The Vacation Gals have been invited, along with quite a few other travel blogs, to participate in a fun project called “7 Links.” This project, started by Tripbase, asks us to recall our favorite travel posts. Akila from The Road Forks and I met at the Travel Bloggers Exchange Conference in Vancouver this past June, and I enjoyed reading her contribution to the 7 Links project. Thanks for inviting The Vacation Gals to participate in 7 Links, Akila! The idea behind 7 Links is to give fresh air to old travel posts. These are ours.
Most Beautiful Travel Post – Hanalei Colony Resort: Kauai Authenticity
It’s easy to get swept up in the beauty in Hawaii. The verdant tropical sumptuousness of Kauai, in particular, can cause even the most pragmatic of travelers to wax poetic. Kauai is the least developed of the major Hawaiian islands, and the northern side of Kauai in particular feels remote and, basically, like old-time Hawaii. Hanalei Colony Resort easily maintains that authentic Hawaiian feel; it’s a far cry from the urban atmosphere of Waikiki. This review of Hanalei Colony Resort on Kauai’s north shore is our most beautiful recent post, lending to the reader a sense of Hawaii as it “once was and forever should be.”
Most Controversial Travel Post – Airplane Lap Child Safety
The most controversial post in The Vacation Gals’ archive is almost assuredly this one, in which TwinCitiesGal uses her authority as a flight attendant to beseech airlines to stop allowing the “lap child” policy. Parents of babies and toddlers under two years of age are allowed to avoid paying for an extra seat on a plane, and just hold their babies on their laps for the entire flight. The Vacation Gals stance is that this is dangerous — should intense turbulence occur, even the tight grasp of loving parents cannot protect their babies. Air travel is expensive, but we should all do whatever it takes to protect our children from preventable harm.
Most Popular Post – Best US Summer Vacation Destinations
The most popular post on The Vacation Gals has been Best US Summer Vacation Destinations for a while now, but this this a seasonal post, and one which we expect to drop out of the top rankings soon (perhaps to be traded for its Best Winter cohort? Time will tell). I especially like this post because it includes contributions from friends and fellow travel writers. Summer is a peak travel season, of course; it will be interesting to see what takes this posts’ place once the season has passed.
Most Helpful Travel Post – What to Do When Your Flight in Canceled and You Are at the Gate
It can happen to any one of us. ColoradoGal’s What to Do When Your Flight is Canceled and You Are at The Gate travel post is helpful for that grim situation indicated by its title. Having a flight cancel when you’re already at the airport — with kids and luggage in tow — can threaten the end of a vacation before it even begins. Here, we learn about options and keeping a cool head on one’s shoulders (easier said than done, in my case). We even have a photo of the author’s kids entertaining themselves while she scrambled for an alternate flight; that’s travel blogging, straight from where the action was!
Travel Post Whose Success Surprised Us – Australia and Stupid Tourist Questions
No one was more surprised than me when this post was our first really popular post of 2010. This is because, as I describe in the post, it’s basically about an amusing FAQ page. This post, which makes gentle fun of dumb Australia travel questions, has been replicated in various forms all over the internet — another reason its success surprised me.
Post that Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved – Alaska Yanert Glacier Landing
Quick — how many of you have landed on a glacier, after a helicopter ride? Show of hands? Not me, that’s for sure. The three Vacation Gals were each invited on separate Alaska cruises last summer, but only TwinCitiesGal’s trip included a helicopter ride to Yanert Glacier in Denali National Park. Check out the video here; her excitement during this thrilling adventure is contagious.
Travel Post We’re Most Proud Of – Family Connections at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii
WW II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and nearby Pearl Harbor Historic Sites provide a time of retrospection and thoughtfulness during an otherwise fun and possibly frivolous Hawaii vacation. There was an added level of poignancy for ColoradoGal: She discovered a personal connection. Her husband’s great grandfather was a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy, and stationed at Pearl Harbor on that fateful day in 1941. Her family history and the history of the US during WWII come together in this meaningful post — one of our favorites among our many posts about Hawaii.
Hope you like those old travel posts as much as we do! And now, the fun part; we get to pay it forward, in a way; we’re nominating some of our favorite family travel bloggers on the Best Family Travel Advice team to participate, too.
Mary Turner: Travel with Teens
Mara Gorman: Mother of All Trips
Kyle McCarthy: Family Travel Forum
Sue Rodman: Field Trips with Sue
Amie O’Shaughnessy: Ciao Bambino