Well, let’s see what happened with the #travel1k charts while we were away — last time we checked we were at #168, and for the week of January 2nd, after nearly two weeks of not posting … woah, #835. Well, there’s a lot of room for improvement in 2019 then — let’s see what these algorithm changes next week do!
Happy New Year!
We’re tweaking the #travel1k score algorithm – from next week, points will be awarded for the rate of change in the # of your Twitter followers, reducing the number of points given to Kred scores and Twitter activity. We’re also increasing the weighting of points for blog activity.
Just one new travel blogger this week. Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Maaike who went straight in at 1712th.
My name is Hannah Henderson, and I am a travel writer, foodie and photographer based in France. I write travel related content, promote brands and destinations – usually with a foodie bias; and I hope that this inspires others to travel. I travel independently often, but also work with tourism boards, PR companies, and small businesses to provide destination marketing.
I started my career as a gig and entertainment photographer and PR Manager for rock bands in New Zealand (then shot weddings too). I learned to shoot on film in the 90s (shhh, don’t remind me how old that makes me), and that really taught me how to work under pressure. Although I have moved on from my Canon AE1 film camera to a Canon DSLR, I still pride myself on a decisive style of photography! I love studying: I have a certificate in Tourism; a Certificate of Art & Design (Photography); a BA (Hons) in Art History; and Masters in Museum Studies. These days, I work remotely from France, and travel extensively with my husband, Roy, and our dog, Moose.
Let’s start a conversation on my favorite social media channel Twitter: @HHLifestyleTrav
Since we’re off to New Zeland soonish, let’s see what they say about
One of my fondest childhood memories is of taking road-trips around Northland on our summer holidays. Driving up from Auckland’s wild west coast, then up to Opononi, Hokianga Harbour, Cape Reinga, and back down the east coast to Waitangi, and the Bay of Islands. Endless summer days of camping, swimming, hiking, and the Kiwi classic, orange chocolate chip ice-cream! I was lucky to be able to recreate such adventures as an adult, and bring you this list of amazing things to do in Northland New Zealand.
Whilst not technically in Northland, I recommend stopping in Muriwai on your way out of Auckland. Situated north of the famous surfing beaches of Piha and Bethell’s Beach, Muriwai is wild and inspiring. There is a gannet colony and plenty of pathways out to the peninsula that offer great vantages to see these magnificent birds. If you visit in December, you will be treated to the flowering of the flax plants, which attract the Tui bird to feed on the sweet nectar (and you get to enjoy the beautiful aroma of the flax too!). Muriwai also has some of the most lovely public loos, with open air windows and wonderful views of the coast!
There’s some tentative World Heritage Sites up that way, so we’ll definitely be doing that drive; excellent, bookmark that one for the resource list.
Let’s take a look at a recent one from the other side of the world:
Sarlat-la-Canéda lies in the region known as the Périgord Noir, in the Dordogne department of France. This beautiful little medieval town is known for, amongst other things, foie gras, walnuts, and great markets! We decided to visit in December because we wanted to visit the Christmas markets as well as the regular Sarlat markets on a Saturday…
Whether you visit in December for the Christmas markets, or during the rest of the year, Sarlat-la-Canéda is the place to be for markets! What struck me about visiting the markets in Sarlat is that there was such diversity of goods and food, and all of high quality. As a foodie, I was delighted by the local produce. I savoured lots of walnut wine, foie gras, and duck with cèpe sauce. If you like indulgent food and crafts goods, the Sarlat markets are for you!
p dir=”ltr”>Ever hear of Sarlat before? Nope, us neither. Sounds like a good place for lunch, doesn’t it though?
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So yep, this looks like an excellent blog for finding under the radar tips for places to visit — we’ve put them on our Twitter travel blogger list, and recommend you check it out too!