Recently we were nominated by Cam and Nicole over at Traveling Canucks to take part in the 7 Links Project started by Trip Base. First off I like the Traveling Canucks because they only use one “L” when they spell “traveling.” Yes, I can be that superficial! Oh, they are also a fun couple to follow around the world.

The Goal of the 7 Links Project

Todd's Wanderings little wanderer

Even I can tell that Daddy is full of s#@&, just like my diaper!

What you are about to read is lifted directly from Trip Base (yes, I steal sometimes too):

To unite bloggers 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.

My son is only 2 weeks old and he is already questioning whether ANY of my posts should have been allowed to see the light of day, let alone subject the world to another round.

But since he can’t speak, or type, to warn you to avert your eyes and do something more useful with your time, I’m going to rush on ahead.

The Process (yeah, they are actually Rules, but I’m feeling rebellious today)

1)    Sexy Blogger is nominated to take part
2)    Successful Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category
3)    Funny Blogger Nominates 5 More Sexy, Successful, Funny Bloggers

4) Reader loves every word and relishes the visual porn (not in a creepy way please) that Todd puts out and spreads the word through social media voodoo, or what the old folks use to call “talking” (whatever that is!)…OK, this one is not part of the rules. But since you are participating you might as well indulge my whims.

My 7 Links

1. Most Beautiful Post-Petra, Jordan: A Walk Through History

Donkey Negotiataions Petra Jordan

Trust me, there are more beautiful pictures in this post than me on a Donkey

Visiting the ancient ruins of Petra was a dream come true and unbelievably it lived up to all the hype I had built up in my head. This photo tour should be viewed with the Indiana Jones theme song playing in your head.

2. Most Popular Post- First Time I Almost Died in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay Vietnam

Death and Adventure in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

I think that any post that begins with the words “By the end of this story a number of people will be dead.” is destined to get a little bit of traction. I was surprised that so many people are interested in narrative travel writing as opposed to bland, worn out top 7 lists about the BEST beaches in the world the writer had actually never been to.

3. Most Controversial Post- When to Bribe, How to Bribe, Do you Bribe

Should I pay bribes when I travel

Are bribes necessary sometimes?

Is this my most controversial post? I’m not sure if this one beats out the large dicks on Japanese statues at Buddhist temples, but as I wasn’t responsible for building the statues, just pointing them out I guess we go with Bribes. The fact that the world is dirtier than most people would like to admit hits all travelers at some point in their journey. This post explores what to do about it.

4. Most Helpful Post- 10 Free Things to Do in Tokyo

Sensoji Temple Tokyo

Sensoji Temple with its vibrant gate and pagoda

Tokyo can be a very expensive destination and in this post I lay out my 10 favorite things to do in Tokyo that cost no money at all. I was taken aback as to how popular this post ended up becoming and it even made it into a recent book by a writer for The Japan Times newspaper. Yeah, that’s right, someone else is profiting off of my work…yes, I took free in Tokyo to a whole new level.

5. Post whose Success Surprised Me- “Real” Life, Travel and Work: Lessons from 10 Years on the Road

Todd in Shikoku

Don't believe anyone who says this can't be your office

This was one of those posts that I wrote on a whim, didn’t edit, and felt very uncomfortable with. I have since learned that my lifestyle, and the things I often take for granted are exactly what interests readers. This was also a general rant against everyone in my life that kept telling me I needed to be normal, and who now are so proud to talk about me since I have apparently succeeded. Apparently, like this post, things are never a success until someone else says so…wait, that’s exactly what I’m arguing against in the is post :)

6. Post I Feel Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved- The Hermit in Seclusion

Nice man I met on the Shikoku Pilgrimage

This may be the happiest, nicest man on the Planet.

One reason this might have not been very successful is that it was posted before I had all of you lovely readers. Just look at the watermark, yes, I used to be on Blogger! This is the story of a vengeful Buddhist Monk, yes I was shocked to learn I could inspire hate in a man of the robe, and a simple grounds keeper who smiles like a turtle.

7. Post I’m Most Proud Of- Should you Give Money to Beggars When you Travel

Children begging in KosovoThis is one of those uncomfortable honest posts about my own shortcomings, and the challenges we face as travelers when poverty comes knocking on our door. It is also one of the posts that sort of launched Todd’s Wanderings into the range of W List blogging celebrity. If I can only get a few more loyal stalkers I might be able to qualify for the V List. That’s right, I’m living the dream!

Great, so now you are able to judge if I was right or wrong to subject you all to my Shameless Self Promotion. My son just pooped his pants, so I guess we have his answer :)

Now, to give you some other Attractive Bloggers to share their own 7 Great Links.

1. Exotic Visitors

2. Top Backpacking Destinations

3. Ogijima

4. LoneLee Planet

5. World Travel for Couples

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19 Responses to “My 7 Links that May or May not Deserve to See the Light of Day”

  1. Love these “7 links” posts, especially on blogs like this that I have discovered *after* the great posts have been posted. I’ll definitely be looking through these asap! :)


  2. JodiNo Gravatar says:

    Read your 7 links, and I enjoyed them :)

  3. AnnieNo Gravatar says:

    I love these 7 Links because it means I can get caught up and go back and see what I’ve missed!

    I remember your post about Vietnam, what a scary experience. I love the photo here for your Petra post… you look so… enthused to be on the donkey.

  4. All of these deserve to see the light of day! I’m glad that you re-posted the “Hermit in Seclusion” story, since I hadn’t seen it before. It’s quite deserving of more attention.

  5. MichaelNo Gravatar says:

    A pleasant read as always, Todd. I have to agree that your most popular post deserves it. I was totally riveted the first time I read it. Keep up the blogging fun!

  6. Funny intro! I remember reading the bribe post- it was really helpful to someone who totally doesn’t understand bribes. Congrats on the little guy. Everyone needs a critic, now you’ve got yours. Hope he’s a trooper on the road.

  7. The second time is a charm when it comes to seeing your entries for the 7 posts. I love your photos and the comments. Well done.

  8. reesanNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the nomination Todd! Here’s my list:

  9. Mike CollinsNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Todd. Looks like I need to do some digging.

    I love your 7 links! Number 3 I can relate to for sure.

    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      No worries Mike. Looking forward to your posts. With a boat I get you have had to hand over your fair share of bribes! Smuggling drugs around the world is not as easy as the cartels make it look ;)

  10. ErinNo Gravatar says:

    Glad to discover some of your posts that I’ve missed. We are planning our trip to Japan at the moment so the Tokyo post is very helpful.

  11. DavidNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the shout out.
    Now, I feel the pressure, I’ll have to dig through my old posts to make my own list. (don’t you know I don’t like lists. ;-) )

  12. What a brilliant idea – I have a few hidden gems I’d love to feature too:)

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