Looking at our highlights from 2011, we realise we have a lot to be thankful for. Most of all, thanks to you — the Indie Travel Podcast Community — for inspiring us, for funding us, for talking to us every day.
If it wasn’t for you, Indie Travel Podcast would have died a long time ago. Instead, it’s growing.
Wherever you go, go with all your heart
I think Confucius had it right. There are times to hold back, to protect yourself, but there are also times to open up and charge ahead. If you’re trying to live life on the road, if you’re trying to start a business, if you’re saving for your dream trip; then get the plan right and go! Go with all your heart.
The Indie Travel Podcast Community
This has been the first full year of running the social network and travel forums that we call the Indie Travel Podcast Community. Like anything new, there have been some teething problems, but we’re happy to see so many people asking questions, sharing knowledge, chatting away.
Indie Travel Podcast Community gives back
With the help of a little English teaching, we’re scraping by and able to fund our life on the road. But we all want to do more than that.
If we had big profits we’d be starting a foundation, but we don’t… So we work with you on and Kiva. In 2011, US$8,000 has been loaned to individuals, collectives, and micro-businesses throughout the world. Since we started at the end of 2010, $8,425 has been loaned through the Kiva team. Well done, Indie Travel Podcast Community!
The crazy thing, is that all that money has been generated by a team of only 15 people! I think we should have more than that next year? How about you? Click here to join our Kiva team, and we’ll try to double our loans in 2012.
By the numbers…
So how does Indie Travel Podcast look at the end of 2011?
Community members: 729
Friendships per member: 1.35
Forum posts: 196
Total Kiva donations: US$8,425
Total Posts: 857
Total Pages: 145
Total Books: 5
Visitors in 2011: 362,500
Visitors since 2006: 758,100
Pageviews in 2011: 651,795
Pageviews since 2006: 1,514,000
Facebook community: 2,675
(All numbers estimates, as this was written on December 29th!)
So thank you to the 362,500 visitors we’ve had this year, and 729 community members for making this a fun place to come back to!
Our 2012 resolutions
This year we’d like to travel slowly — at least at first. We want to get a bit more immersed, and we’ve chosen Spain to try and make that happen.
In late February, we head towards Seville, Spain via Christchurch, Kuala Lumpur, and London. Then it’s the Camino de Santiago! The Via de la Plata, to be exact. We hope to finish on our 10th wedding anniversary: April 20th.
Then the immersion will start. We’ve picked a small city in Galicia, Spain to start with, and hopefully we can make things work there. We want it to be a time of work, friends, and fun. Linda wants to teach English, Craig wants to learn to surf. We hope to spend the summer there, but after that… We really don’t know!
On the table for the last few months of the year are: travelling Europe; heading down to north Africa or into the Middle East; crossing back to South America; or dropping down to South East Asia or the Pacific. I guess we’ll just have to figure it out when the time comes.
What are your plans or resolutions for travel in 2012? Are you saving? Are you going? Are you doing things differently? Let us know!