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Best of Five Years with Postcards and Passports

Today marks the beginning of six years of travel blogging on Postcards & Passports — that doesn’t mean anything if I haven’t helped you travel better. Or at least encouraged you to get out and explore your own city better. Why? Because the best of five years with ‘Postcards and Passports’ ought to be benefiting others, including you!

To mark my five-year anniversary, I thought I’d highlight the top ten posts for you (in countdown style), so you can see them all in the same place. I hope you enjoy this travel inspiration…and please share your own tips and suggestions in the comments below.

#10 Port Day in Cozumel: 6-8 Hour Itinerary

Learn how we filled a single port day in Cozumel during our western Caribbean cruise. There are so many options — how can one choose? This post shares our original plans and then what we switched them out for when we discovered a better option!

#9 Tips for Terrific Travel Photography

This post was guest-written by my daughter, Heather Young, who is a professional photographer and really knows how to get great travel photos. It doesn’t even matter if you have an expensive camera or not; these tips work for camera phones as well.

#8 How to Save Enough Money for Travel

If not having enough money is your excuse for not traveling, think again. This article shares how to save at least $3500 over the span of a year. Start saving now with these tips and you’ll be booking your dream vacation soon!

#7 Dole Plantation: Fun for Everyone!

When you think of Honolulu, Hawaii, you probably think of surfing, going to luaus, and visiting Pearl Harbor or the Polynesican Cultural Center. But did you know that the Dole Plantation is actually one of the most popular family-friendly sites on Honolulu? It’s truly fun for everyone! Plus, this is another bonus guest-post by my daughter, Heather Young.

#6 Best Free Things to Do in San Diego

When you’ve lived in San Diego for 30 years, you learn where all the fun and free activities are. I’ve shared the best of them with you in this post, along with links to other free things you can do if you want to act like a local.

#5 A Day in Philly (Philadelphia, PA)

Philadelphia was so much fun for our family when we discovered a historic walking route that takes in all the best sites — like Independence Hall, Paul Revere’s home, and the site where Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag.

#4 Five Seattle Favorites

You might not have known this, but I grew up in Seattle, so this post shares with you all the favorite Seattle sites I return to whenever I go to visit. They are the places you’ll want to see, too, and many of them are free.

#3 San Francisco: Tips & Tricks

Here’s another guest post by my daughter, Heather Young, who lives in the Bay area. As a local, she’s figured out how to visit San Francisco on a budget and still have a great time.

#2 Only Three Days in Rome? Look at All You Can Do!

This post is actually the first of three articles — one for each day in Rome. Learn how to avoid long lines for the colisseum, why you should buy your Vatican tickets in advance, and where to find the best gelato, plus information about under-rated sites even Rick Steves says you shouldn’t miss!

And finally, here’s the post that has gained the #1 spot in popularity on Postcards and Passports…

#1Ten Crafty Travel Projects

I don’t even know how to explain why my most popular post is a collection of travel-themed crafts. Here you’ll find ideas for crafts you can make to highlight your travels or use up your souvenirs. I guess you’re all a bit crafty! Don’t hide that urge to create — there are links to even more travel-related crafts at ‘Ten Crafty Travel Projects’, so be sure to check it out.

I hope you’ll share with me your favorites from my blog…or tell me what you’d like to see next. I’d love to know what I can do to help you travel more and better!

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4 thoughts on “Best of Five Years with Postcards and Passports

  1. Heather

    Such a fun review of your top ten posts of all time! It’s been a wonderful five years watching you share your adventures and travel tips. Keep it up!

  2. Darren

    Our trip to Italy was amazing! No surprise finding your Rome post nearly atop your list. Thanks for all your help getting us out and about.

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