Pretraveller Top 10 Posts of 2012

Perry Sand Hills, Outback Australia
We are at the end of 2012, almost a full year since I started the Pretraveller blog. Thank you to all of my readers, I really appreciate your support.

We are at the end of 2012, almost a full year since I started the Pretraveller blog.  Thank you to all of my readers, I really appreciate your support.

Throughout 2012 my weekly articles have evolved as I have been learning about the craft of blogging and I can now honestly cringe at some of my early posts.  But it is also a case that if I had aimed for a perfect article each time then I may never have started.

I am looking forward to an even better year in 2013, and will be focusing on a new series of Australian road trip articles interspersed with other posts.

In addition I will shortly be shifting my blog from WordPress.com to hosted WordPress which will enable me to finally utilise plugins (Google Analytics anyone?) and expand my automation options.

Here are the top 10 most read posts of 2012.

1.   Connecting with the 2012 London Olympics

London Olympics 2012

Heading to London for the 2012 Olympic Games?  Or planning to watch from home?  Here are the links for essential information you need to be connected 24/7.

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Pretraveller comment:  This article was a classic case of writing and releasing an article at just the right time, four weeks before the Olympics.  It was also one of the first where I tried to apply SEO principles.

2.   Road Trip to Outback Australia: White Cliffs, Broken Hill, Mildura and Mungo National Park #Longform

The thought of driving over 3000km (1900 miles) in only twelve days was confronting.  To my dismay I had agreed with my husband to go on a road trip to outback Australia with our three young children in tow.

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 Pretraveller comment:  This article was a result of experimenting with a few different formats.  I initially released the story of our trip to Outback Australia as a series of 10 blog articles in Q1 12, which received a moderate amount of traffic (these articles were released before I learnt about SEO).  After reading about the #longform article option I decided to re-release this story as a single SEO optimised post in Nov 12, and in only two months it has rapidly become my no. 2 article of the year.

3.   One Big Trip or More Frequent Smaller Trips?

Family Travel

I am starting to think about possibilities for our next family holiday. Is it better to save up for a longer time for one big trip or to take more frequent smaller trips?

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Pretraveller comment:  This article resulted from the fact that we are currently in a frustrating place where I have done the initial planning for our next big family trip to the USA and Canada, but due to our current financial situation, and the fact that our youngest child is only 4 years old we will not be going on this trip until approximately 2015.  It is too far away, so it is tempting to succumb to some smaller cheaper trip options – which would then push the big trip out further in time. 

 Obviously we are not the only ones in this situation as this article has obviously struck a chord with many people!

4.   First Trip to Europe: Igniting My Passion for Travel

Prague - It's Snowing!

Christmas 2012 will be the twenty year anniversary of my first independent big trip to Europe.  I decided to go with only six months’ notice after a rather liquid (I still can’t drink bourbon ever again) 20th birthday celebration with friends.

At the time I was taking pilot lessons and I had to make an important decision – was flying my future or was a big trip more important, as I could not afford to do both.  The big trip won and I never did get my pilot’s licence.

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 Pretraveller comment:  This article was written as a competition entry to another blog.  As a result of including a link in the competition comments it originally received a lot of traffic, and since then it has received a good flow of readers over time.

5.   How to Survive Your Long Haul Flight

Before you purchase that cheap airline ticket to a far flung destination stop and think about how you will survive the long haul flight.  Here are six tips to manage the long haul flight experience and get off to a great start for your vacation.

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Pretraveller comment:  Obviously a common search topic as I get regular flow of traffic to this article.

6.   7 Deadly Sins of Travel Packing

We struggled miserably up the five flights of stairs to our pensione in Vernazza as a result of hand-carrying the two extra bags we had purchased along the way through France.  Both of our backpacks were backsprain-inducing heavy and I couldn’t understand why we had so much stuff after only three weeks of travelling.  Our initial load of one medium sized backpack each should have sufficed for our trip.

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Pretraveller comment:  This was written when I started experimenting with some stronger opening paragraphs and better headlines.  As a result I have seen a noticeable decrease in bounce rate with articles written since that time.

7.   8 Electronic Essentials for Every Traveller

Smartphone with Applications

Every traveller carries at least one electronic gadget with them.  Many carry more.

What are the essential apps that every traveller needs?  And how many devices do you really need to cover off on the full set of apps you require including any specialist extra apps?

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Pretraveller comment:  Any article with references to apps or gadgets seems to do well. Plus I impressed myself with how much alliteration I was able to get into this headline!

8.   Travel Luggage: Selecting Your Suitcase or Backpack

After you decide to travel often the first shopping trip you take is to select luggage for your trip.  Travel bag shops offer what can be a dizzying selection of options.  Each luggage option will suit particular travel options and personal taste.  Here is how to decide which luggage option and features to select.

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Pretraveller comment:  Another article I reworked after I learnt about SEO.  It has been a consistent performer since then.

9.   Awesome Australian 2WD Road Trips: Sydney to Brisbane Part 1 of 2

Humpack Whale, Australia

The drive between Sydney and Brisbane is fittingly one of the most popular in Australia.  The combination of beautiful beaches, national parks, Australian history and gourmet food and wine experiences make the drive an attractive option for many visitors.

This is Part 1 of 2 which covers the section of the Pacific Highway road trip from Sydney to Coffs Harbour.

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Pretraveller comment:  This article is the first of my new Road Trip series and has done very well in only a short time.

10.       Awesome Australian 2WD Road Trips: Sydney to Brisbane Part 2 of 2

Gold Coast, Australia

The drive between Sydney and Brisbane is fittingly one of the most popular in Australia.  The combination of beautiful beaches, national parks, Australian history and gourmet food and wine experiences make the drive an attractive option for many visitors.

This is Part 2 of 2 which covers the section of the Pacific Highway road trip from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane.

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Pretraveller comment:  Part 2 has also done really well with only just over 1 month since publication.

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Thanks for your support in 2012.  Please let me know of any subject matter you would be interested for 2013 in the comments below.

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8 Comments

  • This is a wonderful collection of trips and tips. As someone who has just newly discovered your blog, I look forward to catching up on these posts especially the travel apps. I know the feeling of cringing after reading those earlier posts. I’ve just been blogging a little over a year and still learning quite a bit on what works, SEO, etc. Best wishes and more adventures for you and your family in 2013.

    • Mary, thanks for your comment. It has been an interesting year of learning and experimenting and I am by no means and expert yet (maybe never!). I am starting to see the results in terms of my traffic and number of followers.

      Hope you enjoy the articles, Anne.

  • What a brilliant collection of posts –
    You’re offering great info here –
    And my penny’s worth on the big trip overseas or exploring Oz – Explore Oz!
    While your yearning to see pastures further afield is the medium, as a family the experience of travelling together is the message!

    • Linda, thanks for your comments, I appreciate your feedback.

      I think we are on a journey in its own right to raise our children and want to give them some experience of the world around us. I think as 2013 evolves we may change some of our travel decisions to suit our circumstances and we will see what happens!

  • great collection of posts and photos. haha yes I know all about travel packing sins but remain a disaster on that point 😉

    • Freya, thanks for your comment. Travel packing is one area where I think no one does it perfectly. And why would you want to do it perfectly anyway… I think if you get it mostly right you are doing ok, but just try to avoid the extra bags!

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