Happy eleven years to us! That’s right, we’re celebrating our 11 year anniversary during May at My Itchy Travel Feet, The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Travel. Whew! That’s a lot of traveling, travel planning, writing, photography and all the other tasks that go into publishing an award-winning online magazine for boomer travelers.
Online Magazine. Did you see get that part? Over the last few years, we’ve transitioned from a blog featuring our personal travels to an online magazine publishing articles from a variety of boomer travel writers (including us) because one person can’t possible travel everywhere that our readers want to go.
In the past year, My Itchy Travel Feet has added a regular contributor, Debi Lander, to augment the rest of the staff: editor (me), assistant editor (Nicole Jewell), and photographer (Alan). Read more about us. We also added display advertising in order to pay guest writers and cover the costs of producing a quality online publication.
Eleven years of travel: where do you like to go?
As I usually do each year while celebrating this anniversary date, I check out My Itchy Travel Feet statistics to see which destinations and travel experiences have been the most popular with our boomer readers. It also helps us know which topics you’d like to read more about. To date, we’ve published 1,588 articles that have attracted 2,663, 299 page views. Whoa!
Where do you like to go? Take a look at the most popular articles from the last eleven years:
#1 Scenic drive in Monument Valley
You guys really like Monument Valley. I mean you REALLY like this beautiful destination that borders Arizona and Utah. Our advice for taking the scenic drive in Monument Valley is the most popular article at My Itchy Travel Feet by a long shot. And we’ve recently updated it to make sure that our tips are still correct, the links work, and have added even more resources to make your visit to this iconic destination in the American Southwest the best boomer adventure ever.
#2 Alaska Travel Planning Guide
Our second most popular article is a page filled with Alaska travel planning advice. We can’t blame you. Alaska is one of our favorite active travel destinations, too. Active Alaska Travel Planning Guide includes links to all the articles that we’ve written about Alaska, our Alaska Travel Planner, Alaska travel apps recommendations and more.
#3 Five funky things to do in the Florida Keys
Five Funky Things to Do in the Florida Keys has moved up to #3 this year, thanks to its popularity on Pinterest. I had so much fun writing this article so follow my advice to create an unforgettable Florida Keys road trip.
#4 Boomer road trip in northern Italy
In 4th place, you like the information that we’ve published on planning a boomer road trip to Northern Italy. If My Itchy Travel Feet website traffic is any indication—and we think that it is—boomers LOVE traveling to Italy.
#5 Alaska Highway road trip
Combine a road trip with travel to Alaska and you have the perfect boomer travel experience. Our Alaska Highway road trip page comes in at #5 in the all-time most popular articles here at My Itchy Travel Feet. You’ll find tips for planning your trip plus the destinations that we experienced on our Alaska Highway adventure.
Most popular article from our 10th year online
And which recent article is the most popular? My tips on how to choose luxury cruise wear for boomer women. Stay tuned, because I’ll be adding more tips, photos and a video. Do you have questions about what to wear on a cruise? Email me for expert advice. With over 400 nights at sea, I should know how to dress for a luxury cruise.
Celebrating an 11 year anniversary: What’s next for My Itchy Travel Feet?
What’s up for this year? I’m in the process of revising and updating over 1,000 articles that have been published since 2008. When you click on an article at My Itchy Travel Feet, I want you to find the best, most up-to-date information possible, as well as an entertaining story.
My Itchy Travel Feet will also be offering more choices when it comes to our newsletters. Stay tuned as that’s a work in progress. Currently, the monthly newsletter is based upon a travel theme. The weekly broadcast shares all the new articles of the week plus timely travel ideas. Both newsletter emails include travel specials and tips. Subscribe here.
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Where are we headed next?
Our (Alan and Donna) next big adventure will be in September when we combine a voyage on the Alaska Marine Highway with a road trip on the Golden Circle—Haines to Skagway, Alaska. And we have several getaways planned for Oregon and Montana. During the holidays, we’ll be experiencing Christmas and New Year’s Crystal-style on a round-trip-cruise from San Diego to Hawaii.
Upcoming guest articles include adventures in Portland, Maine; Iceland, Newfoundland, Italy and Croatia. See, we’re covering the world for you!
We couldn’t do it without you
Our success is directly related to your support as readers, newsletter subscribers and social media followers. We can’t say thank you loud enough. You are the reason that we work this hard.
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Now let’s get on with the boomer travel fun. And…