Published: June 19th 2012June 18th 2012 I know, it's no big deal. But hey, I like how I feel now. Just got wind of it last week when I checked how my latest blog was doing in terms of hits. I must confess the countdown to 100,000 hits was exciting by itself. I never kept tab of how many countries I have visited. Should be nearly or slightly over 40 by now. I have not covered as much of the globe (and as luxuriously) as Pierre-Alexandre of Maisondubonheur nor gone on long hauls like Ben Beiske of LivingTheDream . I do not write half as good as Jason of aspiringnomad or Jonathan aka Vinovat Sudarynya . My blog entries were never as engaging yet comprehensive as Shane's of Travel Camel, and my photography pales in comparison with AnnaAdventuring and KatM1987 . I turn green with envy whenever I browse through nickembel's blog entries, and wish I had the courage, stamina and spunk of Ed Vallance . When the Grey haired nomads break into poetry as they immerse themselves in the culture of the countries they visit, I am hooked! When Jo McCarthy writes in Japanese characters, I ask myself why I never learned
100,000 HITS NOW!
Yes, 132 blogs and 2,850 photos after.......
another foreign language. When I read the future travel plans of D MJ Binkley and sense the enthusiasm in their blogs as they hop from place to place, I want to kick myself for my lack of forward planning. In a way, it's been a journey. Inspired by some TravelBloggers whose every blog entry I eagerly devoured as an armchair traveler, I couldn't help feeling deprived now as Stuart, EuroTraveler, Mingalaba, LivingThe Dream, Sophie, KeithandPete, Michaelpaddo, twoforderoad!, Amyuyma, and PaulMac all seem to have either taken a leave from blogging or grew tired of traveling or writing or both. I perfectly understand Stuart's case since he just got hitched (woohoo! Congratulations, Stuart)but I sure hope the others would supply us more chronicles of their adventures and misadventures.
One literary genius. Just love how Jon writes and describes his impressions of a city, culture and peoples.
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On the other hand, I welcomed the chance to meet other TravelBloggers. Jan and Polona of Ricecapades , Stuart, Ben , Peter and Mari. Soon, I'd be meeting David and Merry Jo. Too bad I was in Madrid when the TB Anniversary in Kuala Lumpur happened. I would have gone there!
No one comes close to what where and how this man travels!
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So, what have we got here? Looking back, it's been 3 years, 7 months and 3 days. The scorecard has these stats and info: Date Joined : November 15, 2008 Trips. : 17 Blogs. : 132 Photos. : 3,022 Words. : 190,018 Hits. : 100,000
More than these numbers, what really and truly count in my books are the friendships nurtured the last 3 years or so. For sure, TravelBlog can rightfully claim it is THE WORLD'S FRIENDLIEST TRAVEL SITE . I've met some of you, skyped with a few, exchanged emails, had dinners, and celebrated life with you. Really, it's been awesome to belong to this travel blogging community. More than any other time, I
find much significance in what I wrote in my profile when I joined TravelBlog. Thank you, Ali , for bringing us all together.......
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I know, you'd hate me for saying this. But really, Peter, you make us all jealous! Safe travels, my friend! Hugs & kisses to the little ones.
Retired early, but still active. Very involved in celebrating life!
I love traveling because I always come back with less cobwebs in my mind. It is as if I empty my mind of all clutter upon departure, and fill it with many happy memories upon arrival. I also like the idea that life is so focused on the present, and my senses are all playing to listen, feel , see, smell and taste everything novel or not so new. The fact that I only have to choose from a limited wardrobe, or use the same pair of shoes throughout my holiday , or work and survive on a single budget make life so much simpler. Sure, you sometimes get a raw deal in a few trips, or feel hassled by flight delays and cancellations, but the joys and simplicity of the present far outweigh the negatives. Oh, btw, I always end up gaining more friends after each trip. Many I kept....
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