#travel #blog Mapping Megan

Oh dearie, a disappointing fall on the #travel1k charts; we were this close to double digits at #104 last week, and for the week of August 22nd down to #164! Can’t slack off for a second in this business, can you?

This week we saw the biggest climbs from Gastrofork | Dee Dls (up 1209 places to 489th), Judith Johnson (up 1163 places to 535th), and News Mutt (up 1049 places to 649th).

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

Let’s go hunt for our weekly role model to check out, and here we are at #34 up from #51: @mappingmegan’s Mapping Megan!

#travel #blog Mapping Megan


An Australian journalist and an American photographer, we are Megan & Mike Jerrard, and, over the past 10 years, have developed quite the obsession with travel. To the point where, at one stage, we sold our home and belongings to travel full time.

Adrenaline junkies and incredibly active travelers, we’ve racked up quite the adventure resume; skydiving over the Swiss Alps, walking among the mighty Elephants of Africa, and having summited the highest free-standing mountain in the world (Kilimanjaro). That’s actually where we met!

Our travels focus on adventure, discovery, cultural immersion, and exploration, and we blog about our journeys not only to inspire, but with all the practical tips so that you can experience the same!

… We believe that adventure can be achieved at any age, and that there’s no right or wrong way to travel. Travel is a personal journey and an individual experience, and it really doesn’t matter where your travel style falls in the whole tourist vs traveler debate.

Adventure means different things to different people, so whether your idea of adventure is backpacking through Europe, camping on an erupting volcano, or sitting aboard a luxury cruise through the Amazon, we cover it all!

Ah, yes, an adventure power couple! Now that’s just the kind of inspiration we’re looking for!

Is Adventure the Way to Happiness?

Being able to break аwау from уоur regular day to day is incredibly refreshing. Sometimes it can feel as though every day is the same as the last; wake up, go to work, come home, watch TV, go to sleep, repeat.

When we remain in this pattern it’s easy to think that this is all there is, or that we have no option but to continue the cycle day in and day out. But travel gives us the break we need to refresh our lives, feel inspired again and gives us a valuable new perspective.

In fact a study of 37 million geolocated tweets found a very interesting link between travel and happiness. Using sentiment analysis the study found that found that people’s happiness increased the further from their usual home locale they roamed.

Thiѕ shows the incredible power of travel and the thеrареutiс еffесt оn thе mind and bоdу it can have…

Remember that bit on The Box Of Daily Experience? The linked study puts numbers on it:

Employing the recently developed sentiment analysis instrument known as the ‘hedonometer‘, we characterize changes in word usage as a function of movement, and find that expressed happiness increases logarithmically with distance from an individual’s average location.

And tips for our upcoming trip too, why look here’s an article on where we’ll be welcoming in 2019:

How To Spend 5 Days In Sydney

Sydney is Australia’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. It boasts some of the most photographed landmarks in the world, a wonderland of national parks, forest mountains, and historic riverside towns, and is also a bit of an exhibitionist.

Sun-blazed beaches stretch the length of the famous harbor opening up into the Pacific, and glittering views of an impressive city skyline once the sun goes down.

The following is a 5 day itinerary for making the best out of Australia’s favorite city. To explore the surrounds, car hire in Sydney is easy to organize, and you can compare prices and book via companies like VroomVroomVroom. A guide to the top hotels in Sydney can be found at LuxuryHotelsGuides.com

Technically, BuiltWith tells us it’s a standard WordPress + Jetpack setup, and as always we recommend Dreampress as your best choice for that, free Jetpack Professional and all; and a pretty standard selection of plugins as well, especially heavy on the tracking, there’s a few logging services we haven’t run across before.

So yep, two weeks in a row here we’ve found blogs that are very close to what we’d like to be eventually — following them from now on and recommend all you aspiringly adventurous Dear Readers do too!


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