17 Jul

OneGiantStep Summer Reading

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Ahhh…the dog days of summer. Looking forward to nothing but a shady spot to chill out, a cold beer and some good reading.

There’s a great meme heading around the blog-o-sphere right now that helps with the last part. TripBase’s My Seven Links is a chance to look back at some favorite posts and to discover some new blogs to check out. Thanks to Geoff of ItinerantLondoner for nominating me!

So…sit back, grab a cool one and cast your eye over these:

Most Beautiful Post

Given the start to this post, and my recent laments about the Beer Out Here, it’s probably no surprise to find that I think my most beautiful post is the photo essay I did; I LOVE German Beer. Looking at it reminds me of all the Altbiers, Pilsners, Dunkels, Weissbiers, Radlers, and Oktoberfest beers that we sampled. Must. Go. Back.

Most Popular Post

The most popular post recently, based on traffic and number of comments, is Responsibly Irresponsible. I liked that there were so many well-wishing comments but also that so many people shared their own Responsibly Irresponsible plans. I was right in thinking that many of us return from a big trip with other ideas quietly incubating and waiting to hatch.

Most Controversial Post

Although I know that writing a knowingly controversial post can sometimes get you ‘on the map’, I have never written anything contrary and have never hosted any argumentative comment sessions. Oh well, so much for the quick trip to notoriety!

I think I quietly dipped my toe into controversy though in the opening paragraphs of Insuring A Good Time where I say that I think people are “being naive, short-sighted, and irresponsible” if they think that traveling without health insurance is anywhere near a good idea. In hindsight I think I should have written more about this because I believe that it is our responsibility as travelers to take care of ourselves and not to rely on others to do it for us. If you can afford to travel you can afford insurance.

Most Helpful Post

Singularly I think that RTW Dollar By Dollar is the most helpful post on the entire site. Before we left we struggled to figure out if we had enough money. I don’t think enough people write about the money that it costs them to travel and so, when researching, it can be very difficult to tell where your own travel style will fit in the budget spectrum. In this post I reveal the big number, lay out exactly how we traveled (what type of place did we stay in, where did we eat, how did we get from place to place) and linked to the extremely detailed spreadsheet we kept of our expenses.

Managing Your Money: Before You Leave and Managing Your Money: On The Road are also great resources showing how we planned our finances before leaving and how we took care of it all while traveling.

Surprise Success

I’d be hard pressed to think that any of my posts are ‘successful’ in the grand scheme of things; OneGiantStep is a bit player, at best, in the world of travel blogging but I like to think that those who read get something out of the whole endeavor. Looking at the statistics of site visits and search traffic though the post about creating our South America Itinerary gets steady (although still insignificant) traffic. There is a hit or two or three a week from people looking to travel to our southern relatives. Interestingly I think it’s because these destinations are still not the huge draw that some other areas of the world are for travelers (such as Europe or South East Asia).

Post I Think Did Not Get Enough Attention

I really like the Twitter Travel Tips series but it really didn’t have the impact I was hoping for. In this set of ten posts I lay out what Twitter is and how we can use it as we travel to get recommendations or information about a place, learn about local opportunities, and get in touch with travel companies such as airlines, hotels or restaurants but most importantly how Twitter can help you connect with the travel community and find like-minded people to share with and even meet.

Post I Am Most Proud Of

The hardest post I have ever written is Leaving India: One Year Ago; and it is the one I am most proud of; partly because leaving India is the one decision I am most proud of during our year of travel (it was also the hardest decision) and partly because, in writing the post, I had to come to terms with my part in the whole affair. It is an honest look at a time that I am not most proud of but that has become an unforgettable part of me.


And now for my chance to pass it on and your chance to discover some new writing! Check out these travelers as they share their 7 posts and help us all with our Summer Reading.

Audrey and Jack of Travel Footprints
Kristen Zibell of Take Your Big Trip
Jenny McIver of RTW In 30 Days
Amy and Brian of Roaming Rileys
Matt of 1 Year Sabbatical


3 thoughts on “OneGiantStep Summer Reading

  1. Great list here! I remember the one about India; it was excellent. Other greats, too. Just took a look at RTW Dollar by Dollar. Really interesting and useful info!

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  3. I too am enjoying these from everyone! Especially from those who I have not been reading very long. Just read the India post. Good stuff!

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