Alright, looks like the changes to the #travel1k rankings are definitely on our side — last week we were at #835 after missing a couple weeks off walkabout Down Under, and for the week of January 9th, with the new algorithm we’ve zoomed all the way up to #113! Now that’s an algorithm we can get behind!
Today’s score bulletin incorporates the changes made to the score algorithm – points are now being given for Twitter Follower growth.
I was born to travel (a little over-dramatic, I know).
I love to eat.
I adore films.
I read a lot too.
And, I enjoy writing (your bad luck).
Here, you can read what I write about where I have traveled, what I have eaten, and my views on films and books (on travel and food) with an added bonus of the occasional humorous article.
Oh! And in case you are wondering why “Ticker”… that’s because I actually tick (just like a clock).
Travel, food, photography, books and films? Definitely, this one doesn’t follow the “pick your niche” philosophy! But hey, whatever works, amirite?
Since we’ll be heading to Queenstown, New Zealand shortly, it’s convenient to find on the front page
There aren’t many places in this world that can boast beautiful surroundings like that of Queenstown, New Zealand. Located on the calm shores of the crystal-clear Lake Wakatipuand surrounded by mountains, breathtaking views welcome you every morning in this winter wonderland.
Queenstown, located at just 310 meters above sea level, is actually extremely low for a ski and snowboard centre. The benefit of this is that temperatures remain reasonably mild and snow in the town itself is scarce. As a result, a whole world of activities opens up for you to experience outside of the snow, something that is not usually available at most ski centres.
Winter in Queenstown runs from June until August. The Ski fields can stay open as late as early October. The best snow conditions though are in July and August.
Living in Queenstown gives you the option to ski at four different ski fields all within a 90 minutes’ drive. These are Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. A pretty good selection of resorts to choose from, each one offers something a little different…
That’s actually a guest post — let’s look at one from India, ah here’s one of the genre that always makes us chuckle:
The signs are all for the taking.
The smell of a fresh kill at a particular spot as you drive by in the Jeep safari.
The guide suddenly asking the driver to stop followed by 5 minutes of intense quietness and eventually nothingness.
The abundance of pug marks everywhere, including outside the gate of our resort. Tiger scrap lying around nonchalantly on the ground.
The hushed up conversations between guides and the hotel staff of sightings that have happened, just the other day, or better yet, just a few hours before. Loud enough for the guests to hear and be inquisitive about.
It’s all very interesting. It’s all very exciting. It’s all very entertaining.
But, is it true?
The Tiger has become a myth for many in places like Corbett National Park. During my four day visit, at a time when there should have been abundant animal sightings, all I spotted was the aptly named Spotted Deer and variety of birds. I did see a lot of pug marks. I also skipped over a lot of tiger and elephant poop during my nature walks. But, in the end, I came back disappointed… or so you would think…
See, the not-so-secret of India’s national tiger reserves is that apparently, you very rarely actually get to see a tiger. Many people visit year after year after year and never get to see one.
p dir=”ltr”>But us? We stayed one night in Ranthambore, took a two-hour morning tour the next morning, and saw two separate tigers. This is, apparently, something like winning the lottery whilst being struck by lightning, by the usual odds. But hey, cats always love us, and apparently big cats do too!
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; standard selection of plugins mostly — but a whole lot of ad serving plugins some of which are totally new to us, we’ll be checking those out as well.
One of the better resources for India traveling we’ve seen, so if you’re planning on heading there definitely give this blog a read — and with the amount of guest posts and lifestyle posts something for just about everybody else too, check it out!