Top 12 Posts of 2020

Traveler taking a selfie on the Great Wall of China. Photo Credit: Road-Trip-with-Raj,

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The year 2020 saw an unprecedented disruption in global travel. But as we look forward to a happier 2021, let’s take a nostalgic look back at the 12 most popular Accidental Travel Writer posts in 2020, It includes both goldies but goodies and newly published posts!

Most Popular Posts of 2020

By far, the most popular post last year was “Eight Wonders of the Modern World”.

Interestingly, this post was first published in 2009. However, it had gone largely unnoticed until the middle of last year.

When I noticed that it was starting to get traffic, I went in and totally re-wrote it. In fact, I added both photos and lots of additional information.

As a result, its readership sky-rocketed, surpassing 10,000 hits for the year!

Coming in 12th place is “Everett and Jones Berkeley vs. Everett and Jones Oakland”.

This popular post was published in November of 2020. So while it came in as the 12th most popular post of the year, it had not even been up for 2 full months.

In fact, it drew the most traffic for the 7 final weeks of the year. And it has been continuing to do so into the new year.

And now, for the 12 most popular post of 2020 – in order of their total traffic:

Eight Wonders of the Modern World

man-jumping-in-the-air-overlooking-machu-picchuTaking a selfie overlooking Machu Picchu. Photo Credit: VictorRodriguez.

  • First published: 12/11/2009
  • 10,477 Total Views!
  • 10, 233 Views in 2020!

Eight Wonders of the Modern World comprise seven monuments chosen by voters in a global contest and the Great Pyramid in Egypt. These monuments would make a great short-list of must-see attractions. And imagine the great selfies you could take!


Hong Kong’s Best Noodle Chains: Tam Jai Sam Gor

One of two restaurants serving mixian noodles near me is the Tam Jai Sam Gor outlet in Sheung Shui in the New Territories. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
  • First published: 11/23/2018
  • 4,166 Total Views!
  • 2,030 Views in 2020!

TamJai SamGor Mixian is one of Hong Kong’s most popular restaurant chains. Despite the awkward English translation of its name, it serves yummy Yunnan-style rice noodles with a choice of five kinds of broth and several mouth-watering “condiments”.


Top 10 Etiquette Tips for Travelers Visiting Thailand

image-of-monks-at-buddhist-temple-in-thailandBuddhist monks and a devotee at Nai Yang Temple in Phuket, Thailand, Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

  • First published: 6/18/2018
  • 3,990 Total Views!
  • 1,289 Views in 2020!

Thais are generally friendly and laid back and will forgive foreigners who commit the occasional faux pas. But a basic understanding of Thai values and etiquette will help to prevent misunderstandings and lead to a more enjoyable stay in the Land of Smiles.


Hong Kong British Pub That Is Forever England

Better Ole.
  • First published: 7/18/2019
  • 3,079 Total Views!
  • 2,027 Views in 2020!

With apologies to Rupert Brooke, there’s a Hong Kong British pub that is forever England. The Better Ole in the Northern New Territories has been in the Yuen family for three generations, one of a dwindling number of family-run eateries in a city awash in chain restaurants.

Top 10 Minnesota Vikings Sports Bars

Vikings fans watching a game at Topgolf in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo Credit: Jakky Shanahan.
  • First published: 11/19/2011
  • 1,945 Total Views!
  • 1,170 Views in 2020!

If the Vikings are playing out of town or you can’t get a ticket to the game, here is a shortlist of bars where you can watch your favourite team play. Some are full-fledged Minnesota Vikings bars, while others tend to attract Vikings fans on game day.


Hong Kong’s Most Popular Fastfood Chains: Fairwood

Fairwood fast food restaurant in Fanling, New Territories, Hong Kong. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
  • First published: 12/18/2017
  • 1,860 Total Views!
  • 1,149 Views in 2020!

Fairwood is one of Hong Kong’s most popular fast food restaurant chains. With 137 outlets spread across Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, and the New Territories, the chain serves Chinese and international dishes at affordable prices in comfortable surroundings.


Sri Lankan Hotel Industry Faces Opportunities and Challenges (Round Table Discussion)

Lounge chairs on the beach in front of Amari Galle Sri Lanka. Photo Credit: Onyx Hospitality International.
  • First published: 12/13/2018
  • 1,857 Total Views!
  • 1,477 Views in 2020!

Sri Lanka’s travel industry has been dealt a devastating blow as church and hotel bombings on Easter Sunday result in hundreds of deaths and injuries in the country’s worst violence since the Sri Lankan civil war ended 10 years ago. An analysis of the country’s hotel industry follows.


Why You Should Visit Thailand in February

Chang rowers neck and neck with CitiBank rowers. Photo Credit: Anantara Hotels.
  • First published: 1/13/2019
  • 1,802 Total Views!
  • 1,177 Views in 2020!

Thailand in February is relatively cool and dry, with lots of sunshine and little rainfall. A good time to visit? Events include the Elephant Boat Races and River Festival as well as Makha Bucha, flower festivals in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and local festivals in other Thai cities.


Top 10 American Restaurants in Manila

Independence Day Cake. Photo Credit: Roman Boed.
  • First published: 7/3/2018
  • 1,797 Total Views!
  • 999 Views in 2020!

Numerous U.S. restaurant chains are represented in the Philippines. There are not only many locations throughout Metro Manila. In addition, there are many others around the country, including independent eateries serving American fare. Here are 10 of the best.


Hong Kong Boutique Hotel Offers Quarantine Package

Final night champagne.
  • First published: 8/27/2020
  • 1,781 Total Views!
  • 1,781 Views in 2020!

Ovolo Central is a boutique hotel located in SoHo on Hong Kong Island. The Hong Kong boutique hotel offers a concierge package. with 14 days …


Bangkok Wellness Resort Hotel Offers Quarantine Package

Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok swimming pool.
  • First published: 6/22/2020
  • 1,207 Total Views!
  • 1,207 in 2020!

Returning expatriates and Thai nationals can quarantine at a luxurious Bangkok wellness resort hotel, which is offering a 15-day health watch package together with Bangkok Hospital and the BDMS Wellness Clinic. The package runs at least through 31 August 2020.


Everett and Jones Berkeley vs. Everett and Jones Oakland

The aroma emanating from Everett and Jones Berkeley greeted me as I made my way up San Pablo Blvd to my motel. I knew where I was having dinner even before I saw the sign! Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
  • First published: 11/6/2020
  • 777 Total Views!
  • 777 Views in last 7 weeks of 2020!

Everett and Jones Berkeley and Everett and Jones Oakland are famous for Alabama style barbecue. The menu runs from sliced beef brisket, smoked chicken, homemade links, and smoked pork ribs to sides, salads, and decadent desserts.  But which outlet is better?



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