While I can honestly say that 2013 was the best year ever, I expect 2014 to be even better. After all, how many of us were expecting life to go on after the apocalypse on Dec 21, 2012? For the first time in my life, the majority of the year will revolve around traveling instead of working as I will be unemployed March-August. While most people would shed a tear at the thought of that, not only am I looking forward to it, but I planned it this way, three years ago.

I will get into the details of how I have put myself in the economic position to afford this later, but for now I wanted to share my 2014 travel plans. I know plans change and sometimes, we have to make sacrifices, but if the last five years have taught me anything, its that you accomplish way more when you have a game plan than when you just clasp your hands and say “please please please please please.”

Well, here they go…

My 2014 Travel Plans:

USA (March 1 – April 23)

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So what is this? A website update is something I do every three months to tell you guys (and remind myself) about what is going on in Travel World Heritage or with me in general (if relevant). While some blogs do it every month or every week, but to say that I have a time consuming day-job is a bit of an understatement, so this will have to do. Nine months into blogging and I am still at it. To be honest, I don’t remember anything else I have been consistent with for this long :).

1. My Computer Broke: I never thought about it until now, but I was extremely dependent on my little Asus netbook for blogging and pretty much everything else. Read more

As I was browsing around some of my favorite travel sites, I remembered how I used to have a picture of the week segment on Travel World Heritage and how much I miss it. I discontinued it because it was nature based and didn’t really fit this blog. However, it occurred to me while I was trying to get re-inspired that it would be awesome if readers submitted their own UNESCO World Heritage Site pictures in a new weekly segment. There are almost 1000 sites around the world and having visited 53 myself (at time of writing), I have not even scratched the surface, so I am sure that there are hundreds I haven’t even heard of. If you have visited a UNESCO site and have an incredible picture you would like featured on this site, please do submit it by emailing me (maximuz04@gmail.com). All due credit will be given to the photographer, and link backs to your site will also be allowed if you’re a blogger.

Here are some quick rules. I am thinking as I write so these are subject to change:

1) Write a paragraph explaining the photo. Don’t explain the site in general, just a couple of sentences to explain what I am looking at, how you took the photo, where you took the photo, and any other relevant information or tips. No more than a paragraph or two should be submitted, and I will have the right to trim down the explanation if necessary.

2) Send as large a picture size as possible so that I can re-size it accordingly.

3) Make sure the picture represents the site. For example, if the site is the “Statue of Liberty,” I would expect a picture of the actual statue, not the New York skyline as viewed from the statue.

4) No major alterations, doctoring of the picture, or special effects. I’d like to promote what a site really looks like, not what it looks like after Photoshop.

5) Absolutely no commercial / government sites. The main reason is obvious: conflict of interest. I have come across so many pictures from the Korean Tourism Department that look nothing like the actual places they promote.

6) I am serious about #5

7) While I don’t really expect many people to contribute, in the off chance that they do, preferential treatment will go to:

  • UNESCO sites that I haven’t visited (Where I’ve been)
  • More unusual sites
  • (and of course) Fantastic photographs

If you are a blogger, submit a short 2-3 sentence bio with your site, Facebook page, etc and I will be glad to put it at the end of the post.

I will begin this section with my own pictures of places I haven’t blogged about yet, just to get the ball rolling and so that you get an idea of what I am looking for.

Half a year with a blog, whoooohoooo! While I told myself that this wasn’t just a short term hobby, deep down, I don’t know if I believed in myself. After all, I have started a bunch of stuff (piano, journals, scrapbooks, photo albums) only to quit when my heart really wasn’t that into it. Like before, this is a non-fancy (no pictures) update about what it going on with Travel World Heritage.

1) Kingdom Animals is on hold. I tried to spin off a nature based photo blog to show off my animal photography. I figured that it would be easy because all I had to do was post a picture and write a sentence or two. With considerations to SEO, photo watermarking and re-sizing, uploading, choosing the right picture in the first place, etc, it proved to be too much work. I want to focus on this site first and foremost, so for now, it will remain on hold.

2) We are now one of the top 200,000 websites in the world! Read more