Best of the Blog: 2013’s Top 5

Kilauea Lava Flow at Night

Earlier this week we started counting down our ten most popular posts of the prior year. Today we finish with the year’s best five.

5) The Upside of Travel Planning

Spring European Travel Plan

We discover yet another way in which the clichéd and seemingly travel-wise advice to “go with the flow” fails us.

4) Pele Puts Out

Hike Across Hawaiian Lava Flow

It’s one of the most awe-inspiring sights we’ve ever seen: molten lava flowing into the Pacific Ocean. From our front-row seats near the edge of a cliff, we watched in wonder as Pele, the volcano goddess of the ancient Hawaiians, performed spectacularly.

3) That Old Black Magic

Voodoo Cock and Balls Doughnut

Yes, of course I measured it.

A Portland confectioner has us under its spell.

2) Are the Childless Selfish

The Childfree Life Time Magazine Cover

We take a bit of a detour from our regular travel musings to delve deeply into a thorny lifestyle question. Are we selfish for not having children?

1) Why We Won’t Travel to North Korea

North Korean Painting of Kim Il Sung

2013 witnessed the death of our namesake ambition. We won’t be visiting everywhere once, after all.

We started wondering whether everywhere on earth was really worthy of our tourist dollars in a post titled Rethinking Everywhere. That article received enough of a response to earn a place of its own on this year’s Best of List. But it was soon eclipsed by our deep dive into the ethics of traveling to one place in particular: North Korea.

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6 Comments on “Best of the Blog: 2013’s Top 5”

  1. greatpoetrymhf December 23, 2013 at 8:40 am #

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  2. jonestowne December 23, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    i think this is AWESOME, is what i think. well done! I TOOK ALMOST THE SAME TRIP OVER 4 OR 5 MOS; AS IN No.5) but we winged it even more. (sorry: caps lock. not yelling:”)


  3. jonestowne December 23, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Reblogged this on jonestowne76.


  4. Jason December 25, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    Hi Brian & Shannon,

    Thank you for a year of great articles and beautiful photos. Sharing your travels continues to be an inspiration, each time we read an update and enjoy the images, we are taken on a little voyage of discovery. The knowledge share, opinions and ensuing debates keep us coming back every couple of days for the next installment.

    We look forward to following your adventures in 2014.


    Jason & Rose


    • Brian December 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

      Hi Guys,
      Good to hear from you. Thanks so much for your encouragement. And, BTW, the way you handled the interruption of your U.S. trip with good cheer is an inspiration to us.

      We’re looking forward to seeing you again out there, somewhere.

      Brian & Shannon



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