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Country counting and does it really matter?

An oft discussed topic is whether it matters that a travel blogger’s been to 111 countries or just 11? Is it then of any concern whether a travel blogger then shares that they’ve been to 111 countries or just 11? Although it’s the bloggers with the higher numbers who are more likely to share them, wielded as some sort of badge of honour. A confirmation of their expertise and pedigree as an influencer/source of knowledge. Country counting is one thing but then telling everybody about it is something slightly different. So let’s talk a bit more about country counting?

Country counting using the Been app

Country counting using the Been app

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My 5 most popular blog posts of 2017

From BBC’s Doctor Foster to running marathons, these are the 5 blog posts you read the most in 2017:

Doctor Foster filming locations in Hitchin

Doctor Foster filming locations in Hitchin

Hitchin in Hertfordshire has served as the main backdrop to many a scene in the latest series of ...

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World Naked Bike Ride – London

World Naked Bike Ride – London

What experiences are still on your “things to do” list? Ever wanted to cycle naked? ...

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Dreiländereck – walk across 3 countries in 10 minutes

Dreiländereck – walk across 3 countries in 10 minutes

A friend of mine turned 40 recently and for his birthday he wanted to fly into Basel, head to the ...

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14 questions to ask a 871 marathon runner

14 questions to ask a 871 marathon runner

I know somebody who’s run 871 marathons (as of 16th February 2017) and that person’s ...

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26.2 tips for running the New York City marathon

26.2 tips for running the New York City marathon

There are the “big six” marathons and the New York City marathon is one of them! 🙂 ...

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Going viral on Instagram when you least expect it

I have a fairly modest Instagram account at biggsytravels with 1,220 followers but what was the end result when one of my images started going viral? Well semi-viral at least! I must add this was a pretty rare event and it certainly hasn’t repeated itself since. Either way I owe my one-off moment of fame to Frank from Germany and his “shoe bike”.

What image started “going viral”?

The event was the RideLondon Freewheel bike ride. The time was 30th July 2016 and the place was along The Strand in central London. I was completing a slow loop of the 8 mile car-free course when I glanced to my right and saw Frank on his strange-looking bicycle. Continental had built a custom machine with six Adidas running shoes on each wheel. One of its employees (who I subsequently found out to be called Frank) was giving it a shaky test run around the course. I was riding a Strida bike which aren’t the steadiest of bikes themselves, and I only had an iPhone to hand, but my balance was sufficient to rattle off a few photos as well as shoot a 25 second long video.

Going viral with Frank on the Continental "shoe bike"

Frank on the Continental “shoe bike”

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