On our September, 2013 trip near the entrance to Plitvička Lakes National Park, Croatia
This is my 100th post in the year plus since I started this blog. Out of curiosity I went back over all of my previous stories to see which were the most popular. I discovered the top five most-viewed posts dealt with some aspect of how we travel, how we budget, how we decide where to live and how we adapt to our living arrangements.
Touring the islands of Lake Nicaragua
As much as I would love to think readers wish to see our pretty pictures and learn about different places in various countries, it turns out what is most popular is to learn about the process of traveling. This realization made me think perhaps I should use fewer words discussing ‘what’ and dedicate more effort discussing ‘how.’ I will keep that in mind.
If there is one thing I have learned, it is that there are thousands, if not millions, of travel blogs. I am a relative newcomer to the world of travel and the blog scene. While I would dearly love to do distinguish myself in that realm, I have barely scratched the surface. I feel fortunate to have several things in my favor.
Altar of the feathered serpent
First, The 6 Monthers concept is fairly unique. There are other travelers who choose a variety of destinations and stay for extended lengths of time. However, I have not discovered anyone else taking our six-months-at-a-time approach, which is why we purchased the web domain. Our challenge now is to increase our visibility beyond the few thousand people that have heard of us.
Mike: ‘What’s that sound?’
Florence: ‘My teeth chattering.’
Torres del Paine NP, Chile
Second, I retired a couple of years ago and I now have time to pursue with a passion both travel and writing. With Florence’s social media and photography expertise, we leveraged our skills to earn an invitation to travel for three-and-a-half weeks in Croatia as the guests of Dhar Media and Touristar.tv to help promote tourism in their country. That was cool! Our ambition now is to carry our experience forward to other countries to help bolster their tourism industry while saving on expenses. Sharing those kinds of experiences would dovetail nicely with writing more about the ‘How to’ of travel.
On the main island of Antigua
Leeward Islands, Caribbean Sea
Finally, I want to someday point back to something meaningful to say, “I created that.” Perhaps it will be a book. We have published one children’s book, and we have a dozen more waiting in the wings. We would love to score a publishing deal so we could get our books illustrated for young readers. We would love to teach children about the people and animals and cultures from around the world. And we would love to build our name, The 6 Monthers, which might one day be worthwhile to the next generation of travelers.
We have our work cut out for us. Every great idea that amounted to something required perseverance, creativity, and passion, things we think we have. We now look ahead as we pursue our journey and continue our travels down as yet unexplored roads. As always, I hope you will accept my invitation to join us and share your thoughts along the way.