Travel guides or blogs are necessary especially for solo travelers. These blogs not only contain the places that you would likely want to visit, but also help one to plan their trip efficiently which is crucial especially for places that one has no idea what to expect. If you happen to be starting out a life of travelling, choosing the best travel blog depends on several features which will be discussed below. These features are simple but yet effective ways to ensure that you choose the right site(s) to follow.
Before you follow a site, it is crucial to check out the owner of the blog or site that you are thinking of following. Is the site catering to solo travelers, adventurers or thrill seekers? Is the owner, a traveler as well or just someone who spends their time looking at various tour sites and then adding those information on their own blogs? Many websites hire ghost writers to populate their website especially if they don’t have time to work on the pieces and just want to make their site look updated on search engines. One advantage with having the site’s owner as the traveler is that one would know that the articles came from their experiences and would be helpful in guiding you along the way.
Relevancy and Timeliness
There are tons of travel sites in the internet and searching Google would probably yield you thousands and even millions of sites. But which one would provide help to you? Look for a site that has regular and updated content to it. If you happen to stumble upon an old article, some of the information might no longer be relevant. You can also contact the blog owner and inquire about the topic. Travel blog owners love to talk with their readers and some frequent the same place several times but would not mention it on their blog. They can be helpful in providing you with relevant information on the place(s) that you are interested in.
Sharing is Caring
Travel bloggers are passionate about their travelling and would willingly put in links to sites that aided them during their visits. Look for a blog that not only discusses the wonders of the locale but also the horrors and what to expect from the places. Some might do a sponsored travel in exchange for a review on the web owner’s blog. If all the articles contain praises for the site, then it should raise red flags especially if you find some bad reviews of the same place on the internet.
Do you love traveling so much? Then let’s make your travel more convenient and enjoyable with these traveling hacks:
If you want to take a lot of goodies and souvenir back home with you, give your luggage more space by rolling all your clothes instead of folding it. If you have more money to spend, better invest it on some vacuum bag, it will give you more space for all your take-home stuff.
For safety purposes, photocopy all your pertinent documents before traveling such as passports, driver’s license, identification card, etc. Put the copies inside your bag or at the back of your phone
To save money while traveling overseas, bring with you an insulated stainless steel water bottle so that you won’t have to buy bottled water anymore.
When packing liquids with you (shampoo, cologne, mouthwash, etc.), open the bottle’s lid and insert a plastic wrapper. By doing this, the contents are less likely to leak.
When carrying a lot of things, consider wearing a cargo pants; you can make it as your mini luggage.
When packing your beauty essentials – foundation and eyeshadow – place a cotton swab inside so they won’t crack.
If you are always losing track of your small things such safety pins, earrings, and hair pins, place them in a used tic-tac container.
When traveling via sea or ocean, put your important stuff (cellphone, documents, money) in a water-proof pouch.
If you are bringing a lot of gadgets with you, bring a multi-port USB hub charger to help you save time charging all these devices.
When traveling to foreign countries where you cannot speak their language fluently, download translating apps such as Google Translate.
To easily pack essential travel kits, make a checklist and cross out those stuff which you have already packed in your luggage.
Before traveling overseas, contact your bank first so that they will not lock down your credit card account due to suspicious activity.
In order not to get lost, download an offline version of Google Map.
Download also a currency converter on your smartphone so you won’t have any problem especially when shopping or buying souvenirs abroad.
When it comes to converting your money to local currency, it would be best to do this on an ATM and not on an exchanging money store. An ATM charges cheaper service, so you will get to enjoy your money even more.
And that’s it! The best travel hacks that jet-setter and travel buff should know this 2016. Have fun!