All this week on BootsnAll, we’ve been bring you our “best of” lists. We shared what we think will be some of the best destinations for indie travelers in 2012 and highlighted some of our best content, from Round the World Wednesday articles to travel guides on our WhyGo sites to how-to articles that will help you travel better and more often. And today, we’re sharing the very best articles – as determined by you – that we produced on our site this year.
So in case you missed any the first time around, here are some of our top articles of 2011.
Who needs hotel beds? Jennifer Miller suggests seven places for an unforgettably romantic experience with your partner. From hammocks and hot springs to under the desert stars, making love in these locales will certainly leave a lasting impression.
When the temperatures start dropping in North America, things start to heat up down South. Rather than deal with snow and cold, head to one of these great destinations in South America instead.
Indie travel meals getting away from the crowds and closer to the locals, seeing how another culture lives, and experiencing daily life in a place through its food, religion, and customs. In Indonesia, get off the tourist trail with these tips from Zoë Smith.
Not every indie traveler can – or wants to – go on an extended trip. If your full-time job is holding you back from seeing as much of the world as you’d like, Julie Ovenell-Carter offers ten practical tips that can help you squeeze every last second out of your limited vacation time.
The islands of Bocas del Toro in Panama or the Princes’ Islands in Turkey aren’t exactly secret, but they are definitely off the radar of mass tourism. If you dream of an island escape to call (nearly) your own, check out of these lesser-known islands around the world.
We’re pretty sure even the most hardcore budget backpacker appreciates a nice pool every now and again. The pools on this list include some of the largest, deepest, and most beautiful in the world.
“Cemeteries tell us how people died, but also how they lived,” says writer Anne Supsic. The cemeteries profiled here tell tales of honor, sacrifice, love, romance, piety, tragedy, and even a little voodoo.
From Hawaii and Alaska to Tennessee and California, Adam Seper shares the best places to hike around the country, for every fitness level and terrain.
>> Read: The 10 Best Places to Hike in the US
At the end of every year, we publish a list of the best destinations for indie travelers for the coming year. Our 2010 article, which suggests destinations including Portugal, Indonesia, Nicaragua and Albania, was one of our best yet.
It seems that more and more people are thinking about the benefits of long term travel, a fact evident by the popularity of this post. As author Adam Seper point out, you’re never going to get any younger, long-term travel may actually be cheaper then living at home, the experiences gained may actually help your career, and – perhaps most importantly – you may regret it forever if you don’t try. Some of you may have read all this nodding your head in agreement based on your own experience traveling the world, and if not, we hope we opened your eyes to a new travel possibility and inspired you to get started planning your own RTW adventure.