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1 Year and going strong

It is hard to believe that TravelDestinationBucketList has been going strong for 1 year now!  Thanks for all the comments, feedback and emails – it has been great getting to know you, and sharing travel stories and experiences!  I have learned so much from you and hope I have helped to inspire your next dream trip or quiet getaway!

things to do in Antigua

Holding the stingrays at Stingray City, Antigua

I have received the distinction of Freshly Pressed twice in my first year – the first for Stingray City – Antiuga, and the second for Cycling Across Canada: Back on track.  These 2 posts rank the highest in popularity over my first year.  Swimming with the stingrays is an experience I won’t soon forget – these gentle sea creatures were amazing.  The people of Stringray City dispelled the myths and fears associated with the rays and made a fantastic afternoon, swimming and feeding the stingrays.

bicycle touring

Of all my trips, travels and experiences, cycling across Canada is the one to which I am most proud – the adventure was solo and I met so many wonderful people along the way who made the journey epic and something I will never forget!  The journey was over 6,000kms, taking me 2 1/2 months.  There were hardships and challenges, but these were outweighed by random acts of kindness and generosity as I pedalled coast to coast!  If you want to see the entire series – it starts with this post: Cycling Across Canada.

Love Locks Prague ranks as my 3rd most visited page – I think that it is so romantic that so many people have taken to declaring their love through love locks, in Prague and throughout the world!  I look forward to bringing you more Love Locks from my travels as I find them!

declarations of love

Not surprising, my hotel review of the Grand Palladium in Montego Bay Jamaica also ranks in the top 5 – who doesn’t dream of a winter escape, especially when living in the northern climes where snow and freezing temperatures have palm trees and rum punch dancing in our heads!  I have been back to the Grand Palladium more than once – it really is a perfect getaway from the cold Canadian winters!

beach destination

Live the photo: Lac La Peche rounds out the top 5.  Love the photo – going back to childhood summer fun…..puts a smile on my face.

I have come along way since my first post: Have Passport, Must Travel, where it all started on August 23, 2011.

Marrakesh Medina – photo courtesy of Younes Bounhar. To see more of Younes’ work, please visit http://www.younesbounhar.com

Thank you for helping to make Travel Destination Bucket List what it is today.  Thank you for all the comments and messages, for sharing with others through Facebook and Twitter.  So many of you have inspired me, introduced me to new destinations and have helped me to grow.  I have met so many wonderful people through the blogosphere and look forward to the next year!

Over the past year, I have received many nominations for blog awards.  I am honoured and would like to thank the following blogs for their nominations:

Versatile Blogger Award: SandyLikeABeach, 6MonthsToLive, SandraandKathysCorners, TravelSpirit, ForTheLoveofWanderlust, ThePlacesWeveBeen

Sunshine Award: FaithRises

Seven x Seven Link Award: CeesLifePhotographyBlog

Commenter Award: FaithRises

What about you – do you have a favourite post?  What countries are on your travel bucket list?

Right now, I am travelling around Croatia – Hope you can pop by for more photos from the road!

photos from Croatia


About Anita Mac

The bucket list just keeps growing! The more I cross off - the more exciting new destinations and activities I find! I have been fortunate enough to travel a considerable distance over the years. My love of many things, including travel, cycling, kayaking and photography fit together like hand and glove. I have to keep asking myself....where to next? I am happy to share my travels and photography through my blogs: http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com and http://anitamacphotos.wordpress.com Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! On to the next adventure!


23 thoughts on “1 Year and going strong

  1. Congrats and thanks Antia for sharing your travel adventures current and old over the past year. I’m always waiting to see your adventure pictures!

    Posted by iampetert2 | August 23, 2012, 8:33 am
  2. Congratulations on your first blog anniversary 🙂

    Posted by Madhu | August 23, 2012, 9:22 am
  3. HUGE congradulations,my friend,thank you for sharing this past year with all of us,and here’s a toast to many more (years) 😀

    The DC

    Posted by disabledcyclist | August 23, 2012, 9:56 am
  4. Congrats! I love your blog! I have learned of many great places and things to do! I have added to my own bucket list and I am in the works of planning my next trip!

    Posted by Virginia | August 23, 2012, 10:04 am
  5. Congrats and keep on going. There is nothing like travelling to keep you young.

    Posted by saintjohnmasterscrossfit | August 23, 2012, 10:49 am
  6. Congratulations on making your first year anniversary! 🙂

    Posted by thebudgetwanderer | August 23, 2012, 10:56 am
  7. Happy anniversary! It’s quite an accomplishment. I wish I had discovered your blog earlier, but I look forward to catching up in the archives!

    Posted by AYearOfTravel | August 23, 2012, 12:33 pm
  8. Congrats! And hey… I like hanging around here!

    Posted by Herman | August 23, 2012, 1:08 pm
  9. Congrats – Love Your Blog, so Keep Blogging Away! Happy Day:)

    Posted by cravesadventure | August 23, 2012, 7:11 pm
  10. Congrats! Love reading about your adventures! I can’t wait to read for years to come!

    Posted by ashleypaige4 | August 24, 2012, 12:23 am
  11. Congrats and many more to come 🙂

    Posted by 2 Rivers Photos | August 24, 2012, 2:04 pm
  12. Happy First Anniversary! Here is to many more years and adventures to come!

    Posted by CeCe | August 24, 2012, 7:42 pm
  13. Congratulations on your first blog anniversary and here’s to many more years!

    Posted by Lucy Dodsworth | August 25, 2012, 6:15 am
  14. Congratulations, Anita! Although I don’t always comment, I very much enjoy following your adventures on your blog. 🙂

    Posted by Robin | August 26, 2012, 5:04 pm

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