As we near the end of 2015, I think it’s safe to say that this year has been an absolute game changer for ‘Girl vs Globe’.
Thanks to you (yes, I mean you specifically!) I have been able to take up blogging as a full time job right after graduating from university with a degree in political science. Definitely one of the most unexpected twists in the story of my life so far!
I thought it might be interesting for us to sit down and have a look at my ten most popular posts of 2015 – the ones people shared, liked or read the most.
From travel guides and foodie tips to photography or blogging advice, here they are. Click any title to open to the full article in a new tab and enjoy the short excerpts…
“Travel allows you to get lost in both the proverbial and literal jungle of life. It lets you wade through the mud, drag yourself through thick shrubbery, get stung by venomous creatures and healed by the kindness of strangers. It lets you turn left or right, walk straight or choose the winding road leading you to the top of a tall mountain.
Whenever you are at a crossroads, travel gives you a new chance to decide who you want to be. Travel allows you to keep creating yourself, building yourself up and tearing yourself down whenever necessary. Every step you take is the beginning of a new chapter and every new chapter is an opportunity to become the best you can possibly be.”
“Clean slates, fresh starts. The first of every January is the day equivalent of fresh ink falling on a crisp white sheet of paper. I know, I know – we all harbour the scars of yesteryear. But the new year is an opportunity to begin anew and to forge new paths in life. It is as clean a slate and fresh a start as most of us will ever get. In me, the new year always rekindles the flames of my wanderlust.”
“The key to any country’s heart lies away from the urban areas – it’s hidden away in the countryside. But with a country that size, what you really need is a car and a plan. Luckily for both of us, I’ve got the latter (the car is on you until I rule the the world – then you can have a sleek environmentally-friendly hovercraft in a colour of your choosing).
My plan is following the Huguenot and Waldensian trail which runs for 1,600 kilometres from the south of France and the Piedmont valleys in present-day Italy up through Switzerland to Germany.”
“Inspiring female travel memoirs are having a bit of a heyday, dominating bestseller lists and being made into star-studded Hollywood films. And they should.
For years, men have been dominating the field of the travel memoir as well as the field of travel in general. That’s hardly fair, because for every adventurous man there is an equally curious and driven woman – we are just discouraged from letting those traits distract us from important things like keeping our noses powdered and popping out babies.”
“If you were on the lookout for the hottest new culinary destination, searching for the best places to eat in Reykjavik might not be your first instinct. It wasn’t mine either, but the Icelandic capital quickly proved me wrong. From freshly caught fish to fermented shark, from American burgers to the most delectable White Russians you will ever taste, there are restaurants to suit any palate.”
“In the winter, Banff is the epicentre of all things skiing and snowboarding. There are three ski resorts within the national park – Sunshine Village, Ski Norquay and Lake Louise Mountain Resort – and many places where you can get the party started with a proper apres ski session in the town itself. But that still doesn’t answer your question – what are the best things to do in Banff in the summer? Here are my top suggestions…”
“Well, a year and a half has gone by since I published my first post on this website and I have now officially become one of the aforementioned unicorns. I’m a full-time blogger and I get so many people asking me how to start a successful travel blog every day that I have finally decided to sit down and answer this question once and for all. Did that sound extremely self-absorbed to you too? I’m sorry.”
“Before becoming blogger myself I always wondered… How do all those solo travellers manage to fill their Instagram galleries with such stunning shots of themselves? Do they have secret photographers they don’t tell us about? Special magic powers or a few extra invisible limbs?
Turns out it’s embarrassingly simple. The only requirement? Patience and not worrying about looking silly. These are the best and simplest ways to take photos of yourself when travelling solo…”
“I’ll be honest – before visiting Gibraltar I didn’t know much about this little stretch of land. The only two images its name conjured up in my mind were a giant rock and a rowdy little monkey. Exploring a new country with an open mind, soaking up experiences with no preconceived notions – it felt wonderful. Here is a list of everything I’ve learnt in the form of ten reasons why you should visit Gibraltar!”
“When my boyfriend invited me to join him for a few days of cat-sitting in *read the post to find out*, its name was nothing but a vaguely funny four-letter word to me. Almost as funny as cat-sitting which to my great relief did not involve using kittens as cushions.
Before boarding my train from London I managed to locate it on the map near Eaglescliffe (which sounded equally made up) but that was the full extent of my knowledge, because Google was not exactly overflowing with helpful information.”
What do you think of my most popular posts of 2015? Which was your favourite? Any tips on what I should write about in 2016? I’d love to hear your opinion – please let me know in the comments below!