Thanks… and a Giveaway!

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found on Pinterest

I’m a terrible blog mom–I missed my blog’s two-year birthday, which was April 1. Oops.

It’s funny (for me, anyway) looking back over the life of this little blog so far. When I started, I had a really hard time finding my voice as a writer. I’d always been a writer, but never publicly. To be honest, it frightened me. I hid behind a style of writing I didn’t find particularly enjoyable, but that I thought people wanted to read. I shared details, itineraries, tips, etc. and not much more than that. And while I still do that from time to time because I feel it’s valuable anecdotal information, it wasn’t the type of writing that I felt fulfilled me and gave readers a sense of place.

I’ve since shifted to a more personal style, which I feel comfortable and proud to share and promote. Over the past two years, I’ve found that the more personal a piece, the more responsive people are to it. And after all, the whole point of my blog was and is to have a community–to open up dialogue with people about their experiences abroad and their thoughts on various travel-related things.

golden girls thank you for being a friend

With that said, I want to extend a huuuuuuuuge thank you to everyone who’s read, commented on, and/or shared posts, or who has reached out to me personally via email or social media. I’m overly sentimental to a fault sometimes, but to say that it’s meant a lot to me would be a massive understatement. In fact, it means the world to me to log in daily and see such thoughtful comments and to receive very personal emails from total strangers. It’s the biggest compliment I’ll ever receive to hear someone say that they could relate to something I wrote or were flooded with memories after seeing a photo or reading a post.

To say thanks, I’m hosting a giveaway for one special (American, sorry!) reader! Enter to win the Lonely Planet One Planet travel photography book and an awesome Moleskine lined travel journal! You can enter by leaving a comment, liking my Facebook page, and tweeting about the giveaway!

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Again, thank you all for making Meganotravels what it is today! I couldn’t be more thrilled to have gotten to know so many people through this medium and here’s to the next year (and more)! 

24 thoughts on “Thanks… and a Giveaway!

  1. I really enjoy your personal anecdotes — how you felt about the country and the things that you saw. Or when you talked about how exhausted/lost you felt when you first started full-time traveling. Tips are awesome too. You are doing a great job! :)
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  2. As I think about taking a career break, I’ve really appreciated the fact that you also write about the hard times-times when you may not even want to leave the hotel. It makes it feel more manageable to know everyone has some struggles!

    • I’m so glad, Hannah! I try to keep as real as possible, showing that travel isn’t always happy and glamorous. Glad it resonated with you. :)

  3. Thanks for writing. It keeps me motivated to finish my last semester of college and then plan to travel.

    • Thanks so much, Murissa! Unfortunately, I’ve decided to get rid of the Foodie Friday posts, but I’ll still post food stuff from time to time! :)

  4. I am about to embark on a a 3 month adventure (to begin with) discovering the EU, mostly Italy. I have quite my job and ready to live in the moment! Your posts have been true inspiration for me to just go for it! Happy 2nd birthday! :)

    • Thanks so much, Haley! I’m so happy you’ve been inspired by my posts and are following your dream! I hope you have a wonderful time!

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