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Seven Favorite Blog Posts of 2018

By Don George | January 26, 2019

Our year began most happily with the announcement that one of our Wanderlust stories had received the Gold Award for Best Long-Form Narrative in the North American Travel Journalists 2018 travel writing competition. This recognition came on the heels of the award we received in the 2018 Society of American Travel Writers competition. Inspired by these awards, we decided to look back at top travel blog posts of 2018.

Last year we published a rich range of tales and essays, written by a spectrum of compelling contributors, from acclaimed veterans to emerging stars, as well as GeoEx’s own world-wandering staffers. From among these, we have chosen to spotlight seven extraordinary posts, beginning with the story that won the Gold Award: Ariel Andrew’s poignant account of walking the Santiago de Compostela with her mother.

Making Wanderlust one of the top travel blogs to follow begins and ends with you. We’re grateful for your readership, as you journey around the globe with us. We hope you enjoy these tales, and wish a new year full of exploration, growth, connection, and fulfillment.


The End of the World, with Her

Stall selling symbols of Camino scallop shells and staffs in front of Santiago Cathedral, Spain

Ariel Andrew’s award-winning story describes a mother-daughter pilgrimage in Spain that presents unanticipated challenges—and rewards.


The Wonders We Never Look For: Seeking the Northern Lights in Alaska

Early snowfall in the boreal forest in the hills surrounding, Fairbanks, Alaska with GeoEx

Celebrated essayist Pico Iyer reflects on “one of the most otherworldly” journeys of his life.


Hemingway, Cuba & Me

One of Hemingway's favorite bars in Havana, Cuba

Author Anne Sigmon describes trials and triumphs on a search for a literary icon’s legacy.


A Bridge to the Sun

Pont Alexandre III and Eiffel Tower at sunset, Statue of the Nymphes de la Seine, Paris, France

For years Helen Meservey dreamed of traveling to Europe, but she never expected the lesson that awaited.



Cremation ceremony at Bagmati River and Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

At a sacred site in Nepal, Kimberley Lovato discovers that sometimes an ambiguous human connection can confer a lasting gift.


Close Encounters with Bears in Alaska

Bear-watching adventure in Alaska with GeoEx

An Alaska wildlife-watching expedition takes a sudden turn for Amanda McKee when a bear returns the interest.


Crossing the Gorge

London Tube Station, England

For Alicia Andrae, an unexpected encounter in London manifests the commonalities that transcend cultural divides.


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If you’re feeling inspired to create your own travel tales this year, explore the options for group trips and custom journeys in GeoEx’s remarkable destinations.

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