Today, we got an alert saying that Hand Luggage Only (yup, the very same one you’re reading this on right now), just hit the 1 million monthly page views milestone.

1 Million!!! WOW!!! 🎉

1 Million Blog Page Views Milestone Celebration (11)

I can’t even fully process it – mostly because I can’t picture 1 million of one thing in the same place. It’s absolutely incredible and has left us with a huge smile on our faces all day!

1 Million Blog Page Views Milestone Celebration (3)

Now for someone who says they don’t like to talk much about numbers, I’m only too aware of the irony of this blog post (there is a lot more to travel and blogging than just numbers) but I’m gonna have to make an exception here – this is a big one!!! 🙂 1 MILLION!

1 Million Blog Page Views Milestone Celebration (10)

I remember not to long ago when I was speaking to a guy about the blog and I mentioned something about the blog potentially hitting the 1 million monthly mark. He quite literally laughed in my face… then today happened and it reminded me of how little you should pay attention to people’s ideas of limits. The limits tend to be more about them and not about you.

Funnily enough, the first time anything big happened on the blog was actually in Lisbon (it was that time I though the website was hacked but it turns out, an article had gone viral) and so it seems so apt to have hit that milestone being back in Lisbon (and at the Four Seasons Lisbon no less #HumbleBrag – haha!)

But the real reason behind the 1 million of course if quite literally YOU! Like the 1 million didn’t just happen on its own – it happened thanks to you. You read, shared, commented and generally supported the blog all the way through to where we are right now and the 1 million milestone is every bit about you as it is about us. We are so grateful to be a part of this ever-growing community of travellers and can’t thank you enough for helping us create something out of seemingly nothing.

1 Million Blog Page Views Milestone Celebration (8)

I’m gonna stop here but thanks again for such an amazing milestone!

*P.S.: Below are two photos from the very first trip we took together – long before we even thought of starting Hand Luggage Only – boy has our waistline expanded since then! 😁😆

1 Million Blog Page Views Milestone Celebration (7)

1 Million Blog Page Views Milestone Celebration (6)



You May Also Like

  • Wow, congrats!!! x
    Marveling-Mind☀ | Instagram | Bloglovin’

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much! xx

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • You two are beyond amazing … you really brought traveling photos to a whole new level … beauty, excitement, realness, déjà vu feeling of being there while staring at the amazement of fabulous things and places captured through your lens … there is everything to love ❤️ and more … a BIG Congratulations to well deserve team. You two ROCKED! 🙂

    🌸LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhhh, you’re far too kind. Thank you sooooo much, Mia. Honestly, we don’t like speaking numbers but we had to celebrate this.

      Thank you always for your kind words. ❤️

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Lorna ✶ The Painted Globe

    That’s huge! So delighted for you guys, I love your posts. And you’re so right about ignoring the limits other people set for you. Excited to see you hit 2 million next 😃!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thank you so so so much, Lorna. You are far too kind. We just had to ignore him… it even made us more determined. Even though blogging isn’t about numbers, we just had to celebrate this one. ❤️

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • DiariesftWindowSeat

    CONGRATULATIONS! Such an exciting milestone! I am excited when my blog gets to 2,000 monthly page views! 🙈 Such an amazing accomplishment!

    Eryn, Diaries From The Window Seat
    https://www.diariesfromthewindowseat.com/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thank you so much, Eryn. ❤️

      Exactly, congratulation on the page views too! That’s honestly amazing! We always think that blogging isn’t about numbers but we just had to celebrate this 🎉

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Oui In France

    Congrats to you both, well-deserved! I enjoy your site so much!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      ahhhhhh, thank you so much! Thank you always for your lovely words!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Tina

    Congrats you guys!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much, Tina! You’re so kind.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Dang, 1 million! So insane and definitely well deserved! Congrats you guys 😀
    Camilla | http://cammi.dk

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhh, thanks so much, Camilla. You’re so incredibly kind. Thank you ❤️

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • HUGE congratulations guys!! That’s absolutely amazing!

    I hope you’re having a lovely Thursday!
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.co.uk

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhhh, thanks so much, Michael! You’re always so kind. Thank you for your lovely words.

      Big hugs,
      Lloyd & Yaya 🎉

  • An utterly incredible achievement. You guys work so incredibly hard and this is just fantastic!!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Awwww, thanks so much, Angie… we never think that blogging is about numbers but we had to celebrate this one. Thank you so much for always being so supportive.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Congratulations! I’ve been following your adventures since the beginning and I’m so chuffed for you guys!
    Jess
    alrightblondie.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much, Jess! That’s so so kind of you to say. Thanks you for all your support.

      Big hugs ❤️

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Becca

    Oh my goodness! Congratulations guys, what an achievement 🙂 Becca xx

    http://www.girlglobalising.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhh, thanks so much, Becca – honestly, thank you for being so lovely and kind, it means the world to us.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Congratulations! That is really an amazing achievement! Looking forward to all your next posts : D

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thank you so much, Luna. Although we don’t think blogging is about numbers, we just had to celebrate this one 🎉

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Stefani Ferguson

    Woot!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks, Stefani ❤️

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Those throwback images at the very end of the post are adorable! Thanks for sharing them with us!

    And I think it goes without saying that all of us (your readers) are so very proud of you and what you have both achieved. I mean, ONE MILLION! Jesus Christ that’s massive!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhhh, you’re far too kind, Vanessa. Thank you so much for always being so supportive, it really means the world to us.

      Hope to see you soon! ❤️

      Lloyd & yaya xx

  • Annie Roth

    I have loved your blog and couldn’t be any happier that you have reached this milestone. You inspired me to travel and gave me the courage to go solo! Thank you so much – here’s to many inspiring articles to come!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhh, thank you so much for your kind words, Annie – they really mean the world to us!

      Thanks so much for always being supportive. We appreciate it more than you know! Thank you ❤️

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Hayley Rubery

    Boys – you both know how much I look up to you! For me you’re the very best travel bloggers out there; you’re just bloody wonderful and your photography gets better ALL the time! I just love watching you both grow, you honestly deserve every success and I’m SO proud of you!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhh, Hayley, you’re always far too kind! Thank you so much for being so supportive of us. We are so excited to see you soon. We can’t wait!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • that’s massive! Congrats! x

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhh, thank you so much, Tanja. Your support means the world to us. Thank you. ❤️

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Congratulations. So well deserved. Your blog is still one of the most fresh, engaging and authentic of the travel community out there!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thank you so much, Isabel. You’re far too kind, thank you for always being so supportive. We rarely speak numbers as blogging is so much more than that – but we had to celebrate this one.

      Thank you for always being so lovely! ❤️

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Congrats!!! I’m not surprised at all 🙂 SO glad you started this blog. It’s certainly been an inspiration for me with planning travels (not to mention you always have the best photos + tips)! Can’t wait to see what comes next for you guys!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhh, thanks so much Rachel. You’re far too kind. Thank you for always being so supportive. Big hugs!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • 1 million!!! Congratulations =o) I hope you celebrated because you guys deserve it =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhh, thanks so much! So so kind of you to say… thank you for being so supportive of us. It means so much! 😘

      Ps… totally celebrated with a massive chocolate bar!!! 😝

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • OMG 1 MILLION?!!! Guys that is INSANE!!! In the most amazing way ever obvs lol ?!!! Massive Congratulations!!! Have you guys every thought of doing a bloggers bootcamp? I’m actually serious haha – hopefully by hitting the 1 million mark you’re beginning to realise quite how many travellers are in awe of your incredible achievements 🙂 xx

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhhh! Thank you so so much lovely lady! You are far too kind! Honestly, the support you’ve given us is immeasurable and we always appreciate it. Thank you.

      To be honest, we rarely speak about numbers but we just had to celebrate this milestone 🎉

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Eve Wilson

    CONGRATULATIONS! I honestly can’t think of a blog more deserving! I’m a bit of a ‘silent reader’ in that I don’t comment often but hellooo! I visit HLO at least once a week to feed my hungry wanderlust and you guys have influenced many a trip for me. Thank you for all the beautiful photography and amazing travel guides. so happy I found you! 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, Eve. Honestly, we really appreciate your support and a massive thank you for always supporting us. It’s so nice to hear from you too!

      As always, the best of wishes and biggest hugs! Thanks again for making our evening! 🤗

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • OMG YAY!!! Congratulations guys!!!! That is SUCH an incredible achievement!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhh, thanks so much lovely lady! Thank you for being so supportive. We rarely speak numbers as blogging is so much more than that but we just had to celebrate this.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Jade Dsa

    Congratulations! I’ve been a reader of this blog since forever and you absolutely deserve all the success!
    http://www.thatgoangirl.com
    Jade

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah, thank you so so much Jade! You’re far too kind. You made our evening with you’re lovely words. Thank you.

      Big hugs,
      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Aquarius Indica

    http://thedesertsafari.com/ recommended to visit Dubai

  • So delighted for you both! Such an achievement. There’s a silly grin on my face and you two put it there.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhh, thanks so much, Kat. You’re far too kind! 😘

      Big hugs, Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Congratulations!!!!!! You guys set the example for us bloggers just starting out and looking for our place in this big ole’ world (web). Did you ever feel like you’d be this far when you started? Such a huge milestone seems so far away.