Anniversary Time! LandLopers Travel Blog Turns Two Years Old

Even as I write the title of this post I really can’t believe that today marks the 2nd anniversary of I first had the idea to start a blog early in 2010 and over a long weekend I worked out all of the kinks, learning more computer techniques than I ever thought I would know. Before then I had never written professionally other than for some trade publications, was a very amateur holiday photographer and had zero experience with web sites and online marketing. More than some nice stories and pretty photos, the site has changed my life in ways that I’m still fully realizing.

Matt Long Travel WriterMy first post on March 14, 2010 was about the dogs of Santorini, Greece. A fitting way to start really since I repeated the theme of focusing on animals and the travel experience many more times over the last two years. It looks a bit scrappy now, but that first post was the beginning of a long and strange ride. In the last two years I have published almost 800 posts, 500 daily news updates and thousands of photos. I went from having just a few loyal readers to enjoying a rich and dynamic group of readers who are engaged in the mission of LandLopers.

During the last two years I’ve also been fortunate to travel to a lot of great places and, more importantly, I’ve met many wonderful people. Mexico, Hawaii, Israel, Australia, Jordan, New Zealand, Iceland, Europe and the Caribbean are just some of the exciting places I’ve been so fortunate to visit in the last two years and there are many more adventures on the horizon.

I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without a lot of support. Support from my patient and understanding partner and support from friends and colleagues. Thank you all for indulging my dream.

So what’s next for LandLopers? The great thing about that question is that I don’t know. For the moment I will continue doing what I’ve done over the last two years, visit new places and share them with you all because ultimately that’s what I love to do the most. Without rambling on, I just want to thank you all for visiting the site and I look forward to spending another two years with you all. Here are some photos from my last two years of travel.




Strange new-agey thing in Mexico


Sporting Clays
Shooting clay targets in Hawaii


Snorkeling in Jordan
Snorkeling in the Read Sea



St Kitts Volcano
On top of a volcano


Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand


Dogsledding in Canada
Dogsledding in Canada



By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

19 thoughts on “Anniversary Time! LandLopers Travel Blog Turns Two Years Old”

  1. Congrats Matt
    Safe to say that Im one of many that enjoy your blog and look forward to many more great posts to come.

  2. Congratulations on your blogaversary! I wish you many more years of travel and new exciting locations for the future!

  3. Congratulations, Matt, for publishing a quality travel blog. I don’t know how you manage to post as often as you do. A round of applause from me. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for you and LandLopers.

    1. VERY kind, thank you! It takes a lot of work, especially since I work a 9-5 full time job. All of my bloggy work is done in my free time, but it’s my passion and I truly love it. :)

  4. Congratulations! I’m also in awe of how you are able to post so often and do so with quality. Have any secrets you can share? :)

    Looking forward to seeing where the next years take you and thanks for bringing us along for the journey!

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