I can hardly believe that today is the last day of 2013…What an incredible year this has been!
This time last year, I was only a few months into writing You May Be Wandering and had no idea what 2013 would bring. Little did I know that in 2013, I would meet many wonderful new friends (both in the blogging world and in the real world), discover amazing new places and even start a new business, all because of this blog.
In recognition of the year that is about to end, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most popular posts, as well as a few of my favorite posts, from 2013.
In January…I fell in love with Sicily in my favorite post. The most popular post was about renting a vacation home.
In February…My favorite post was when I shared my bucket list for being a tourist in my own city (and I crossed quite a few off that list during the year). Your most popular post was the chance for you to choose the world’s most romantic hotels.
In March…your most popular post and my favorite post were the same – one perfect day in Rome – what could be better!
In April…I spent some time in Charleston, South Carolina for my niece’s wedding which was the source of my favorite post, as well as the most popular one of the month from my niece’s bridal portrait photo session at Lowndes Grove Plantation.
In May…I was thrilled to be invited to a cooking class at Eataly which resulted in my favorite post of the month – learning to cook risotto from a master AND the chance to meet a blogging friend in “real life” , the lovely Linda, from Calling It Home, made for a memorable night. All of you especially enjoyed the posts I wrote for Anita of Castles Crowns and Cottages‘ Simply Irresistible France Link Party.
In June…once again, my favorite was also the most popular post of the month…who can resist lavender fields in Provence?
In July…The most popular post was a taste of the south while my favorite was rooms with a view.
In August…you all loved reading about the new Southern Living Hotel Collection and I enjoyed sharing my chocolate tour of NYC.
In September…I announced my exciting new affiliation with Singer Travel and Virtuoso. While I was traveling in Europe later in the month, I handed off the blog to some of my fellow bloggers for guest posts. The clear fan favorite was Tina from The Enchanted Home’s favorite places. I also loved reading about sweets in Dubai from Bobochic and a Napa wine tasting with Mocadeaux.
In October…I really enjoyed sharing quite a few posts about my trip to Europe, but my favorite was our Paris flea market adventure. The most popular post of the month was how to navigate the “not so friendly” skies of air travel these days. It may not have been the prettiest post of the year, but clearly many of you were looking for tips to make your flights more comfortable!
In November…I hosted my first ever “No Passports Required” Link Party, which was the most popular post of the month and also my favorite. It was so much fun to see everyone else’s fabulous travel related posts!
In December…The stunning blue and white decorations at the Four Seasons Florence was the most popular post of the month, while my personal favorite was Christmas in New York. (I was in the city yesterday and it was every bit as pretty as this post!)
Wow…it has been quite a year!! I can’t thank all of you enough for your ongoing support, enthusiasm and friendship this year. I am continually blown away by what a remarkable community the blogging world is and I am so grateful to be part of it!
Cheers to 2014! May it be happy, healthy and present you with many new adventures…wherever you may be wandering…
Castles Crowns and Cottages says
Oh Sandy! I am so glad you started to blog because through you and your KIND FRIENDSHIP, I have discovered NEW places that I'd never seen. And having you as part of our France party was so much fun. Let's go back in 2014! LOVE, Anita
Hi Sandy! This is such a fun wrap up of the year:) Wishing you all the best in the coming year!! xxL
Jeanne Henriques says
What a year Sandy!! Loved reading through your favourites…look how far you have come! Keep on going, we are loving it! I am coming back as I seem to have missed a few, you have a great collection of travel tips…which I love! Happy New Year my friend..xxx
Pamela RG says
Happy New Year Sandy! May you have more wonderful adventures this coming 2014.
I am so very happy to have connected with you this year, all thanks to our mutual blog friend Katie! Thank you for your beautiful stories, gorgeous photos and delightful inspiration. I'm looking forward to more travel ideas and travel tips in the upcoming year!
What a wonderful year, Sandy. Thank you for all of the inspiration and wishing you all the best in 2014!!
French Girl in Seattle says
A wonderful year indeed. Thank you for taking us to all these beautiful places, Sandy. I could not travel as much as I would have wanted to in 2013, and reading your fabulous posts was almost as much fun! Bonne année 2014 ! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)
Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns says
Happy new year Sandy! I am so happy you started your blog, it has been a pleasure to see the world through your eyes and to read your beautiful posts. Best wishes for a very happy and successful 2014
Get well soo!
Castles Crowns and Cottages says
Sweet SANDY! GOod morning and happy 2014! We are rolling into yet another year of challenges but what would life be without those dreams that make us stretch? Wishing you a fabulous journey for the year! Anita
The enchanted home says
What fun!!! I look forward to going through the posts I have missed- you had so many great ones!! Happy to have been included in your rundown:) wishing you a wonderful happy and healthy 2014!
Albertina M. Cisneros says
what a wonderful recap. Your posts are so varied. I love it. Cheers to a wonderful 2014!!
Amazing! Happy New Year!!
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pve design says
I love all the places you wander and share with us. I am thankful to visit here, to be inspired and to meet you this New Year. Happy blogging and may all your journeys bring you adventure.
Heather Lindstrom says
Sandy dear-What a fabulous year it has been for you. I love checking in and being transported to some fabulous spot-even virtually. You may only have been blogging a year but you've got this thing wired girlfriend. From one travel bug to another-cheers to you!!