My 200th Blogging Article on Flights And Frustration

Wow! I can hardly believe it but this is my 200th blogging article on Flights And Frustration!

It was by chance that I discovered the other day that I’d posted my 196th article so there wasn’t far to go until this blogging milestone.

I started the Flights And Frustration blog as far back as September 2012 and have been typically posting articles twice a week. I was never keeping count of my published articles yet now the double century feels like an achievement. Woohoo!

Let's celebrate 200 blogging posts

Let’s celebrate photo from Shutterstock.

Most Travel Bloggers Don’t Last A Year

I must admit finding the blogging experience so enjoyable it really helps to motivate me. Did you know that most travel bloggers give up in the first year? No danger here.

My ambitions with this site are more centred on connecting with people and growing a connected and loyal audience.

Those ambitions remain and there are many blogging ideas in the pipeline so watch this space.

In the meantime, since this is my 200th published post it seems like an opportune time to reflect on what has happened so far.

Highlights Of My Blogging Portfolio

After transitioning from a very brief experiment with Blogger this site opened with my reflective post on the Airline Industry in Transition (I guess it still is).

My first review, like so many of my reviews was a purely independent review. I was not compensated or received any incentive to write it. In fact I don’t even know if The Wheeldale owners know about it? (If so please let me know what you think.)


I then moved into the real area of expertise on Flights And Frustration, that is the area of air travel. My first review of an airport lounge was the Emirates Lounge in Manchester Airport.

Emirates Lounge Manchester airport

Emirates Lounge Manchester airport

This was followed by my first flight review of the Emirates A380.

However the most popular articles on my website to date have been about First Class travel with Emirates. The first was my special treat on the A380 however this was overtaken in being the most popular post when I explained how I got a free upgrade to First Class on Emirates.


I have of course tried to add some humour and light hearted features. There was the story of when my nipple fell off, some Singapore silliness plus a tale about thongs.

Of course I try to educate people where I can. I explain why you should always lock the door and give a lecture to confirm that us Brits don’t drive on the wrong side of the road at all.

Why you should always lock the door

Why you should always lock the door

Guest Posting

I have also shared some quality guest posts on this site. Such as the one from a fellow travel blogger who originates from Yorkshire (just like me), Sara Hardman. The China experts Sarah Bennett and the E-Tramping team.

Undoubtedly the guest post which gets the most hits from Google is one of the earliest, a review of Etihad from Shane Todd. (Thanks Shane :-) )

If you are wanting to guest post here then please do me the honour of reading my Guest Post guidelines before getting in touch.

What I Like

As for me, what do I like? Well I enjoy the fun posts like a note pad I found on my travels plus this great video related to tourism (I just can’t get that tune out of my head!).

I explored some amazing locations which I shared with you. A real favourite place I was blogging about last year was the gorgeous Bribie Island. As well as trying to shatter the perception created by some questionable marketing.

Jetty At Brennan Park

Jetty At Brennan Park on Bribie Island

Getting Emotional

The most heart felt ones were also the emotional ones. Such as the article I published just before my wedding day, or how I responded when I heard that someone I knew has cancer.

However probably my favourite post of all is the one which moved my bride and I whilst we were on honeymoon. We both feel deeply in love with Jessie and still talk about her to this day.

Jessie on my lap - stray dog in Italy

Jessie on my lap

Where You Should Go

So what do I want you to read? Well anything on here is great and I really appreciate your time. However if I can cheekily direct you towards my birthday gift to you or maybe I can give you 10 reasons to buy my book?

Thank You

Seriously I want to say thank you. Thank you to all my readers who have visited, subscribed, commented, e-mailed and so much more. This is the reason why I began blogging, to share and connect with you.

Tell Me More

Please now help me. Please leave some comments below and tell me:-

  • what was your favourite articles and why

  • what do you want to see more of on the site

  • what do you want to see less of

  • what can I do for you

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Oh, one more thing. Since this is my 200th post of blogging do you think I can get 200 people to tweet this or facebook share? If you like what I write please share it for me.

Thank you.


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  1. says

    Congratulations! 200 posts is a huge achievement and amazing for your SEO. I really enjoy your posts, the hotel reviews are really useful because it’s great to get the opinion of someone who travels so frequently.
    Maybe some video content could be nice, how about a virtual tour of your destinations? Keep up the great work and thank you for inviting me to guest post and for all your support.
    Here’s to reaching 500! :)

    • says

      Hi Sara, many thanks for the great feedback. It is great to know what items are of interest to you.

      More video content, okay I’ll look into adding some more of that. Sounds like a fun thing to do.

  2. says

    Congratulations, you have written some really excellent posts but that b#@*dy music is awful. However it was clever writing that made me listen to it. I enjoy your posts so bring on the next 200. I particularly like your rants because I like ‘discussing your viewpoint’. I am also going to do some back reading so we can stop wasting our points. Personally, I have totally appreciated your generosity in sharing with me as a newbie travel blogger. Like you, I am not going anywhere.

    • says

      Thanks very much guys, I hope that you know I always really appreciate your support and love connecting with you.

      You didn’t like the music, now was that on the sunset video or the “Fish, Chips and Donkey Rides” video?

      Glad you enjoy the writing and the little “rants”. Got to add some personality to this haven’t we?

      All the best and I look forward to you reaching your first 200 too!

  3. John Clements says

    I love the blog, it’s great. I leave Adelaide tomorrow evening on the 777 Emirates flight to Dubai then 2.5 hrs later switch to the A380 to NYC. Both in First Class. I’m retired and paid for this myself, had a special deal of Aud$14,000 so took it, business was AUD$9500 so why not, should be great.

    I originally had a week in Dubai/Oman, but cancelled it. I read a story of a transit passenger (male) who was arrested after someone objected to his t-shirt which was in support of breast cancer and apparently had the outline of a breast on it.

    Seemed strange to me as he was a transit passenger, but I wasn’t willing to risk it. Seems to me the only modern thing in the Arab world is infrastructure, and it’s too risky to take a chance on a visit.

    Perhaps not a bad place at all, but the Arab/Islamic world is so different from the Western one we live in.

    Keep up the great work, maybe you’ll get to Adelaide sometime?

    • says

      Hi John, many thanks for your very kind words and support. I’m delighted to hear that you find benefit in this site.

      Have an amazing time on your flights with Emirates. For that price difference I’m delighted to hear that you opted for the First Class experience. It truly is luxury in the sky. Please report back and let me know what you thought of it.

      Adelaide, ah the city of churches. I’ve actually been a couple of times in the past and love wondering around the city centre. I could spend hours strolling around admiring the churches, buildings and enjoying the cafes.

  4. says

    Congratulations! 200 articles is a lot and kudos to you for making it this long – it is true many travel bloggers give up around 6 months. I’ve quite enjoyed reading your articles so far, I have to say the Jessy story is one of my favorites and you write with a humor that I don’t see in many other blogs.

    I bet you are glad that the guy picking his nose on the plane was being gross! Look where it led you in travel blogging :)

    Keep up the great work!

    • says

      Thank you Samantha I’m very touched by your lovely words. I think we also share a similar love of certain articles. The Jessie story is undoubtedly one of my all time favourites. We adore that dog and would love to meet her again some day.

      Haha, yes that nose picker has a lot to answer for! :-)

  5. says

    Congratulations on such a milestone. I can’t believe how fast you are developing your blog and I absolutely love the idea of interviewing inspiring travel bloggers. Your flight and accommodation reviews are always honest, objective and so detailed. Keep up the hard work!

    • says

      Thank you :-) You guys have always been so supportive of me right from the off. I dare say you maybe some of the first to have found me. To know you have stuck with me for so long means so much to me.

      Also, what you two are doing is such an inspiration for the rest of us. Please don’t ever story sharing your wonderful perspectives on travel.

  6. says

    Congrats on the milestone! I think I’ve been reading for about a year, but this article is great to go back to some other neat posts – thanks!

    • says

      Oh thank you Emily. Thanks for being such a long term reader and I’m delighted that some of my selection of favourite articles are also liked by you.

  7. says

    Congrats buddy! 200 posts, awesome! I love Jessie’s story…..this happened to us 3 times on this trip, with 2 strays in Pak Nam Pran who chose us, and 1 in Koh Lanta. Also happened many times in India. Even though I’m used to letting go, and know the Universe will take care of them, always SO tough to say goodbye when you bring a furry friend into your home. Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Ryan, many thanks :-) I’m not quite able to generate the volume of quality articles as yourself but I try my best.

      Yes, Jessie and stray dogs. They all just seem to have a magical way of connecting and taking our hearts. I knew this would happen and was so determined to avoid it but she got me!

      I dare say strays are quite a problem where you are and it is tough to say goodbye. I do suppose though you’ll always find a 4 legged friend for fun.

  8. says

    Congrats on 200 terrific blog posts! Keep travelling and writing about all your adventures and reviewing your flights and hotels. It’s such a great read and very informative.

    • says

      Many thanks Phil :-)

      You must be well beyond the 200 mark? You provide some great NYC reviews that your site will be my go to resource when I next visit the city.

  9. says

    Congrats on the milestone man, and keep being brutally honest … the blogosphere needs more writers like you instead of doormats willing to take any amount of money to write a puff piece. Cheers!

  10. says

    Wow! Congratulations! I have to admit Jessie is incredibly sweet, so I understand that it is hard not to think about her :)

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