviewing some of our blogging accomplishments, our highlights and, moreover, taking a moment to thank our readers!
We are so grateful to all of you who make up the loyal community of readers to whom we are connected. To the ones who write encouraging emails or speak to us in person on the road—your feedback means the world to us. Furthermore, we are so grateful for the bloggers who have helped us, and to think we’ve been of some help to others is humbling and deeply gratifying. Thank you! To all those who read this blog and keep up with us via Facebook and Twitter, we’re grateful for the connection. Thank you!
Average number of visitors
Let’s start by examining the most basic data—the average number of visitors to Two Go Round-the-World on a daily basis over the past year. These figures are the most accurate measure of our site’s activity and to that end, we have recorded a steady increase of visitors to the blog this year. Two Go Round-The-World’s traffic growth has been solid, increasing 17% year-over-year in January.
Visitors by country
Most readers of Two Go Round-the-World hail from the US. Readers from Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Australia, Philippines, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore and Spain round out the top ten.
Top Ten Articles from Two Go Round-The-World
What about the posts that you liked most? Which posts generated the most comments and likes? What had you guys talking? These are ten of our most popular posts in terms of page views and comments from the past twelve months.
- Cruising the Galapagos: Setting Out: Kathryn and I celebrated Christmas by travelling to Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands with G Adventures, delighting in the incredible flora and fauna of one of the most unique places on earth.
- Two Go Round Chile and Argentina: The first post of a quick trip to Chile and Argentina. We explored the streets of Santiago, sampled Chilean wines, soaked in the natural beauty of the Lake District’s glaciers and lakes, and sampled the food, wine and sophistication of the ‘Paris of the South’, Buenos Aires.
- The Web’s Best Travel Blog Taglines: A tagline in today’s blogging world is more than just a “line.” In fact, it can create a whole new world of engagement for a blog’s readers—if it’s done right. Kathryn and I believe a tagline is a fun way of branding what a travel blog does in the minds of its readers.
- Beautiful Bariloche: Crossing into Argentina: After a beautiful journey through the mountains of upper Patagonia from Chile’s Puerto Varas (400km—about six hours), Kathryn and I crossed over into Argentina with our group and arrived at San Carlos de Bariloche—the entrance to northern Patagonia.
- Hackpacking: Using Poste Restante or General Delivery: Poste Restante (dubbed ‘General Delivery in the US’ and ‘Lista de Correos’ in South America) is a service whereby the post office holds mail until the recipient picks it up. Before the advent of email, it was commonly used by backpackers who were visiting a particular location and had no need, or no way, of having mail delivered directly to them.
- The Whole Picture: Machu Picchu Tilt Shift: The subject of course is Machu Picchu, situated above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 km northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Often referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas”, it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World. Prefer to see a non-doctored image of Machu Picchu? Click here.
- How Many Countries Have You Visited?: Whether you’re eagerly waiting for your first passport to be delivered or you could give the most interesting man in the world a run for his money—it’s always a good time to beef up your obituary. Since it seems that a lot of readers of Two Go Round-The-World are very well-traveled, we thought it might be fun to find out exactly how travelled everyone is! So, how many countries have you visited?
- The Whole Picture: The Eaves of Wat Phra Kaew: This weeks’ ‘Whole Picture ’did double duty, serving also as our entry for Travel Photography Roulette. Jeremy at Living the Dream came up with the idea and got the ball rolling.
- Hackpacking: Make a Rubber Band Travel Clothesline: If you’re like most travellers we know, you’ve given up on those laundry lines with suction cups because they never seem to stay up. Or you could pack a piece of cord—but then you’ll need some clothespins. A great solution is a multiple-strand travel clothesline. It’s great for drying as your clothing tucks between the strands so you don’t need a clothespin.
- Dining on Curanto in Chiloé: About 180km long but only 50km wide, the Isla Grande de Chiloé (The Big Island of Chiloé) is the second-largest island in South America after Tierra del Fuego. For over 300 years, it was the world’s southernmost European settlement—and the last Spanish stronghold in Chile.
Top Ten Comment Contributors in 2011
We’d like to express our gratitude to all of readers for continuing to support Two Go Round-the-World. It’s been a fantastic year and our blog has grown beyond our expectations! Thanks so much!
Top Five Referring Sites in 2011
- Married with Luggage: On a mission to redesign their lives to travel full time. Whether your dream is halfway around the world or in your own backyard, you’ll find information on goal-setting, living well, managing your money, and simplifying your life every week on this blog.
- Almost Fearless: A blog that follows one woman’s journey from corporate manager to full time traveler, writer and lay about.
- Adventurous Kate: On this site, Kate encourages women to take the plunge and travel solo! Despite what you may think, solo travel for women can be safe, fun, and incredibly exhilarating.
- Nomadic Matt: Matt’s a twenty-something vagabond who has been on the road regularly since 2005.
- Gap Year Escape: A gap year can mean different things to different people. Maybe you’re just starting or beginning your university education. Perhaps you sit behind a desk dreaming of something more. Amar Hussain been there. I understand that urge to escape.
Most Popular Outbound Links
We enjoy sharing these links with our readers, even if it sends them away from our pages… these links are the most popular outbound links from our site. We believe that sharing the best stuff we’ve read for is a good value for all of our readers.
- www.airbnb.com: Connects people who have space to spare with those who are looking for a place to stay. Guests can build real connections with their hosts, gain access to distinctive spaces, and immerse themselves in the culture of their destinations. Whether it’s an urban apartment or countryside castle, Airbnb makes it effortless to showcase your space to an audience of millions, and to find the right space at any price point, anywhere.
- www.amazon.com: Amazon, a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, Washington, is the global leader in e-commerce. Today, Amazon offers everything from books and electronics to tennis rackets and diamond jewelry. We operate sites in the Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and United Kingdom and maintain dozens of fulfillment centers around the world which encompass more than 26 million square feet.
- globalfreeloaders.com: GlobalFreeloaders.com is an online community, bringing people together to offer you free accommodation all over the world. Save money and make new friends whilst seeing the world from a local’s perspective!
- hospitalityclub.org: Do you love meeting people from other cultures? Do you love traveling? Do you love helping other people? Then this is the place for you to be!
- couchsurfing.org: Look up from that guide book before you bump into a statue! There are millions of people who want to freely welcome you into their home and show you what it’s really like where they live.
Although, as we’ve mentioned before, we have mixed feelings about online popularity contests, we’re flattered and grateful that Two Go Round-The-World is officially the 99th most popular travel blog as rated by Invesp. From that link you can view the overall top 150 travel blogs; special congratulations to the 99 other blogs that won top honours! Check the rankings here.
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