Wow, can’t believe I’m already at my 100th post! It’s been a lot of fun writing the 99 that have come before and I hope that it’s been to fun to read them. Thanks as always for coming to my blog and reading my incoherent ramblings. Since I didn’t do something for my 1 year blogaversary, I thought I’d take a quick look back at the things I’ve shared so far and give a little preview of what’s to come. Hopefully you’ll find something new to read, or if not, know what’s coming down the pipeline.
5 Most Popular Posts
To start with I thought I’d share the posts that have been most popular on Travelsewhere. I’d never really taken a look at this kind of thing before, so certainly found it intriguing to see what had been better received than others.
By far my most read post and in such a short time, the response to this post on Saaremaa has been beyond my expectations. To see it so widely shared on Facebook by Estonians and people with Estonian heritage means the world. There was a palpable sense of pride in their posts and it’s always nice to know you’ve done justice to a place. Sharing Estonia in general has been quite fun and knowing people have enjoyed reading about it is just icing on the cake.
One post that has seen quite a few comments and shares has been my look at the variety of destinations Slovenia has to offer beyond its big two. Slovenia is another European country that I’m fond of talking about, but I also quite liked the concept and hope to do more similar posts like my recent Czech one. One of the big things I like to talk about on this blog are destinations that don’t get there due and this kind of post represents that totally and utterly.
I’ve been quite surprised at how regularly this post gets looked at, but it seems there is quite the interest in the captivating Transylvanian city of Brașov. I often wonder whether providing straightforward lists like these are useful, but I guess it is an easy way to convey what not to miss. Brașov is a pretty great place for sightseeing and pointing out its big landmarks wasn’t hard.
I can easily understand the appeal of this post, who doesn’t like looking at Christmas lights? As my first photo essay, it’s nice to see that it hit its mark. Interestingly, this post was looked at year round, not just in the lead up to Christmas. Vienna definitely has some pretty fantastic Christmas traditions and I’ve enjoyed seeing their preparations the last two years. I may choose to update this with this year’s decorations.
It’s kind of amazing what one photo can do. Despite being one of my earliest and least refined posts, thanks to the above photo on Pinterest, people have been visiting this post nearly every day. Aside from that, this was one of my first Elsewhere features, a format that I love doing for places less seen.
5 Favourite Posts
Ok, so the last 5 were the most popular with you, but these are 5 posts that were popular with me. I generally enjoy writing most posts I share with you, but some are more fun or meaningful that most. Here’s my pick of the litter.
This was as much about the personal milestone as it was about the post. Not sure there was anything overly profound shared in this post but it felt like an appropriate way to cap off a considerable achievement.
Who doesn’t love a good castle? I know I definitely do. After visiting Karlstejn last year, this felt like a natural post to write about and revisit some great memories from the Czech Republic. Thinking about it now, I’d love to do more castle posts, perhaps one on castles of the Baltic?
This was my first time putting a post together that tried to provide insights and advice on visiting an entire country and I’m glad that I gave it a try. It might not be the most sexy or fun type of post but hopefully people find the information inside genuinely useful in visiting these places. Countries like Romania still seem a bit unknown in many people’s eyes, so anything I can do to bridge that gap seems like a worthwhile effort.
Once the idea for this post popped in my head, it immediately sent me on a wave of nostalgia trying to think of all my travels and the places I’d slept. To me this kind of thing highlights just how far from normal life travel can take you and all the new experiences that are out there waiting. Would love to get a Part 2 together, so I better start looking for creative accommodation options. Any suggestions?
I have to be honest, putting this post together was unexpectedly fun and I’ve enjoyed seeing people’s reactions to the ideas of the dwarfs. “Illegal dwarfs!?” has been a frequent remark, which I love. I hope to keep finding weird and wonderful things like this to share with you as there are plenty of them out there.
5 Favourite Photos
By now my passion for photography should be pretty clear and thought that I’d share my favourite photos used on the blog thus far. Not all photos I take make the blog (by a big margin), so these are just the ones used in posts I’ve shared.
Streets of Aveiro, Portugal
There’s something about the atmosphere of this photo that I adore. The knitted sea life over the tiles makes for a fun scene, but I think it’s the brightness and light of it that makes this one of my favourites.
Condor over Colca Canyon, Peru
I’d freely admit that photographing animals and wildlife is not a strength of mine, so I feel exceptionally lucky to have managed to time the above photo just right. Almost as good as seeing them in real life.
Loket Castle, Czech Republic
I’ve already expressed my affinity for castles and those in the Czech Republic, so here’s further proof of that. Loket Castle is an incredibly dramatic scene, but the light and stillness almost makes this look like a long exposure, which it wasn’t.
Sunset over Ohrid, Rep. of Macedonia
I’ve got plenty of sunset shots from Ohrid, as the town is oriented in such a way that the old town is always backlit by the glowing sky but this has to be my favourite. This is mostly due to the illuminated statue, that I feel adds something extra to the scene.
King’s Birthday in Bangkok, Thailand
Given that this was taken on my phone, I’m super pleased with the outcome. While it’s a little hard to tell with the low light, everything actually was yellow, from the shirts to the lights. Truly a fascinating time to be visiting the Thai capital.
It may not come as quite a surprise that I have plenty I’ve yet to write about. I’ve found myself with a considerable backlog of posts and keep coming up with new ideas every week. As such, I thought I’d share some of the things I’ll be posting about in the future. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, some of the following won’t come as much surprise.
Lithuania & Poland
Yes, I have even more still to share from my time spent in the Baltic and Poland! Although I’ve sporadically posted about Poland, I have plenty yet to share from my time there.
Either side of Christmas I spent time in the Italian region’s of Umbria and Tuscany, not to mention a few days in Rome. Expect to see quite a few posts on some lesser seen towns and cities, including my favourite, Lucca.
After almost 2 years away, I returned to my homeland for a whirlwind visit. Even though I spent most of my time in Australia catching up with friends and family, I did squeeze in a few sightseeing activities. In particular, there’ll be a few posts on the wonders of Tasmania.
I’ve spent the last month or so enjoying the island life on mediterranean Malta. While it hasn’t been all sightseeing and exploring, there’s plenty to share about this growing tourist destination.
… And plenty more
So, thank you again for reading my blog and supporting all that I do. What have been your favourite posts from here so far? What things would you like to see more or less of, e.g. Elsewheres, Photos Series, Tips etc.? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.