Best of Two Go RTW: September 2010

| September 30, 2010 | 4 Comments
bestoffseptember10 Best of Two Go RTW: September 2010

Looking for something great to read? Check out our ‘Best of the Month’!

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 check out the state of our savings, as well!   

Top Five Articles from Two Go Round-The-World

  1. Music and Memory: Travelling Without Moving: There’s no doubt that music can evoke powerful emotional and physical reactions. In many cases, as soon as it is heard, it can transport you back to a particular place. For example, Jack Johnson’sBrushfire Fairytales’ immediately takes Katie and I back to our stay on Koh Lanta Yai.
  2. The Whole Picture: Hanging Monastery: The Xuankong Si Hanging Monastery stands at the foot of Mt Hengshan, 65km from Datong in Mainland China. As it hangs on the west cliff of Jinxia Gorge more than 50m above the ground, it’s been dubbed the Hanging Monastery. Built in 491, the structure has survived more than 1400 years.
  3. Announcing the ‘Name Our Newsletter’ Contest Winners: It’s finally time to name the winner of the ‘Name Our Newsletter and Win Contest‘ and the winner of our random drawing. You submitted some great names via comments, email and twitter. What’s more, we exceeded our launch with over 50 subscribers—thanks to everyone who entered!
  4. Hostel Dog Launches Custom Travel Cards: Are you about to set off on a big trip or round-the-world tour? Check out the new line of custom travel cards from the folks at Hostel Dog—’Hostel Dog Custom Travel Cards‘.
  5. The Whole Picture: Shanxi, China: Most famous for its grottoes, its pagodas and its tremendous hanging monasteries, Datong in northern Shanxi Province lies between the Inner and Outer Great Wall. This picture was taken at a village near the inner wall about 60 miles to the east of Datong. Like most stretches of the wall outside of Beijing, it is suffering from erosion and collapse in many places.

Top Five Comment Contributors

  1. Laura (2)
  2. AirTreks Nico (1)
  3. Elizabeth J. (1)
  4. Emily (1)
  5. Keith (1)

Top Five Referring Sites

  1. 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. 
  2. Legal Nomads: Jodi Ettenberg is a former lawyer from Montreal currently eating her way around the world, one country at a time. Marshmallow enthusiast, volcano climber and cave spelunker—also a geek. Traveling since April 1, 2008. Also, birds like to poop on her.
  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. Travels of Adam: A 25-year-old graphic designer from Boston, Massachusetts. On an IcelandAir flight back from Reykjavik to Boston he realized that there was no reason to stop traveling. He continues to travel!
  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

After a tough month for our savings that saw us encounter some one-time expenses that shaved a solid 2% off our monthly pace, our savings climbed just 3% toward our goal—and we now sit at 68%.

Last month was a minor setback, but what’s important is we have been putting money away consistently, and have tapped our savings only for true emergencies. The success of any long-range round-the-world savings plan depends less on the rate of return than on consistently putting money away and leaving it there.

Since we began to save in earnest (April 2009) we’re still on target to reach our savings goal by June 2011—we’re just ~$1,500 off the pace. Our round-the-world savings are held in a high-interest savings account.

This month’s savings tip? Analyze your worplace expenses. Instead of eating in restaurants daily, brownbag your lunch as often as you can. Take your clothes to the dry cleaners early to avoid paying extra for same-day service and, if it’s feasible where you live, try commuting to work by bus or by another form of public transportation. It could save you money and give you added reading and relaxation time.

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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  1. Flip says:

    This is a nice idea for blogs to keep the readers updated…

  2. Daniel says:

    Hey Flip, thanks for the comment. While some find these redundant, I think they provide a good snapshot in time of a blog, showing what’s popular and providing frequent commenters and referrers to our site with a link—we’re doing this as a thank you for those that have made a contribution to our site’s content via our comment stream or sending us traffic. So thanks, all — and you to, Flip!

  3. Natalie says:

    If I had known you done contests then i would of been here sooner. LOL. I like these shots on a blog or the monthly round up. You have a good set up. The top five referring sites, articles and contributors. Makes for easier reading.

  4. Jenny says:

    You’ll make up the savings difference… it usually all evens out in the end. Sometimes things happen that you just gotta take care of!

    Love the monthly round-ups… might start doing one myself.

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