Best of Two Go RTW: August 2010

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bestoffaugust10 Best of Two Go RTW: August 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 check out the state of our savings, as well!

Top Five Articles from Two Go Round-The-World

  1. Cheap Trick: A review of Tim Leffel’s ‘World’s Cheapest Destinations’: Bargaining is deeply ingrained in the culture of many destinations—and is something that you are expected to do. And for backpackers on the road, driving a hard bargain can even become a kind of status symbol
  2. Hackpacking: Vodka’s many uses:  When faced with a lack of laundry facilities—or a prohibitively expensive laundry service—Kathryn and I have learned to do what many backpackers have before us—we turn to the bottle for relief. Vodka, of course!
  3. A Checklist for Planning and Preparing for Your RTW Trip: An international study—published in January 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine—found using a checklist when performing surgery reduced the rate of complications by four per cent. It follows that planning for a long-term or round-the-world trip is not unlike performing surgery—on your life, no less! So a checklist should be mandatory!
  4. In Defence of Long-Term Travel: We’re all here for the travel—and it’s a rare occurrence when the medium becomes more interesting than the message. But that’s what happened over the past few weeks in the travel blogosphere with a few classic posts. And we’re here to help you catch up—if only to apprise ourselves of the situation in so doing.
  5. Looking Back: Elizabeth J Cottages, Bonavista: The butterflies ride the breeze, their wings like fine parchment pierced with windows of mica and sturdier than one might think. We close our eyes on exhale and confuse these moments into lifetimes.

Top Five Comment Contributors

  1. Soultravelers3 (6)
  2. Adventurous Kate (3)
  3. Ayngelina (3)
  4. Candice (2)
  5. Corbin (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. Adventurous Kate: Adventurous Kate is an independent global travel site—here you’ll find travel advice, destination reviews, travel photography and dispatches from the road, all catering to the smart, fiery and independent traveler. Plus Vegas. There’s always room for Vegas. Join Kate in taking the unconventional route!
  3. Johnny Vagabond: Join Wes on his 1+ year trip around the world. Currently in Vietnam, he’s traveling cheap, sharing tips, taking pics, and telling lies.
  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. Do It While You’re Young: A website for young women from the ages of 18-35 designed to inspire and guide readers to travel, study, work and volunteer abroad.

Round-the-World Savings Update

This past month our savings climbed just 1% toward our goal—we now sit at 65%. It was a tough month for our savings; we encountered some one-time expenses that shaved a solid 2% off our monthly pace. No worries—we’ve been down this path before and know that there’s no reason to get discouraged; we’ll make up the difference down the road!

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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