The Bestest Posts of 2015

Bestest (n, adv., adj.) excellent, awesome, highest quality, successful, outdone, desirable, supreme, unbeatable, favourable, ideal, perfect, most wonderful, crème de la crème, supreme, almighty, finest, greatest…

It’s always lovely to get feedback via social media or email about our posts, whether it’s positive, constructive criticism or a suggestion. Or even a bit of travel advice. It’s especially humbling when people talk about the blog IRL (that’s in real life  for those not down with the lingo). So, thank you.

Statistics and numbers don’t mean much to us. Quality over quantity as the saying goes, and we truly believe that. So, if you enjoy what you’re reading, please let us know and of course, share it with your family, friends, neighbours, pets and random strangers (that’s what I do!). We create this blog from our love and enthusiasm for travel. And we hope it shows ❤

It’s time to relive a little magic! Here are your favourite Bag Most Travelled posts of 2015:

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Summary guide to the last 6 months

View from above - Christchurch, New Zealand
View from above – Christchurch, New Zealand

If you started reading the blog when we first launched it, you would have read that we were dividing our time between Perth and the Pilbara (North-West region of Western Australia). We lived apart for five months after stuck side-by-side for 12 months backpacking around the world. Life after travelling was hard [yes that’s right, feel sorry for me. Heh] It was definitely strange not seeing each other every day. We do not envy anyone who have to be away from loved ones on a regular basis.

Our first home - Perth, Western Australia
Our first home – Perth, Western Australia

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Starting a blog

BEHIND THE SCENES:

The story behind our stories

Travel blogging inspiration
Never lacking inspiration

 

A year and half ago, we wanted to start a blog. A blog that detailed our backpacking adventures. We had planned to travel for 12 months visiting countries and doing things that we had on our bucket lists. So, why not document our journey, so that we could share it with our friends and families?! As we planned and prepped, other priorities took over – packing up the house, finalising work, travel research and bookings, Christmas and catching up with everyone before we left. We came to the conclusion that we couldn’t maintain a blog regularly enough to do ourselves and our ‘followers’ justice. We also didn’t have access to wifi for more than 12 weeks of our journey due to remoteness of our locations. Not to mention sharing it with hundreds of other backpackers in hostels! (Besides, blogging is our hobby and not our livelihood, so we were out in the physical world experiencing things it had to offer)

So, we put the blog on hold, and divided our social media tasks between us. I created a Facebook group called ‘Travel Adventures of Prue and Rob’ (now, out of commission since launching this blog, Bag Most Travelled) and Instagram (We were @prueandrob and now renamed, @bagmosttravelled. Rob managed our Flickr and Trip Advisor accounts. We updated these as often as we could, but not over pursuing our physical and emotional experiences of our gap year.

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Life After Travelling: Things I Missed About Home

I love a good personal reflection. It reminds me how hindsight is awesome and how I can make something better next time. Check out some realisations I had once we came home after a year of travelling.

No one realises how beautiful is to travel - Travel Quote
No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow

5 Things I missed about home (but didn’t realise until I was home)

1. Towel roughness

Yes, this sounds weird but don’t knock it. I used the same travel towel all year (and yes, I washed it regularly!). I am definitely grateful for my towel; it was full-sized but could be folded down really, really small; it never smelled bad; and it dried quickly. It even doubled as a blanket, sun shade and bum padding when sitting on the ground. But it was smooth. You could even say it was creepy smooth, like a car chamois. Long ago, a dear friend of mine told me how rough towels were her favourite; as she felt an ‘added cleanliness after a nice hot shower’; the roughness on your skin was just a comfort. Seriously, I thought she was being a weirdo until I came home and used a regular towel. It was like heaven, in the form of a cotton drying implement.

2. Having your own power point (in fact, a whole house full of them).

Something you take for granted when travelling for a year. A lot of hostels are not equipped with enough wall power points, and some guests are not as considerate to think they should share with their fellow dorm buddies. We once stayed in a 24-bed dorm with only 5 power points. I’d like to think myself as being quite considerate, so instead of creating a confrontation about low battery, I would wake up at 04.00 and plug my phone in for 2-3 hours before everyone else would wake up. Let’s face it, backpackers rarely get up for 08.00.

This could also be said about having individual lights at your bed. All backpackers know the woes of having a single light shared by dorm buddies. Something I certainly don’t miss.

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