Ten Tips for Vegan Travel in South America / Vegan Restaurants

For many vegans, travel can be something of a challenge. If you’re worried about vegan travel in South America, you’ll be surprised at how easy it can be if you are prepared and go to the right spots. Basically, it’s about doing your homework and learning how to keep up your vegan lifestyle while travelling. It may seem difficult at first, especially when in a foreign country, but you can master travelling as vegan in the same way you mastered being a vegan at home. Here are a few tips to point you in the right direction before your pack your bags and hit the road. Use these tips and you’ll find it’s not hard to maintain a vegan diet while travelling in South America. The more exciting things may be harder to come by but the healthy, whole food options are always available. If after reading these tips you have any doubts about vegan travel in South America, let us assure you it’s possible. It does take a little extra planning and preparation but it’s worth it, not just for you but for the animals.

1. Do Your Research

Get online and search for vegan restaurants and health food stores. One of the best places to start is Happy Cow (www.happycow.net); an online directory of restaurants and health food stores that have vegan and vegetarian options. You can search for any city or address (like your hostel or hotel) and it will return a list of vegan/vegan-friendly restaurants nearby. Happy cow (like other vegan restaurant lookup sites) also returns a list of health food stores that carry vegan foods or vegan products. Whenever you would like a vegan meal or snack for your hotel room, lengthy bus trip, or souvenirs to take home with you, a visit to one of these international health food stores is a nice convenience. You should also look online for local vegetarian or vegan associations, where restaurant and health food shop listings tend to be up to date. To find local associations, do a quick Google search for the city name and ‘vegan society’ or ‘vegan association.’ Don’t be scared away if the content isn’t in English, that’s what Google Translator is for. Between these online resources, you should be able to compile a list of places to find vegan food.

2. Connect with Other Vegans

To find possible places to eat you could ask local vegans for recommendations. They’ll know which bakeries have vegan treats and which cafes serve the best weekend brunch. Online resources can only get you so far. The best knowledge is local knowledge. To find local vegans, or get recommendations from vegans who have recently visited the city, start with a Google search. You can usually find them by Googling the city name and ‘vegan.’ With this approach, you’re likely to find a blog by a local vegan or reviews by vegan visitors. You can also connect with vegans on Twitter and Facebook, by searching for the city name and ‘vegan.’ There are also online and offline communities, like the Vegan Around the World Network and Vegan Meet up Groups, that help connect vegans in faraway places.

A really good place to search for vegans is Couch Surfing (www.couchsurfing.com), a website where people offer up their sofas, air mattresses, floors and spare rooms to travellers. It’s a free service, where no money is exchanged. You can filter your results by including ‘vegan’ in the keyword search. There is also a Couch Surfing group for vegan and vegetarian members. Some large and vegan-friendly cities have their own vegan and vegetarian groups. If you don’t like the idea of sleeping in a strangers house, you can always ask people from Couch Surfing to meet for a drink or meal. At the very least, ask a local vegan you met through Couch Surfing for recommendations on restaurants, supermarkets, and health food stores.

3. Carry Snacks

It’s very important to pack food when travelling as a vegan. At the very least, don’t leave home without some snacks for the airplane, bus, train or car ride. You never know when unexpected delays will leave you in a place where vegan options are scarce. Pack easy snacks like apples, bananas, nuts, seeds, homemade sandwiches, granola bars, carrot sticks, bread, pitas, nuts, crackers, peanut butter or hummus. If you’re travelling for more than a week or two, don’t try to pack your entire food supply, just plan to make the local supermarket your first stop. Carrying a small stash of food with you isn’t a recommendation, it’s a requirement for vegan travellers. Unless, of course, you don’t mind skipping a meal or eating something that you’re unsure about. At some point during your travels, you’re bound to find yourself in transit, lost or far away from any vegan restaurants.

4. Find a Kitchen

If you’re travelling to a destination that doesn’t have a lot of vegan restaurants, plan to stay in a hostel or hotel where you’ll have access to a kitchen. This way you can prepare your own meals and have full control over what you eat. Without access to a kitchen, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy vegan diet when travelling to some destinations. If you’re not worried about the weight of your luggage, you can also bring along some kitchen essentials like a good knife, cutting board, travel blender, bowls and utensils. A small Tupperware container and a fork/spoon go a long way, making it easy to take homemade food or leftovers on the road. If you plan to make a lot of your own food on the road while staying in hostels or couch surfing, and you like spices, it is a good idea to premix some dried herbs and spices and take them with you.

5. Pack a Vegan Passport

If your travels take you to a place where you don’t know how to speak the local language, the best thing you can do is learn a few key words before leaving home. If this isn’t possible, and you’re not staying long enough to take lessons once you arrive, the next best thing is to pack a copy of the Vegan Passport. In 73 different languages, this little booklet explains what it means to be a vegan, lists items you can eat, and recommends some simple dishes that can be made vegan. You can show this to people at restaurants to give them an idea of what you’re looking for.

6. Learn the Lingo

Your life will be easier if you can speak some Spanish or Portuguese to explain your eating requirements and check if a meal contains meat or dairy products. Without knowing the local words for things like chicken, milk, eggs, cheese or butter, it will be hard to determine whether or not a food item is suitable for vegans. You can look keywords up online, write down some vegan phrases or carry the Vegan Passport, a handy book that can be used to help communicate your dietary needs at restaurants and stores around the world. Don’t worry too much about the language barrier when you first start travelling as things seem to just fall into place. It won’t be too long before you can say you don’t eat meat or milk or cheese or butter in Spanish or Portuguese. If you have time you should take some language classes on arrival in South America.

7. Go Raw

Whenever you think you can’t find vegan options, go raw. Just get yourself to a grocery, local market, health food store, salad bar, or even a convenience store and find the raw items. You can easily survive on salad, fruit, and nuts for a few days. (And maybe you’ll even decide to go raw more often). As other travellers can testify, there is an abundance of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and seeds in South America.

8. Tell People You’re Vegan

Make sure you book a vegan meal on your flight. Remind the flight attendants when you board. Tell your hosts that you’re vegan and remind them what that means. They may have suggestions for you. Mention that you’re vegan to the hotel concierge or check-in clerk. They can often recommend a restaurant or know someone else who can.

9. Make it Easy for Others

Don’t walk into a regular restaurant, cafe, bakery or supermarket and ask a staff member to point you in the direction of their vegan options. Don’t expect people to even know what vegan food is. Vegans will have a more difficult time than vegetarians and though some South Americans understand the concept of not eating meat and consider it to be a healthful lifestyle, those who don’t consume any animal products at all may meet with incomprehension. Make things easy for them by asking if they can customize a menu item that’s almost vegan. For example, ask for cheese to be removed from pizza, pasta or a sandwich. If you’re in a bakery, don’t ask if a loaf of bread is vegan, ask if it contains or has been glazed with milk, butter, eggs, lard or any other animal product. If you’re cooking with people who don’t have experience making vegan food, give them specific ideas, share recipes, or offer to prepare a dish for them. Often, people get confused about what is okay, and what’s not. They don’t want to offend you by accidentally adding something you can’t eat. Don’t be afraid to help and answer questions. In the end, hopefully everyone will forget about the missing animal ingredients and enjoy the dish as part of a healthy and tasty meal.

10. Make a List of Vegan Restaurants

Though the prospect of finding vegan food in South America can be daunting, the experience is definitely worth it. Make a list of all the vegan restaurants you found on Happy Cow, TripAdvisor (www.tripadvisor.com), or elsewhere, and pack it in your luggage. Below you’ll find some great South American vegan restaurants to start your list. If you find yourself in an omnivore restaurant, it’s important to be careful when ordering and vegan travellers should make every effort to be prepared. Making a set of vegan translation cards is a good idea if you have a low level of Spanish and/or Portuguese, or don’t have a vegan passport. Though finding food can be a struggle outside of vegan, vegan friendly-only restaurants, it isn’t impossible.

10 Ways to Enjoy Being Alone while traveling

Some days, you’ll play lonely games too, games you can’t win cause you’ll play against you.”

One of my favorite authors growing up was Dr. Seuss. I loved the rhymes, the silly names and characters, and with a little deeper thinking, the morals and lessons he would weave into his stories.

It wasn’t until I was in college that I got my hands on a copy of his final book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” a parting gift from one of my professors on the last day of class. The book ended up in a box with my tassel and gown but I never forgot the lessons, the inspiration, and motivation it gave me to help me through a broken engagement, starting a business, and the biggest and scariest adventure of all….growing up. In that book he talks about the decisions we make in life as well as the ups and downs that go with it.

Throughout my travels, people always ask me if it get’s lonely being on my own. Well first lets look at the positives. There’s a tremendous feeling of freedom in being able to always call the shots. If you feel like sleeping in, you do. If you want to extend your stay somewhere (despite the extra money you spend) there’s no one to talk you out of it. Every turn, every step in the journey is entirely up to you.

And I won’t even mention the people you meet along the way. In a world full of interesting, exotic, and sometimes a bit crazy people, you definitely get mixed up with many “strange birds as you go.” I am making friends from all over the world and getting to see much more as a result of it.

But then you have those days sitting alone in a restaurant, watching couples share a romantic dinner, or a vacationing family enjoying each other’s company and I can’t help but get a little misty eyed as I think of all the amazing people I’ve left behind. The more time passes, the further the distance grows, and I can’t help but wonder, if and when I finally do come “home” will anyone still be there awaiting my return? Yes it’s easy to make friends everywhere you go, but sometimes it’s nice to have that familiar face, someone who you don’t have to explain your life story to for what feels like the hundredth time.

I was having one of those moments just the other day. Of course when I called home I got the usual “we miss you, we love you” which helped, but what was more helpful actually was the dose of reality. Poor little me, here I was feeling all alone in Monaco, when anyone back home would trade places with me in a heartbeat. I was too focused on what I didn’t have, instead of what I did, which is an opportunity to explore and learn in a world full of amazing and wonderful people, and an opportunity to really and truly get to know myself.

Why is that we have had it engrained in us that being alone is a bad thing? I used to find myself feeling sorry for the poor guy all alone in the movie theater, or the girl reading a book by herself in a busy restaurant. And then I read somewhere that if you can’t enjoy your own company, then how do you expect anyone else to?

Either these people have zero social skills and can’t get along with anyone (which if that were really the case, wouldn’t they be off hiding in their basement planning a mass-murder/suicide attempt?) Or maybe they just know what they want and like and aren’t afraid to go out and do it, regardless of who is in their company. And how do they figure out what they want and like, if they never take that time alone to do it?

Since the “lonely days” are inevitable, both while traveling and in life, here’s a few ideas to help get through them:

1. When you find yourself dining alone, take along a book, or laptop, or if you want to be sociable, head to the bar area. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a friendly bartender who might even give you a drink or two on the house or you’ll meet other people around the bar who could be just as friendly. Even if you don’t drink and are only there to eat, it’s amazing how much friendlier people seem to be sitting around a bar (I guess it’s thanks to the social lubricant.) There’s almost always a television nearby to watch a game or catch up on the news if you can’t find any other way to entertain yourself.

2. Head out on a guided tour. Just being on the same tour automatically gives you something in common, and the fact that you are from different places gives you something else to talk about. You don’t have to be best friends for the rest of your life, (and maybe you will never speak again after the tour) but at least you found a new friend for the day, and you have someone to take cheesy tourist photos for you.

3. Be willing to break the ice. This may be difficult for someone who is shy and not as outgoing, but the point of traveling is to stretch outside of your comfort zone. Listen for things you have in common with others, whether it be an accent, a city you’ve traveled to, or maybe something you can offer them (a smile, a stick of gum, directions, advice or a recommendation.) We are all human beings having a human existence, and just the very act of helping someone else can take the focus off you and make you forget that you are on your own. On a planet with 5.2 billion people how are any of us ever really alone?

4. Spend some time reflecting. Have a journal to document your experiences, even if it’s only in list form (you’ll be thankful when you can’t remember all the details later.) Pick up some postcards and write to friends and family who aren’t with you. Create an ‘attitude of gratitude’ and think of all of the amazing things you have seen and experienced and have to be grateful for.

5. A simple and easy way to get yourself feeling good is exercise, which gives your body natural endorphins. Take a walk, a swim, a run, a hike, or anything you can do to get your blood flowing. There’s nothing like fresh air and beautiful scenery (especially if you can time it around a sunrise or sunset) to leave you feeling happy and refreshed. Have some inspiring or upbeat music playing on your iPod, or just enjoy some quiet time to reflect.

6.Do you have an artistic side you have been meaning to tap into, whether that be music, drawing, writing poetry? Or consider cooking classes to learn how to cook a few local dishes from the places you go.

7. Learn a new language. What better time to learn than while you are traveling? A great free website which teaches beginning courses is http://www.livemocha.com which teaches over 30 languages and allows you to connect with locals who also speak the language. You can also meet locals on couchsurfing who are happy to show you around their city (and it gives you someone to practice the local language with!)

8. Stay connected online and post frequently on websites such as Facebook and Twitter which will keep you in the loop with what’s going on back home. Plan frequent Skype dates to bring people to where you are (even if it’s only by video.) I had a Skype conversation from the roof of my hostel in Jerusalem, as well on the back of my boat while I was in Malta (places people back home would have never seen otherwise.) If you can’t be with them, bring them to you!

9.There are many websites you can go to now to find people who are planning on traveling or who are in the same location as you. Check out http://www.couchsurfing.org or look at local events on couchsurfing (which will also tell you other people who have logged on recently from the same location. ) They are also all great places to get helpful tips about places you plan to go to.

10. Transportation is a great way to meet new people. Whether it’s a plane, train, bus, or car ride, you are in an enclosed area for a usually a few hours at a time. Sure you can spend that time entertaining yourself listening to music, reading, sleeping, etc. but don’t be afraid to turn off that iPod every once in a while either. You won’t always meet people who you will connect with, but you never know the connections and the opportunities that might come your way, and it can all start as simply as a smile.

So what did I do to end my own little pity party? Well, exactly what I would do if I had my best girlfriends around. I hopped on a train to the next town, bought myself a new outfit to wear, sat myself in a classy restaurant for a good meal (and tried not to take it personally when the waiter removed the stemware and cutlery from the table to announce to the world that I was dining alone) and then stumbled on a wonderful little concert right in the center of town. In other words, I had a terrific date night with none other then yours truly. Awkward??? Mmmmm maybe some moments. Scary? (Ignoring the crazy guy on the train next to me on the way home.)

What would have been more scary would have been missing the entire night and the new friends I made as I result of stepping outside my comfort zone. No matter where you are in the world, it’s important to learn how to embrace the lonely days too and give yourself a chance to hang out with the one person who will ALWAYS be there…YOU!!

Travel the World… Alone

If you really want to go on an adventure of a lifetime, travel the world… alone. The only thing that is more exciting than travelling to other countries is to do this on your own. A real adventure is one where you face the world alone… literally.

The real adventure is not just seeing other countries, but being forced to meet new people, especially those from another culture. The most interesting thing in life is not landscapes or architecture. The most interesting thing is people’s personalities and their culture.

There is nothing more exciting than meeting new friends half way around the globe. There are so many things that you can learn about their traditions and culture when you’re traveling alone. The best way to do this is if you force yourself to do it and you can do so all on your own.

Make a plan

If you’re thinking about traveling around the world on your own, you had better have a plan. Carefully plan every single detail of your trip, especially who to call and where to go if you have an emergency. Decide on the most interesting places to go and how long you intend to stay.

Travelling on a budget

The best way to travel around the world is to stretch your budget as far you can. This could mean staying at hostels or budget inns, taking cheap flights, and eating local food. This could also mean not going to the best night spots or eating at the best restaurants.

However, stretching your budget will force you to meet the locals and really get to know and experience their way of life. You never know, you could even be invited to stay at home for free. There are countries where the locals are very accommodating and very hospitable if they see you as a friend.

Respect other cultures

If you’ve never been outside your country then you might not be familiar with the term “culture shock”. Culture shock is real especially if you’re going to a country with a totally different culture and when you travel alone. Nowadays, the western influence has spread to many countries and some are quite “westernized”. However, make no mistake. No matter how “westernized” a country seems to be, their culture will always be deeply embedded.

It is important that you respect other cultures. Always keep a watchful eye on how they do things and try to do it the same way. The trick is to keep an open mind. Become interested in discovering another country’s culture and you will surely be able to respect it.

Make an effort to become friends with the locals

This can be a little difficult especially if you’re travelling to a country where English is a distant language for them. English is an international language but there are countries where not many people speak English. If you go to the cities you’ll surely find a local who speaks English. But if you go to the provinces you may have a bit of a problem trying to communicate. Don’t let this hamper your attempt to find friends. You can always use sign language if you’re having trouble communicating.

Benefits of Starting a Personal Travel Blog

In this 21st century, how you present yourself in front of the world will reflect your lifestyle. Even if you are travelling all over the world, if you don’t share the stories and pictures with your friends and family in a way they can easily view, your travel joy will not make any big difference to them. A smart, professional travel blog will help make your dreams a reality.

Personal Travel Blog will help you to,

1. Give your own voice on the web, pen down your travel memories very quickly as they are fresh and it can be shared very easily all around the world in no time. It is not only a good place to document your travel information but also a great way to connect with other travelers.

2. The world has shrunk since the Internet has become more accessible. You can keep your friends and family up-to-date with the travel stories, pictures, videos and posts as you travel around the world.

3. A blog can be a one stop place where people find out what you’re up to and get in touch easily without you having to email everyone individually. Blogging brings like-minded people together. Starting a blog can help you find those people and share your opinions.

4. It is a real value addition and will add spice to your life. It will help capture your travel memories as they are fresh. It is an opportunity to share your thoughts and views on any travel topic of interest.

Many people use a travel blog just to organize their own travel thoughts, but actually there is a bigger opportunity to attract worldwide audiences of thousands.

For the most part, starting a personal travel blog is extremely easy. If you can write an email, you can maintain a blog as well. It’s really that easy. The basic blogging software takes care of all of the scary stuff, like writing HTML and publishing your pages to the web. All you need to do is open your blog account, type your content, add your images or videos and proceed with. Hopefully if you write regularly, your visitors will keep coming back for more.

Personal Travel Blog With Own Domain Name And Space, Is It Possible?

Yes. It is 100% possible you to have a travel blog with own domain name and space.

In the online world there are many free blog providers available to give you free blogging space.

But the main disadvantages are,

1. Your blog will not be registered in your own name and address in the World Wide Web with your own blog space. So, your blog is not yours. If the server crashes or if the free service provider decides to close his service, you might lose everything.

2. Your free blog name does not allow you to have a professional presence on the internet. So, having your own travel blog is the very best option.

For that you need:

1. Domain Name (Blog Name) With Own Web Space.

Select your host provider by searching on the web. Lot of host providers is there in the online world. If you contact them they will provide you the domain name & web space.

2. Travel Blogging Software

After getting your domain name with web space, the first thing you need to have is a Blogging Software. You will not be able to blog without travel blogging software.

Once you have both the domain name with web space and blogging software you will have full control over your blog and you can enjoy blogging.

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Advantages of Travel Blogging and What You Should Be Careful About

Travel blogging is all about maintaining a diary on the internet about your travel experience. However, a travel blog may also contain your opinions about the various places in the map, including their socio-economic conditions or the political situations.

What’s the need?

One may use a travel blog to share information with the people or their friends. Other may use it as a source of generating income.

It is generally concerning a single trip and it furnishes the most recent details or comments about it. The topics may vary. These may be about the food, politics, some special places, etc. It may include some pictures, videos, text matter or links to some website or other blogs. The content in the blog is related to the travel niche. It may have options to write comments for people.

Repute of travel Blogs:

Travel blogging has become popular with many marketers on the internet. They are using them to describe in detail important features and advantages of their products. Several international companies are making use of blogs as a device for spreading the information about the services offered by them by requesting their customers to post their views on blogs. This is a most effective way of marketing and advertisement by providing firsthand information from the users and their opinions.

The frequent fliers and other professional who travel across the world find the information on the travel blogs very handy and useful. Such information cannot be easily available with any normal printed travel pamphlets. The regular travelers find the word of mouth as reliable information and most relevant for them. It may be about hotels, weather, transport, food or shopping. The availability of useful information has made the travel blogging more widespread.

In many cases it has been observed that travel blog is very helpful for people who own a travel agency. People with a travel agency, use blogging not only to provide information on the tour packages they have to offer, but also share information on the various tourist attractions. This is an efficient way of marketing which is being implemented by most of the internet marketers.

Shortcomings:

There are many disadvantages and negative features of such blogs. The information on the blog at times may cause some rift or friction. The exploitation is the result of using the blogs as means for advertising by many people. You may make some blog entries easily about some places or services by getting obliged or being paid, whereas as in fact you do not know about these places or have never used the services. The most of the postings and reviews are false and travel companies misuse these blogs to mislead the people for promoting their business.

How to use a travel blog:

It is important to make a proper use of a blog. Blogging has also become misleading, as said; it is significant to ascertain the genuineness of the writer before you draw any conclusion from a travel blog. The opinion of different people may be diametrically opposite to each other. One traveler may be appreciating something exceedingly while the other condemns it so much. It is better to check the profiles of the persons who wrote the blog. Try to know about their personalities before you make a judgment.

You should not bank on the information on a single big travel blog, rather search different blogs at Google.com to check different blogs on that topic. There may be big claims far from reality.

How to start travel blogging:

It is easy to start blogging. You can construct a travel blog and maintain it free of cost if you want. To begin, you can get a number of blogging software and install on your server. You can get several committed web tools to maintain the blog effortlessly. There are applications where you do not require a web server. You can use tools such as Elicit, Etco and w blogger to make your travel blog and for writing and editing the posts. There are many tools available for travel blogging on and hosting like AOL, tripod, Yahoo 3600, and Goggle. You can even make the tailor made tools with protected password.

So if you want to start a blog to share your travel experiences, then start it right away. You may start generating money from it too in the long-run. You never know!

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Travel Blogging – A Way to Cherish Your Travel Memories and Share It With Everyone Around You!

Many people have the habit to maintain their diary. A blog is plainly a diary maintained on internet rather than scribbling your ideas and daily activities on a paper diary. Many people have the habit to carry their laptop with them when they go on a vacation travel. They like to check their e-mails and send messages. If you have carry laptop with you when you are on a vacation travel, it is not difficult for you to do travel blogging.

However, it is an accepted fact that you cannot always access internet everywhere when you are traveling. The best alternative for maintaining your travel blog is to make a note of all important things that you want to post on the blog on a piece of paper daily. These may include the places you visit and other things of interest and important events or thoughts. Once you get an opportunity to access the internet, you can easily post all the information on your blog. This way, you will not forget or miss anything concerning your travel blogging. There is no need for you to scratch your head to remember anything to put on your blog.

Whenever you visit any place on home travel business or on a vacation travel in your county or abroad, the best way to make a travel record is travel blogging. You can see your day to day record of your vacation and the pictures you had taken that time at different places or occasions. This is a method to make a permanent record of tour and you can see it whenever you need. It is much easier and better than trying to recall things or search the faded memories. You can also make an album of photos online along with your blog.

You can get many other benefits by travel blogging. Your friends and family members can refer to this blog and get updated information of your travel and enjoy the photos of the places you visited and know about the people you met. You will be amazed to know when you find so many of them have actually visited your blog and placed their questions and comments about your vacation travel.

When you or any viewer of your travel blog posts an entry, it is displayed on the top. The previous post moves down under it. To be short, the last entry will appear first. If you like to read the entries in date-wise sequence, you can start from the bottom and move towards the top to view the blog. This way you can read about your tour from starting to end. You can refresh your memories of your vacation travel with your blog.

It is possible to maintain a family travel blog and trace it back. This family travel blogging can include the trips and adventure of all members of family in on blog with all photos. It may be a great blog after some years. For this, you need a laptop, a paper notebook or a diary and a digital camera for taking pictures or even videos of whatever you find important. These may be adventures or events. The things happen only once and there is mostly one chance to take a picture of that. Travel blogging is a great concept and it can be developed further to be made more useful.

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Basic Travel Blog Advice

Whether you are considering starting a travel blog or have already started one, there are tips, tricks, and advice about travel blogging at any stage. Starting a travel blog can be both beneficial and rewarding in the long run. There are thousands of travel blogs on the internet, and none of them are exactly the same. With some travel blog guidance, you can learn how to start-up and maintain a unique travel website or blog.

If you are considering starting a travel blog, there are several great reasons to move forward with your idea. Not only can you document your own travels, but also with a travel site, you will be able to connect to other travelers worldwide. Keeping friends and family up-to-date with pictures and stories is easier with a blog, as long as you keep your blog current. This way, you can avoid mass e-mails and a crowded e-mail inbox.

The travel and blogging community is a welcoming one, and also a great resource for networking before, during, and after your travels. Planning your trips may also be easier and more organized because other travelers can provide input and advice on different locations.

One of the most compelling reasons people start a travel website or blog is for the the possible financial gain. There is useful travel blog advice that may allow you to make a bit of extra money while leisurely writing posts and posting photos of your travels. You probably won’t make a living off a single blog but might be able to save up some beer money or help finance part of your next trip.

Starting up your blog may seem like the hardest step in the process to having a successful travel website, but maintaining a travel blog is also an important part. By setting up a weekly posting schedule, you will ensure consistency. That way, your readers will keep coming back for more. Of course times may get busy, so it is OK to take a break once in a while. For example, if you post once a week for 6 weeks, you can take a one-week break. By organizing a schedule for yourself, you will save time, find a rhythm to posting, decrease your stress, increase your focus, and have fun all at the same time.

While maintaining your travel site, social networks can certainly be useful to expanding your readership as well. Establishing a consistent persona across all of the social networks you use and are a part of will help people relate to you on a more personal level, and this will compel them to follow your travel site or blog. As with your blogging, it is important to be consistent on social networking sites as well. Have a purpose, and be sure that your updates, tweets, and stumbles are all related to your travel blog in some capacity.

Following this travel web log advice is important to start and to maintain a successful and intriguing travel web log. In a time when there are numerous travel blogs on the internet, it is important to keep yours interesting and fresh. You can ensure a strong following by staying positive, staying consistent, and staying connected to your readers. Set aims for yourself and for your travel blog, and be sure that you are always working toward a higher goal and have a clear direction.

Anil Polat is an avid travel blogger and documents what he’s learned at Travel Blog Advice.

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The Top 5 Travel Blog Sites For You

Researching a holiday used to be one tough experience earlier. Your only sources for information would be the travel agents and travel brochures. With both these sources there were pitfalls, in the form of vested interested in signing you up. However, things have changed dramatically with the advent of digital technology. Travel blog sites containing detailed information offer an excellent way to find out about various tourist destinations. These sites contain practical information collected by the authors of the blog about various things such as the accommodation options, happening places, restaurants and night life in various cities. Another good thing about blogs is that you can always interact with the author, as well as other travelers and get to know unique information about particular travel destinations. Let us take a look at some of the top travel blog sites here.

One blog site that has caught the imagination of worldwide travelers is “where are you now”. This online source- wayn.com has got over 14 million members and offers an excellent online platform to meet and discuss travel options from people belonging to over 190 countries. You can find plenty of useful travel reviews, with accompanying photographs to guide you on this travel blog.

If you like to be pampered in the lap of luxury while you travel, then you can visit aluxurytravelblog.com, which offers exhaustive information on luxury travel options. You can find out where you can rub shoulders with the rich and famous. The author, Paul Johnson offers up to date travel information covering both accommodation options and luxury accessories.

If it is city breaks that you are looking for then one of the best online sources to visit would be gridskipper.com. One great thing about this blog is its easy navigability. You can find lots of information on the happening cities in the world on this site. You can also find detailed roadmaps to various attractions in different cities. The site also boasts of excellent photographs.

For travelers who are on the lookout for practical advice then look no further than travel-rants.com. You can find the author of the blog, Darren Cronian share travel industry secrets in a humorous way on this site. The author offers practical advice on how to deal with various types of cons that are unique to the travel industry in quite some detail.

Just in case you have some clarifications to be made about travel related issues, then you could always visit perrinpost.com. This travel blog site is from American Conde Nast Traveler and offers excellent advice to travelers. In fact, this is one of the most popular interactive travel blogs going around nowadays. All that you need to do is to post in your queries and get objective advice.

Getting travel related information has become a lot simpler these days. With travel blog sites, you can find any information, on any destination, with just a click.

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