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The February Express 2012


All aboard!

This is the second of a new feature here on BvtW called The Monthly Express. The goal of The Monthly Express will be to get you from one month to the next in a quick and easy blog post. I’ll wrap up the big posts of the month, share some of my favorite comments, link to guest posts and articles I’ve written elsewhere, talk about what’s popular on the Facebook page, as well as give a rundown on upcoming news. Here goes!

all aboard

All aboard!

1st Stop: February Blogging

I’m happy with a lot of the content from the month of February, but my favorite would probably be the series on travel anxiety that covers the anxiety of saving money for travel, the anxiety of flying, and solo travel anxiety.

In terms of thrifty travel, we’ve covered heaps on flight deals including how I once again scored some amazing business class tickets for cheap, how to both earn and redeem flier miles, and how you can fly round the world instead of just round-trip.

I covered a great tour I took down under called the Moonwalk, which I highly recommend to anyone in or coming to Sydney.

Oh, and don’t forget to vote for me in the final round of Canon Island Blogger Competition! I need your help!

2nd Stop: Weekend Snaps

Two of the weekend snaps that drew some attention this past month have been the shot of a terribly ugly tarantula I saw in Guatemala, and the colorful shot taken at the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania. Which one do you like better?

3rd Stop: Favorite Comments

See what comments on this site have stuck out as worthy of their own post, or just make me smile.

In response to my solo travel anxiety post:

I have always travelled solo. I have always loved the independence, how strong and empowered i felt. But before my latest travelling adventure, I felt like something was missing and I was craving having a travel partner. I felt a little fed up of travelling solo-seeing beautiful places, hilarious things, wanting to share it with someone but realising you were alone.

Meeting people while travelling is great, but sometimes, just sometimes i felt a little annoyed at meeting all these people then never seeing them again. Yes, I wanted a travel partner.

So I did. I got one. A great friend. And it lasted less than a week.
I have now come to the conclusion that, however well you think you know someone, only true friendships or relationships will last a travel adventure/vacation.


In response to my anxiety towards saving money for travel post:

Saving for travel can be stressful for people who may not have a lot to begin with. However, I would take a slightly different approach to this. I like to encourage people to travel close to home. If you can’t afford a big trip or are anxious about taking one so far from home, don’t forget that you can also travel to another town or city that is close to where you live. Just a change of scenery and a new place to explore can really energize people as they stay, eat, and explore somewhere new. It doesn’t cost as much and it can teach you a lot about what you do and don’t like when you travel.

-Jeremy of Budget Travel Adventures

round of absinthe


4th Stop: Guest Blogging and Writing Elsewhere

See where else I’ve been writing on the Web in the following roundup.


BBC Travel Blog:

OneTravel Blog:

5th Stop: What’s Hot on Facebook

Favorite discussion from the BvtW Facebook page:

Favorite share from the BvtW community:

upcoming news

Upcoming News at BvtW

6th Stop: BvtW News

Things have been busy, busy, busy! I can’t believe it but Pat and I are heading out in like 5 weeks, and we have visas to get, plans to sort and so… much… more!

Yes, I might be a little stressed and worried, so if I’m not talking a lot over the coming weeks, you’ll know why.

And that’s it for the February Express 2012. Be sure to ride again next month!


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2 Responses to The February Express 2012

  1. Amanda March 1, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Thanks for the shoutout, Brooke!

  2. bethany March 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    wow – awesome month Brooke! You’ve been a very busy blogger! I still cannot believe you are leaving on that trip so soon – I’m so happy for you. What a dream trip!

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