HOW TO STAY AFLOAT AS A TRAVEL BLOGGER WHEN NO ONE IS TRAVELLING
Getting paid to travel once seemed like the dream job, but now travel blogging seems like the worst career ever. But don't throw in the towel just yet.
I left my home country in 1999 for what I thought was going to be a six-month trip and I never went back. Over the past 20+ years, I’ve visited all seven continents and more than 100 countries. In 2014 I became vegan and started my blog, The Nomadic Vegan, where I uncover local vegan delicacies in the most unlikely places!
My husband Nick and I met in 2001, and since then most of our trips have been as a couple. I occasionally still travel solo, though, most recently to Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo. My passions are learning foreign languages, exploring the globe and creating a more compassionate world.
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Always arrive at tourist sights as soon as they open to avoid the crowds. This is especially true if you want to take photos without any people in them. It will also be a much more pleasant experience if you don’t have to fight the crowds.
The top of the Alishan Mountains in Taiwan is a popular sunrise lookout, but when I hiked through the bamboo forest on the lower slopes near Fenqihu it was eerily quiet. On the island of Flores in Indonesia, I trekked to a remote village called Wae Rebo. The entire village consists of just a handful of traditional cone-shaped houses, each housing six to eight families.
Each year, my husband and I walk a different version of the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage trail across Spain. In 2019, we walked the little-used Camino de Madrid, which took us past forgotten wonders like the Santa Maria Church in Wamba. Construction of the church began in the seventh century, and it incorporates Visigothic, Mozárabic-Romanesque and Gothic elements.
My husband and I met in the Roman Forum and spent the next few years working there as tour guides. We later returned to Rome to get married, and we always try to get back there as often as we can. Everything about Italy is achingly beautiful, and its architecture, language and food keep calling me back.
One of my very first international trips was on a study abroad programme in Rio de Janeiro at the tender age of 19. I fell madly in love with the country, but for some reason it took me more than 20 years to make it back there. Perhaps I was afraid that Brazil wouldn’t live up to my memories of it.
After travelling around the country by bus for two months in 2018, I can confidently say that Brazil is everything I remembered and more. Brazilians are some of the happiest and friendliest people I’ve ever met, and I feel full of life when I’m there.
For years I had dreamed about visiting Japan, and in 2019 that dream finally became a reality. I travelled around the country for one month, visiting Tokyo and Kyoto as well as smaller towns like Kamakura and Hakone. Even though I’d already travelled extensively in Asia, Japan was unlike any other place I’d ever seen.
I was fascinated by all the rules of etiquette and intricate rituals that have been followed for centuries. Learning Japanese cooking from an 88-year-old grandmother was a highlight of the trip. I’ve been studying Japanese every day since I left, and I'm really looking forward to returning and delving deeper into the culture.
Even though I’ve already been to 117 countries, there’s still so much more I want to see. Iran is definitely high on my list, along with Romania, Georgia and Armenia - but honestly, I want to go everywhere. Sometimes the places that don’t have many obvious tourist attractions are the ones I end up enjoying the most.
Andreas’s passion for travel was instilled in him from a very young age, when his parents gave the gene of restlessness to him.
Cathrine Garnell is the author of several children’s novels, and now writes the funnest cat blog in the U.K. and beyond, sharing tips and all things cat at BionicBasil.
Claire Hall is an award-winning UK family travel blogger who juggles life as a mum to two in Devon alongside running a freelance copywriting and social media business. She started her blog, Tin Box Traveller, in 2012 and it is now ranked among the top travel blogs in the country.
Dacey joined Teletext Holidays India in 2007. On her travels, she’s managed to visit the dream destinations that she used to sell as an agent, including Dubai and Goa. Next on her holiday wish list are the Maldives - she can’t wait to travel there with her son!
Dannielle runs the award-winning travel and lifestyle blog While I’m Young. Her blog is for other young (or young at heart!) people who want to see the world.
Dennis is the CRM Manager at Teletext Holidays. Having worked in the travel sector for pretty much all of his career, he knows the industry inside and out - on top of that, he has some impressive travel experiences under his belt.
Donna Wishart is a full time blogger over at What the Redhead said. She writes about all aspects of family life with her two children Athena and Troy. She loves to travel, turns each day into an adventure and is happiest with her family by her side.
Hayley McLean is a homeschooling mother of three children under seven who has run the successful family travel and lifestyle blog Sparkles & Stretchmarks for seven years.
Heather Cowper is an award-winning travel blogger at Heather on Her Travels, writing about authentic travel with a little luxury for the 50+ traveller. Heather shares her travel tales on her blog and social media channels.
Helen Neale is the owner and editor for the kids’ activities and learning resources site KiddyCharts. She has run the site since January 2012, and it currently has over 250,000 page views a month.
Henry Jeffreys worked in the wine trade and publishing world before becoming a full time writer and broadcaster. He now blogs at Henry’s World of Booze. He has written three books: Empire of Booze, The Home Bar and, coming in September 2020, The Cocktail Dictionary.
Ingrid King is the award winning author of five cat books, and the publisher of The Conscious Cat, a website dedicated to conscious living, health and happiness for cats and their humans.
Inma Gregorio runs the sustainable travel and lifestyle blog A World to Travel. An advocate of the simplest things in life, she’s the happiest outdoors, meeting interesting people, and with a camera in her hand.
Jenny is a former midwife, nurse, blogger and mum of three… there isn’t much time for anything else! She loves to support pregnant and new mums.
Jo is a passionate traveler who loves wildlife, the great outdoors and beer! She jots down her worldly escapades on her blog, WanderWithJo.com
Kellie Anderson MSc is a professional cancer health educator and food writer with a taste for global food - and big flavours - made with fresh, seasonal British ingredients. Her blog, Food To Glow, is mainly plant-based.
Laura Dove is a family and travel blogger, wife of Gareth and mum to five very special children. On her blog she shares the highs and lows of parenting, the logistics of travelling as a large family, and showcases the places she has been whilst always planning for her next adventure.
As the former Content Manager at Teletext Holidays, Lauren is heavily involved in all travel content on the Teletext blog and website. When she’s not travelling, she loves to write about the destinations that she’s been to or research the ones she’s yet to visit.
Lucy Dodsworth is a freelance editor and travel blogger at On the Luce, based in Cheltenham in the UK.
Marc is one of the founders of one of the top UK cat blogs, Katzenworld. Katzenworld is a fun and quirky place for cat lovers from all around the world to unite and share their experiences and fun stories about cats. Of course top travel destinations for cat lovers form part of this!
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006, after her son Diego’s birth, together with a group of mothers who felt the need to meet up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London.
Nichola West writes family travel pieces for her website and blog, globalmousetravels.com. It has been consistently named as one of the top UK family travel blogs for her adventurous travel around the globe and off the beaten track.
Nora Dunn is The Professional Hobo: a woman who traveled full-time for 12 years in a financially sustainable way. She teaches people how they can do the same thing (without glorifying the lifestyle cuz there are enough people out there doing that thankyouverymuch).
Rebecca Smith is a mum in her early 30s who loves travelling, reading and spending time with her family.
A multicultural travel couple, Ruben (who has been to 90 countries around the world on his own) and Rachel have travelled to 15 countries together. Together, they created the blog Gamintraveler where they document their adventures of travel and digital nomad work.
Sam Wood is a British freelance writer, blogger and social media manager living in Berlin, Germany since 2014.
Sarah is the Group Marketing Director at Teletext Holidays. She has lived in Spain and Italy and has travelled extensively through the wine regions in the United States; she now has to adjust her holiday habits to the realities of being a parent to a beautiful baby daughter.
Shobha George is a family travel writer and blogger at Just Go Places. Her work has appeared in both online resources and in print. Most recently, she has contributed both text and photos to The Family Travel Handbook published in January 2020 by Lonely Planet.
Susanna founded the BritMums influencer network in 2008 after a career in marketing. She is often quoted as a pioneer in the Mum Blogging space, has been named a top female entrepreneur and featured in The Times, The Independent, The Guardian and more.
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Varma is the Associate Vice President of Teletext Holidays in India and your go-to person for finding a cheap deal. A true sun-lover, he loves the theme parks of Florida and the beaches of the Bahamas.
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