Change is in the air. I’m on the brink of kissing 2010 goodbye and greeting a mysterious 2011 with hopeful eyes.
But what a year it’s been!
The preceding 12 months have been a blur of saving money, working and quitting my steady job, blogging a bunch, trip planning, and traveling around Argentina. Follow-through has been something I’ve been dreadfully short on in the past, so I’m proud to have identified a dream, worked hard toward it, and followed through on the first few milestones. I’m not there yet, and I believe the best dreams are almost always unattainable. They leave no room for complacency and keep us striving for the next great achievement.
And so I have kept striving since my return from Argentina. I’ve spent countless hours pondering the innards of Traveling Savage and how this blog – this venture – might evolve. After the new year I will have a huge announcement about the future and I can’t wait to share the news!
Plans & Happenings
The first 10 days of December capped off my month in Argentina. In Salta, I turned in my apartment key and returned to CouchSurfing the last handful of days. I spent the tail end of the trip in Buenos Aires and really enjoyed the return to big city life. It was here that I met up with the fine folks of Globetrooper once more (we got together in Salta, too) as well as Dustin from Skinny Backpacker. These are some great folks so please go check out their sites!
Returning to Chicago and seeing Sarah was like a salve for the soul; it was also quite like a scene from a Hugh Grant movie. We managed to get out of Chicago and return to Madison before a blizzard sat down on the Midwest. The time between my return and the holidays has been instructive. I battled a lengthy cold while attempting to settle into some kind of work routine at home. It’s been pretty futile, but I’m writing it off to decompression and the general lack of work that’s completed around the holidays.
I have redoubled my focus on the business aspect of Traveling Savage, and I quickly realized that I hadn’t given it enough attention prior to leaving for Argentina. I think it’s forgivable given that I quit my job and left for a month of travel all in the span of 10 days. Finally, planning my next trip has been in full swing and I almost bought a ticket to New Zealand a week ago. Almost. So no, I’m not going there next.
Features & PR
On the features front, December kicked off with my post about breaking beauty in Salta featured in the 5th edition of the Gen Y Travel Blog Carnival over on Never Ending Voyage. SoloFriendly had some nice things to say about my writing in Argentina and included my first post there in her final Shiny Travel Objects segment.
Misadventures with Andi included posts of mine in her weekly Saturday Six feature, this time in numbers 46 and 47. Around this same time, Single Occupancy’s Weekend Intelligence gave a shout-out to my post about finding the love in travel. Off Track Planet named me as one of their featured Travel Dorks, and the next day Hike Bike Travel asked me to describe my dream trip when money’s not an obstacle.
Traveling Savage also made several year-end best of lists! These include Almost Fearless‘ 100 Inspired Travel Blogs, Got Saga’s #5 most inspiring travel blogs, and Off Track Planet’s 9 Most Successful Travel Bloggers of 2010.
Finally, there’s a hilarious contest about the world’s hottest travel blogging hunks going on at 1000 Fights until January 5th. Yours truly was nominated (by who?) as one of these hunks and I’m at the center of a dirty smear campaign by another entrant, Brendan van Son. While his tactics appeal to humanity’s baser instincts, let this be a clarion call to our more righteous and logical faculties. Vote for Keith!
Where does your passion for travel lie? Are you passionate about the simple act of travel, of moving between places? Or are you more passionate about specific destinations? Perhaps you love to travel because it is the mode by which you reach these places. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Original photo by P.K. Designs via Flickr under Creative Commons