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Hmmm, looks like we missed the email about the #travel1k rankings this week, but they’re posted now — last week you may recall that we set a new record for us at #56 — not keeping it up for the week of January 23rd though, down to #106. Hey, we’ll take it, just that close to the top 100!

This week we saw the biggest climbs from Paul Healy (up 809 places to 161st), Debbra Brouillette (up 651 places to 330th), and 100cobbledroads (up 596 places to 364th).

Just one new travel blogger this week. Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Kalyan Panja who went straight in at 876th.

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

And for our new blog to check out this week, here’s a leaper that leapfrogged right over both our last weeks, #150 whoosh up to #19: @MeaganWristen’s Mommy Travels!

Welcome to Mommy Travels a family travel and lifestyle blog covering destinations around the world. Here you will find travel tips, reviews of hotels and restaurants, activity suggestions, itineraries, and more. Whether you are on a tight budget and need to stay close to home, or able to have a luxury European vacation, Mommy Travels will help you plan the ultimate family vacation.

I am a busy single mom to Noah 17, Eden 14, and Jonah 11. On any given day you can find me living the mom life of packing lunches and running a car pool in Portland, Oregon. On a more exciting day you might find the kids and myself swimming with elephants in Thailand or riding insane roller coasters in Orlando…

These family blogs do seem to be a large niche, don’t they? Well, that’s one that’s pretty safe from our competition, unless your family is very. strange. indeed. But we’re always willing to expand our horizons, let’s educate ourselves for instance in

10 Things Kids Should Do Before Growing Up

There are definitely a lot of things a person can, and should do, before becoming an adult. This list is a partial look at some of those things. Not all are serious, but all take into account that there are some things a child can do, and some things a child cannot do without parent assistance. While traveling is certainly something a person should do, it can be done at any point during a person’s life, and as a child this would be a decision made for you by your parents, as such visiting a foreign country is not on this list. Although, I’m obviously a big proponent of traveling with kids…

Oh, I don’t know, first time we went unaccompanied to a foreign country we were 14, which isn’t generally considered adult … for that matter, several multiples of 14 later, we’re generally not considered adult yet. You’re only as old as you act, that’s what we live by!

Any-ways, we’ve more or less done most of the things on this list, with the notable exception of “Cook A Proper Supper For Their Parents” — nobody, including trolls, wants to eat anything a troll cooks — but there’s always time for more of this last one:

10. Thank Your Parents

Parenting is one of the hardest, most thankless jobs there is. Most children do not thank their parents until they appreciate this for themselves when they have their own children. Maturity shows best when a child stops thinking that everything is about, and for, them, and takes the time to thank their mom and dad for making sacrifices along the way.

Yep, we do that every so often, but one thing that everyone needs to cultivate more of for happiness in their life is feelings of gratitude — and what better object of gratitude than your parents? So hey parents, thank you for producing such a wonderful son, I wouldn’t be me without you!

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So, if you do happen to have a family, definitely check this blog out — otherwise, it’s a general potpourri of lifestyle and mainly North American travel tips, so our US readers in particular will probably find it worth a follow!

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