I am a GenX/boomer writer and blogger, born and raised in the US and educated at Yale. Based in the Netherlands, I have Dutch citizenship, but write in English, my mother tongue. I left my career in teaching and teacher-training in 2019 to focus on travel and travel-blogging fulltime. My first love is history, so I'm particularly drawn to historical sites.
Rachel's Ruminations is a well-established travel blog focusing mostly on independent travel to historical and cultural sights/sites. Each article offers my honest personal perspective as well as useful information. The blog covers many locations, plus occasional travel advice articles and advice about expat life.
I've begun a new website as well, focused exclusively on tourism to UNESCO World Heritage sites. Many of my fellow travel bloggers have contributed to it. My goal is that eventually it will contain information about tourism to every one of the 1154 UNESCO sites worldwide.
Yes, that makes sense. I agree that it's hard not to be biased if the supplier is paying for it, though at least for me I don't find that a problem with affiliates. Sometimes I'll even say things like "I don't recommend driving here, but if you want to ... show more
Oh, I see. But is there a movement to do this? Or are you the only one? I've never heard of it. And thank you for the resources!
This has been a long-running discussion for me. I even presented about it once at a WITS conference. I did an (admittedly unscientific) survey of lots of travel bloggers, just asking them what they would do if they were sponsored for something - a hotel... show more
Yes, I agree. Sustaining a community is things like shopping at local shops instead of chains, or staying at locally-owned hotels. We as bloggers, I think, can help these enterprises by writing about them. I'm curious about smaller cruise ships. They te... show more
Yes, this is something I actively do. I don't bother writing about heavily touristed places - there's just no point, since I can't rank for "X things to do in Paris" etc. But I have sometimes written about lesser-known things to see within a popular des... show more
The consensus on the question I posted before seems to be that it's okay to encourage travel, but that we need to encourage traveling BETTER, whether that means encouraging choosing trains over planes, taking longer trips, seeing things in a different way, etc. My question now is HOW? How do I as a content creator do that? I mean, just lecturing people about sustainability or whatever isn't going to help. I'd love some PRACTICAL ideas on how to encourage better travel. So far I'm trying - not always succeeding - to avoid writing about the places that are very popular and instead focusing on lesser-traveled places. I'm avoiding big general listicles and instead trying to write about much narrower topics. As much as possible, I'm traveling by train or bus rather than plane and that'll come through when I write about a place. Any other suggestions?
I see that a lot of bloggers, in their bios, write things like "My goal is to inspire people to travel." It makes me wonder: is that really what we should do? Do we really want more people to travel, given all of the climate and sustainability consequences that can arise from travel? Or should we be encouraging people to travel better rather than more? And if so, how?
Hi everyone, Through interviews with travel bloggers / content creators, I have tried to identify problems / inconveniences they are commonly facing when it comes to creating, sharing & maintaining content. 👇 Here's the list of the issues I have gathered: ---- 1. Time-consuming process of writing high-quality and informative content (mostly explained by the difficulty of finding the right words to express their experiences). 2. Having to constantly capture the moments in pictures / videos as you travel as well as writing down all the minute details to produce informative blog posts. This removes part of the spontaneity and pleasure of travelling. 3. Frustration about the trend towards catchy captions, bullet points information, eye candy pictures and "Top 10 things to do..." that is known as generating a higher traffic while some bloggers would prefer writing longer articles with more details and context. 4. The time-consuming process of image compression and resizing. 5. Th...