Whether it’s a “hot list” of cities published by a glossy magazine or a listicle of “the 10 best things to do in Paris” published on a blog, most travel awards and recommendations we read are subjective.
The selection and ordering process is usually based on the opinions and/or the whims of whoever is creating the list—rather than on any scientific rigor. After all, travel IS to a large extent a subjective experience: What pleases one traveler may not please another when it comes to destinations or reading preferences.
Trying to objectify the subjective
Everything Everywhere is a highly-trafficked blog produced by Gary Arndt, who started traveling full-time more than a decade ago. The blog is impressive in terms of both its content and longevity; his award-winning travel photography is magnificent.
So when Gary took a stab at trying to quantify The World’s Top Travel Blogs 2018, we were thrilled to be included on the list.
He reviewed the data for some 669 travel blogs, ranking them, and last time we looked, we were #57!
Gary uses an algorithm that takes into account three metrics: “domain authority,” “social media” authority as captured by Klout, and a measure called “trust flow.” He admits that this algorithm is imperfect; moreover, as measures like these are dynamic, his plan is to update the list quarterly. You can read more about the methodology here.
The intangible rewards of travel writing
There are many thousands of travel blogs out there. So making a list like this is a nice pat on the back, an affirmation that people like to read what we write and find it inspiring or useful. As a “mom and pop shop,” we were especially pleased to be ranked as high on the list as we were.
Beyond awards, the rewards of travel writing are countless. We’ve had incredible opportunities to visit new places (like Asia and Africa) and return many times to regions we’ve fallen in love with (like Emilia Romagna, Baja California, and Catalonia).
Even in retirement, each adventure offers a “vacation” or change of pace. (An article I wrote for Next Avenue explains why people need vacations, even in retirement.)
Travel keeps both the mind and body active and alert. Another benefit: We get to meet fellow travelers, other writers, travel industry professionals, and locals who live and work in the places we visit.
What better reward could there be than being able to share these memories of all the warmth and beauty waiting to be discovered by travelers who are 50 and beyond? But it’s also nice to have made the list!