I love chain letters as much as the next guy (which is to say pretty much not at all) but when the lovely Lash of Lash World Tour asked if I’d be a part of the Travel Bloggers Best Dozen Project, how could I refuse. Besides, I’ve been neglecting this blog quite a lot recently, and a nice round-up of what I did in 2012 is sure to be the impetus I need to get those creative juices flowing.
The 12 Categories
This is the post that (thankfully) just wouldn’t quit. It did well when I first ran it back in April, but then things died off a bit. In September, CNNGo (now merged into CNN Travel) asked if they could run it to coincide with the opening of Legoland Malaysia. Then Mashable asked. Then Yahoo News picked it up. It was even in print in Denmark’s Politken newspaper. Mighty grateful to all!
The tale of how I eluded one of Bangkok’s most notorious scams, and tips on how others can avoid it and others too. Includes info on the tuk-tuk scam and the Thai gem scam as well.
3. A post that was surprisingly successful: 5 Quirky Things to Do in Cancun
My “5 Quirky Things to Do in…” series has drawn steady traffic, but this one has done steadily well in Google search results. I think maybe because of that awesome looking JetPack Adventure.
I was proud of my writing style on this one. I’m not a huge fan of SeaWorld or zoos or animal enclosures of any kind, but since I was given a ticket as part of a press trip, and I had set myself the expectation that I would write about it. I thought the end result was pretty darn good.
When I first saw this sign at a pool hall in Manado, Indonesia I wasn’t really sure what it was. It’s one of those ones where you have to take a closer look to see what’s going on (or at least I did). Once you do though, it hits you like a sack of bricks. It’s gross, it’s disturbing, and it’s sad all at the same time. I don’t think I will ever get the image out of my head. Nor will a lot of folks judging by the comments here and on Reddit.
I thought the Gopher Hole Museum in Torrington, Alberta was just hilarious. I still smile when I see some of the photos.
Surprisingly to some, I was quite religious in my younger days, and although I’ve been a lapsed Catholic for years, I was dying to get a gander at The Holy Land Experience in Orlando. The place did not disappoint — it’s as cheesy as it sounds, and I loved every second of it. Not because of any religious connection mind you, but because the place is so over-the-top in-your-face come-on-down to Christian Town! “Mary Magdalene let loose with a bedazzler” is how I describe it at one point, and that pretty much sums it up.
I attended the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Manado, Indonesia in January of 2012 where the theme of conference was “ASEAN Goes Green,” and although I didn’t see much green along many of the beaches in Asia during my time there (the amount of garbage was appalling), it was interesting to see that only one country — Thailand, had some sort of green initiative for its tourism sector.
Hands-down the best (and strangest) adventure that I experienced this past year. So grateful to Mario at Flowers Lane Vacations for taking on this wild (and slightly icky) excursion hunting and eating jungle rats.
I picked this one because of the comments that came from readers. In the past, I found myself judging parents who had their kids on a leash. The comments made me think twice, and although I still don’t think I could ever harness a child, I kinda get where they’re coming from. Kinda.
Some of these origami creations were absolutely amazing, and the time and effort that went into them made them even more beautiful in my mind.
Probably the most visually interesting place I visited in 2012, Wat Rong Khun, or the White Temple certainly did not disappoint.
2012 was one hell of a year. Here’s hoping 2013 will be just as good.
I nominate the following five travel bloggers, in no particular order, to help keep the Travel Bloggers Best Dozen Project going…
Michael from Strux Travel
Leif from Runaway Guide
Dani & Jess from The Globetrotter Girls
Ian from Where Sidewalks End
Sebastian from Off The Path