My 7 Links

July 7, 2011

One of the things I love about travel blogging is the community that has sprung up around it. 

I’ve made some great friends online and have even had the pleasure of meeting some of them ‘in real life’. But when Tripbase announced their 7 Links project I was a little nervous. It was like high school all over again. Would anyone tag me?

Of course they would!

My lovely friend Heather from There’s No Place Like Oz tagged me in her roundup. So here I am, sitting in the sunshine by Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, taking a break from some furious blog writing to share with you some of my favourite posts from the last year of blogging.

My most beautiful post

Without a doubt it would have to be my post about An evening at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu. I had just arrived in Nepal from Tibet and took these images on a Friday evening as pilgrims from all over Kathmandu came to perform the kora around the stupa. I love the images in this post.

My most popular post

A Mongolian horseman at Khovsgol Nuur

When I posted about my troubles photographing people and asking for advice, I expected to get a handful of comments. The discussion that ensued in the comments was the most entertaining and helpful of all the comments I’ve received to date. For those of you who participated – thank you!

My most controversial post

I prefer to avoid controversy, and I wouldn’t call any of my posts controversial. However, I know that some readers have taken my Trust and the Solo Female Traveller post to be a big whine about how people stare at me when I travel. Which is not how it was meant to be read at all – I spent months in India, I can handle the staring!

My most helpful post 

I  know that my post about tips for bus travel in Turkey has helped a few people out, and it’s a pretty popular entry point for Google searches.

A post whose success surprised me

My Indian-style ensuite in Varanasi, India

You guys were pretty interested in my room in Varanasi – I think it’s because of the above picture. Seriously, it wasn’t that bad!!

A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

An air-conditioned taxi high above Petra, Jordan

All of my posts about Jordan. Go and give them some love! I mean, I got lost at Petra!

The post I am most proud of

The Ganges at Varanasi

I love to write about India, and there is something about Varanasi especially that inspires me. I am very proud of my post about Life and Death in Varanasi – I think I helped open some people’s eyes to the joys, frustrations and realities of travelling in India.

Who am I going to tag?

Naomi from Anywhere But Home
Kay from From India with Love
Christine from Grrl Traveler 
Megan from Me-Go 
Jamie from 

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  • Reply Claire July 7, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Great round up! I just started reading your blog so I will need to catch up on these. and FYI-hope you are taking LOTS of pics at Lago de Atitlan. I loved that place while I was there. I just discovered the Laguna de Apoyo here in Nicaragua today….gorgeous!

    • Reply MeganRTW July 9, 2011 at 6:55 am

      I did take a few pictures at Lake Atitlan, Claire (especially from the mirador in Santa Clara, which was the pinnacle of my hike with Quetzaltrekkers) but I never got that classic shot of the blue blue sky and blue blue water…was so disappointed!

      I can’t wait to get to Nicaragua!

  • Reply ella July 7, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Just beautiful pictures and posts, you had a really special year didn’t you

  • Reply Heather July 8, 2011 at 6:07 am

    I’m so glad I tagged you 🙂 Most of these are new to me since I’m a relatively new reader, and I am enjoying going back and reading these!

    • Reply MeganRTW July 9, 2011 at 6:53 am

      I’m glad you tagged me, too, Heather! Hope you enjoy the archives 🙂 Am planning on putting some ‘travel guides’ together soon like my Middle East one, highlighting some of the best posts from the places I’ve been over the past year and a bit.

  • Reply Jac July 8, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I really like this post, actually I love them all but this one reminds me to go back and read them all again!

    • Reply MeganRTW July 9, 2011 at 6:52 am

      Thanks Jac! Great to get a comment from you 🙂

  • Reply kay* July 11, 2011 at 12:02 am

    eek! i hadn’t heard of this “7 links tag” but so very interesting! thanks for tagging me 🙂 i’ll be sure to check out your 7 links and to get my post up soon!

    • Reply MeganRTW July 11, 2011 at 3:43 am

      Looking forward to checking out your picks, kay!

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