The Best of TravelBlogs in 2008

Harajuku

Harajuku, Japan. Photo by Nicola Wheeler.

2008 was a year of tremendous growth for TravelBlogs.com. If you’ve been following along for a while, you may have noticed a shift in focus around the middle of the year, as we started inviting the bloggers we feature to share their stories and advice in guest posts or panel discussions. As editor, I have enjoyed working behind the scenes, coming up with ideas and putting together some great – in my humble opinion – content.

With 2009 just around the corner, I thought I would share the 10 most popular articles on TravelBlogs in 2008.

1. Earn $5 a Day? You Can Travel Forever

Besides being TravelBlogs’ most popular article in 2008, this article about Andy the HoboTraveler had people debating whether it’s actually possible to live and travel for $5 a day. Many people were impressed, while others were cynical – to say the least. What did you think?

2. 10 Reasons to go Flashpacking the Next Time You Travel

Curtis (Flashpacking Life) convincingly argued the case for flashpacking earlier this month. His article quickly rose to the top of our ranks, which perhaps suggests that TravelBlogs readers lean towards the high-tech end of travel. No?

3. The Perpetual Wanderer: Interview with Craig Heimburger

Craig Heimburger (TravelVice) has been travelling perpetually since 2005. These days, he travels with his girlfriend Tatiana and their son, Aidric. In this interview, published in January, Craig talked all about his passion for travel, the challenges of travelling with a pregnant woman in Southeast Asia, and cross-cultural experiences in Peru.

4. 5 Things That Can Suck About Long-Term Travel

Every long-term traveller knows that there are things that can suck about long-term travel. Nomadic Matt identified 5 key challenges of long-term travel.

5. 3 of the Best Things About Long-Term Travel

Before he wrote about what sucks about long-term travel, Matt shared his three favourite things about travel.

6. Euros Ate My Dollars: Interview with Ben and Brittany

Ben and Brittany (Euros Ate My Dollars) worked their way through Europe and Southeast Asia on an 8-month, dollar-eating trek around the world.

7. Is $5 a Day Really Enough?

In the follow-up to the article about travelling on $5 a day, I asked Andy to share a little about how he is able to get by on so little.

8. Dealing with Loneliness on The Road (Part 1)

This was the first in a three-part series in which travellers shared how they deal with loneliness while travelling. If you’ve ever travelled alone before, you’ll know that the ping of loneliness is all but inevitable. These articles share tips on how to avoid it, deal with it and accept it.

9. How to Travel as Long as You Want Without Going Broke

If you’re considering travelling for a really long time, read this. Wade (Vagabond Journey) has been wandering the globe for 9 years, so he knows what he’s talking about.

10. Podcasting on the Road: Tape, Technology and Hats

Gary (Everything Everywhere) is one of several bloggers featured on TravelBlogs who has delved into the world of podcasting. This is his How-to guide for starting a podcast on the road.

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Discussion »

  • #1lara dunston

    Thanks for this list, Eric. There’s quite a few there I missed because I’ve been so busy travelling myself. I’m going to check them out. Happy New Year!

  • #2Enduring Wanderlust

    Interesting selections, Eric. $5 a day :) Sounds like a Frommer’s book from 1962.

  • #3Craig of Travelvice.com

    $5 is quite obtainable, you just need to change up your ideas of travel a little bit. With over 130 continuous nights of CouchSurfing under my belt in Eastern Europe (and still going), I’ve been spending, on average, only $7,8 or 9 USD per day in several regional countries. And that’s _with_ an infant (6-11 months) in tow! Over half of my budget goes to supporting this little guy, and without him I’d easily be hitting well below the $5/day mark!

    …more on this in a post on travelvice later.

    //craig in istanbul, turkey

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