The end of 2016 coincided with the end of my first year as a blogger. I saw several other bloggers creating their year end posts, and I began thinking about how I would do my own. I had a great year with trips or fun NYC events every month in 2016, so I chose to use a monthly format to recap my travels, but for those of you stills seeking some creative recap ideas I’ve gathered a few of my favorite 2016 recaps from my favorite bloggers!
A – Z
I saw this post and was inspired to write my own recap because of it. Unfortunately I wasn’t sure I could get myself from A-Z. But I think I will take the challenge, since I did go to Zurich after all!! This is probably one of the more challenging formats I have encountered, but an experience well traveled writer should have no problem with it.
I considered doing something like this, as the month of July featured a ton of travel, and my one photo for the month did not do them justice. I also visited several US destinations and NYC events/attractions, so I would have had to play around with this style a bit, but it’s a great way to really feature the highlights of specific countries you visited in the past year!
By the Numbers
These posts turn out pretty awesome, for all of our stat trackers. In 2016 I did not keep great records, and I didn’t want to go back and count my over 30 flights, miles, ferries, etc. Instead I decided to keep a note on my phone for next year’s recap post. But here’s a look at some of the ladies who did it well.
Month by Month
This is the simple format I chose. One picture per month. For me, it left a lot of great things out, but it keeps it simple and easy to browse for the reader. Other added more pictures or more text. Within this theme there are a lot of ways to express your own creativity.
Best of, Most, etc. You’ll find recap posts designed in this fashion here. I love the superlative format used by Full Suitcase. Takes me back to my high school yearbook days, hottest day, wettest place, steepest stairs, don’t miss this post for an amazing recap! You can also share Best Sites, Most Impressive Sites, Best of Instagram, Best of anything. This theme allows for a lot of variety to share your experiences!
- Most Grateful
- Best Of…
Lessons from the Year
We all know that traveling provides all kinds of lessons. Every time we travel we learn something about ourselves, the world, the people we encounter, and so much more. Use your recap to share your lessons from the previous year.
The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge
If you’re in a rut, not sure what to write, or maybe didn’t travel/blog as much as you had liked, this travel bloggers challenge is a great way to touch on some of your favorite memories and some of the ones you would like to make in the future.
This writer focuses on religious sites that have been lost throughout the year, but there are many other ways you could explore this theme. Items you actually lost, restaurants and hotels that closed, high volume tourism sites that have had to close or reduce visitors to protect the environment. Or even reverse it for a what was new in 2016 type of post (new airlines, buildings, attractions, etc)
I’m sure we’ve all written many reflections. I know I did in school. Reflecting on books, the news, religious issues, and more. So why not reflect on your year of travel? Share the good, the bad, the ugly, and even the takeaway and what you hope to do differently in 2017.
This post reminded me of the holiday cards my mom used to receive with the long typed out letters informing everyone of what the family had been up to the previous year. Another great creative way to recap your year as a travel blogger!
Top Ten Lists
Well known travel blogger Gloria Atanmo got pretty creative with her top ten list this year, addressing hateful comments from readers on her blog. These top ten lists can be about anything or anywhere, and obviously you don’t have to have ten! I started this post not knowing how many themes or submissions I would end up with.
Question & Answer Session with Fans
Another really unique idea. Ask your fans & followers on blog posts, through twitter, or on Instagram what questions they have for you as a traveler. The ladies from MVMT blog did a fabulous job on this recap piece as well.