7 Links from a Year and a Half in Asia


7 Links from a Year and a Half in Asia

With over 200 posts on the site, quite a few tend to disappear into the archives, never to be seen again. So when Jodi at Legal Nomads and Dani and Jess of Globetrotter Girls nominated me to participate in the 7 Link Challenge, I jumped at the chance.

Katie at Tripbase started the ball rolling last month. The idea is that you dig up seven posts that fit seven certain criteria and make a new post out of them. You then nominate five more travel bloggers and it keeps rolling until we choke the internet with blog posts or all decide we’re just damned sick of it.

So here are my 7 links. I hope you enjoy them.

Most Popular
What Does a $4 Bungalow in Laos Look Like?
I have to say I never expected this one to take off like it did, but apparently a lot of people want to know about cheap bungalows in sleepy river towns. And for four bucks, I think it looks pretty good, indeed.

What does a $4 bungalow in Laos look like?

Most Controversial
A Rant: Travelers Who Piss me Off
Well, with a name like that, what could I expect? Although I have to admit that there was surprisingly little backlash from the Lithuanians (or maybe they’re just biding their time).

Most Helpful
How I Just Saved Hundreds on Travel Shots
I saved about $500 by getting my shots done in Bangkok rather than back home, which is enough to travel here for about two weeks. That’s about 450 plates of pad thai or 250 large Chang beers, so give it a look.

Surprisingly Successful
Depression, Burn Out and Renewal on the Streets of India
I didn’t really expect for this post to gain much traction as it’s a pretty long read for the web and the first half, at least, is well… depressing. It’s easily the most personal thing I’ve written for the site, so it was very gratifying to have it go over well.

Depression, Burn Out and Renewal on the Streets of India

Most Beautiful
Photos from the Ganges at Sunrise
This is by far my favorite photo post and I don’t know that I’ll ever top it. I was able to spend five mornings by the river in Varanasi and shot about 1,500 photos. Amazing place!

Sunrise on the Ganges, Varanasi, India

Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved
Three Mistakes on a Hot Day in Bangkok
One of my first posts after starting this trip, it’s also one of my favorites (as well as my most embarrassing). The site was pretty young then so it’s been moldering in the archives for a year and a half now.

My Favorite
Fighting the Fear: On Two Wheels in Vietnam
I think this is my favorite because it was so hard to write. I really wanted to capture what I was feeling and beat my head against it for days. When it finally came together, I was quite happy with the result.

As for keeping the ball rolling, I’d like to nominate these great bloggers:

Drew Gilbert
The Expert Vagabond
The Aussie Nomad
Go, See, Write

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

The Travel Chica July 12, 2011 at 12:49 am

Your most helpful post for me was how to fix washed out sky in Lightroom. Ayngelina turned me onto it. More Lightroom tips please :-)

Oh… and I enjoyed reading these posts too.


wes July 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Will do! Glad it was useful :)


Nomadic Samuel July 12, 2011 at 4:41 am

I’ve honestly enjoyed your travel blog as one of my personal favorites. The post that really caught my attention was your transvestite train ride story :P Life can seem quite dull outside of an Indian train.


wes July 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Thanks, man. That ride was a trip.


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Matt Hope July 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Ah some real good posts in here. I have to say that the “Three Mistakes” post is a really great post, so I’d agree with your analysis that it was overlooked. Really, funny, haha.


wes July 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Thanks brother. Not one of my proudest moments, however….


Bluegreen Kirk July 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Great list! Indeed when some has that many posts a lot tend to get passed over or just missed. There are a few here I remember but a couple that I really need to check out like the travels who pissed you off.


Theodora July 24, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I’ve read all but one of these. Crazy, huh? Well worth reviving, tho’.


vira August 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I love that picture of Ganga sunrise! so lovely and lively yet serene..


Abi August 30, 2011 at 3:18 pm

You SHOULD be proud of that Varanasi shot. Gorgeous.


Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) Migrants April 29, 2013 at 11:54 am

Heya are using Wordpress for your blog platform?
I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create
my own. Do you need any html coding expertise to
make your own blog? Any help would be really appreciated!


wes April 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Yes, I’m on WP. If you’re just starting, try wordpress.org. It’s free and kinda gives you time to figure things out. Then if you like blogging, go to a host and transfer it over. There are thousands of themes, many free. I like Woo Theme’s selection if you’re going for a paid theme. Quality work and good support. If you don’t modify the site too much, html, php and CSS really aren’t needed.