Yikes! The #travel1k rankings for the week of April 11th are plummeting even further — not only is it still failing to find our blog posts, we were off in tropically parasidical Palau most of this week and not connected to teh internets — alllll the way doooooooown to #233.
We welcome travel blogger Kerry & Claire (951st) to the #travel1k Top 1000+ Travel Blogs scorecard
Ah well, we won’t worry about that until we’re back in Bangkok and caught up on everything; in the meantime, let’s go look for the highest rated new one to check out this week … here we are, at #10 up from #58: @MikesRoadTrip’s Mike’s Road Trip!
Launched in early 2010, Mike’s Road Trip began by chronicling the journey of a man who lost his house, sold everything, packed up his Ford F-150 and embarked on a nomadic adventure of a lifetime—to seek new opportunities, to boldly follow a road of uncertainty. Six months later, GotSaga named Mike’s Road Trip the best “Travel Tips” blog for 2010…many accolades have since followed.
Mike’s Road Trip is led by Mike Shubic, a former marketer who turned the lemons of life, and his passion for travel, into a profession. After years of perseverance, Mike has become one of the leading travel bloggers on the planet and is affectionately known as the “Most road tripped man in the world.” Mike is passionate about video content and often speaks on the topic at travel conferences around the globe. With books, T.V. shows and a production company all in the works, Mike relies on his team to help him produce interesting, informative and helpful content that readers will enjoy.
“I’ll never forget the time I veered down a dirt road for a dozen or so miles, ending up at “Bodie,”an extraordinarily well-preserved ghost town. Or when I went fly-fishing on a rural ranch in Montana that featured a luxurious B&B nestled among acres of rolling hills. I also recall driving through a majestic valley in remote Colorado and was befuddled to find Gateway Canyons, a resort that typifies luxury and outdoor adventure. While the visual magnitude of western Colorado is difficult to top, the edibles that teased my palate in the small town of Chalottesville, VA certainly satisfied my quest for amazing cuisine. In pursuit of fun activities, I searched high and low in San Diego to find the ‘one thing‘ that folks must do. — Travel is nourishment for my soul,” Says Mike.
Road Trips can provide some of the most unexpected discoveries…including awe-inspiring sights, creative cuisine, exciting attractions and adventurous activities that blend together to establish memories lasting a lifetime…
Our immediate observation is, why yes it’s very easy to see that Messr. Mike is a former marketer — this blog definitely gets the Most Professionally Marketed Presentation Award™ that we just made up for our review series here!
And we always like off the regular trail destinations, and there’s lots of good examples here:
That’s some solid off the regular trail, that is.
Technically, BuiltWith tells us it’s the standard WordPress setup, and as always we recommend Dreampress as your best choice for that, free Jetpack Professional and all; and a mostly normal set of plugins too … mostly not normal because of the complete absence of advertising plugins —
— apparently when you can command these kind of rates, you don’t need to show ads!
Matter of fact, that’s the first rate card of any sort we can recall in these reviews, Mike and the team are definitely running this thing as a proper business. Not sure we’ll ever work as hard on this as that’ll take, but it’s definitely a state to aspire to…
p dir=”ltr”>… at least to write stories everyone finds as compelling as the ones here!