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Fifteen People Have Spoken: 2010′s Best Stuff – Part Two

Here begins part two of the 2010’s Best Stuff Round-Up Discussion. Unlike Part One, most of these later entries deal with family. I hope you enjoy the responses as much as you have of those in Part One. Here’s a small reminder of the topic:

Everyone is currently coming up with the “Best Of This Thing or That Thing. Personally, I would rather let you decide the Best of Whatever. Be it movies, music, books, websites, destinations, festivals, beaches, snow banks, pajamas or pets – the choices are yours. Please tell me what you have found to be the best thing(s) for YOU in 2010.

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Fifteen People Have Spoken: 2010′s Best Stuff – Part One

I have stirred the proverbial pot a bit…

We can all check the web to find the Top 100 Travel Websites and the Best Music of 2010 and even the Best Breeds at the Westminster Dog Show. Granted, all fascinating stuff but why rehash it? It’s out there – over and over. (Yes, I really do understand the rankings thing.) But, do you want to be “just a number” or would you prefer to be remembered as a real person who had a real opinion too? Our contributors to this Round-Up Discussion voted for the latter. Due to the length and number of replies, this is Part One.

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Decisions, Decisions: What Dictates Yours?

Sadly, we all know the great and glorious country of Beeristan (and related colonies and enclaves) does not exist. Quite a shame actually since it’s the home of free beer, happy peoples and Ninjas are welcomed too. It was an imaginary place created during the 2008 US Presidential election year. Everyone from everywhere, regardless of their nationality, gender, age or religion, were invited to settle in, discuss any topic and enjoy a frothy brew. I recently “revisited” Beeristan and it got me to thinking… (Never a wise move.) How do nationality, gender, age and religion affect our travel decisions? Let’s see what our contributors have to say.

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The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want and Change the World

Who’s fooling who? Whether the question is (grammatically) correct or not doesn’t really matter. (That grammatically incorrect question worked very well for Eric Clapton so I stole it. Thank you, Eric.) What does matter is the essence behind the question. Are you happy with the life you lead or are you just fooling yourself into believing it’s all good? Do you like the 9:00-5:00 routine? Letting someone else write your playbook? Being a follower rather than a leader? Putting off what you really want to do for something you have been told needs doing?

If the answer to these questions are all “big fat yeses”, then it’s time to read ” The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want and Change the World” by Chris Guillebeau. I’ll just leave it at that…

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Like Sands Through The Hourglass…

I’m not as young as I used to be and my style, mode of travel and destinations have changed over time. Not a bad thing – just a different thing. But, I wanted to know how other travelers viewed the passing of time in relation to their own journeys.

Seventeen contributors voiced their opinions on the subject and their answers are extremely interesting. (It’s a bit of a lengthy entry but oh, so worth the time.)

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Travel Snobbery Defined

When mulling over the topic in the beginning, the first question seemed to be a “no-brainer” as I personally felt the collective answers would be a resounding “Yes!”. And, as you read through the replies, you will find that proved to be the outcome. It’s in the definitions of “travel snobbery” where things truly became interesting… Is it the backpacker? Is it the cruise ship dweller? Is it anyone, or everyone, who steps over their own threshold to venture somewhere else?

  • The Guy: I think Dave and Jodi raise some very valid points and they are consistent with my perceptions based on over...
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  • John: I’ve always wanted to hitch hike across the USA.
  • Sara Wikoff: I found your post very interesting. I am just a Freshman in college and I have not decided my major yet....
  • John: Great advice, I always buy charcoal tabs in case I get an upset tummy.
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