#travel #blog Champagne Living

Alright, everything’s gone right with our #travel1k charts for two weeks now — last week at #171, and for the week of December 12th, everything’s counted again and we’re up a smidgen to #168. Onward and upward!

This week we saw the biggest climbs from Nina *Nina* (up 624 places to 148th), Just Chasing Rabbits (up 608 places to 205th), and Fran Opazo (up 463 places to 373rd).

Well done to this week’s top three Charles McCool (McCool Travel)Matt Matt, and Melody Pittman.

And this week, our new blog to check out is here at #36 zooming up from #131: @zipporahs’s Champagne Living!

At Champagne Living we believe in putting our money where are mouth is, and having a set of standards.

Our readers ALWAYS come first.

  • If we believe that a product, destination, etc. will not enhance our readers lives in some way, we will not promote it (even for a boatload of money).

We have standards.

  • If we are offered a trip around the world in luxury, but we know that the brand is attempting to placate our writers or our readers, or cover up wrong doing, we will have no part of it (of course we may whine about not being able to go, but in the end we know it’s the right thing to do).

We are honest

  • Our readers are SMART. They can see through the rubbish. We don’t believe in pulling the wool over anyone’s eyes. We wouldn’t want it done to us.

This blog appears much more towards the lifestyle side of things, as the name would lead you to predict, let’s see, here’s a travel post:

3 Fabulous Days in Jerez De La Frontera

Back when Ben was just a teenager, I took him on an unexpected trip to Jerez de la Frontera in the Cadiz province of Spain. Known for horses, sherry, and flamenco, Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain’s Andalucia region is full of charm, history, and culture. If you have just three days to spend in Jerez, make them fabulous by immersing yourself fully in this unique city as he and I did…

…If you like history, take a walk through the old quarter where you can explore ancient walls, indulge in Arabic baths, and visit Alcazar of Jerez, a Moorish fortress dating all the way back to the 11th century.

Heh, that’s rather different than our visit to Jerez — a quick glance in the direction of the fortress whilst driving through at full speed from Doñana National Park. Next time we’ll stop for the sherry!

Let’s look at another one … ah, let’s see what they consider

Hidden Mexico

“I’m thinking about taking a trip to Mexico. Where do you think I should go?”

Most people would come back with answers such as Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel, and other resort towns that everyone has heard of, whether they have ever been there or not. And while there is nothing wrong with those towns, Mexico has so much more to offer. Let’s take a look at some facts.

  • Mexico is home to 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • The country has a wide variety of ecosystems, which means that is can offer far more than the beaches and desserts we associate with Mexico.
  • 75% of Mexico’s altitude is above 3,300ft, with stunning mountain ranges that rival those in the United States; in fact, the highest peak in Mexico is only slightly shorter than Denali, the highest peak in the United States.
  • 89% of the country identifies as Roman Catholic, and as such, the country has some of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world.
  • Every region of Mexico has its own cuisine, and none of it resembles what you find in your average Mexican restaurant.
  • The country has hundreds of museums. Mexico City alone has more than 100 different museums.

So with these facts in mind, what are some of the hidden gems that Mexico has to offer?

Props for mentioning World Heritage Sites, and the selections are good ones yes, although they’re more “B-list” than “hidden” we’d say … but yes, to the beach crowd that would be accurate.

And what’s this at the bottom, “Let’s collaborate — powered by Dealspotr” badge? Well, look at this, there’s a LinkedIn for influencers! Well, that looks like a cool club to join, ok let’s do that:

Technically, BuiltWith tells us it’s a standard WordPress setup, and as always we recommend Dreampress as your best choice for that, free Jetpack Professional and all; and wow, the widest range of analytics and social plugins we’ve seen for a long time. Whoever’s webmastering here definitely has their job down!

Well, as you could probably have guessed from the title, this blog and our travel interests overlap only the slightest of tangentially, but if you are of the champagne-sipping lifestyle set, looks like just the thing for you to check out…

… and if you are a travel blogger, this is an excellent blog to check out for monetization tips, we’re definitely going to be returning to check it out more for that!

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