We love to go back and review the posts we have written over the last 3 years. So, we where were recently nominated by The Road Forks to participate in a fun project called My 7 Links through Tripbase.com it was a great opportunity to read what we have written. In it, we are asked to list one post in each to these categories:
- Most beautiful
- Most popular
- Most controversial
- Most helpful
- A post whose success surprised us
- A post we feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
- The post of which we are most proud
We’ve seen lots of fantastic things on our journey, but nothing compares to the incredible beauty of facing our fears and moving forward. It is a feeling like nothing else, and it doesn’t take a passport or a plane ticket to get there. We wrote this post called Everything You Want is on the Other Side of Fear just before leaving for the big trip.
A few mentions on Stumble Upon cemented the How to Pack for a RTW Trip (100-day update) as our most popular post. We think people are interested not only in what we chose to bring, but how our expectations matched up to actual performance. It is interesting to note that while this is technically our most popular post, it was a “wham, bam, thank you ma’am” kind of thing in that those readers didn’t stick around long. We prefer the ongoing love affair to the one-night stand, though we can appreciate the merits of a quickie now and then.
This all started off as an anonymous interview on someone else’s blog. Delicious Day interviews people in various lifestyles about their decisions, and I was more than a little surprised to hear that my interview about being childless by choice was more popular than the interview with the professional prostitute from Amsterdam at the time (new blog tag line: “more entertaining than anonymous sex, and cheaper!”). So of course I outed myself and wrote about it here, inviting some interesting conversation on the question: Is it selfish to not have kids?
We had always been open about our methods for saving money for the trip, so when we started traveling the natural extension to that was to show how we spent it. Our October 2010monthly expense report kicked off the tradition, and it became such a great resource for people that we created a sister site, RTW Expenses, to house all the reports and graphs and other expense-related info on long-term travel. It’s good stuff, and one of the things we love to be able to share on our trip. By being transparent, people can see that this is within their reach if they really want it.
Post whose success surprised us
Without a doubt, this was the post when we announced our decision to keep traveling indefinitely and how we needed to work out a financial way to make that happen. When we told you we needed your help in deciding where to settle down for six months as we ramped up our business, you all came through with great suggestions, feedback, and ideas we had not considered. It made the decision process more complicated and more fun, and we loved it. In fact, we’ve decided that you guys are a pretty bossy bunch and we like having your input into these kinds of decisions! So this will not be the last time we put something out there for discussion.
Post that didn’t get the attention it deserved
We talk a lot about dreaming, chasing your dreams, and living the life you want. One thing that doesn’t get enough attention is the angst you will go through as you get to that life, and that not everything you give up or change is what you want to do. Warren wrote about Mourning the Death of his Career and got some great feedback, but because it was early in our blog’s life it hasn’t gotten nearly the amount of traffic it should. Leaving your job is hard, even when you don’t like it. Crazy, but true.
Post we are most proud of
The post we are most proud of is the culmination of our Virtual Minga project in Ecuador. As many of you recall, a “minga” is an event where a community comes together to do something good for all, and we were introduced to this concept our first week of the trip in Ecuador. We love this post not for any great writing but because it showed that we had really become a tribe of our own and done something good together. We loved showing you what your money bought for the clinic in rural Ecuador and how we even had enough left over to put in the bank for future restocking of the pharmacy. You guys warmed our hearts with this one and your money is still working to keep people in that area healthy. Kudos to you all for your generosity.