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6 Travel Safety Tips for Couples – Before You Travel

Part one, “Before You Travel”, of our two part Travel Safety Tips for Couples series. Read our tips to minimise your risks on your next travel adventure.

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Adela Snowboarding Broken Collarbone

Note: We actually wrote these travel safety tips for couples before we heard about the tragic killing of the solo female traveller Sarai Sierra in Turkey last week. Our travel safety tips can be used for solo female travellers (and males) as well as travelling couples.

We get asked a lot of questions regarding travel safety tips for couples because we like stepping outside of our comfort zones. That is not to say that we put ourselves in harms way, we aren’t that stupid. But we travel with open minds rather than being shrouded in fear.

Mint Tea in Egypt

If we heeded everyone’s advice we wouldn’t have enjoyed this mint tea in a local Egyptian market.

6 travel safety tips for couples, before you travel

Don’t listen to what others, mostly the media, have to say.The world is NOT dangerous or unsafe. While there are dangerous people and destinations, they are a really small percentage of the world.

You are probably more likely to get into trouble in your home country rather than from travelling.

Most of the unfortunate bad experiences that happen to travellers arise from them being stupid, drunk or just in the wrong place at the wrong time. And it has happened to us. We think we travel smart and our experiences prove that. But we have also had our fair share of things go wrong while travelling.

A broken collarbone, internal bleeding, lost luggage and lost passports to name a few.

Travel Safety Tips for Couples, Broken Collarbone

But after 3 years of travel we think that is pretty good. Especially since we have yet to have anything stolen (touch wood). By using a few simple travel safety tips, we have cut down our risks.

And minimising risks doesn’t start when you begin travelling. Travel safety starts at home before you go.

By using our travel safety tips for couples, and solo travellers, you can minimse your own travel safety concerns.

Before you go: Travel Safety Tips for Couples

These are the travel safety tips you should implement before you actually leave home.

Travel Safety Tips: Do your research before you travel

The first thing you want to do is research the destination. You can quite easily find out from locals, not other tourists, the safest places in a city. Online there are local forums, websites and other travel blogs for every destination in the world.

Read it all and talk to your friends. But please don’t discount somewhere just because of one persons bad experience. Use your own common-sense to decide if you really should go or not.

No two peoples travel adventures are ever the same.

Travel Safety Tips: Buy Travel Insurance that covers everything

So far our travel injury bills after 3+ years have totalled more than $105,000.

Adela broke her collarbone, I ruptured my appendix and had internal bleeding from a snowboarding accident. Luckily our comprehensive travel insurance meant that we were fully covered for the full amounts.

New Zealand Snowboarding Grim Lab

Take a moment to think about what you might get up to while travelling as not all travel insurance is the same. For example, some may include snow adventures and other extreme sports, while others won’t. You can usually add on extras if you know what you what activities you might be doing.

We recommend you check out World Nomads Insurance who will cover most situations. Just be sure to read the fine print.

Travel Safety Tips: Leave your valuables behind

In most countries you should try and blend in and not advertise that you are a tourist. And more importantly, a wealthy tourist. You will likely stick out like a sore thumb anyway, but advertising it by wearing fancy jewellery or carrying an expensive camera around is best avoided.

Adela always leaves her jewellery at home but will usually end up buying something locally made. It supports them and ensures you won’t get your nicest stuff stolen, or lost.

Depending upon where you travel, you may also want to consider leaving laptops and other expensive gear at home. If it is not feasible like us, as we travel with a lot of gear to keep this travel blog running, you can usually lock gear in your room safe or behind the check-in desk.

Much better than carrying it around all day too. You might also want to consider buying a “money belt” (examples here) that wrap around your waist underneath your shirt.

Travel Safety Tips: Get vaccinated

Vaccinations can be quite tricky to organise. We recommend visiting your doctor a few months before you travel to find out what you may need to get vaccinated for.

Some vaccinations/immunisations for certain destinations will actually require you to have several injections over the course of a few months. You may also need to prove to border control that you have been immunised when you travel.

Travel Safety Tips: Scan all your major documents

The final travel safety tip is to make sure you have a copy of all your travel documents. We used to carry around a folder with photocopies of our passports, relevant visas, travel insurance etc. As well as leave copies with our families.

Now we are able to just use Dropbox to store all our important travel documents online. Extra travel tip: We also use Dropbox for storing our photos online so that we won’t ever lose them.

These online copies can then be used if we ever need to print off documents or in case we lose something important while travelling. Of course if you are trekking through remote areas it might be best to print them BEFORE you leave!

Travel Safety Tips: Notify your bank

While notifying your bank that you are going overseas won’t stop your credit cards or money getting stolen. It may stop them (hopefully) from cancelling any cards that they suspect are being used fraudulently while you still have them.

Banks monitor suspected fraudulent use and will stop a card from working if they suspect it has been used in the wrong place. It should only take one phone call to reactivate it but letting them know your travel plans never hurts.

They can also provide advice on who to contact should your cards be stolen. Which means that you should keep a record of your credit card numbers and bank phone numbers if you need to cancel them. Just don’t record the security numbers too!

Do you have any special travel safety tips you do before you leave home?

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  1. Larissa

    February 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Great tips-and I’m proud to say we’ve done all of the above 🙂

    I woud also add that it’s good to check into if you’ll need malaria medication where you’re headed, and if so bring the meds with you (or possibly even start the regimen before you leave home).

    • Cole Burmester

      February 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Malaria is a good point Larissa! We haven’t needed it yet so it slipped our minds for the list 🙂

  2. Steph | DiscoveringIce.com

    February 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Great list…we really need to get our docs on Dropbox too!
    Another tip we use is to research and always travel with reputable bus companies, especially in countries like Colombia. It is better to pay a little extra to stay safe, plus we got stuck on a really crappy bus (that was a replacement for another one that never bothered showing up!) because we left it too late to book our tickets. Planning ahead is one of the best ways to avoid being stuck in dangerous situations too!
    Happy and safe travels!
    Steph

    • Cole Burmester

      February 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Great extra tips Steph! Definitely a good idea paying a little extra for transportation. I have also found that the longer we travel, the less planning I do. I guess I am happier taking chances and going with the flow now 😉

  3. Micki

    February 11, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Excellent tips.

    I think that sticking to the common sense safety tips you use at home is a great starting point; things like being careful where you walk (especially at night), keeping expensive gear out of sight, and keeping your wits about you when drinking (or having someone watch out for you).

    It’s funny how many people seem to think that when they’re on vacation, and taking a break from their every day lives, that these rules somehow don’t apply any more.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      Definitely Micki! Like I said, everyone seems to forget their common sense and brains when they travel, when in reality this is when you need both. It is fine to relax, but still be cautious 🙂

  4. Rachel

    February 12, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    I sometimes think of traveling alone, but these kind of tragedy is stopping me, or maybe I’m just not that independent? or brave enough? Maybe flying solo isn’t for everyone.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Hey Rachel, thanks for your comment. It is a shame that you are worried about travelling alone but you are right, it isn’t for everyone. I suggest though that you go on Twitter and search for the tag #WeGoSolo. Lots of female solo travellers writing about how safe solo travel is at the moment using that #Hashtag!

  5. Vera

    February 12, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Good tips! I think you basically have it covered with this post, and I’m glad travel insurance made your list:) I just always try to think ahead of the worst case scenario (comes naturally…) and then try to keep the risk of it happening as small as possible, or the consequences should it happen as less impacty as possible. With that kind of mostly mental preparation I feel more in control. And nothing bad has ever happened to me *knockonwoood* but to be honest, I believe there’s a portion of good luck involved, as well, and it doesn’t matter if you’re travelling or at home when your guardian angel looks away for a second. Also, devastating stuff is always going to be devastating, and it happens at home as well. Stay safe, whereever you are:)!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      Brilliant points Vera! Mentally preparing is a good idea for any situation. Expecting that nothing will happen to you is probably a bad idea so any preparation is time well spent. And agree that there is luck involved, to a degree anyway 😉

  6. Wends of Journeys and Travels

    February 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    great tips and one which I have had yet to do even after traveling solo for sometime now. will definitely get insured 🙂 thanks for this post.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      We have had wayyyyy too many problems not to travel with insurance any more! Definitely check out World Nomads, they cover everything 🙂

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  8. Jeremy Branham

    February 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Yikes on the shoulder injury. Just reading about it sounded pretty gruesome.

    As a budget traveler (most of the time), I pack light and don’t carry many valuable things. However, I did forget to notify my bank on a trip to Europe once. What a pain!

    Another travel tip – don’t go snowboarding with you two 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Haha definitely don’t go snowboarding with us 😉 They refused to take Adela down in the ambulance until I handed over my credit card too! Crazy.

  9. Suitcase Stories - Nicole

    February 12, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Great tips! I am happy to say we did/do all of these for our travels. We’ve been traveling as a couple full time for almost 12 months now and I think its because we were so prepared that we haven’t run into any problems. It worries me when I hear of travelers not getting travel insurance (to save money!) and your incident just proves why its SO important!

    Thanks for the tips.. I will forward this post to a friend of ours who is just about to take off on a 12 month trip!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      When we first started travelling we hated buying insurance as we thought it was such a waste of money! Fair to say we were glad we did 😉

  10. Brandon Elijah Scott

    February 12, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Great blog!!

  11. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family

    February 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Great tips guys! I get a bit blasé about keeping my electronics locked away when I’m out of my hotel room. I’m thinking I’ll need to get better about it when we travel through Central America. Maybe a pacsafe for our laptop backpack?

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      We haven’t used a pacsafe ourselves, but have heard good things about them. It totally depends on where you are travelling, and while I actually don’t think Central America is any unsafer than Europe, it is probably a good idea!

  12. T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

    February 13, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Most important part of this: don’t trust the media when it comes to safety while traveling, or safety in other countries. This is especially true in Western countries where the media looooves to spread propaganda regarding how “dangerous” and “backwards” other countries are in comparison.

    Otherwise, good notes, especially the insurance if you plan on doing any adventure activities.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      I am sure that when you tell people that you live in Mexico they freak out and tell you that it is a drug-infested unsafe country because the news told them that! Frustrates me so much. People need to open their own eyes and ears.

  13. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas

    February 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    I thikn I’ve been extremely lucky when I’ve traveled, and that I’ve gotten out of sticky situations unscathed (having my room ransacked in Acapulco while I was down at the pool sticks out at the most potentially dangerous – the door was broken and the wood split!!).

    I’m now struggling with what to do with my eletronic while I walk the Camino de Santiago in August – I would love to take my reflex and Air to document it all, but the thought of carrying them and risking that they could get taken in the albergues makes me nevous (one stolen laptop this year is enough!)

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      As long as you have backed up all your photos and documents before you go, and leave them at home, then I think you should be fine to take your gear with you. Of course making sure that insurance would cover them in the event they were stolen. My friend did it and said she had no problems 😉

  14. Angela

    February 13, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    While I think it’s ridiculous to fuel fear on traveling, either alone or in a group, I also believe dismissing precautions is dangerous. I’ve just been robbed in Fortaleza, Brazil, I didn’t even have my camera, just a small bag with only my keys inside. I was on the beach in the morning with other people around. I confess it scared me how easy it was for that guy just to snatch my bag off my neck. Needless to say, locals had warned me that even if I had a small bag I would have been robbed 99%, but I didn’t believe it was so dangerous. Serves me right, now I’ll sure avoid going out taking photos, either alone or with other people.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Not quite sure if you are agreeing with our points or not Angela… But that really sucks that you just got robbed! Horrible experience and I am sure it has left a bad taste in your mouth about the area. Hope your luck changes!

  15. Dana

    February 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Thanks for the tips! We are getting ready to go on a cruise to Mexico and the Caribbean and this is the 1st time we’ve bought travel insurance. I hope we don’t need it, but we’ve got it if we do!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      Good idea getting the travel insurance. The one time you forget you will need it!

  16. Ali

    February 13, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Male, female, couples, solo, we all need pretty much the same safety precautions. Definitely get your vaccines, though weigh the pros and cons of malaria pills and if the area you’re going to *really* has a risk for it. I try not to bring anything with me I wouldn’t mind losing, although I would be devastated to lose my camera or laptop. And good tips on scanning your documents and notifying the bank, I always do those too. Luckily I’ve never had any issues, but always worth taking that simple step to protect yourself.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      Probably one of the reasons why you have never had any issues is because you are so prepared Ali 😉

  17. Val-This Way To Paradise

    February 14, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Great advice!! Thank you…

  18. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    February 14, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    More info about the travel medical insurance you guys have….we gave up our US insurance policy years ago because it was a waste of money that did us no good on the road. Not happy to have no coverage so let us know the name of the company you guys are covered with…

    • Cole Burmester

      February 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      The insurance we had while we were in North America covered everything but was organised through a company in New Zealand called IEP. They help with visas etc. We definitely recommend World Nomads now though as they will cover every situation. The link is in the post 😉 I am sure they would love to work with you guys too as you are completely unique!

  19. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    February 17, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Great tips, and ones we usually follow as well! I’m surprised by how many people I come across who are afraid to travel — or who are afraid to travel outside of group tours — simply because of a few fears that could be easily addressed.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 18, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      We get asked about our safety all the time. Even for countries that basically have no risk. Most peoples own cities are probably more dangerous than the places we visit!

  20. Linda McCormick

    February 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Here’s one more travel safety tip: don’t wear your passport/money pouch around your neck… on the outside of your clothes! If I had a dollar for the amount of times I’ve seen this I would be a very rich woman.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      I know! I totally don’t get why you would be a pouch if you were just going to leave it in plain sight!

  21. Mary - Green Global Travel

    February 20, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Great tips. I’m especially a fan of photo copying all the contents of your wallet.

  22. The Guy

    March 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Some good tips here, thanks for sharing. I think travel insurance is the one most and you should always seek the best deal, not the cheapest.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 5, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      Getting the right travel insurance is definitely one of the main travel safety tips you should do before you travel. And you are totally right, cheapest is not a very good option!

  23. Suzanne

    March 8, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    The most important thing to consider is the safety prior travelling. Getting a reliable insurance is a wise step but it’s wiser to research all the details of the place where you’re heading to avoid any problems. When you are well-informed about a certain place and you get the idea on how and what to act in the instance that you’re already in that place. Blogs and travel magazines are great resources.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Definitely agree with you Suzanne 😉 Can’t prepare enough before you travel. But you also want an openmind and lots of flexibility!

  24. Liz

    March 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    I would also say one of the most important things to do is READ the terms and conditions of your travel insurance. What is omitted? Can you claim for the same thing twice e.g. theft? It’s worth paying more for travel insurance if the terms and conditions are good.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Great points Liz! You can’t be too careful with insurance, and what looksmlike a good deal couldmend up costing you more money in the long run.

  25. cuttysark

    March 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Nice Tips!

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10 Reasons You Should Be Doing Your Yoga Teacher Training In India

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There are a lot of reasons you should choose to do your yoga teacher training in India. You will gain a lot in terms of knowledge, conscious thinking, and credentials. Yoga training in India is revered for good reason. It is the birthplace of yoga and is highly honored. They do things in the more traditional and authentic way that is often lost in translation in the West.

India is a very spiritual and sacred country with roots of yoga that have existed for thousands of years. This is the place to do yoga teacher training and you will highly benefit from the experience as a whole.

1. It’s the Birthplace of Yoga

There is just something special about doing yoga teacher training in India. It is the birthplace of yoga and they very much care about retaining the value of the original philosophy of yoga. They take it very seriously here and it is a way of life. That puts you in a position of soaking up some of this passion for yoga. It could change the way you see life and change you in wonderful ways. This country was the inspiration for yoga. You’ll see why when you come here.

2. A Deeper Learning Experience

Doing yoga training in India will give you that deeper learning experience you might not get in the West. The yogis that are teaching you will likely include some local Indians that have grown up under this philosophy of living. Most yoga teacher training in India are going to be about 1 month immersive. This also gets you living and breathing yoga on a daily basis. Then you really begin to understand how it feels to be a devout yogi. When you feel this, you can also transform in ways that make you a better teacher to the practice. You will learn all the things that matter such as anatomy and how to instruct but you’ll get more out of the training.

3.An Inspiring Backdrop

When you do your yoga training in India, you’ll be inspired by the nature that surrounds you. You may end up in the jungle, or at the base of the Himalayas, or maybe near the Ganges. All these things can be deeply inspiring for your own practice. The sounds of birds and other wildlife or the sounds of locals going about their day to day life.

4. More Value for Your Money

The kind of training you’ll get to prepare you to become a yoga teacher is high quality. It is also usually much cheaper than most places around the world. The yoga training in India are often going to include your accommodation, all your food, and the full teacher-training curriculum. You will be getting great education for a fraction of the cost, this is even when you equate your plane ticket and getting there once you’re in the country.

5. You Become More Worldly

There is something that happens when you travel. India is one of the most dramatically different cultures you’ll ever experience. It is beautiful, it is busy, it is dirty at times, but also blissful. The culture is old and they hold onto this so you’ll get a taste of it when you’re there. It is a place you come to really feel like you’re out of your comfort zone. While a bit scary, it is also extremely exhilarating.

6. A Taste of the Authentic

As you immerse in yoga teacher training, you will also immerse in the culture. What you’re learning, locals have known since they were little. They do things mindfully and have a sense of life to them that will be an inspiration to what you’re learning. This authenticity of the real life that inspired yoga in the first place will bring you to a greater place of understanding within your own practice.

7. It’s Good for Your Career

When you take your training in India, it will be recognized. For all the reasons addressed so far, getting your yoga teacher training here is going to get you far. You have established yourself as someone committed to the practice. People will know that you know the various aspects to yoga that perhaps are missed when taught in the West. If you’re opening up your own studio or offering private lessons, you’re more likely to get interest because you did your training in India.

8. Easy to Get Spiritual

Part of yoga is in it’s spiritual teaching. There are many ways yoga can help you to feel good and allowing your soul to shine through is one of them. In India, you are going to feel that spirituality which exists in their normal life. There are so many shrines or gods and ashrams, it’s hard not to feel the vibration. Your teachers are going to talk a lot about spirituality and how it applies to yoga. When you go home, you will have felt what it is to truly be yourself. This is something precious you can pass on to your students.

9. You’ll Visit India in a Safe Setting

India is amazing for many reasons but it can also be quite intimidating. When you attend yoga teacher training in India, you’re going to be brought to a safe community. You will spend your time immersed in your teaching. As you begin to meet people, you will have a crew to hang out with. You can leave the grounds of the resort and maybe even travel with some of the people you meet during your teacher training. This is a great way to see a country that might otherwise deter you.

10. Sightseeing While You’re There

The monumental sights to be seen in India are just as exciting as embarking on a new career as a yoga teacher. In Rishikesh, you can visit the cave where yoga was created. You can spend time meditating near the beloved Ganges River. If you’re going to Goa, you can take in the beach time and cultural experiences. Goa has long been a hippy haven so you can take in the peaceful beach vibes and connect with like-minded people. Dharamsala is the home of the Dalai Lama. There are important museums and monasteries here. All of these places will teach you something about the incredible country of India are an added bonus to deciding to take your yoga teacher training here.

If you decide to do you teacher training in India, get ready for an amazing and transformative experience. There are many that have traveled here to learn in the birthplace of yoga.

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5 top countries you should visit at least one time in your lifetime!

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Do you dream of exotic and interesting far off places? Why spend your vacation at a resort in the USA when there are incredible places all around the world where you can experience a totally alien but fascinating culture. There are many countries that could vie for a place on your bucket list but here are five of the best.

Australia

The Land Down Under is a place like no other. From huge vibrant cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to the dry red center and the Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands, Australia is a land of contrasts. It is a laid-back country with a great sense of fun but also a legacy of sporting prowess. From trying your hand at panning for gold to diving with sharks there’s an amazing array of adventures to have. There are incredible landmarks including Uluru, Sydney Opera House and Harbor, the “Big” things and its many rocky outcrops and mountains. If there’s one place it worth considering getting a travel loan to visit, it’s Oz.

 

Vietnam

If there is one over-riding image of Vietnam popular in the media, it is the number of motorcyclists in the major cities. Motorcycle travel across the whole country is popular and roads are surprisingly good. Vietnam Motorbike Tours are a terrific way to see the best sights and attractions. You can easily visit the top cities like Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Dalat, Da Nang and the stunning Hội An, the picture-postcard perfect Ha Long Bay as well as the incredible beauty of jaw-dropping Hai Van Pass. With a long and rich history and one of the most fragrant cuisines in Asia, Vietnam deserves a spot on your bucket list.

 

South Africa

Known as the Great Mother or the Rainbow Nation, South Africa pulls in visitors like a moth drawn to a flame. A country of stunning contrasts, South Africa is a melting pot of cultures. From the two amazing coastal cities of Cape Town and Durban to the bustle of Johannesburg to outback towns where pre-apartheid life seems stuck in time, urban life is very different to the countryside of the Garden Route and the wine growing regions like Stellenbosch. Of course, the great attraction is the national parks. You couldn’t pay a visit to South Africa without a safari trip to see the big five game animals.

 

Indonesia

Thailand has topped the list of Asian destinations for many years now but don’t overlook Indonesia. This highly populous nation of more than 17000 islands, 300 languages and many varied cultures is a diversity lover’s dream. It is simply filled with a myriad of adventures. Have some tropical R&R in beautiful Bali, go volcano trekking in Sumatra, or go shopping in a cool, glitzy mall in the capital, Jakarta. Wildlife is beguiling with orangutans lazing in trees and Komodo dragons menacing those who dare come too close. There’s adventure around every corner.

 

Greece

Being one of Europe’s top tourist hotspots shouldn’t put you in mind of overcrowded beaches lined by high rise hotels. Greece is an absolute charm whether you choose the magnificent mainland or one of its idyllic islands. The capital, Athens, is one of the most historical destinations on the planet and the marvels of the ancient civilization will leave you in awe. The country boasts 6,000 sitting in the beautiful Aegean Sea, each with its own character. Some have huge party resorts while others might only be inhabited by a goatherd and his family and their animals. Island hopping by boat is a fabulous way to immerse yourself in the beauty of Greece. The food’s not half bad either!

Which is going on your list of must-visit places?

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5 Expert Tips with Examples for Getting Started in Travel Writing

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Writing is a very important and helpful skill. It has multiple benefits for the professional, intellectual, and spiritual development. Undertake any kind of writing and you’ll enjoy a lot. One of the currently popular genres is travel writing. This is a very creative nonfiction style of writing. A traveling writer describes the places he or she visits and explains his/her feelings associated with the traveling and visited places.

So, if you are an active traveler and have a soul of a writer, you should combine these two aspects. Describe your experiences while you’re on a trip and encourage other people. However, you may not know how to start or develop your projects. Nothing wrong with that. Read our guide, which provides effective writing tips for travel writers.

Make allowances for the following points:

1. Create an online portfolio. The Internet gives us multiple outstanding benefits. One of such is speed. You may easily share your emotions and experiences anytime and anyplace you are. Therefore, think about your own writer’s blog or even a portfolio website. Present your bibliography as soon as you arrive at the destination point. Thus, you may instantly share your impressions with your readers. Add pictures and videos to enhance your descriptions. Your readers will embrace what you feel in full. In addition, this is an amazing opportunity to reach other writers and editors for a stronger collaboration. Of course, you’ll acquire even more followers.

2. Nurture a niche. You should choose your own direction. Try to be original and don’t repeat after other writers. Otherwise, nobody would like to read the same themes. Separate yourself from the rest. Afterward, work in that direction. Find those specifications, which impassion you. Thus, it’ll be much easier for the writer. Establish and develop your own style. Differ from the crowd. Under such conditions, you’ll attract a larger audience. Use media, such as Facebook and Twitter to find more followers. Collaborate with other writers to become more famous.

3. Begin with smaller things. You should widen the horizons. Nonetheless, it shouldn’t be done all at once. Widen the world by starting small. You should focus on your own content, which should go a single direction. Within time, as you gain experience and popularity, you should write on other matters. If you want other people to read your works, use the help. Go to the local newspaper agency or find a popular website. Discuss the reasonable terms about your publications and start your writing career. It is quite possible that you would require some assistance from an editor. It is better to have an experienced writer who will show you a thing or two.

4. Work online and offline. As it has been already mentioned, you should use the power of the Internet. Develop your online resource in all possible ways. Cultivate your connections with the help of social media. However, it’s not all. Ask your relatives and friends to spread the advertisement about your writings. The same should be done offline. You may initiate some workshops and conferences. There are lots of travel writers. Therefore, you have great chances to gather many of them for such meetings. When people share their experiences, they also learn from the others. This is a great chance to obtain popularity and become famous. Do not pass up this advantage. Establish your own “tribe” and develop yourself.

5. Know what you write about. You may be pretty surprised, but many travel writers undergo the same mistake. They do not realize what their main point is. Even those who already have decent amounts of followers have no idea what they describe in their writings. This sufficiently lowers communication skills. Such a practice does not promise anything good. Within some time, such writers lose their followers. This is an inevitable process, which leads to ruin. Before you put down the initial note, ask yourself what your readers are expecting to read. Walk in their shoes. Imagine that you are a reader who has no possibility to visit many foreign places, but who adores traveling. What would you like to learn? This is what you should begin with. Afterward, the process will go smoothly and naturally. Always care about the wishes of your audience because your major objective is to tell the stories to other people.

A Few More Writing Tips

Use our 5 expert recommendations and you have good chances to prosper. There is no end to the perfection. Everybody may improve his/her talents every day and in a different manner. Therefore, we have prepared a list of short tips, which will strengthen your writing skills recommended by Lauren Bradshaw, academic expert, hired by Custom Writings professional writing service. These are:

  • Begin each piece of writing with a brief but strong introductory sentence.
  • Come to the major point of your story as soon as possible to ignite a desire to read it.
  • Be logical in your story.
  • Connect the beginning with the end with a strong narrative thread.
  • Quote people you meet during your trips.
  • Escape clichés.
  • Use plain and well-known phrases.
  • Always check the facts you write about.
  • Write economically.
  • Write about the moments which can potentially impress your readers and not you.

Try to keep in memory this list as well. It is actually effective and helpful. If you use all of these recommendations, you will become a proficient travel writer. Travel the world, share your experience and enjoy your life at full!

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