Dave and I really can be idiot travelers sometimes. We like to think that we are savvy and know what is going on, but sometimes we can just fall for things way too easily. Here’s the scoop… We like independent travel. We like our own schedule and we don’t like to rush through anything. If we like a place, we may stay for five or six days. If we don’t we will move on. So why did we let a guy talk us into hiring him as a driver for 15 days!!??
We haven’t been traveling for very long yet and we have many growing pains to work through. Both with travel, technical aspects and with the blog. Finding a story and keeping it interesting. We have never had to worry about how long we stayed at a place before or how often we need to get to the Internet, but now that we are working to become full time Travel Bloggers and professional travelers, we really have to look at our journey in a different way.
Train travel in India can be intimidating for a fist timer. It can be confusing and overwhelming, but once you figure it all out, it isn’t so bad at all. The easiest way to book the train is online at http://www.irctc.co.in/ Make sure to have a printer handy to print out your ticket. However a trip to the train station is always an adventure. The first thing that you will need to know about train travel in India the class system.
For overnight bookings you will definitely want to be comfortable, here is some information to clear up some of your questions.
Little did I know that I would already be living life as a backpacker before leaving Canada. Staying at my parents house that has the internet and television disconnected for the winter while they are in Florida has been a warm up to the situation that we will be facing abroad. We have been spending [...]
The big news is that we are starting a monthly newsletter while we are away. Make sure to sign up for it at the top right hand corner of this page! All you have to do is leave your email address and first name and you will receive a monthly update from us. You can unsubscribe at any time. We won’t be doing these “week in review” posts once we start our travels, but we really do enjoy sharing our successes and failures of running the blog. It is in that newsletter that we will share recaps of what we have done with the website and what we have done on our travels. Plus, we will be giving some tips, tricks and insider scoops of our travels. Along with some more in depth articles regarding our experiences.
I wanted to thank Andy Hayes for his help this week. After taking a look at our blog, he noticed an error that he showed us how to fix immediately. Within a couple of days, our site was bumped up to a PR4, we owe it all to him. We would never have even noticed the error. His insight and knowledge with code, online writing and marketing is second to none.
“What the %#*! Electronics am I going to bring on this trip??” This is usually the first thing out of my mouth when I start thinking of what we are going to pack for our latest adventure. Deb is usually concerned over all of those non important things like Visa’s, Shots, Banking etc. But it is I who dares to ask this dreaded question that plagues every photographer before they jump on that plane and head to the next destination. Well maybe not everyone but me for sure. Technology changes so much I am always chomping at the bit for the latest greatest on the market. Unfortunately I am limited to a budget so it narrows down the choices. Like anyone I would love to spend 10,000 on the best gear as long as someone else is paying for it. But alas the funds must come from my coffers so money is an issue.
I have decided to focus on twitter. I thought that it would be the best way for us to connect with other travelers and bloggers while we are traveling and now we are locked out. We can manage to get in by clicking on forgot password. When they email us a new link to reset our password, we can sign back in. However when we log out, we are locked out again.
The blog is starting to feel like we have actually gotten it to where we want it. We like the layout and we like the plugins that we have added to the site. Changing the Subscribe to us button has helped increase our subscribers and by adding the subscribe to comments plug-in at the end of posts has added a feel of a conversations going on.
A lot of travelers including ourselves tend to go a little overboard when it comes to carrying medication. In the past, we have carried a small pharmacy and it has driven me insane. At the same time, we really do need to be prepared for any situation. So how does one find balance?
I know that this is going to sound strange, but we have big fears about actually traveling and running a travel blog. Last year was the first time that we had a blog while traveling and it wasn’t exactly professionally run. We went for days without updating and we hardly ever included photos. We were in some very remote areas of Africa after all and hey, we were just posting for friends and family to keep them informed of how things were going.
The Planetd is finally at that point where we are no longer spending half of our time working on code or figuring out the layout. It has become a more relaxing place where we only really have to worry about posting each day. While we are not traveling for another 2 months, we have found the past 5 months to be very rewarding learning the ins and outs of running a travel blog and we are feeling confident that things are going to be very exciting once we start to travel.
While other people are content to put down roots, see their friends regularly and take their yearly vacations and getaways, we always feel the need to keep moving. I guess that there are certain people in this world that are just explorers through and through. While people judge travelers in today’s age, some of the greatest people in history were explorers and travelers.
Time is really flying by. Dave and I have to make the decision as to whether or not we are going to give notice this month or next. We have to give 60 days notice and Dave’s series ends 3rd week of October, so we think that we should try to be ready to leave at the beginning of November. Besides, if by some miracle we win this leg of the Vantastic Adventure, we would be leaving at the beginning of November, so all around, I think it is a sign to take off in just a little over 2 months.
So, we are leaving for our next travel around the world in less than four months and we are feeling pretty pleased with the direction that our website is going, but we are feeling very overwhelmed with everything else that has to be done.
So many things happen each week that I understand why there are so many blogs out there dedicated to running a website. Now that I have made a point of stating that I will be starting a regular segment at the Planetd, I suddenly worry that I won’t have enough to write about, and yet I have been writing this weekly update for over a month. So let’s give it a shot.
I have found that every Monday or Tuesday, I have been writing a little review of what steps we have taken to build our travel blog each week. It helps me to organize my thoughts, but I also enjoy sharing my trials and tribulations with people.
Well We did it. We have yet to make it to Australia and when we received a tweet about it, we just had to give it a try. Australia has always been high on our list of destinations, but at this point in our lives, we always choose to go to places that we can travel for a long period of time on a very small budget.
Have a happy Travel Tuesday and keep twittering. If you haven’t joined twitter, join it. It is fun, informative and if everyone is right, it is the wave of the future.
When Dave and I first started traveling, we concentrated more on our videos and photos than anything else. We would make little 22 minute episodes to show our friends and families when we came home. We found a movie of each country explained our experiences more than anything and they could relate to our travels on a more intimate level.