What Were Your Favourite 2020 Travel Blog Posts On RetiredAndTravelling?
It was a strange year to look back and check out the RetiredAndTravelling favourite 2020 travel blog posts. Understandably, interest in reading travel blogs dropped off somewhat this year from March through May. But people still wanted to read about travels through most of the year for inspiration, if not for planning. Perhaps most rewarding, 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.
Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, we asked our readers about continuing to publish blog content. And we got a lot of support for publishing new travel content. So we kept writing and photo editing and the RetiredAndTravelling blog content stayed fresh.
So it was fascinating when we looked at our 2020 blog traffic and saw where the interest was. Blog posts about road trips and our travels in the National Parks were highly sought. During those trips, people read about wine tasting and adventures we had.
We published new blog posts as we travelled locally in Ontario, Canada and people followed those travels. One of our highest read blog posts talked about our first day trip to Lake Erie during the pandemic.
Our older travel posts were still popular. With over 500 blog posts published, people found a lot of things of interest to them.
Our Experiences Travelling During The Pandemic Was Of Great Interest
We started our year in 2020 with an amazing cruise for 2 months around South America. As we travelled around South America with Oceania Cruises, the Covid-19 crisis grew. And even though our cruise ship remained free of the virus, we were stranded at sea by Covid-19 and faced challenges returning home. We got some early lessons about how to travel during the pandemic.
After many months of lockdown, we started slowly and explored locally. Our first day trip to Lake Erie during the pandemic drew great interest as people wondered how safe even local travel was.
As we travelled locally during the summer, we reported about our experiences travelling locally. These posts continued to demonstrate the very detailed risk assessment we did every time we chose to travel.
In a year dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic, we were not surprised that posts about our travels in 2020 were some of the favourite 2020 travel blog posts.
So Many People Headed Out On Road Trips
With international travel so tough in 2020, many people found ways to do day trips and longer road trips. And they looked for input on routes to take and places to see. Our top travel blog post year over year has been our road trip from Toronto to Vancouver. We went one way in the summer and came back a slightly different route when the snow fell along our route.
Canadians travelled in British Columbia and the rest of us wanted to travel there. This made our 5 week BC trip from the Okanagan Valley to Vancouver Island one of your favourite 2020 travel blog posts.
People Craved Wide Open Spaces
While city travel dropped off in 2020, people certainly looked to visit wide open spaces. And nowhere was as popular as travel to the National Parks.
Blogs posts on the places we used as bases as we explored the National Parks were well visited. Moab was a great base in Utah.
Our exciting adventures were always popular travel blog posts. We had far less of these in 2020. Although our readers loved the playful fun we had when we plunged into a cranberry bog!
But people sure loved our wild jeep adventure in Moab. We explored Antelope Canyon by boat at a much more sedate pace. But it gave us a unique perspective on the land around Lake Powell that interested readers.
The desire to visit wide open spaces was strong in 2020. This was reflected in your favourite 2020 travel blog posts.
Sometimes People Just Wanted Life To Feel Normal
Wine tasting experiences seemed to always be popular blog posts. When we visited Arizona, we found interesting wine tasting venues. The Verde Valley wine region close to Sedona was a great surprise when we visited.
We learned much about Arizona wines on our stay in Sedona. So we then headed for more Arizona wine in the Sonoita and Wilcox wine region on our stay in Tucson.
There are many travel blog posts about the Napa Valley wine region. But in 2020 we found people wanted to read about wine tasting in Temecula in California. It was our first visit to this lovely area but it won’t be our last!
Our New Travel Blog Posts Showcased Local Travel in Ontario
Like most people in 2020, most of our travels remained close to home. We started slowly with days trips along Lake Erie. And then we followed the butter tart path in the Kawartha region. These day trips helped us get comfortable with staying safe on the road.
Early in the fall, we did our first overnight stays. We started with a great 3 day stay on Lake Rosseau at the JW Marriott Rosseau. And added a 3 day stay in Kingston as we explored the Thousand Islands. The short overnight stays added some new challenges for travelling safely. But we loved the chance for an extended change of scenery.
We finished up with a 3 day trip to Northern Ontario with a stay in Sault Ste Marie. Nature put on an amazing show with waterfalls and fall colours. It was a great way to finish our local travels before Ontario went into lockdown again!
Each local trip we made in 2020 was done after a careful assessment of risk versus value. Our readers learned as we learned this year. This made our new local travel some of the favourite 2020 travel blog posts.
Older Posts Were Still At The Top Of The Favourite 2020 Travel Blog Posts
Some of our older blog post content showed up at the top of our blog traffic list every year. People remained fascinated with our travels through the Suez Canal. And this year, our blog post on the artistry at the Kohinoor Museum in Agra, India drew a lot of readers. A great addition to our visit to the Taj Mahal.
Travel to the Caribbean has always drawn a lot of attention. This year the top place of interest was travel to the ABC Islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. Our travels in Grand Cayman on our stay at the Grand Cayman Ritz-Carlton was also popular. And our experience snorkelling on the Ocean Atlas statues in Nassau, Bahamas remained as a top blog post again this year.
Some old favourites showed up on the European travel blog post list. Travel along the Douro Valley in Portugal drew readers. And our Azores Islands travels in Portugal sparked continued interest. When Portugal stayed open after much of Europe, the travel blog posts on our 4 weeks in Portugal became popular.
We were surprised with how much interest we got on Northern Ireland. Our short visit to Belfast drew new blog readers. And this led to interest about our visit to the Giants Causeway. This taste test of Northern Ireland certainly added it to our long list of places we wanted to re-visit.
It was always rewarding when we saw that some of our older posts drew high traffic year after year and remained on our list of your favourite 2020 travel blog posts.
But Not All Of Our New Travel Blog Posts Were As Popular
One of our all time favourite trips was our cruise through the Nordic Countries. We cruised along the Norway fjords and saw some of the most amazing spots. From there we headed further north to the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland. Each stop was simply stunning.
But blog traffic for these posts was surprisingly just “ok”. While we certainly missed cruising in 2020, we were not yet ready to be back at sea. And maybe the thought of cruising in 2020 was just not of interest to most people? Maybe the timing of these posts missed the early summer period when they may have been better for travel planning? Or perhaps there are just too many blog posts for these destinations? We know this will be popular content that people will find when travel resumes.
Excited To Explore Your Favourite 2020 Travel Blog Posts
Every month we tracked a lot of statistics about blog traffic and reader interests. But it was always fun at year end when we looked back on the travel year. And 2020 was a strange travel year for most. So we were happy when we saw that the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog continued to provide content that interested our readers.
We want to thank our readers for their continued support. Many times we questioned the intense effort it took through 2020 to keep new content flowing. But the feedback from our readers kept us going!
Did this list include your favourite 2020 travel blog posts for RetiredAnd Travelling? Is there a travel area that we covered that fascinated you more?
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