Best of Two Go RTW: May 2010

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bestoffmay10 Best of Two Go RTW: May 2010
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With no further delay, we’re happy to introduce our monthly update, which includes our ‘Best of the Month’! In it we feature our fabulous five: our five most-read posts, our five busiest comment contributors and our five top referring sites. What makes them fabulous? Our readers do! We’ll take stock of our fabulous five once a month in order to celebrate and thank those that make this site special, offering a link back to the sites that have helped our light on the web burn a little brighter. Once a month, we also take a look at our savings, as well!

Top Five Articles from Two Go Round-The-World

  1. Bare Country: Canada’s Five Best Clothing Optional Beaches: While Canada may be known more for its grizzly bears and cold weather, the truth is that in the summertime we love to hit the beach! According to Wikipedia, more than 60 percent of the world’s lakes are in Canada. That’s right, in the true north, beautiful white sandy shores, sand dunes and clear, blue waters abound!
  2. How to Stay Motivated to Travel: Confronted with a long wait, it’s not unusual to lose our motivation to travel, thereby making it difficult to stay focused on a goal that seems so far away. Over the past year, we’ve learned that our motivation waxes and wanes over time. So how have we stayed motivated in the intervening years while working towards our goal?
  3. A Few Common Phrases to Avoid in Hostels: Without fail—as soon as you check into a guesthouse or hostel—out comes the perennial backpacker conversation, ie “where ya from?”—and out goes any notion of independent travel. A backpacker’s decisions on where to go, what to see and what to are influenced by social interactions to a much greater extent than other forms of tourism.
  4. Tips for Dealing with Touts: Judging by the number of times you’ll be propositioned for a massage in Cusco, Peru, you’d think that there must be a surfeit of massage therapy schools and therapists in the province. Walk a few blocks from the city’s Plaza de Armas in any direction on the compass—and you’ll walk straight into someone offering to rub you down! Cusco is no different than other large tourist centres—think Khao Sarn or Agra, or Cairo and Marrakesh—where touts are ubiquitous. After a while, you begin to feel that your destination is not really a country so much as a giant machine designed to extract money from you.
  5. End of the Road: Where are they now?: It felt a little strange for us to be thinking about returning home—seeing as we’re still looking down the long end of a year before our tentative departure. And even that is dependent on a number of things! But we’ve been there before—returning home after a long time spend abroad. We know how exciting—and how miserable—it can feel. Re-entry to your pre-travel life can sometimes be a little difficult to bear.

Top Five Comment Contributors

  1. Candice (4)
  2. JoAnna (3)
  3. Anil (2)
  4. Gray (2)
  5. Shannon OD (2)

Top Five Referring Sites

  1. Travel Blog Sites: Lists and ranks the Web’s best travel blog sites. If you’d like to be featured on Travel Blog Sites, let them know via Twitter!
  2. 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. 
  3. Nomadic Matt: Matt’s a twenty-something vagabond who has been on the road regularly since 2005.
  4. A Travel Around The World: Fed up with the 9-5 London routine? Just quit ‘n go! They did it. Follow this couple on a trip of a lifetime as they travel around the world through Asia, Australia, New Zealand and USA.
  5. No Debt World Travel: One guy’s attempt to travel as far around the world as he cheaply can.

Round-the-World Savings Update

One year and one month until our tentative departure. 395 days. This past month our savings climbed a further 5% toward our goal. We had over estimated our taxes owing for 2009 and we received a largish tax refund! We now sit at 58% of our goal. One thing we do to stay motivated is to keep track of our expenses on a day-to-day basis. We carefully read through our credit card statements and stay on the lookout for monthly fees that we may have forgotten about. We cancel any club memberships we don’t use and magazine subscriptions we don’t read—all of them, in fact! And we’ve resolved to stop spending hard-earned money on things we don’t need!

Saving for such a substantial investment in one’s self usually means making significant changes in the way one thinks about savings and the areas where one spends the most. Interested in our thoughts on saving for a round-the-world trip? Check out our series of articles focusing on personal finances for a round-the-world trip. The series comprises the following articles: Constructing a savings plan for your travel fund, Saving For a Round-the-World Trip and Budgeting for the return home. Have any budgeting or savings tips that didn’t make the lists herein? Please contact us!

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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+.

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