Aug 042016
 
Can You Guess Where This Beach Is? Proves Something.

These photos — azure waves and alluring soft sand — have sat trapped on my computer for a year. Interest in travel to the country pictured has plummeted as stability there was shaken. Thus, the challenge: Can you even match the happy scenes here with a place repeatedly screamed about in the news?

Yes, Turkey is the country in which I took these photos — Ladies’ Beach in Kusadasi, just across the water from Greece, to be exact. [...Read More!]

May 272016
 
How I Lost Thousands of Dollars, Or: What Is Free?

It’s 1am, and the baby is finally asleep after perma-nursing all, day, and I KNOW I should “sleep when the baby sleeps,” but I have to get this out. It’s become clear this week that I have lost thousands of dollars in income that I did not need to lose. And I now see how to fix that.

When I started this blog in 2009, I did it because I LOVE to write [...Read More!]

Dec 282015
 
And the Most Popular Travel Articles of the Year Are...

Howdy! I hope your year was fabulous. As a blogging geek, one of my favorite end-of-year activities is to investigate which of the 50 articles I published in the past 365 days were read and shared mightily, and which weren’t. There sure were surprises this year! Could you have predicted this list?

#10 Most Popular: Why I Traveled to Dubai, 5 Months Pregnant and Alone (2,424 reads). My solo October trip to the United Arab Emirates was a [...Read More!]

Nov 022015
 
Why I Traveled to Dubai, 5 Months Pregnant and Alone!

Just because you are married, have children, or are pregnant, it does not mean you must give up your passions… even if one of those passions is traveling alone!

In a wild incarnation of this anthem, I’ve just returned from a solo 9-day trip in the United Arab Emirates, and — ohh — did it ever satisfy a hunger! But how in the world did this trip come to be?

The story starts in 2014 when [...Read More!]

Dec 302014
 
What Makes a Popular Article: Top 10 Reads of the Year

Woo hoo, what a year it’s been! Over the past 12 months, I began to get the hang of this travel-as-a-new-parent thing, and voyaged through New York, Florida, Martha’s Vineyard, Puerto Rico, Niagara Falls, and the White House. I also published my 600th article on this site! There was even a professional fashion makeover that happened.

Now, the fun question at the end of year always is: Which articles were most popular, and why? For [...Read More!]

Oct 212014
 
The 600th Article I've Published on This Travel Blog!

This is the 600th article I have written and published on Around the World “L” Travel Blog! To celebrate, I will do two things I love in this article: First, sharing photos of my favorite city in the world, Boston, in all its autumn beauty. Second, answering questions that readers have submitted. Enjoy!

Q1: What were you doing for your 500th, 400th, 300th, 200th, and 100th, and 1st articles? 

A1: Click and see! For [...Read More!]

Mar 192014
 
Big Life Change? Feeling Crazy? Why Travel Can Help.

Perhaps you have had a major life change and people are telling you to put off any travels “until things are more settled.”

Perhaps you’ve been in a foul mood for months, and so are postponing upcoming voyages because you “want to be in the right mindset to enjoy everything.”

Or maybe you don’t want to take a desired trip yet because you “just don’t have time to go for long enough.”

Well, from [...Read More!]

Jan 012014
 
Which Types of Posts Go Viral? 10 Examples of the Year.

Using the magic of Google Analytics, a website owner like myself can, at any time, peep at a live map of who is on which pages of her blog.

For example, right now I can see that there is a visitor to my site from Australia, and two people are reading my new baby photos article.

Seeing these stats swirl and shift is more exciting for blogging geeks like me than watching a live [...Read More!]

Dec 242013
 
11 Best Travel Adventures of the Year, Plus Baby Pics!

Oooh Mama, it’s been quite the year!

Here’s a ranking of the best travel adventures of the past 365 days, with links to photos and details of each if you click the blue words.

Accompanying this end-of-year roundup are photos of our awesome new baby, because, well, I cannot resist.

11. New Hampshire. We saw some of the best sunsets of our life above the New Hampshire mountains in July! That state has become [...Read More!]

Jul 262013
 
Four Straight Years of Travel Blogging: A Celebration!

This week marks FOUR straight years travel blogging on AroundTheWorldL.com! When I published my first ever post on July 26, 2009 right before leaving Boston to circumnavigate the globe, I had no idea that travel blogging would bring me so much joy that I would carve out hours each day for the next four years to work on it… and look forward to blogging for many more years to come!

Statistics-wise, I have now published 543 [...Read More!]