Finding a sponsor for your travel blog is an important part of achieving success in your field. We have found the working on partnerships and developing relationships with our sponsors has been of great value not only from our past adventures but for all of our future travels.
The past few months have seen a lot of changes here at ThePlanetD and the first order of business was a major overhaul of our website. Cosmetically, we have only made subtle changes but navigationally, user experience and organization, we have changed dramatically.
Have you ever had a £2000 phone bill? That was a message we saw on facebook from a fellow Mongol Rallier after returning to England from Mongolia.
People are starting to take notice of the clout that bloggers have and we want to share just how powerful social media is companies can benefit from partnering with bloggers.
Over this past year we have been fortunate enough to have been invited on several press trips.We have learned a lot during these trips, At the same time we made a lot of mistakes.
According to Wikipedia there are now upwards of 295,000 apps now available in the Android marketplace; not bad considering there were only 2.300 available this time (March) two years ago (2009).
Setting up a mobile phone in Bangkok is easy. When entering a new country we buy a SIM card like True Move, and set up our cell phone. Our unlocked iPhone and a newly purchased SIM works perfectly for emails, international and local calls.
Getting around Shanghai is easy with the iPhone app by MTrip. We found it to be a big help when deciding what to do with ourselves. We carried around information about the city in the palm of our hand. All we had to do was click a destination and our mTrip app would tell us the location, address and subway stop.
Staying connected in countries that censor Internet can be a difficult task for the Travel Blogger. A VPN in China is an important tool for anyone wishing to stay connected via facebook, twitter and many other social media sites.
With all the lists that are coming out lately we are beginning to wonder what we are supposed to be focusing on in the travel blogging world. It seems that Klout and other social media monitoring sites are becomming the new standard for who is influential in the travel world. These sites are actually dictating who people should follow and paying attention to. It seems that the more active you are on things like Twitter and Facebook, the more people are taking notice of your writing and photography. We had heard that Virgin Airlines went to Klout.com and gave away flights to all the top tweeters on Klout.