Best of Two Go RTW: June 2010

| June 29, 2010 | 4 Comments
bestoffjune102 Best of Two Go RTW: June 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. Six Books To Help Plan Your RTW Adventure: A visit to you local neighbourhood bookstore will reveal a massive array of travel-related books. Here is a small and very carefully chosen selection of what Kathryn and I consider to be the “best of the best” when it comes to helping you plan your round-the-world trip.
  2. East vs West: Which is Best for Your RTW?: Is there any benefit to going in one direction over the other? This is a pretty common question among round-the-world (RTW) travellers.
  3. Looking Back: Lumpinee Boxing Stadium: There is no spectacle in Bangkok like the boxers—their slick bodies like blown glass fresh from an oven. What people there are here were drawn from the limbs of Bangkok by the asthmatic breath of the park to settle here in Lumpinee Stadium.
  4. Up The Yangtze: In Up the Yangtze, Canadian documentary filmmaker Yung Chang returns to the gorgeous landscape of his grandfather’s youth to trace the surreal life aboard a ‘farewell cruise’. Just a few minutes in and Chang’s film began to resonate with me.
  5. Snap de la semaine: The Taj Mahal: The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore once described the Taj Mahal as ‘a teardrop in the face of eternity.’

Top Five Comment Contributors

  1. Laura (5)
  2. Migration Mark (3)
  3. Adam (2)
  4. Gray (2)
  5. Ian (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. 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.
  4. Travel Enlightenment: Travel Enlightenment consists of the positive and negative reality of cultures, the travel industry, and basic human behavior with a blend of deep thinking concepts. In addition to studying the dynamics of a country, pictures of people, top sites, and beautiful landscapes are a highlight of this website.
  5. Manali and Terry: Twenty-something , yuppie, adventurous newlyweds who are embarking on a journey of a lifetime, chronicling their life on the road and transition from corporate American cubedwellers to laid-back world travelers.

Round-the-World Savings Update

This past month our savings climbed a further 3% toward our goal. We now sit at 61% of our goal. One thing we do to stay motivated is to chart our savings. Create an Excel document to watch your savings grow. Be sure to track every time you put money on your savings account. Or, if you are creative, make a poster board where you add a sticker for every $10.00 that you put into your savings account. Keep this board in a central location, so you are motivated to save, and you avoid the temptations to spend on unnecessary items.

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. His latest book, The Physics of Flocking, gathers his favourite writing featured over the past two years on Two Go Round-The-World in columns like 'Looking Back' and 'The Whole Picture'—along with new reflections.

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  1. Good round-up! Just discovered Up the Yangtze, I’m going to check it out! Thanks

  2. Betsy Talbot says:

    Congrats on making it to 61% of your goal! That is a huge accomplishment.

  3. JoAnna says:

    Congrats on all the progress you’ve made. You’re so meticulous, you might be able to add another six months once you hit the road!

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