Last week I received an email from that sociable Canadian couple known as the Traveling Canucks informing me that they had nominated me to participate in the “My 7 Links” project. This project, started by Katie over at Tripbase, offers a way for travel bloggers to share some of their content that might have otherwise become lost in the archives over time while also helping spread the word about other travel bloggers they follow.
Below, you’ll find seven ‘questions’ and seven blog posts that answer those questions, and at the end, I’ll nominate five other travel bloggers to do the same on their own websites.
This post highlights a 78-year old man I met last year who had dedicated the later stage of his life to serving one particular street food item in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Sadly, when I returned to Mexico this past April, I couldn’t find him anywhere. And I’m now left to wonder what might have happened to this kind, smiling man I used to talk to several nights per week on the corner of 30th and 104th Streets.
Even a year after I wrote this post, new comments still arrive every single day, making this the most-visited post on WanderingEarl.com by far. Interestingly enough, the message of this post is often missed. I have no problem with US Customs officers questioning me whenever I return to the US, but I do believe that these officers should at least be somewhat knowledgeable about the regions of the world they are interrogating me about.
Whether you agree with this one or not, the discussion that has so far taken place in the comments is both interesting and worthy of a read. Tourism comes in many forms and the form I discovered in one corner of Bali really disturbed me. See for yourself whether or not my observations make much sense.
As the goal of this website is to prove that anybody can live a life of travel if they truly want to, this post seems to have helped prove that point more than any other. And the comments that readers have left so far have given me a few other ideas for posts that I hope will be as equally useful.
While this post was written way back in October of 2009, it just isn’t read that often at all. It was an attempt for me to explain how I use that typical Thai dish of Pad Thai to ensure that every dollar I spend is spent wisely. If you think that you don’t have enough money to travel, you might want to have a read, especially before you pull out your wallet and purchase anything today.
Back in August of 2009, I wrote this post and then clicked the “Publish” button on my computer screen. And with that simple click, WanderingEarl.com came into existence. I could not be more proud of anything else I’ve written as, without this post, I simply would never have had the chance to interact with, meet or have as an audience, any of you extraordinary readers.
Now here are the 5 Bloggers I’ve nominated in order to keep the project going (Hint: They are all blogs that I follow regularly!):
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Huh. So, forgive my intense archive stalking, but I’m surprised that Currency of Pad Thai didn’t get enough attention. It’s the best travel article I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a lot), let alone my favourite on your site. Seems silly to say keep up the good work, but yeah…do that.
Hey Lauren – That’s one of my favorite posts as well but it was written earlier on when I didn’t have much of an audience, so I think that’s why it didn’t get much attention. Maybe I need to rewrite it and post it again 🙂
Earl…I actually learned about your site through the My 7 Links project and loved the ones you liked to. The Currency of Pad Thai is my favorite by far.
I also wanted to thank you for the inspiration! I completed My 7 Links, just in time for my wedding, which made it that much more special!
Take a look: My 7 Links at Adventures of a GoodMan: Photography, Storytelling and World Travel
Hey Greg – Thank you for the comment. The Currency of Pad Thai is one of my favorites as well. I often go back and read it just to remind myself to spend wisely 🙂
And congratulations on your wedding!! Hopefully you weren’t working on your blog right up until you said the vows!
If it’s for me to choose 1 of the posts you mentioned up there, I’ll pick the dirtiest place in India. Love that one. Maybe it happened to be the first one I read from your blog too!
Hey Dina – Haha…I actually forgot about that post 🙂 But now that you mention it, I agree it could have easily fit into this list. And if that was the first post you read on my blog, I’m glad to know it didn’t scare you away!
Hi Earl, a nice collection of posts. I specifically went & checked out your post on how you can afford to travel. As a long-term nomad myself (6 years & counting) I’ve come to realize that a desire to travel & willingness to be frugal are probably the two most essential skills necessary for long-term travel. You’ve got quite the resume I must say! I’ve managed to keep myself going by teaching English, modelling and doing some freelance photojournalism assignments. I’ve just created my blog & I’m hoping over time it will become a source of PT or FT income that I can add to the skill-set that keeps me nomadic. Anyhow, keep wandering & padding that impressive resume of yours 🙂
@Nomadic Samuel: Thanks for the comment and even more, thank you for sharing a bit about how you’ve been able to lead a nomadic existence as well. There are so many possibilities out there to make it happen! And I do agree that being frugal is important, although, I like to use the term prioritizing 🙂 If we can realize that spending less money on a hotel/hostel room that we’re not going to spend much time will save us money that we can then use to travel longer, we’ll be able to travel for a very long time…
I am loving this project, I;m finding a few post on a lot of blogs I have missed. I had missed your post on shaving your under arms. I just finished reading it and have to say its great. I completely understand why you do it and makes all the sense in the world to do so. I don’t shave mine (cus I get razor burns), but I trim them every few weeks for the same reasons as you.
Hey Jaime – Trimming works too. Anything that makes it a little cleaner seems to be well worth it. I’m hooked anyway!
I actually remember two of the posts! The bullet in your pocket and the how can you afford your life of travel both great posts. I must go back and read the do you shave your underarms post. Just sounds entertaining, great list!
@Bluegreeen Kirk: I figured some readers would know a few of these already. But the armpit shaving one was a while back so a lot of people might have missed it!
Good Morning Earl,
Thanks for posting about your posts that have great meaning to you. I have enjoyed reading those that I have missed. I’ve enjoyed the story of Francisco, I hope that one day you will find him again.
Thanks Scott. I hope I’ll find him again as well but I’ve already spent several evenings driving around town in search of him. And nobody seems to know where he went. Perhaps he’ll suddenly appear at some point!
Now that I’ve seen a number of these floating about, its good to catch up with yours. Very cool!
I’m new to this project. Thanks a bunch for reposting – I’ve had a great afternoon with you.
Love this project – we actually had missed a couple of posts, thanks for digging into your archives 🙂
Hey Earl! Thanks for nominating me! I should check out this project. Great idea to sum up our own posts! 🙂 Looking forward to write this up!
My pleasure Juno! And I’m curious to see which posts you choose 🙂
Whoa, that last photo is absolutely stunning, Earl! And I thought you claimed to be a poor photographer. 🙂
Hey Odysseus – That is a one in billion photo for me, not the normal quality by any means 🙂