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Your 2011 TravelBlog favourites

What was your favourite blogger, photographer, blog, photo, forum topic, TravelBlog new stuff, other good TravelBlog things of 2011?
12 years ago, December 15th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #148861  

12 years ago, December 16th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #148905  
I liked Aspiringnomad's series of anthropological blogs / essays ending with History begins with tourism, which then pollutes the world Reply to this

12 years ago, December 16th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #148906  
His Dudeness's How to talk the talk - also original, insightful and funny

And what happened to the January blog treasure hunt?! I don't see it on the list!
[Edited: 2011 Dec 16 06:24 - EdVallance:85670 ]
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12 years ago, December 16th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #148914  

And what happened to the January blog treasure hunt?

We only thought up the idea of monthly blog hunts in Feburary. Feel free to make January 2011 Treasure Hunt thread, if you have something you want to put in it. 😊 Reply to this

12 years ago, December 16th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #148926  
One or two of my favourite 2011 blogs from each continent
I have more favourites than this though. 😊

South America

Caviahue--Winter Wonderland



The Coming of the Flood of 2011


Don’t tell my mother : Pakistan

Shut the door.....Too late, it slipped right by me


Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

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12 years ago, December 16th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #148941  
I just checked the blog archives and there is definitely a January 2011 blog treasure hunt on page 5 of the blog forum! I noticed it had been left out for slightly selfish reasons actually - one of my blogs was mentioned in it!
[Edited: 2011 Dec 16 15:48 - EdVallance:85670 ]
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12 years ago, December 16th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #148942  

...there is definitely a January 2011 blog treasure hunt...

Oh, so there is! I added it to the list on the opening post now. I somehow remember us starting this in Feb of this year, but looks like we did it sooner. Thanks for finding that, Ed. 😊 Reply to this

12 years ago, December 16th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #148946  
Those that roam the Arctic wastes is one of my favourites this year Reply to this

12 years ago, December 18th 2011 No: 9 Msg: #149019  
Now if I remember last year we had three categories.

Photography, Adventure & Writing.

Here is a few I particularly liked, I'm sure I'll add a few more when my head is not spinning from the paint fumes in my house at the moment (I hate decorating lol).

Dave & Merry Jo's Brillant Balloons Above Reno for North America photography & writing.

Lily's Some Photographs From Manila for Asia photography, showing that there ARE nice things to take pictures of in the Philippines ;-)

PA's ‘Diving the great divide’Diving the Great Divide for Europe adventure, such an awesome dive site I had no idea even existed until this blog and PA’s ‘Tiffany, welcome to you new home’ Tiffany, welcome to your new home...Bangkok!!! for Asia writing. (I’ve tried to paste the code for these blogs into this post but they both have the same code for some reason?).

International backpackers Gorillas dont know the rules! for best photography & writing for Africa, loved this blog so much, possibly my favourite blog of the year.

Cabochick’s The Land of Loonies for best photography for North America, I know I’ve already made ne nomination for best photography for that category but both are excellent.

Threefitty’s To NZ and then off...! for best photography for Oceania and 94,553km traveled, 181days, 20 flights, 7 countries for best writing and photography, this and International backpackers blog are neck and neck for my favourite of the year.

As I’ve already said I’m sure I will think of a few more later.

Have edited the blogs to (hopefully) have the correct links now.
[Edited: 2011 Dec 19 11:07 - Chris and Nikki:172843 ]
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12 years ago, December 18th 2011 No: 10 Msg: #149037  

12 years ago, December 19th 2011 No: 11 Msg: #149054  
Some of my favourite bloggers of 2011
I tried to whittle the list down to 5, but I just couldn't take any of them off the list, because I like them all.

Tina and Rob











Vietna mum




The Travel Camel

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12 years ago, December 19th 2011 No: 12 Msg: #149063  
Hi Guys! You seem to have covered a lot of my favorites! I have to throw some credit where its due; Ed has been one of the adventurers I admire a lot.

Ed Vallance
[Edited: 2011 Dec 21 13:07 - Rat on the Road:23681 - added code]
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12 years ago, December 19th 2011 No: 13 Msg: #149073  
B Posts: 289
I have read so many fantastic blogs this year and admired so many pictures. Even if I could find all my favourites, I'm sure I'd leave someone out. So, thanks to everyone for posting and keep-on traveling!
EdVallance takes us to the ends of the earth with his stunning photography and well written blogs Those that roam the Fire and Ice
The Great Walsh of China AND liliram for proving retirement doesn't have to slow you down one little bit! I Hiked The Great Wall! Food Tripping Around Northern Philippines
Best written blog and photography by Liz and Ron Sol y Sombra
The world is my oyster wins my 'most jealous of' vote Life on Mahe
deleted_46288 for unravelling the puzzle of teaching English in Asia null blog 665158
Dancing Dave's portrait photography is absolutely mind blowing! Our Tuareg Wedding...Festival Au Desert...Timbuktu, Mali
I loved the floaty boat adventures of CarMike2177 Off the canals... who spent a better part of a year navigating France by boat.
bvchef for that glass half-full travel attitude, and for taking us on a culinary adventure 2.80 €
D MJ Binkley for capturing the vivid colours and spices of everyday life in Morocco The Sounds, sights and smells of Marrakesh
FreeSpirit for going to some of the wildest places on this planet The Hottest Place On Earth
My favourite funny girl, Anastasia78 takes us on an old lady vacation Old Lady Vacations
elJardineros made me want to visit even more with their Moroccan adventure Chefchaouen, Morocco
Fellow Canadians AfricaBound for their reflective writing after a whirlwind journey Did that really just happen?
Cannot resist the fantastic pictures and blogs of aspiringnomad as he and his family experience Ecuador
Chris and Nikki for taking us along on their chilly wedding day Our Wedding Day at The Ice Hotel-By Chris
zuzuzu72 treks through South America were amazing! Quirks of Huaraz and a breathtaking trek
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12 years ago, December 20th 2011 No: 14 Msg: #149074  
Thanks for including me guys! Now, I'm not just saying this cause she said this about me.....but.....cabochick keeps me laughing days after I read her blogs. And should could potentially be my new bff.

I also get a kick out of Ross Parker. I think his off the cuff style and honest humor are great!

I've also discovered the amazing photography of Chris and Amy this year and they're truly an inspiration. Reply to this

12 years ago, December 20th 2011 No: 15 Msg: #149093  
Some of my favourite photographers of 2011





Dancing Dave
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12 years ago, December 20th 2011 No: 16 Msg: #149097  
Where do I start?

There are so many great bloggers on TB, but I think I will have to whittle them down to my Top 10 favourites in no particular order.

1. Top honours have to go to Dancing Dave who never ceases to amaze me with his simply sublime photography and his wonderful narrative. I always find myself waiting in anticipation for his next blog.

2. The person who makes me giggle most of all is cabochick. If I'm ever feeling a little down or peeved after a day teaching kids then her blogs are just the tonic I need!

3. For compiling what I can only term as the 'Mother of all Blogs' I have to nominate Home and Away who have covered almost every trip from their youth up to the present day.

4. Top marks for TravelBlog's nicest and friendliest couple has to go to D MJ Binkley who write charming blogs and are always great to chat with on the forums.

5. Ultimate respect goes to liliram who is an inspiration to me and has made me realise that life most definitely doesn't end upon reaching 40.

6. I really enjoy the honestly written blogs of QuartermainesWorld who despite being public enemy No 1 in the Philippines, is not afraid to speak his mind and say exactly how he feels. That is something I deeply respect, especially in this day and age.

7. Vietna mum is another of my favourites who has more or less committed her life to helping the less fortunate here in Vietnam.

8. Yet another favourite is Donna and Neil whose obsession with poo, I find fascinating. I do hope they will start blogging again soon.

9 and 10. Last but not least I really enjoy the underwater adventures of Ali and Maisondubonheur both of whose marine photography is simply awe inspiring and gives me a glimpse of what is going on under the ocean waves, not being able to swim or dive myself. Reply to this

12 years ago, December 20th 2011 No: 17 Msg: #149098  
I'd also like to add my favourite photographers while I'm at it.

Dancing Dave for his wonderful pics of Ethiopia.

cabochick for her amazing landscape shots.

Ali and Maisondubonheur for their fantastic underwater pictures.

TBRich, deleted_116683 and MichaelnFaye for their superb coverage of Asia.

taracloud whose snowy, landscape shots simply leave you breathless.

nickkembel for his photographic portrayal of Taiwan and Canada.

FreeSpirit for his stunning coverage of those places others dare not go.

And last but not least, for perfectly capturing the country closest to my heart, Vietnam, this list wouldn't be complete without adding Chris and Amy.

[Edited: 2011 Dec 20 12:57 - Cockle:46288 ]
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12 years ago, December 20th 2011 No: 18 Msg: #149102  
our absolute favorite this year was Nate and Jessie aka Theroadiscalling - real inspiration to us ;-)

also Chris and Nikki and their wedding stories as well as Chris and Amy for never ending trip in Asia

for the photography must be JessM

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12 years ago, December 20th 2011 No: 19 Msg: #149111  
How could I forget!!??

The photography of ThreeFitty is just breathtaking...almost too good to be true! A real talent. Reply to this

12 years ago, December 20th 2011 No: 20 Msg: #149113  
This was the year that I finally figured out that TravelBlog is a community. Until now I used it to communicate with friends and family while I traveled, but that was it. A huge thank you to Dave and Merry Jo Binkley for reaching out and welcoming me into the community. What wonderful people as well as great story tellers.
D MJ Binkley

Cabochick has such a way of telling her stories with humor and painting visual pictures that make them real. Her recent blog, The Pearl of Siberia is my favorite of the year.

Zofka wrote a blog called Detroit, the Motor City that I very much enjoyed. I am going through her other postings and am liking them just as much.

True, I am leaving out so very many blogs and stories, but this is what I can think of right now.

[Edited: 2011 Dec 21 11:49 - Mell:49612 - Added blogger links. 😊]
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