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My 7 Links – Blogging Lessons Learned

By on Aug 1, 2011 in Travel Coloumn | 0 comments

A few weeks back I was humbled to receive a nomination by the friendly travel bloggers over at Idelish for the My 7 Links Project – An epic shout out to those guy at Idelish and if you haven’t had the chance to check out their site, it’s well worth it. Now for those unaware of the My 7 Links Project, it’s a great blogging concept that allows us bloggers to take a look back over our content under seven different categories, which you’ll read more about in a moment. I’ve been blogging for just over two years now and can say in hindsight it’s been both a challenging and rewarding experience. If someone back then had said to me that ‘blogging was like flossing your teeth whilst using an Asian squat toilet for the first time’, I would of laughed them off suggesting that anyone can blog. But I was wrong! Blogging is harder than I first thought and finding unique, interesting content on a daily basis that readers love mixed with consistency is a challenging task. So with that in mind, I wanted to take this opportunity not only to look back at my posts, but also on the lessons I’ve learned along the way and hopefully be able to share with you some pointers on my successes and of course, epic failures. Also before I continue, here are my five blogger nominations – love your blogs! Our Oyster Live Travel Blog In the words of Kez Cats Chat Travel Thirst Most beautiful post… The Nullarbor Plain – Photo Junket Lesson Learned: Eye catching photos, well written content and true off the beaten track destinations leads to epic success. So in short – write unique content! This is the type of post that blog writers love to write because readers latch onto it and send it viral. I have to confess, Niki took these amazing photos during our trip across Australia. I wish I could lay claim to them though as they really are breathtaking. This post was also a top contender for most popular post and was stumbled by over 1200 people in 30 minutes and continues to grow well after it’s release date. Besides the images, I also felt the write up was beautifully crafted to catch the essence of the Nullarbor, a barron wasteland…Read More Most popular post… Flying With Strategic Airlines Lesson Learned: Find a niche topic that people urgently need information for and write a post. I did this by accident, however a new airline needed a review and before I knew it I was a major source for people searching for Strategic Airlines content. This post was a pleasant surprise and a post that just happened to be timed well when Strategic Airlines were building their reputation. It really is a great airline to fly with to Bali with and I hope a lot more budget airlines take note… Read More Most controversial post… Dachau Memorial Camp Lesson learned: It’s all about the voice behind your writing. With this post I learned that you can talk about any controversial topic as long as you develop a voice of respect that reflects the destination as much as the content. Also don’t be afraid to write your personal thoughts, this is why we write after all, to share a part of ourselves with our readers. Whilst I don’t usually write controversial articles or at least not in the eyes of my readers, I was in two minds whether or not to release this post due to the nature of the content and its concept as a tourism ‘attraction’. However I felt that I wanted to share my experience at Dachau and provide information for people who are weighing up the choice to visit or not…Read More Most helpful post… The Perth Bucketlist Lesson Learned: People love lists! Whilst I like to use them sparingly, nothing says it more simpler and straight to the point than in dot form – which readers love. I’m not a huge bucketlist fan, however when I put this post together it was more a personal list of things to do guide in Perth because I was struggling to find inspiration – and apparently so is most of the people in Perth based on my stats. Its basically a big list of attractions to do if you get stuck for ideas in Perth, which is always popular around school holiday time. Read More A post’s success which surprised me… Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City Lesson learned: This will sound corny, however share your experiences from the heart – readers can tell the difference between a real experience and an article written from just research. Readers are often searching for reality and what an experience is really like first hand – in this case my train trip in Vietnam was a long and tedious venture! The reality of travel is always funnier than fiction as I found out in Vietnam. From the post: ‘It had been one of those mornings as I sat in reflection on a dingy train bound to Ho Chi Minh City. Running out of money that morning when I had tried to check out of my hotel, and then spending 10 minutes frantically dashing around the various ATM’s in Nha Trang. All whilst knowing I had less than 15 minutes until my train departed....

The Pursuit of Happiness is to Travel

By on Jul 20, 2011 in Travel Coloumn | 0 comments

I travel… Why is my life consumed by the next destination, like heroin pumping through my veins? My drug of choice that is so addictive, pushing me to extreme highs before excruciatingly bringing me to extreme lows. I am lured, NO; I am a slave to the open road. I seek to explore the personal unknown. I seek knowledge. I seek understanding. I seek isolation. I seek purpose. I seek existence. Yet… Why do I measure my happiness by the experiences I have and the next passport stamp I receive? These are surely not important in the bigger picture? Travel is hard; travel is not relaxing as it constantly pushes the boundaries of the basic precautionary existence of humans; normality and the known. Travel is tiring. Travel is costly. Travel is all consuming. Yet I am perplexed that my life is travelling, every waking moment I dream. I dream of a foreign destination. I dream of being re-accepted within the travelling circle. I dream of pushing the limits of my boundaries. My senses eagerly anticipate the kaleidoscope of colours, tastes, smells, experiences, opportunities and the unknown. I am devoted to the notion of travel as much as to the act, no mater the consequences. So I pursue… I pursue happiness through travelling. To feel alive, to discover, to live and to love. I travel and thus my drug of choice, the open road, takes me away from the mundane life of normality. Of responsibility. Of becoming old. Of boredom… I’m running, No!; I am breaking free. I live to constantly practice something new, something different. I am both traveller and tourist. So why do I travel…because it is my pursuit for...

A One Way Ticket to Europe – New Blog Series

By on Apr 18, 2011 in Travel Coloumn | 0 comments

  From the amazing artwork in some of the finest galleries to eating yourself silly in  the overindulgent countries of Italy, France and Spain. And if that wasn’t enough, the many cultures and festivals provide a constant flow of never ending European get-togethers to experience. Europe is a special place to me and is an absolute pleasure to visit! With my Vietnam blog closing its final page a couple of weeks ago, I’m very excited to be moving onto my new project, A One Way Ticket to Europe.  This travel blog series will take place over the next couple of months and aims to take you on a small trip down memory lane through the highs and lows of my first backpacking experience through Europe with no return flight. I hope you enjoy the blog!...

Top 10 Places in the World You Shouldn’t Get Naked

By on Apr 1, 2011 in Travel Coloumn | 0 comments

A couple of weeks back I was reading an article on the best ten places around the world you should get naked and it suggested ten nudist beaches around the world – not exactly raunchy stuff. However it got me thinking, where in the world shouldn’t we show off our bodies. So here is my top ten list of places you shouldn’t get naked, unless you really want to of course. 1. The Amazon River One word for you nudie want a be: Piranhas! Let alone Anacondas and bugs that have a fetish to bore a way through your skin. So unless you fancy using you body bits as bait it’s highly suggested that you avoid swimming naked in this hostile river. 2. Dubai and any other Middle Eastern country. Let’s make this clear, the Middle East is not like Sex in City 2 makes it out to be. Many stories have been in the paper lately about tourists falling victim to the harsh laws relating to sex and drinking. Whilst some of the issues are questionable, some tourists are just plain naive! Whilst I don’t necessarily agree with the laws, sometimes it just not worth stripping down or you might be enjoying those benefits in jail. 3. Antarctica If you thought shrinkage was a problem in winter, wait until you traverse through the sub arctic conditions of this winter wonderland in the buff. 4. Any city hosting a G8 Summit Unless you fancy meeting a taser or water gun head on, I wouldn’t recommend stripping naked and running through the protest crowds shouting “Free Tibet”. 5. Colombia Your life won’t be in danger whilst running naked through the country, however if you don’t fancy becoming the next “storage cavity” as a hired drug mule, best not to show off your wares. 6. Oktoberfest Lots of drinking, leading to debauchery, leading to nudity, leading to passing out naked in the the middle of a beer tent, leading to some even drunker backpacker shouting out “Let shave him”. 7. Buckingham Palace Summer Party Whilst I’m sure the Queen indulges in a little nude sunbathing in the privacy of her own grounds, drinking all the champagne you can muster before stripping down and shouting in an Aussie accent “show us your corgies” is never a good idea. Show a little respect. 8. Canadian Wilderness The middle of wild wilderness of Canada’s harsh environment full of grizzly bears is never a good place to find yourself naked, covered in honey and singing bare necessities of life. Covering up is a bare necessity. 9. Camel Safari in Northern Africa Ouch! Just imagine the chaffing. 10. South East Asia during a mosquito plague If fighting off Dengue Fever, Malaria and Japanese Encephalitis wasn’t hard enough with clothes on, just imagine fending off the blood thirsty critters naked. Sometimes DEET just can’t be sprayed on everything.     Image Source:...

Website Downtime Apology

By on Mar 6, 2011 in Travel Coloumn | 0 comments

Just wanted to issue an apology if you have tried to access my website in the last 48 hours.  Apparently my server, lets call him Benny for the sake of confidentiality, went a bit off the beaten track. Whilst I applaud Benny for his  courage, I just wished he would of given me a little more notice of his intentions. Anyway, after a few talks about money and a more positive work environment, he has agreed to come back to...

The New Travel Project

By on Jan 11, 2011 in Travel Coloumn | 0 comments

Hi Everyone! Welcome to the new Travel Project site! I decided it was time for a fresh new approach as the other theme was looking a little crusty around the edges. All the old content is still here and I’ve added a little more user accessibility. Along the top you’ll now find a destination option which will allow you to search articles by country. You may have also noticed a flashy new slider to highlight my recent articles. There are still a few glitches that I have to iron out over the coming days and in the coming months I will be making one last change  to a new domain, however watch this space so I can keep you updated. Ive tried to keep my readers in mind and I hope you like the new changes. So what do you think? Let me know in the comments...