I’ve Been Nominated for the Liebster Award!

A little before I hit my two year blogaversary in February, something interesting happened. Social media sharing of my posts went up. All that time spent on SEO optimization paid off, and search engines became the number one source of traffic to my site. And finally, when I thought things could not get any better, I was nominated for the Liebster Award (my very first blogging award!) by Aisha of Island Girl in Transit.

Aisha, who lives in Trinidad and Tobago, spends her time exploring her great big beautiful Caribbean backyard and sharing her favorite destinations, best travel tips, and the hidden gems found along the way. Having never been to the Caribbean myself, Aisha’s blog inspires me to just book that flight, or cruise, or what have you, and explore this stunning corner of the world. Seriously, go check her site out now and I guarantee you’ll be itching to book a flight yourself!

Thank you Aisha for nominating me! Now onto the award itself. Continue reading “I’ve Been Nominated for the Liebster Award!”

Blogaversary Round Two: Looking Back on a Year of Travel & Storytelling

Today, Adventuring the Great Wide Somewhere turns two years old! A small part of me can’t believe it’s been two years already. As a part-time traveler with a full-time job and minimal spending money, two years is a long time to continue finding ways to travel and make time for the hours of writing, editing and the dozens of little side projects that go into blogging.

But if I’m being completely honest, a much bigger part of me is surprised that it’s only been two years. I had to double check before writing this post that it has, in fact, been just two years since I published my first ever blog post. Continue reading “Blogaversary Round Two: Looking Back on a Year of Travel & Storytelling”

Behind the Lens

What’s it really like to visit the most popular sights in the world?

Disappointment is bound to happen at some point when traveling, especially in this media-dominated age.

We build these places up in our minds, liking and pinning impossibly beautiful photos as the big departure date gets closer. It’s no wonder that sometimes reality just doesn’t live up to those Insta-perfect expectations. The real world is not carefully filtered for optimal lighting and edited to neatly hide any blemishes in the scene. In Rome, for example, I was shocked to realize that there were probably more tourists than locals in 75% of the places we visited. The ancient, beautiful, historic city of Rome was there, but it was hidden behind hordes of tourists, obnoxious hawkers, and the ever-present click of cameras all around us.

In the interest of showing these big name attractions as they truly are, I invited several bloggers from the travel community to share the places that have surprised them along the way. Continue reading “Behind the Lens”

Where to Next?

What a year it has been. So far I’ve visited family in Washington State, taken a weekend trip up to Canada, and vacationed in France and Italy. Before I get to writing about Europe, however, I wanted to take a moment to talk about what comes next. Dan and I spent a year and a half saving and planning for Europe. All that saving meant we didn’t have much money left over even for small trips to the beach. It’s an odd feeling, now that our Euro trip has ended, to have full wallets and no big trips on the horizon. Continue reading “Where to Next?”

Working from Home: Tour My New Inspiration Station

Blogging, I’ve come to learn, is so much more than just typing up a quick post and inserting a couple of pretty pictures for dramatic effect. Over the past year or so of blogging, I’ve learned a bit of SEO, a bit of social media, and even a small amount of basic coding. There are so many skills involved in coordinating a successful travel blog, it occasionally feels a bit overwhelming. There is so much to do; not to mention finding the time to actually travel!

But for me, the hardest part of blogging is hitting a creative wall, and trying to find a way around it. Continue reading “Working from Home: Tour My New Inspiration Station”

Travel Planning 101: How to Get the Best Deal on Airfare…Every Time

You may have noticed over the last few months that my travels have been limited to locations within Florida. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and thanks to family visits, holidays, and offerings like the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, it’s been a fun few months. The reason for this self-imposed travel hiatus? I’ve been saving my pennies for two big trips, the first of which begins in just under a month! Continue reading “Travel Planning 101: How to Get the Best Deal on Airfare…Every Time”

My First Travel Blogaversary: Seven Treasured Travel Memories

Today, Adventuring the Great Wide Somewhere turns one year old! I started this blog in part to force myself to pursue my travel dreams, and so far, it’s been a smashing success! In the past year, I’ve traveled to California, Washington and Utah, and shared details about the trip to France that spurred this whole thing into motion.

To celebrate, I want to share my top five travel memories. We’re going way back, starting at a time before I even owned a laptop or knew what SEO meant. Continue reading “My First Travel Blogaversary: Seven Treasured Travel Memories”

21 Travel Quotes to Inspire Your Wanderlust

I’m a sucker for travel quotes. Not only do they inspire me to get out and see more, but they serve as practical advice for everyday life. There are a few classics in here, mixed in with some of my favorite bits of life advice. Here are 21 travel quotes, mixed with photos from my recent travels, to inspire you to book that ticket and get out there already! Continue reading “21 Travel Quotes to Inspire Your Wanderlust”

5 Places to See in 2016

This blog was in its beginning stages this time last year. I would not consider myself a world traveler just yet, but I’ve always wanted to be. One of the biggest reasons I started this blog was to motivate myself to chase the life I want. Sitting at my desk drooling over far-off destinations isn’t getting me anywhere; I had to actively save and pursue my travel goals to make those dreams a reality.

So to kick off 2016 right – hello, it’s been three weeks already- I wanted to put together a loose list of travel goals for this year. This is not a bucket list, per se, but a few places that I could realistically experience within the year. Let’s get going! Continue reading “5 Places to See in 2016”

Cheers to the New Year!

2015 was a hell of a year for me, and I mean that in the best way possible. This time last year, I was cramped behind a desk, holding back tears as I suffered through what can only be described as a quarter-life crisis. Continue reading “Cheers to the New Year!”