Happy New Year to you all!
2010 has been an amazing year for us, and a significant one: our first year as digital nomads. It’s hard to believe that we have been blogging and travelling for only 10 months. We want to thank all of our readers for your support – the positive feedback we have received has been incredible.
We have published 133 posts since our first post on 19th February 2010 and so, like a lazy Friends episode, we wanted to look back and share with you the most popular posts of the year.
Travel TipsHow We Saved 75% of Our Income to Travel
Our single most popular post this year has been our tips on how to manage your finances and save for travel. It’s all about being organised and making sacrifices. If you have said you’d love to travel but can’t afford it: read this.What Do You Pack When You Are Leaving Forever? Our Packing List
We are living permanently out of two carry on size backpacks (and a travel guitar) and you can find out what’s in our bags in this post. We have just updated the list and in early January I’ll be writing about our tips to travel long term with just carry on luggage.Language Hacking Guide Review
Our review of our favourite ebook of the year. The Language Hacking Guide outlines Benny from Fluent in 3 Month‘s unique approach to language learning. We are sold on his philosophy of study less, speak more – even when you only know a few words in the language. It takes some balls but it does get results.How to Budget for Long Term Travel
Need to plan your budget for a round the world trip? This is the post for you. In it, we reveal exactly how much our first year-long trip cost. Find out which country cost us only £12/$18.50 a day per person, and find out which country blew our budget with a massive £41/$63 a day each.How We Plan to Travel Forever
Our third post back in February outlined ways to stretch the travel budget so that we could live a permanently nomadic life. We have already tried couchsurfing, house sitting and working in exchange for food and accommodation.
We have yet to crew on yachts but maybe next year! Simon’s Line In web design and development business has been going so well that we haven’t needed to teach English, but if we ever settle down anywhere for more than a few months I still might try this.Cheap & Useful Resources for Learning Spanish
Learning a language doesn’t have to be expensive. These are our favourite resources for learning Spanish that we used before we arrived in South America. For more unconventional ideas see the follow up More Cheap & Useful Resources for Learning Spanish. If you are looking for a place to study in South America we had great experiences in Buenos Aires and Sucre.
Digital NomadismThe Benefits of Selling Everything You Own
Simon’s look at why we don’t regret selling all of our belongings to become digital nomads is both funny and insightful. With a whopping 83 comments this one really struck a chord with people. If you are attached to your stuff, have a read of this and it may make you reassess. Then again, it may not.How To Sell All Of Your Stuff
If you were convinced by the benefits of selling everything you own then this is the practical guide to getting it done. It’s a mammoth three-parter with tips to get started in Part 1 , how to sell on eBay and through a ‘stuff blog’ in Part 2, and more methods plus how much we earned in Part 3.10 Travel Bloggers Who Inspired Us
The wonderful bloggers who introduced us to the world of digital nomadism and permanent travel. We wouldn’t be here without the inspiration from these guys. We are slowly working our way through the list and interviewing our heroes for our Nomadic Interviews series, so you can find out more about Audrey & Dan, Benny and Kirsty plus many more.A Digital Nomad Budget: How Much Does 6 Months in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay Cost?
Find out how much we spent and earned in our first six months as digital nomads. The follow up looks at the following three months budget in Bolivia and Peru.The Life of a Digital Nomad
Simon’s reflections on the highs and lows of life as a digital nomad after two months on the road. If you enjoyed this then also check out his guest post on Almost Fearless: Confessions of a Rookie Digital Nomad.
DestinationsRoad Trippin’ – Northwest Argentina
Driving through the cacti, canyons and red rock scenery of the Salta region in Argentina’s northwest was definitely one of our highlights of 2010. You can read about our adventures plus get practical tips on distances, where to eat and where to stay in Part 1 and Part 2 of our detailed guide. Highly recommended if you are heading to Argentina.Top 10 Foods to Eat in Buenos Aires That Are NOT Steak
A diet of pastries, ice cream and empanadas? Yep, that’s the healthy lifestyle available for vegetarians in Argentina’s capital. Buenos Aires actually turned out to be the best city for non meat eaters in all of South America: take a look at our favourite restaurants. We have also produced a series of vegetarian survival guides for all the countries we have visited.A Practical Guide to Paraguay
There isn’t much information available on this little visited country, usually overlooked by visitors to South America, which is why people found our trip report useful. We shared up to date info on where to eat, stay and how to get there. Part 1 focused on Ciudad del Este, Encarnacion & San Rafael National Park and Part 2 on off the beaten track small towns, Asuncion and Concepcion.7 Unique and Cheap Places to Stay in India
A look back at some special places to stay in our favourite country India, including a houseboat, backwater island and sand dunes.
The only guest posts we have featured on Never Ending Voyage have been this series by our friend Amy Cham. Here she shows that not all Thai islands have to be party central: these off the beaten track islands are definitely on our ‘to visit’ list now.
Our Favourite Posts
A few of our favourite posts that didn’t make it on the most popular list.Bolivian Bus Hell – An Illustrated Guide
The post Simon enjoyed creating the most was this illustrated post about an awful bus journey in Bolivia. The good thing about being a blogger is that even during the worst experiences you can put a positive spin on it by thinking “At least this will make a great blog post!” He definitely wants to do more posts like this in the new year.Our Favourite Tropical Islands
We have obviously been away from beaches for too long as my tropical island reminiscences turned into a detailed three-parter. These are our tips for visiting quiet paradise islands in Asia, Fiji and the Cook Islands.
If you fancy giving us a belated Christmas present then feel free to tweet, stumble or facebook this or any of the above posts. Thanks for being with us in 2010 and we hope you have a stunning 2011!
Are you looking for Christmas gift ideas? See our guide to the 50 Best Gifts for Travelers. They are ideal for travel lovers who want to pack light and include something for every budget.