What Made The List Of Most Popular Travel Blog Posts In 2019
It was always interesting when we looked back and saw what was the RetiredAndTravelling most popular travel blog posts in 2019.
We learned that our evergreen content was still popular. In 2019, we hit over 500 blog posts published this year. And when we looked at the top 100 blog posts, we saw that the average time on site was great. And exit rates were low. So people read the whole posts. And then moved to other posts on the site.
Measuring Travel Blog Popularity
We watched our travel blog and social media statistics quite closely. You should not be surprised to read that we used a series of spreadsheets. Most of the blog site traffic numbers came from Google Analytics.
While Google continually tweaked its algorithms, a big change was made in late 2019 and it affected our web site numbers. Google removed older referral sites even though read time was very high for the sites removed. Changes were made in many other parameters being looked at. This created much work as we addressed best practices.
It became clear that we needed to look at handling images better on our site to improve our Google ranking. We loved to share our travel photographs. And our photography always received great comments. So blog posts had lots of pictures. And we kept them at a reasonable size. But site loading time took a hit. As we moved forward, we looked to reduce the file sizes without taking a hit on the quality. Hopefully this will mean that we can keep our blog posts image dense.
The last thing that impacted our web site traffic this year was our travel schedule. We had a very busy travel year in 2019. We were aways almost as much as we were home. And that impacted the time we had to work on blogs and to fully engage in social media. We finished the year very far behind in blog post publishing. Even though we managed to post at least once a week through the year.
When we looked at the RetiredAndTravelling most popular travel blog posts in 2019, some clear favourites were identified.
Everybody Loved A Great Road Trip Story
Year over year, one of our top 10 blog posts detailed our road trip across the U.S. from Toronto to Vancouver, BC. We stopped in many spots along the way. And were so glad we chose to drive. Even if our trip back in the snow was a much faster trip.
In 2019, we did a lot of road trips and these were popular with our readers. We started the year on a 4 week trip up the California coast from San Diego to San Francisco.
The spring took us to British Columbia (BC). Our 4 week road trip in BC started in the Okanagan Valley. We moved west and travelled up the Sunshine Coast. And then explored Vancouver Island for almost 2 weeks. We used this trip as a bit of an advanced scouting trip in case some day we might want to live in BC.
A final road trip in the fall from Utah through Arizona took us to some new and amazing places. We explored the Utah National Parks and then travelled from north to south in Arizona. And it looked like this will turn into a favourite set of blog posts too.
Epic road trips were definitely some of the most popular travel blog posts in 2019.
Portugal Remained A Sought After Destination
There did not seem to be an end to interest in Portugal. We have over 40 posts on our 4 weeks in Portugal. We travelled from the Algarve in the South through Lisbon and up to Porto.
And no investigation of Portugal was complete without considering the Azores Islands. We spent 10 days in the Azores and visited 3 islands. It enchanted us. And we know we will go back.
Our most popular travel blog posts for last year included a large number from our series on Portugal.
Europe Remained A Big Search Topic
While Portugal took the top spot in our readers interest in 2019, not far behind was blog posts about our travels along the Adriatic coast in Italy. So many of the places we visited along the coast are off the more beaten path in Italy. And readers wanted to know what that coast offered.
Europe is a steady part of the most popular travel blog posts in 2019.
People Wanted To Escape South To Warmer Climates
A large number of our regular readers are from North America. And when it turns cold in the winter, we all looked for places to escape the cold. So we were not surprised to learn that some of the most popular travel blog posts in 2019 were about our travels in the Caribbean.
When we travelled to the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) we had some of our favourite times. The weather was always predictable. And the water was perfect for scuba divers.
Many people looked to cruise in the Caribbean. Both our post on the Southern Caribbean and the Eastern Caribbean drew a lot of readers. And people wanted to use the Caribbean as a starting point for a transatlantic cruise.
We were not at all surprised with the interest in Caribbean travels.
Iconic Travel Spots Were Hit And Miss
We had a lot of interest in some of our travels to iconic travel destinations. People continued to read about our visit to the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset. Our trip along the Suez Canal drew some of our highest blog visit counts.
But some other iconic sites we visited drew less attention. Travel in Egypt was still not a big draw for visitors. Tensions with China seemed to keep the interest down for Panda bears, the Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall of China.
It wasn’t always easy to know that would draw in readers. Or what would make the list of the most popular travel blog posts.
Luxury Travel Blog Posts Always Were Big Draws
Every year we got great blog site traffic for our posts on luxury travel. One year we splurged all our points and enjoyed a shower in the air when we travelled First Class on Emirates. In Canada, people wanted to read about how we travelled in Business Class on Via Rail.
If our individual blog posts on destinations in China did not draw readers, there were a lot of readers who wanted to find out more about our experience when we travelled with Viking Cruises to China.
We hoped our readers enjoyed a peek into some of our luxury travel. That interest put these tales high on the list of most popular travel blog posts in 2019.
Food And Drink Captured Your Interest
We always enjoyed the opportunity to have Afternoon Tea when we travelled. This quaint tradition always created photo opportunities. This year we enjoyed Afternoon Tea at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal and the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. And our blog post on tea and champagne sabrage again drew readers to our post on Afternoon Tea at the St Regis Washington.
We did a lot of wine tasting in 2019. But readers were intrigued with our experience doing ice wine tasting in Niagara On The Lake closer to home. And one of the favourite Portugal blog posts was about our tasting experience with the cherry liqueur Ginja in Obidos.
Our readers followed our tasty food and drink adventures and put these on the list of the most popular travel blog posts in 2019.
We Shared Our Travel Tips
Visitors to RetiredAndTravelling love to read about our travels. But we often got asked for our travel tips. Many of these made the list of the most popular travel blog posts year after year.
When we posted our 500th travel blog post, people wanted to see if we had any tips from 5 years of blogging. And when we wrapped up our year travelling in 2019, people learned that we will have lots of new content still coming. Hopefully there will be many more favourite travel blog posts coming.
The List Of Favourite Travel Blog Posts Was Long
It was great to look back and see what topics our readers wanted to see. New and older travels drew interest. People read our travel blog to escape to warmer destinations or iconic travel spots. And we know our travel blog posts probably sent people looking for food and drink. It was great to know that some of our favourites showed up on the list of RetiredAndTravelling’s most popular travel blog posts in 2019.
Do you have your favourite? Or a view on what should be the most popular travel blog posts in 2019?
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