I am most definitely a celebrator. I love to go to parties. I am big on birthdays (including half birthdays!). And I try not to let major milestones (or minor ones) go by without paying some sort of homage.
Today I am celebrating a mini landmark here on Wandering with Whit. After 5 years of travel blogging I’ve finally hit my 100th post!
For those of you who are new to this site, here’s a bit of a refresher. I actually started this blog way back in 2010 to document my inaugural trip to South America. Back then I was writing under Musings of a Travelista and had only a few lone followers (thanks Mom!). After that trip, I posted sporadically but didn’t really take this whole travel writing thing seriously until last year when I rebranded as Wandering with Whit. Coincidently, 2014 was also my fullest year of travel since my 8-month European backpacking trip in 2005/2006.
Writing and Travelling have both been lifelong passions of mine so combining the two here has been more joy than work. However, sometimes I think about all of the unpaid hours that I spend building a blog that I’m not sure anyone wants to read but me. It certainly doesn’t come easily. I struggle with writer’s block and how to continually think of creative, new content. I compare my success to others and wonder if this is all just a waste of my time. I mean, does the world really need another travel blogger? But at the end of the day, I know that I do this for me. I love this little blog and that’s really all that matters. If it is entertaining or helpful or inspiring to others in any capacity, then that truly is icing on the cake (or bacon on the doughnut).
But, this post is supposed to be a celebration and so I thought I would share some of my favourite posts from the past 5 years. These are subjective so maybe I really liked the photos or I was proud of my writing or maybe the place was just incredible and brings back fantastic memories. It’s my list so I make up the rules :)
Here are some of my favourite blog posts (in no particular order)
The one that started it all
“Jesus Meets the Holly Mother” Posted in: Colombia, South America
The one with the best/worst stories
“My Top 6 Worst Travel Moments” Posted in: Musings
The one that was the hardest to write… Seriously, how do you decide?!?
“My Top 10 Favourite Cities” Posted in: Musings, Favourites, Europe, North America, South America
The one that I refer most frequently
“The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu” Posted in: Peru, South America
The one that I was the most nervous to post
“The Truth about Portland: Is it Really that Cool?” Posted in: Oregon, USA, North America
The one that was surprisingly popular
“Packing Hacks: 10 Items I Always Bring Travelling” Posted in: Travel Advice, Packing, Musings
The one with the photos that warm my heart #westcoastbestcoast
“Photo Essay: Summer in the Pacific Northwest” Posted in: British Columbia, Canada, North America
The one about my favourite way to travel
“Leisure vs. Adventure Travel” Posted in: Musings
The one that answers my most frequently asked question
“How to Travel the World when you have a Full-time Job” Posted in: Travel Advice, Musings
Thanks for reading and for taking a moment out of your day to celebrate with me!