The Year in Review

| January 2, 2010 | 10 Comments
yearinreview The Year in Review

Taking a look back at some our blogging accomplishments

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 2009 (and look ahead to 2010), we’re reviewing some of our blogging accomplishments, our highlights and, moreover, take a moment to thank our readers! 

Average Number of Visitors

sabsoluteuniquevisitors The Year in Review

Visitors overview

Let’s start by examining the most basic data—the average number of visitors to Two Go Round-the-World on a daily basis since our launch. These figures are the most accurate measure of our site’s activity and to that end, we have recorded a steady increase of visitors the the blog since our launch on July 1, 2009. 

Visitors by Country

countries The Year in Review

Most readers of Two Go Round-The-World hail from the US!

Most readers of Two Go Round-the-World hail from the US. Readers from Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, India, Germany, Philippines, Malaysia and Belgium 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. 

  1. Is CouchSurfing safe?: Couchsurfing came to fame as an online alternative to booking into hostels, an open space where a spot on the couch was offered for free and the folks were friendly. But is the site edging toward infamy as an online haven for con men looking to defraud hapless backpackers? In short: No.
  2. What is the best bank account for a Canadian to have on a round-the-world trip?: While there is a lot of healthy competition south of the border, with many US players offering global chequing accounts with attractive fees and features, Citizens Bank is pretty much the only Canadian game in town if you want a truly global no-fee chequing account.
  3. How to meet backpackers and influence people: While one of the most positive aspects of round-the-world (RTW) travel is the time it allows you to relax and really get to know yourself, committing to long-term travel has the added benefit of opening up a whole new social circle to you—like-minded vagabonders!
  4. Why Go Round-The-World?: To someone who equates the idea of travel with that of escape, the prospect of long-term travel implies long-term dissatisfaction. This is implicit in the question, “Why a round-the-world (RTW) trip?” What’s really being asked here is, “What’s so wrong that a two-week stint at a beachside all-inclusive can’t cure?” or “What are you running from?”
  5. 2009 Giant Rincon: Just picked up an ‘09 Giant Rincon a few weeks ago and have had it out on the trails a few weekends since then. Time enough anyway to provide a few initial impressions. The frame is not too heavy or too light—it has a a really nice feel. I’ve used this bike pretty hard and the tires and rims are holding up very nicely so far. No complaints due to the very solid construction.
  6. HP Mini 110—a netbook for the road: After having spent some time traveling with the HP Mini 110, we have come to see the advantages and disadvantages of working on a ‘netbook’. What exactly is a netbook? Netbooks are low power, lightweight, small form factor laptops that have increased in popularity this year and last. Most are about the size and weight of a Condé Nast publication—and about as thick, too.
  7. Saving For a Round-the-World Trip: After more than a few requests, today’s post will focus on the tips we employ for keeping money in our wallets—and, hence, our travel fund. We’ve dished out a few savings tips here and there in the past, and also posted about paring down and keeping things simple (which also helps top up the ol’ travel fund). And since we still can’t help but cling to our pennies, we thought sharing a few more of the things that save us the most money might help our readers, too!
  8. Rent or Sell? The Optimal Decision for Homeowners Turned Vagabonds: Can the life of a vagabond be reconciled with that of a homeowner? Even a consummate vagabond like the “good gray poet” Walt Whitman was himself a homeowner, owning just one residence in his lifetime—a two-story frame house he purchased in 1884 for US$1,750, (located in Camden, New Jersey). While it’s impossible to view Whitman apart from his life as a vagabond, he accepted at any rate the recognized conventions of home ownership.
  9. How to Burst the Tourist Bubble: In some destinations, socialist states such as Cuba and China for example, the government often seeks to separate the tourist population from the local population, forbidding locals from entering certain hotels, patronizing certain beaches and even excluding them from certain ‘resort cities’. Western democratic or capitalist-friendly destinations are not immune to the effects of the tourist bubble, either. However, here the cushion is a function of the tourist industry rather than the state.
  10. Inspiration without perspirations: Recently, on Brave New Traveler, Ross Tabak asked if we could “assert that luxury and life-changing travel are generally opposite to each other?” Tabak makes the case that they are antithetical and cautions: “if we begin to blur the lines between everyday comfort and eye-opening experiences, we stand to lose the most important aspect of travel”—which he asserts is its transformative power.

Top Five Referring Sites in 2009

Two Go Round-the-World would like to acknowledge the tremendous enthusiasm shown by our top referrers over the past twelve months! Our success would not be possible without their invaluable support and good words! Here follow our top five referrering sites for 2009: 

  1. Almost Fearless: A blog that follows one woman’s journey from corporate manager to full time traveler, writer and lay about.
  2. Nomadic Matt: Matt’s a twenty-something vagabond who has been on the road regularly since 2005
  3. 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.
  4. I Should Logoff… and Live!: Check out Jillian and Danny’s blog—just your average 20 something couple looking to explore the world!
  5. Two Backpackers: Aracely Santos and Jason Castellani drop out of the rat race for the adventures of world travel. Sharing our stories through HD Video, Photos and writings.

Top Five Comment Contributors in 2009

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 in just six short months, our blog has grown beyond our expectations! Thanks so much! 

  1. Gourmantic (20)
  2. Anil (12)
  3. Dave and Deb (12)
  4. Jen Laceda (12)
  5. Akila (11)

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. 

  1. worldnomads.com: You can buy, extend and claim online even after you’ve left home. Recommended by Lonely Planet, World Nomads travel insurance is available to people from over 150 countries and is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and activities such as skiing and snowboarding.
  2. couchsurfing.org: CouchSurfing is an international non-profit network that connects travelers with locals in over 230 countries and territories around the world. Since 2004, members have been using our system to come together for cultural exchange, friendship, and learning experiences. Today, over a million people who might otherwise never meet are able to share hospitality and cultural understanding.
  3. savingfortravel.com: This website outlines a simple, step-by-step, common-sense approach to saving for travelling. No scams. No get-rich-quick schemes. Just a tried and tested approach written by a budget backpacker for other backpackers.
  4. boards.bootsnall.com: A forum for meeting other BootsnAll members on the road, finding travel partners and splitting the costs of a road trip.
  5. bravenewtraveler.com: Online travel magazine dedicated to exploring travel in the 21st century. Offering travel news, compelling interviews, online travel tools, and more.

Related Posts


Tags:

Category: Dan's Blog

About the Author ()

For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. Check him out on Google+.

Comments (10)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Anil says:


    Happy New Year and will be along for the ride in 2010!

  2. Betsy Talbot says:


    I’m glad you posted this – I missed the couchsurfing article! Happy new year to you.

  3. Nomadic Matt says:


    Keep trucking along. The first few months are the hardest but then bam! you explode!


  4. Thank you for compiling this great list and great to see the achievements and success in 2009.
    All the best for 2010, Happy New Year!


  5. Happy travels in 2010! Looks like you are off to a great start!

  6. Jen Laceda says:


    Thanks for linking back to me :) I love visiting your site! I can’t wait ’til you guys finally embark on your RTW. I will be following you around the world!

  7. Sara says:


    I get a kick out of year wrap-ups. I’m new to this site, but it’s impressive to see all you’ve done. Here’s to an even better 2010.

  8. Europeeno says:


    A list of top outbound links truly embraces the spirit of the web – kudos to you guys

  9. Europeeno says:


    But no outboud link for me? Boo Hoo

    • Daniel says:


      Hi Europeeno — just wanted to let you know that we’re still nofollow free and committed to embracing the spirit of the web. After five comments have been recorded, a user’s author comment link will be automatically changed to a ‘trusted link’ that search engines are encouraged to follow. However, we still moderate comments—and if a comment’s been left with the sole intention of gaming Google or optimizing one’s search enging ranking position—then we’ll likely disallow the URL, especially if the URLs/sites are overtly commercial.

      We’re a blog and, as such, committed to encouraging conversations about travel—not advertising our search engine operation. We offer advertising spots to those interested. In fact, we aim to provide great value for our advertisers. On a eCPM (cost per impression) basis, we sell our ad blocks well below market value.

      For more information on our ‘nofollow’ linking policies, check them out here.

Leave a Reply