20 of Our Top Travel Blog Posts in 10+ Years of Travel Writing

Last Updated on September 14, 2020 by Jeremy

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Hey there! Are you looking for some awesome travel tips, advice, destination, and lifestyle design content? We know that navigating our roughly 500 posts on Living the Dream can be difficult at times.

To help with this, we wanted to count down our current Top 20 most shared posts in 10+ years of blogging to help you find some articles we think you'll thoroughly enjoy.

So let's get right to it with #20…

#20 – Tips for Driving in Tuscany

Smart car in Italy

I'll be honest in saying that driving in Tuscany is a pain. Out of all of the places we've rented a car around the world, driving here was quite possibly the worst experience we had. But, on the other hand, Tuscany is gorgeous and the pains are absolutely worth it (in retrospect, at least).

#19 – The FAQ About the Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp

Tackling the Everest Base Camp trek was quite possibly the best travel experience we've ever done. But for two out of shape travelers with no trekking experience between them, we certainly learned a lot. To help out other trekkers, we put together this handy F.A.Q. guide.

#18 – Sony a6000 Prime Lenses

Pittsburgh from 12mm

Our blogging tips series has become quite popular in recent years, and our first article to break the Top 20 is all about our favorite Sony a6000 prime lenses. Great for travel photographers!

#17 – 4 of the Best Finger Lakes Vineyards

Dr Franks in Finger Lakes

Looking for great wine in the Finger Lakes? We share four of our favorite vineyards in this one. Considering the region is known for rather sweet wines, these gems really are must visits.

#16 – Vegas Sight Seeing Do's and Don'ts

The Las Vegas Strip at Night

There are a lot of Las Vegas tips and advice articles out there, so when putting ours together after several visits we tried to take a somewhat different approach.

#15 – Fixing a Hole in Our Backpack

Hole in my Backpack

About three week in to our long-term trip I had a catastrophic hole emerge in my backpack. As I wanted this bag to last another 14 or so months I did a pretty extreme process to ensure it would hold up. It did, and this guide was born.

#14 – Plitvice Lakes Hotel Options in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park

We stayed inside Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia and found out one of the best perks of doing so- getting your pass revalidated for a second entry!

#13 – Bringing a Dog Into the USA

Adopting a Dog in Mexico

After adopting a dog in Mexico and bringing her back to the USA, we wrote a guide to the steps we followed. Little did we know it would end up being one of our most popular posts! Good on you dog adopters.

#12 – Did Our Waterproof KEEN Shoes Survive a 15 Month Trip?

KEEN Shoes

We took our waterproof KEEN shoes on a 15 month trip around the world, and in this one we shared how they survived at the very end of it all (hint: surprisingly well)!

#11 – Using a Full Frame Lens on a Crop Sensor Camera

Sony camera

In our second popular blogging tips post, we discuss what it is like to use a full frame lens on a crop sensor camera and try and clear up some confusion behind it all. It turns out we weren't the only ones originally confused by this!

#10 – How to Visit the Seychelles Without Spending a Lot of Money

Seychelles hotel

The first Top 20 feature in this posting series, where we break down the bare minimum for visiting the Seychelles (and other expensive destinations).

#9 – Is United Premium Plus Worth It?

United Premium Plus

We were one of the first people to get to enjoy the new United Premium Plus seating (halfway between regular premium and business class) and share our thoughts in this review!

#8 – Kentucky Bourbon Trail Guide for 3 Days

Bulleit Bourbon

In this one, we share a three-day itinerary to the Kentucky bourbon trail, our favorite spots, and other tips to keep in mind when visiting!

#7 – How To Make Your Own DIY Travel Push-Pin Map

DIY Travel Map

Have you ever wanted to buy a pinnable travel map but were turned off by the high prices? We built one at home for just about $50 and put together how to do it in this DIY guide!

#6 – Our Top Travel Blogging Affiliates

Walks of Italy

Our most popular blogging tips article revolves around our income via travel affiliate programs, and in this one, we share what has worked for us, what hasn't, and more!

#5 – Top 10 Things to See in Mauritius

Chamarel Waterfall in Mauritius

There are plenty of incredible things to see in Mauritius, and we put together this awesome guide of ten of the very best. This is one island we need to get back to very, very soon.

#4 – How to Visit Easter Island on a Budget

Visiting Easter Island on a Budget

Visiting Easter Island was also one of those travel experiences that is considered to be a once-in-a-lifetime activity. Sadly, most people skip this one because they think it is well out of their price range. We put together this guide to help prove you can do it on even the most frugal budget (although we most certainly did not).

#3 – Buying Tickets on the Spanish Train Service RENFE

Madrid, Spain

When we visited Spain we had only one real headache, and that was booking tickets in advance on the train service RENFE. In this one we share the best tips for booking train tickets on RENFE to help out the many frustrated travelers like us!

#2 – How We Got a Refund on a Non-Refundable Plane Ticket

Refund on a non-refundable ticket

We were about to go to Egypt when the revolution happen and decided to change our plans. Unfortunately, getting a refund on a non-refundable ticket was harder than it sounds despite an active travel warning in place. Ultimately we did, and this one became one of our most visited articles through the sheer number of people in there in the same exact scenario.

#1 – Fixing a Stuck Handle in Our Luggage

Fixing Suitcase Handle

I'm one to keep reusing my travel gear until it falls apart, and as far as my backpack was concerned, it did just that on our 15-month trip around the world. Still, I figured out a few handy tips for getting the bag to last through the journey, such as fixing a stuck handle!

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About Jeremy

Jeremy from Living the Dream

About the Author: Jeremy is a full-time travel writer based in Pittsburgh and primary author of this site. He has been to 70+ countries on five continents and seeks out new food, adventure activities, and off-the-beaten-path experiences wherever he travels.

1 thought on “20 of Our Top Travel Blog Posts in 10+ Years of Travel Writing”

  1. Your site is something that I wish I had seen, in my younger days, when I was able to travel, though I have no regrets and countless memories, etched in my heart, from all of the wonderful place I have see.
    My travels led me to Hawaii, Alaska, Germany, Paris, Mexico, Poland, and more! I rode in small planes, over Glaciers; Helicopters over mountains and deep valleys, in Hawaii, and aTrain to the top end of Canada! I walked the entire length of the Champs-Elysees, went up the Eiffel Tower; climbed steps in Mexico at the Valley of The Sun and the Moon; went to the top of The Empire State Building;. to the top of a the Washington Monument, in D.C., toured Gettysburg; walked the Wall surrounding the City of Dubrovnic, in Poland. I have been blessed yet I wish to let my mind travel to all the beautiful parts of the world, that I won’t be able to see, in person. Thank you!


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