It was nice to read you. Well that’s how it seems from the popular articles on Flights And Frustration this year.
As we enjoy the festive season people often look back on the year that’s been. Well I’m doing that now in a blogging kind of way.
I’m sure that you also want to know what you were reading in 2014 on Flights And Frustration? Which articles really caught your imagination? Why other people came to the site?
Well here’s a chance to look back and recap the travel blogging year.
I logged into my Google Analytics a few days ago to find out what you were reading in 2014 on both here and my interviews site.
I’ve listed the top 10 articles for each site. Some of the popular posts didn’t surprise me, they’ve been popular all year. However some may surprise you.
10. In tenth spot was one of the first articles I wrote. This focused on a little translation issue as I speak English in other countries. It is a rather simple concept as I ask for a cup of coffee but the way I like to drink it.
9. Was also an article early to the blog, maybe my first flight review. I ask the question many people have which is – is the Emirates A380 any good?
8. My site includes many aspects of air travel, including the use of lounges at airports. So it is little wonder that these take up the next two spots. In eight place is my review of the Emirates lounge at Melbourne Tullamarine airport.
7. Seventh spot goes to my photographic tour of the Dubai hosted Emirates Business Class Lounge. This must be the biggest airport lounge that I’ve been in so there was a lot to see and photograph.
6. When it comes to the extras for flying Business Class we all like to know what we’ll find in the amenity bag. This particular bag was high up on the things people searched for this year on my site.
5. First Class travel on airplanes used to be reserved for only the wealthy and high flying (pun not intended) business people. I can honestly say that I don’t fit either of those categories but I do sometimes experience the premium in-flight experience. Just like this one on a B777-300.
4. Of course this was not my first experience of flying long haul in First. You may remember that I redeemed some frequent flyer points to fly on the Emirates A380 in First Class.
3. From one extreme to the other, well not quite. However I do fly a range of airlines (in spite of Google thinking I’m Emirates all the way). More than twice as many people read my review of flying with discount airline Easyjet than my A380 First Class review.
2. Published early in 2014, my top 10 tips on taking a massage in China just failed to take the top spot by a few hundred page views!
1. The top article has been popular since the day I published it and can give an insight into what we all want to know. It is of course how I got a free upgrade to First Class. I guess everyone wants that special upgrade. Many people claim to know a whole host of secrets such as dressing smartly, getting to the airport early or late or even having the audacity to ask. My article reveals the real reason why I got my complimentary upgrade and it was none of those reasons above.
I hope that you feel it is “nice to read you” on Flights And Frustration. What were your favourite articles of the year? Please tell me in the comments below.
I guess a lot of traffic comes from Google search since they think I am a bit of an authority on Emirates? I’m not 100% sure why. I don’t work for Emirates, never have. I’m just a passenger sharing my experiences.
Hopefully some of my other flight reviews, especially First Class ones will feature strongly next year.
As for other Travel Bloggers it was Nice To Read You too!
As many of you know I run more than one web site. I thought it would be interesting to see which of the interviews with other travel bloggers scored well with readers in 2014. Meeting these travel bloggers online is a true delight and nice to read you has never been truer for me.
Here’s the 10 most popular interviews of the year:-
10. Ben Warner of HugeParty Travel. Ben is a real fun traveller. It’s not just about the experience of being in a foreign land. He wants to know where to find a great atmosphere, make new friends and make everlasting memories.
9. Arnab Nandy who is also know as Travel Andy. This guy has some amazing travel stories and has become a travel writer recognised by the media. His travel tales include having a drink containing a pickled human toe!
8. Tim Blight of UrbanDuniya. Tim has been a long term supporter of both sites and seems to really love the interview series (I know he’ll be reading this 🙂 ) He is also a fascinating writer with a great insight to India and Pakistan although he hails from Australia.
7. Paul Johnson of A Luxury Travel Blog. There is no surprise to me that Paul makes the top 10. He runs one of the most popular travel blogs in the world! He has a fabulous online success story and a blogging star we can all learn from.
6. Mica Rodriguez of Senyorita.net. I discover Mica’s blog a long time ago so it was a real pleasure to hear that she accepted my request for an interview. This delightful blogger from the Philippines offers a great perspective of Asian travel.
5. Anna Lysakowska of Anna Everywhere has a world view from experience of living in numerous countries as opposed to just visiting. I’ve watched her blog develop over time and she is definitely one to watch.
4. Yara Coelho of Heart of a Vagabond. Well established within the blogging community Yara has been travelling for 16+ years. Lacking a backpack she travels economically and has been part of the squatter community.
3. Samantha Murphy is a highly skilled travel photographer who provides some stunning images on her web pages. I remember the day this travel blogger interview was published the visitor stats just rocketed, with good reason too.
2. Savannah Grace of Sihpromatum and Escape The Good Life. My long term online travel blogging friend and one of the first people I interviewed. If you’ve not heard of Savannah then where have you been? She’s spent a multi-year trip with her family around Asia. She is now the best selling author of I Grew My Boobs in China and Backpacks and Bra Straps.
1. Number one spot goes to…… drum roll please…….
Another great online blogger friend of mine. This American shared her experiences of living and working in Norway. Her travels take her to some of the less known areas of central and eastern Europe which make for a fabulous read.
I’d like to extend a very sincere THANK YOU to all the travel bloggers who’ve been part of the interview series this year. It truly was nice to read to you.
If you are an established travel blogger and want to be featured in 2015 then you can find more details here.
That just about rounds it up for this year. I’m taking a break now for Christmas and New Year. I’ll be back in 2015 for more great adventures.
Don’t forget – if you are planning to travel a lot next year you can get hold of my book to help you gain more benefits from travel.
As always thanks for all your support and comments. It was nice to read you (and me). 🙂