Alas, one more year has gone by. 2011 has been a difficult year for many people around the world- I’m sure you’ve had some lows that wouldn’t have happened had it been some other point in time- but by the same token it has been challenging and a time to demonstrate ourselves what we are capable of.
I still remember (vaguely) the post I wrote last year right before Christmas, a time when I had some exciting goals with my life and the ongoing project that is this travel blog. Fast forward one year and, as expected, some have become a reality, others have not, and others… well, they have simply changed. Perhaps the most evident of them all was the site’s new design, the new logo, and the enhanced functionality. Our Facebook page has become much more interactive (there’s now over 3,000 of us!), readership has increased to over 35,000 pages per month and because of this I’ve been able to run contests with cool giveaways you have certainly enjoyed. This reminds me by the way that there’s another one happening right now- make sure you check our Facebook page to learn more as the winner will win, again, two day trips anywhere in the world!
But I also failed. I failed at meeting many of you, as I hoped I would. I failed to make my first travel guide a total hit (this said, I guess not many people want to come to Mexico nowadays). I failed at sending some of you the postcards from Hawaii (I still have them- written, with a stamp, but on my desk). I failed at creating more travel videos. I failed at getting to know you better. The good news is that this motivates me to work more AND better.
So what’s in store for next year? A lot. Way more than what happened this year. Again, we will have a new image that will make navigation easier and more useful. I am currently writing a comprehensive guide on how to travel the world on a budget that I’ll be giving away for free. There will be more videos, more contests and more giveaways with cool prizes. You will have easier access to great photos you’ll be able to download. The site will have a store with recommended reads, travel gear and more. We have partnered with great, well-known businesses that will make your travels easier and cheaper when using their services through us. And last, but not least, you will be getting…wait a sec, this one I won’t say- for now. But it will be big, very big, and an incredible resource for your future trips. This website is all about seeing and experiencing all the world has to offer on a budget, and because of this I am working hard to make all these resources and entertainment available for you at no cost.
I’m excited! And I hope you are too. You’ll be seeing the first results of all this work during the first two weeks of January, so I’m going to ask you to forgive me if you don’t hear from me as often. In any case I’m pretty sure you’ll be enjoying some well deserved time with your family, friends or on your own, at home or in some remote destination. Wherever you are,
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A GREAT 2012!
PS The Aztec calendar dates the end of the world on December 23rd 2012, exactly one year from today. I still hope I’ll be writing a wrap up of the year then !
How did this article make you feel? How was 2011 for you? What made you smile? What made you cry? What is one project you have for 2012 you want to share with us? As usual, thanks for stopping by, and please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.