My Seven Links: 25Travels So Far
Starting My 7 links post was difficult as I don’t have much material to begin with. It’s been only a few months since I started the blog and with only 13 posts to date, there’s not much material to work on.
I’m not new to blogging and I’ve been writing my thoughts since 2005. But I’ve had moved from one blog platform to another, hoping it will bring the writing sparks back and 25travels was my latest – and my blog solely for travel. I’ve written a few travel posts in between for my family and friends to read. But for the purpose of this exercise, I’ll try to keep it within my 25travels posts.
My most beautiful post
My 10 Favourite Places in Brussels, Belgium
I originally wrote this post for the Matador Network. However, I sent it haphazardly then forgot to proofread and it was eventually rejected (that’s why bloggers, it’s key that you proofread). I’ve since rewritten this piece and decided to upload it here instead.
I lived in Brussels for two years and it goes without saying that I miss the city and my friends there a lot. Writing this post brought back memories from my time there. Brussels became my second home, and writing about a place where a part of you remains needs some thought and lots of crafting, that’s why I consider this as my most beautiful post. I’ve put much thought in order to reflect my feelings for the city and the experiences I’ve had there, hoping that people who haven’t been to Brussels will have the same feeling as I had.
My most popular post
Final Four: finishing my 25travels goal
My most popular to date is my recent post on countries to visit for my 25-country goal. I’ve gotten my best amount of page views and social media sharing from this entry. At the same time, comments and suggestions from travel bloggers had made it useful for my upcoming trips. Now, I definitely am excited to boost my travels again! Their advice will definitely help and I’m excited to pack and get myself back on the road again.
My most controversial post
25-country travel: Why That Travel Goal?
The almost empty comment box on this post might not say anything about being my most controversial, but I do get lots of questions and emails about my travel goal of visiting 25 countries before I turn 25. Mainly, words of encouragement and well-wishes for my future travels. But I do get an occasional response that I shouldn’t ‘rush’ travel and force myself to visit countries for the sake of finishing my goals this year. I’ve also received a feedback that I don’t need to ‘count’ the countries and in order to ‘travel’ I should go beyond staying a few days in one city.
I do agree to some extent that travel should go beyond just a city visit and I would love to do so if money and time permit.
We all have our travel styles and unfortunately, long term travel isn’t for me yet. Some people dictate that there’s only way of properly travelling which is to immerse yourself through long-term backpacking. But unfortunately, not everyone has that privilege and capacity to do so. I want to do it DEFINITELY, but I can’t at this stage. And despite only being in Spain or in Austria for a weekend – that experience had inspired me to look into the world with a different perspective.
By starting this blog, setting this goal and working towards starting my travels, I’m hoping to inspire other people so see other ways of travelling. In the end, we are all travellers. Whether you have a full-time job, still in university, or a person short of money and time, nothing is stopping you from travelling and seeing the world beyond the confines of our four-walled homes. In the end, we all enjoy and reap the benefits of travelling – having an open mind and understanding that there is a world beyond our small piece of lot.
My most helpful post
How to: Travel by public transport from Manila to Clark airport
This post comes from a horrible experience of having to go to Clark Airport ( Manila’s budget airport) early in the morning. A normal route that can be done with a 2-hour drive took me more than 5 hours by public transport (includes waiting time, missing buses and haggling for the ‘better option’). Bus schedules are unreliable so I had to wait for an hour before it left. Shuttles run when they are already full of passengers, which at 5 in the morning is virtually impossible. I’ve extracted this post from my own demise and translated my frustrations into a short and easy to follow guide for those venturing out in the same way.
I’ve shared this post with many friends and travellers who will be doing this impractical journey to the airport from Manila and have gotten great feedback.
A post whose success surprised me
Two sides of the Cu Chi tunnels tour
I wasn’t expecting that this post will be my one of the most popular but if we based popularity on numbers, then this was it. It got a good number of page views and clicks from external sources. It even got re-tweeted by Melvin from traveldudes. But I’m not really sure what made it popular in the first place. It’s a post I can describe as candid, it’s merely a telling of a story about the irony of the Cu Chi daytrip tour starting with a visit to Cao Dai temple and end up with shooting rifles in Cu Chi. I guess there’s love online for a combination of church and guns.
A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
El Nido: Our 48 hours in paradise
El Nido is paradise and is my favourite place in the entire Philippines. El Nido is how I pictured it, pristine and almost secluded white beaches alongside grey limestone cliffs. I have all praises as well for the town’s atmosphere, food and local people and I can’t wait to come back there soon. It’s the perfect place for those seeking an island retreat or vagabond beachbum lifestyle. But I think the post was shabbily written and somewhat didn’t capture my emotions towards the place. That’s the reason why I think it didn’t get the attention it deserved. My writing had also become rustic these days and through this blog, I can hopefully bring back my passion and attention to content. But don’t let this mediocre post stop you from visiting it, go and go now.
The post that I am most proud of
23 best travel moments at 23 years old
I’m proud of this post simply because of the travel experiences I’ve encountered over the past year. Looking back, it’s a good summary of what a great year filled with new places I’ve seen and people I’ve met. The fact that I’ve seen Angkor Wat, rode a zipline and experienced a great World Cup finals (even if the Dutch lost) – is something that I’m proud of. The world is beautiful and I’m happy that I’ve got to experience a lot during the year. Hope to continue this crazy adventure this year and the next!
Here are my five nominations: