Posts Tagged ‘travel writing’

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The Absurd Traveler’s Guide

Kristine Arndt lives the ‘Beat Generation’ life style (think Jack Kerouac and Albert Camus) and is loving every minute of it. From singing for the President of Kazakhstan to herding cattle in Guyana, she has not let adventure pass her by in any way.

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Girl, Guy, Globe

Life was nice and easy in the US for Rachael and Josh. Then, Josh’s employers gave him the opportunity to work abroad – in Dakar, Senegal to be exact. Rachael being a freelance writer/photographer made the decision to move that much easier. So, they packed up their belongings, including two dogs and headed off to [...]

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Taking Your Blog to the Next Level

It’s been a while since Travel Blog Exchange ‘11 in Vancouver this past June so I’m a bit late on the guest-post writing bandwagon. However, I know many TravelBlogs readers will be interested in some of the take-away items from the event. This post is mainly for those wanting to take their blog to the next level – be it audience, revenue, marketing, tech and so forth. You might have been blogging for a while and are now considering ways to monetise. Or you might want to promote your freelance writing abilities through your blog. It could be that you just want to focus on better content. So, without further ado, here are some tips straight from some of the TBEX speakers.

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Vagabond Explorer Magazine Unleashed!

Wade Shepard of Vagabond Journey has just unleashed Vagabond Explorer Magazine. Yes, he used flattery in his request but also gave me several very good reasons why I should become a contributor, reviewing travel blogs I consider worthy of recognition. My real life job is reading travel blogs daily and there are an amazing number out there just ripe for the choosing. But, the magazine is so much more and has wonderful contributors. Definitely check it out! You won’t be disappointed. This is a magazine for every type of traveler – from armchair to nomad.

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View from the Pier

Sometimes you think you have had enough of the world, whether it be from extensive travel or all the things life throws in one’s path. So was the case for Meg Pier. Whatever events happened, she gained a new perspective and new lust for life and travel. She has found her sense of purpose and [...]

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Country Driving: A Journey through China from Farm to Factory – Book Review

Hessler was a journalist for the New Yorker magazine based in Beijing. In the period from 2001 to 2007, he frequently drove around China and wrote about the changes in the local culture. An American who spoke Mandarin, he was able to interact with the locals in ways a tourist cannot.

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Fifteen People Have Spoken: 2010′s Best Stuff – Part Two

Here begins part two of the 2010’s Best Stuff Round-Up Discussion. Unlike Part One, most of these later entries deal with family. I hope you enjoy the responses as much as you have of those in Part One. Here’s a small reminder of the topic:

Everyone is currently coming up with the “Best Of This Thing or That Thing. Personally, I would rather let you decide the Best of Whatever. Be it movies, music, books, websites, destinations, festivals, beaches, snow banks, pajamas or pets – the choices are yours. Please tell me what you have found to be the best thing(s) for YOU in 2010.

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Fifteen People Have Spoken: 2010′s Best Stuff – Part One

I have stirred the proverbial pot a bit…

We can all check the web to find the Top 100 Travel Websites and the Best Music of 2010 and even the Best Breeds at the Westminster Dog Show. Granted, all fascinating stuff but why rehash it? It’s out there – over and over. (Yes, I really do understand the rankings thing.) But, do you want to be “just a number” or would you prefer to be remembered as a real person who had a real opinion too? Our contributors to this Round-Up Discussion voted for the latter. Due to the length and number of replies, this is Part One.

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A Totally Impractical Guide to Living in Shanghai

Mary Anne Oxendale has lived as an ex-pat for most of her adult life. She’s gone from backpacker to EFL teacher and has been blogging for quite a long time. Not only are her sites (yes, more than one) filled with wisdom and wit -emphasis on wisdom and wit – she still finds time to… [...]

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The Wheat from the Chaff

The Travel Blog Exchange 2010 Conference (TBEX10) may have come and gone (in a blur), but it surely has not been forgotten. By deliberately waiting two weeks before sending out this discussion question, it gave everyone’s mind time to separate the “wheat from the chaff”.

Here’s what attendees had to say…

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  • Jay Daviot: Epic list! There are some great blogs there. Would love to see a few more blogs from photographers though...
  • John: I’ve always wanted to hitch hike across the USA.
  • Sara Wikoff: I found your post very interesting. I am just a Freshman in college and I have not decided my major yet....
  • John: Great advice, I always buy charcoal tabs in case I get an upset tummy.
  • 7 Years In: I have to strongly disagree about the money belt thing. Money belts themselves are be a pain (they never...
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