Looking Back In Time – My 7 Links


Looking Back In Time – My 7 Links

I have the good fortune of being nominated by two dear travel blogger friends, Mike from StruxTravel and Grace from Pinay on the Move to participate in Tripbase.com’s My 7 Links project.  The purpose is this exercise is to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.  While it is never comfortable to toot your own horn, it would be disingenuous to say that you do not have favorite posts.  Here’s mine:

1)      My most beautiful post

is a fantasy piece that I wrote that expresses how I would feel to scale the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro.  I haven’t realized that dream yet and not sure if I ever will, but I enjoyed imagining it.


2)     My Most Popular Post

Curiously enough, my  Sailing the high seas in a…..freighter? the post went viral.  I suppose freighter cruising is still novel enough to garner a lot of interest from folks who love to cruise but hate the crowds.

3)      My most controversial post

is without a doubt is Following your heart doesn’t mean leaving your brain behind, mostly because some misinterpreted my intent when I espoused putting yourself first.

4)      My most helpful post

I believe is A Step by step primer on how to bid on Priceline.  I wrote it after finally conquering my fear of using it.  It wasn’t until I realized that it’s all in how you play the game did I begin to start getting the best deals of my life.

5)      A Post Whose Success Surprised Me

was Navigating Oahu’s Circle Island tour.  Not that I don’t think it’s a good article, it’s just that I was taken aback that so many people are searching for the circle island tour route.   Currently, ranking # 1, I find that 99% of my traffic comes directly from Google searches for it.   It’s definitely a popular topic for those planning trips to Oahu.

6)      A Post I Feel didn’t get the Attention it Deserved

I don’t think All Aboard the Chinese Express got the attention that it deserved.  I guess the idea of traveling long distances on a bus isn’t appealing to most no matter how comfortable, clean and technologically advanced it may be.

7)   The Post that I am Most Proud of

https://aviewtoathrill.net/2011/02/07/gratitude-is-the-best-gift-that-you-can-give-yourself/ because I was not sure how it would be received by the readers.  To my surprise and amazement, it proved that despite what we may witness from day to day, most people are decent, thoughtful and caring.



Renee King
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  • Stephanie - The Travel Chica
    Posted at 10:28h, 16 July Reply

    Your most popular post was one I hadn’t seen before due to my late entry into the travel blogging world. I can see what it was so popular.

    I also really enjoyed your most controversial post, probably because I completely agree with you 🙂

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:36h, 16 July Reply

      Aww..thanks, Stephanie! It was so fun to write it and once I got started I couldn’t stop for either post! LOL

  • Scott - Quirky Travel Guy
    Posted at 10:45h, 16 July Reply

    Oh nice, I have the same fear of Priceline so I’ve never used it. And I’m going to read that post right now!

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:13h, 17 July Reply

      LOL….Scott…glad I wasn’t the only one freaked out by Priceline!

  • Grace
    Posted at 11:29h, 16 July Reply

    Renee, I honestly think that your sailing the high seas on a freighter post appealed to my adventurous side. I didn’t realize you can do that. The rest is really good as well although I don’t think I have seen the how to bid on priceline one until now. Very useful as I’ve always wondered how it works but was too lazy to find out myself.

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:12h, 17 July Reply

      Personally, I do not like cruising….but like you said….I would do it simply for the adventure! Yes, be sure to check out the Priceline article….I tried to explain it where the whole process would make sense.

  • Gray
    Posted at 11:30h, 16 July Reply

    Good choices, Renee.

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:11h, 17 July Reply

      Thanks, Gray…it’s funny how you have to really give these things some thought.

  • inka
    Posted at 12:49h, 16 July Reply

    I loved the freighter post too. Just re-read it.

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:11h, 17 July Reply

      Thanks, Inka!

  • InsideJourneys
    Posted at 14:19h, 16 July Reply

    Loved the freighter piece as well. It might just satisfy my wanderlust.
    And Kilimanjaro — after that piece, you must visit!

    I’ve had such a bad experience with Fung Wah that if there were the last game in town, I’d walk. They’d never see a dime of my money ever again!

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:09h, 17 July Reply

      Thanks…..I may not climb it, but I certainly want to visit it. Thanks so much for chiming in about Fung Wah. It’s so important to hear things like this (and probably explains the lack of love the article got) because this is how we learn what to avoid or promote. I appreciate you taking the time to let me/us know about that.

  • Jeremy Branham
    Posted at 15:31h, 16 July Reply

    Love the posts on gratitude and using your heart. Great advice on Priceline but not really excited about using it.

    • Renee
      Posted at 09:16h, 17 July Reply

      Yeah, I read your comment about Priceline…going over now to respond. Always love opposing viewpoints!

  • Norbert
    Posted at 21:11h, 16 July Reply

    Great selection Renee! I had read most of them, so now I have to catch up with the two I haven’t. 😉

    • Renee
      Posted at 09:14h, 17 July Reply

      Thanks, Norbert! Happy reading!

  • Christina
    Posted at 12:18h, 17 July Reply

    A great list! I enjoyed your freighter article (I had no idea…), and the Oahu post – very informative. I’ve never been to Hawaii, and it’s so far away from Europe that reading about it is very exciting!

    • Renee
      Posted at 12:34h, 17 July Reply

      Thanks, Christina….I hope that you get a chance to go to Hawaii!

  • kim/ohradiogirl
    Posted at 12:43h, 17 July Reply

    Well, I just (somehow) discovered your blog and not a minute too soon. I’m traveling to Barcelona in two weeks and I’m seeking lots of suggestions. I’m about to comb through your blog now.

    I also like the concept of this blog post. Would you mind nominating me? Oh, but you’ve probably already submitted your nominations. Oh, well.

    All the best.

    • Renee
      Posted at 12:51h, 17 July Reply

      Hi Kim,

      Welcome! I haven’t been to Barcelona yet, but my friend Mike from Strux Travel has and can probably give you some tips. I haven’t nominated anyone either….so I hereby nominate you!! Go for it…and when you post it let me know via twitter @aviewtoathrill.

  • Mack Reynolds
    Posted at 11:49h, 18 July Reply

    i love how the picture linking to this post matches perfectly with the scenery behind it! awesome. your most controversial piece is inspiring and thought inspiring. i can’t help but think of a few things in my life i want to change, but am too aloof or scared to do something about. most of all, i like you profile pic!

    • Renee
      Posted at 18:38h, 22 July Reply

      Hi Mack,

      I love that pic too! Thanks for the compliment and I would like to encourage you be bold and face your fears and go for it….live a life of no regrets. Don’t be a stranger!

  • Debbie Beardsley
    Posted at 13:31h, 18 July Reply

    Another great 7 links! I haven’t read all of these but did go back and read your most controversial post. A very interesting and thought provoking post. Whether readers agree or not, they are at least thinking about it.

    I have never even been to Priceline’s sight but will read your post on that and give it a try.

    • Renee
      Posted at 09:46h, 21 July Reply

      Thanks, Debbie! I agree, if the subject gets people to think about things in a different way, it’s a good thing.

  • adventureswithben
    Posted at 20:54h, 18 July Reply

    I can totally see how your freighter post went viral. Way cool!

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:48h, 21 July Reply

      I can definitely see you doing this, Ben!

  • Laurel
    Posted at 17:59h, 20 July Reply

    I love the diversity in your posts, but my favorites are your uplifting and inspiring posts.

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:52h, 21 July Reply

      Ah, how sweet! I am overdue when it comes to writing one of those….gotta get busy!

  • Lorna - the roamantics
    Posted at 16:00h, 21 July Reply

    renee, this is BEAUTIFUL!!! as someone who researches, acquires, and licenses archival photos and footage for documentary films i LOVE LOVE LOVE the first photo. how incredibly clever! i’ve also done that kind of research for streets i’ve lived on! and the way you’ve artfully laid out this post is great too! now for the posts- they always inspire me. you write such thought-provoking, eloquent, helpful posts that often stay with me. great picks- please keep them coming! 🙂

    • Renee
      Posted at 18:38h, 22 July Reply

      Lorna, you are the best! Thanks, I love that photo too…..whoever did it is a genius!

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