My Top 10 Posts from 2016

2016 was my first year of blogging though I have been travelling full time for nearly 5 years.  It has been great to share my experience of the places I have been in my blog.

I decided to have to a look at my stats so far and see which blog posts from 2016 were my most popular.

I only released my first post on the 27th May 2016 and this post about why I started blogging was my most popular in 2016 and it has just slipped into second place overall.  It has been overtaken by my recent post on hiking Misti in Arequipa, Peru.

Here are my top 10 posts of 2016, have you read them all? Which is your favourite?  Is there any countries you would like me to write about next that you are visiting soon? or any topic you would like me to write about?

1) My 1st Blog – Why I started travelling

My 1st blog

Exciting, my first blog.

I wanted to give a bit of background as to what made me start travelling and that would be my mum.

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2) Vilnius, Lithuania – Things to do in 2 days there

I was trying to make a decision where to visit in September and finally decided on the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia) as I kept seeing so many pictures from people visiting and had yet to visit myself.  I decided my first stop would be Vilnius, Lithuania.

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3) My 2017 Travel Plan

After a terrible 2016, I am so excited for it to be 2017 and my travel plan.  I have lots of travelling planned for the year and knowing that I am seeing in the New Year in a country I love makes me even more excited.

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4) Things to do in 2 days in Riga, Latvia

St Peter's Church Riga Latvia

If you are planning a trip to Riga, Latvia then these are the things you can do in 2 days.

I decided to go in september which is maybe not the warmest time of year, I was there in the middle of the month and within a day the temperature dropped 10 degrees!!

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5) Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland

A trip to Iceland would not be complete without Seeing the Northern Lights. I had been recommended a company to use by a friend who was in Iceland when I arrived and so I decided to go with them.

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6) Death Road, Bolivia – Cycling the most dangerous road in the world

The first time I heard of Death Road was on Top Gear, seeing them drive down this crazy narrow road with sheer drops at one side, it looked terrifying.  For those of you that haven’t seen the Top Gear episode or heard of Death Road, well it’s famous for being the most dangerous road in the world.  It is a gravel road that is 69 kilmotres long and in some places only one bus width wide.  It used to be the only road from La Paz to Coroico but a new road was finally built in 2006 and so now the only traffic you see on the road are the tourists, either cycling down or in vans, or the local farmers who live at the bottom of the valley.

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7) Choquequirao Trek – An amazing alternative to seeing Machu Picchu

I first saw Choquequirao on Ben Fogle’s Extreme Dreams in 2006.  I had visited Machu Picchu the previous year and had fallen in love with Peru and to know that there was another Inca ruin, visited by very few people in the middle of nowhere, made me determined that the next time I was in Peru I would go.

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8) San Blas Islands, Panama – Why you should visit paradise

I first heard about the San Blas Islands when I was travelling in Colombia.  As there is no road from Panama to Colombia a lot of people opt for the 4 night/5 day boat trip.  It’s quite an expensive option and as I get so seasick I believed it was a trip I was never going to do and a place I was never going to see.

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9) Machu Picchu – One of the Seven new wonders of the world

Have you ever thought of visiting Machu Picchu? Did you know it is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World?

I love the place and that is why I have visited Machu Picchu 3 times!! Is that a bit excessive?? I don’t normally visit a place more than once but this place has certainly captured my heart and I can’t wait to visit for a fourth time in January 2017.

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10) Parnu, Estonia – Things to do in 24 hours

Parnu Estonia in 48 hours

After visiting Riga, I decided to go to Parnu in Estonia.  I had heard about what a great beach resort town it is and despite the temperature dropping considerably to around 14 degrees celsius, I decided it was still a good idea to go.

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23 thoughts on “My Top 10 Posts from 2016

  1. Hi Claire
    You make me very envious and Steve and I have just done 3 1/2 weeks in wonderful New Zealand. Your experiences have been truly wonderful so perhaps I should put this destination on my holiday list! Hope to see you soon when you are back in thev UK.

  2. So interesting to see what your top 10 have been, and I can’t wait to do that this year! I am definitely going to check out your Riga and Vilnius posts as I am keen to travel to both those locations. I love the super cute picture on the why I travel blog too!

  3. Happy blogging anniversary!You seem to have been to so many places already! 5 years on the road is a long time.I had a look at your article about the northern lights and I must say that you are not only a talented writer but also a skilled photographer.All the best in your travels in 2017.

  4. It absolutely looks like you had an incredible year. You were able to do so many fantastic things. Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland must have been wonderful. Going to Machu Picchu would be amazing as well. All the best for your 2017 travels. Keep having fun 🙂

  5. Wow, you’ve certainly visited many amazing places around the world! It’s great that you’ve enjoyed blogging, as many of us know how hard it is to persevere with it. I love looking back on my top posts too, its great to see what your followers like best, so that in the future you can focus more on the things they want to see.
    Would love to know some of the countries you’re visiting in 2017?
    Happy Travels!

  6. Cool perspective on many diverse places. I’ve been wanting to go Riga. And I recently went to Bolivia, but I had no idea what the backstory for Death Road was. Thanks for filling me in!

  7. I have read so many of your blogs…and you seem be having an awesome time travelling. I loved your post on the Death Road in Bolivia. Also, you have inspired me to visit Peru with your many posts on Machu Pichhu and the day trips from Cusco! Happy travels…may you inspire many more!

  8. This is a great idea for a post, and you’ve done so many amazing things! We would love to cycle the death road in Bolivia and also trek to Machu Picchu!

  9. I’m most jealous of your Northern Lights post! That is seriously on my bucket list and every time I see someone post those pics I’m so jealous. Great roundup!

  10. It’s so exciting to reflect back on your time blogging. You really feel a sense of accomplishment after realizing how much time and effort you’ve put into something, and can see how well it’s turning out. Great wrap up of your posts. Someday it will be super difficult to choose only 10 great ones!

  11. A good mix of Europe and South America, I can see. I’ve been to Peru twice but I am still missing the Choquequirao Trek. I need to come again to your blog to read your dedicated post. Keep on going (and blogging) !

  12. You have had really wonderful experiences. I feel that we as travelers are really a privileged lot as so have the opportunity to experience the World and nature in so many forms. I am sure 2017 is going to be much more exciting. Happy travels.

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