While we could have gone without knowing what happened to Vanilla Ice, we decided to take a cue from The Surreal Life and track down some of our first Notable Newcomers. Here’s what they’ve been up to since first making their mark on IgoUgo.
The “frustrated travel writer” formerly known as Michael2028 came to know IgoUgo by word-of-mouth, leaving his wife to fend for herself as an “IgoUgo widow.” A jolly Englishman with a fondness for sunshine, he’s churned out 114 journals, many focused on Greece, China, and India. IgoUgo has both provided an outlet to showcase his travel-writing skills and encouraged yet another newfound passion, photography. And with 2,043 photos uploaded to IgoUgo, he’s no longer an amateur.
Since joining IgoUgo at the tail-end of 2004, this lighthouse fanatic has worked her way up the travel ladder, earning a 2005 U GO! Award in the process. She now boasts a repertoire of 63 journals and 1,500+ photos—not to mention 80 IgoUgo friends. It must be all that Southern charm.
She’s partied through Ibiza, Miami, Belize, and Amsterdam, earning the 2006 LOL U GO! Award along the way. As a Texan transplant by way of the UK, she hesitantly admits to adopting at least one American custom—frequenting a Tex-Mex chain promoted by a certain Chihuahua.
Jersey girl and Tom Cruise addict Samlawali kicked off 2005 by joining IgoUgo. In the past two years, she’s created 16 journals, mostly on Northeastern locales—this is one member who believes in staying true to her roots.
Like many who’ve come before her, this Filipino has displayed a zealous passion for her own country—and continent—since beginning her IgoUgo contributing streak in December 2005. With her goal of wanting “to see every part of my country” almost complete, perhaps it’s time for her to head westward and hit those European dream destinations.
A member since just March 2006, he’s already contributed 24 travel journals, which developed into his signature “Rick’s Guide to…” series. For this family man, yearly vacations for the whole gang are a must—but so are getaways for a party of two.
We can only hope that our current newcomers of note will find similar successes—and lasting passions—at IgoUgo in the years to come. In the meantime, keep an eye on these all-star contributors, and we’ll try to refrain from saying “We told you so.”