Why should people read your blog?
People should read my blog if they’re looking for straightforward travel tips for destinations I’ve visited, with some beautiful photographs thrown in! I dish out all my best travel hacks for saving money, and let’s face it, who doesn’t want to save a bit of money on their trip? My site is also a great resource for any females out there who are thinking about travelling alone, as I talk about solo travel a lot on the blog. If you need encouragement to get out there and travel, my slogan is, ‘See the world, I dare you!’
What makes your blog different?
Unlike a lot of bloggers who quit their jobs and sold all their belongings to travel the world, I started my travel blog straight out of university. A lot of the blogs out there focus on backpacking, and while I do blog about budget travel as it was how I started out, my travel style has changed as I’ve grown older. These days I would rather splash out on a nice hotel room or go out for a delicious meal, so there’s information in there for all budgets. Of course, the unique thing about my blog is that I’m a 5ft tall, petite blonde girl who isn’t afraid to travel the world alone. I get a lot of emails from girls who are thinking about taking their first solo trip, but need a little encouragement to do so.
What’s your favourite blog and why?
There are so many blogs I love, that’s a tough one! For travel, I currently dig Leave Your Daily Hell; it’s a beautiful website with brilliant advice. I love to read fashion blogs and Man Repeller always makes me laugh. For fitness I love Nerd Fitness by my friend Steve Kamb; an inspirational site with a big community.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog?
My best advice is to start a blog that’s different; something with a niche if you can. Choose something you’re passionate about, and inject a dose of ‘you’. What sets you apart from everyone else is your personality, and your brand. If you create something that’s really useful to somebody, and build a community around it, your blog can take off fairly quickly. Think about what information your reader wants, and think of your blog as a ‘shop window’. What are you offering your reader? Whether it’s how-to guides, a forum, e-books, merchandise, expert advice, a mobile app or something else, you need to be providing your readers something useful. Lastly, social media and networking is the key to getting your name out there.
How does a good PR work with you?
A good PR is out to build a long term relationship with me and understands the true value that I can offer. They understand what my blog’s all about, and they are keen on discussing creative ideas in order to produce the best possible content. They also understand that I am also running a business and that my time is important.
What do PRs do that’s bad?
I’ve had PRs contact me about taking part in a blog trip to a particular travel destination and then I don’t hear from them in weeks. All of a sudden they email me with an itinerary the night before! Or they just give me very short notice. I understand there are a lot of people to keep happy, but it’s a good idea to keep me in the loop as I often have a very busy schedule and my calendar is booked up.
I also dislike it when PRs send me generic press releases, saying ‘Maybe this could feature on your site’. I’m not a news website. It would be much better if they emailed me and said, ‘This particular event is happening, and here is how I thought we might be able to work together’.
Do you have any surprising hobbies or interests?
I like to sing when no one’s watching, does that count?! I’m afraid I’m not very surprising, but I am always up for a challenge, whether it’s a long hike or a tandem skydive. I’m always trying to push myself further. I’ve started two niche travel sites – one focusing on travel and fashion, and the other focusing on travel and fitness. I’m a major foodie, but I also love adventure, staying in shape and exploring destinations from a local’s point of view.