The Adventures of D — A Retrospect

Oh, my little blog. It’s been around since before I decided to take my career break and travel. It’s been around since I one sleepless October night in Atlanta when, around midnight, the words to the start of my story I wanted to share just popped into my head. Then, I was up. Out of bed. Laptop open. WordPress blog created.

And the rest is history.

Now, nearly two years later, I certainly have shared. At times, I’ve shared too much. At times, I haven’t shared enough.

Regardless, this ride has been the highlight of my life, taking me through moments, through happy, through sad, that have left me wanting more … and ready to start the next chapter in “The Adventures of D.”

So, when Jason from Jason’s Travels, asked if he could nominate me for this fun little project, My 7 Links, put on by Trip Base, of course I said “yes.” I mean … I get to relive some of my favorite posts!

Without further adieu, My 7 Links:

The Most Beautiful Post:

I’ve always relied on the kindness of strangers

It’s not a beautiful photo essay. But it is an example of the beauty and generosity that still exists in this world. It is also one of the many reasons I fell in love with Croatia.

The Most Popular Post:

How to barter like a pro

I spent a good amount of time in Turkey during my trip, where negotiating is a part of the package. It constantly awed me that people could go in to a restaurant and negotiate the cost of their meal. While that wasn’t for me so much, it was fun to go back and forth with the shopkeepers at the Grand Bazaar and elsewhere.

The Most Controversial Post:

My 30-Life-Crisis … Solved?

It wasn’t controversial in the sense it started a heated debate, but to my family and friends, this post was controversial because I was throwing away a comfortable life for the unknown. I was … LIVING instead of deciding to just go through the motions.

The Most Helpful Post:

Airport Sleeping 101

Oh, the beauty of backpacking and being on a budget. There were a few times when I had stop-overs that, while they were 12 or so hours, were overnight. Rather then haul my 40 kilo backpack and my tired self to a hostel in the city, I opted to just crash out on the floor … or a bench … in the airport. This post gives tips on how to make the best of airport sleeping.

The Post Whose Success Surprised Me:

Dude, don’t be a Hostel Dick

Yes, it’s meant to be funny. I just didn’t realize this post with these tips would be one of my most popular posts of all time. In all seriousness though, every backpacker who stays in hostels should read this.

The Post That Didn’t Get the Attention I Feel it Deserved:

The Best of … Madrid

It’s got some pretty good tips in the post and in the comments for anyone headed to Madrid.

The Post I Am Most Proud Of:

Love, Life and Loss … on the Road

By far, this was the hardest post I have ever written. It took every ounce of me to pull myself together to write this.


And now comes the fun part. Here are the five bloggers I want to do this on their site, too. These folks are some of the best out there! Be sure to check their sites for the My 7 Links project soon!

Adam from The Travels of Adam

Anna from Frill Seeker Diary

Candice from Candice Does the World

Lindsay AKA Hogga from The Traveller

Margo from The Travel Belles

About the Author

Diana Edelman is an avid traveler who recently spent four years living as an expat. Most notably, Diana spent nearly three years in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked with Save Elephant Foundation to raise awareness about the realities of elephant tourism. Currently based in Las Vegas, Diana works in many industries as a publicist, social media expert, content creator and journalist. The co-founder of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, Diana has spoken at conferences about travel blogging and responsible tourism.

9 Comments on " The Adventures of D — A Retrospect "

  1. Lindsay aka @_thetraveller_ July 4, 2011 at 7:05 pm · Reply

    WORD UP! Thanks for the nomination. And I love that post about sleeping in airports haha

  2. The Adventures of D July 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm · Reply

    Hogga, you rock my world. Of course you’re nominated!! 🙂

  3. walkingontravels July 4, 2011 at 11:20 pm · Reply

    This is fantastic! It brought me to a few posts I hadn’t seen yet. And personally, I liked your Madrid post. We are started to turn our travel brains that way, so any info I can get is great.

    • The Adventures of D July 8, 2011 at 2:24 am · Reply

      I’m so glad you are exploring! Let me know if you need more info. Madrid is my favorite!! 🙂

  4. Annie July 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm · Reply

    I totally utilized your Best of… Madrid post!! It was probably the reason I loved Madrid so much!!!! That and you and Adam’s awesome emails.

    Great posts, I’ve loved your blog even though I started following near the end of your journey you have some great insights and experiences to share! 🙂

    • The Adventures of D July 8, 2011 at 2:15 am · Reply

      Annie, I remember when Adam introduced us. I *think* I was in Merida. Anyway, I remember our exchange. And, I remember how excited I was to share Madrid with someone! 🙂 Thank you so much for the sweet words. I really hope one day we can compare travel stories in person 🙂

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