Mid-January Favorite Blog Posts

I’m going to start sharing my favorite blog posts by other bloggers! At first, I wanted to do this seasonally… then bi-monthly… and now we’re up to monthly. I can’t keep up with all the great content out there! I’ll be posting them in the middle of the month as the end of the month is usually dedicated to my month in review post. This post will be longer than my future post as this is my favorite posts from the last month and a half (since December 4th to be exact) and I’ve had a lot of time on my hands to read.

Don’t get me wrong, I saw some great posts this months, if I “like” your posts or comment, that means I really enjoyed them! These are just the best of the best.

Note: favorite Blogmas and other seasonal posts are complied in a post here.

Here are my top five posts from all categories:

  1. Why hummingbirds are so cool!: In my undergraduate degree, I helped Ph.D. student (then candidate) Rick on his work on courtship patterns in hummingbirds. Between the hours of often mind-numbing work (sorry, Rick!), it’s easy to forget why we’re doing this and how amazing these little birds are.
  2. How to travel the world with a 9-5: So much yes. The author talks about how travellers demonize the working stiff and how, similar to myself, he has no desire to constantly be on the move. Balance is important and I look forward to having a fulfilling career as well as exploring new places. Also, this guy has been to North Korea, say what?!
  3. 13 travel resolutions for 2018 that aren’t destinations: Like the 12 Countries on Our 2018 Bucket List post (below), this post does provide great inspiration and alternatives you can do at home in lieu of expensive travel.
  4. 7 reasons I was miserable walking the Camino (but why I’d definitely do it again): So relatable. For those who may not know, I aimed to walk the Camino from Porto, but was far too ambitious and only made it halfway after pushing my body so hard. However, it was a good learned experience and I hope to return to finish someday soon!
  5. Blogger Love: Such a sweet idea! I would love to do this as well to promote small bloggers with content I love.

Here are some more posts I especially enjoyed:

Science, sustainability and veganism

General travel

Travel destinations

Study abroad

  • Study abroad: a life-changing experience: I couldn’t agree more. This post is right on point with all the best things that come with studying in Europe and lessons learned being an expatriate.
  • My four month stay in an AirBNB: So interesting! I never considered this as a study abroad housing option. But the hosts sound absolutely lovely and the turn over of roommates must have kept things interesting.


Photo by Andrew Knechel.



  1. January 16, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    Wow! Thank you so much for including my article in this list! I appreciate it very much.

  2. January 29, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    I love this idea! What a great list to have made. I’m so happy you found my articles helpful enough to share them on your website – much love.


  3. January 30, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    Thank you so much for including my post on your list! That’s so lovely of you – I really appreciate it. I’m going to check out the other posts too – looks like a fab list! Thanks for sharing <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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