Adventures of a traveling blogger


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Ideas on how to use your blog/social network to add value to your travels, save money, make friends, contribute to the place you are traveling to and have a good time generally.

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  • I am a strong proponent of using regular travel-non-fiction books by authors such a Pico Iyer, Bruce Chatwin and others as a backgrounder to the place you travel. But more often than not, I try to read these books while I am traveling and not before my trip. I like blogs written by locals for my pre-trip research.
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  • I can see this presentation as part of the (highly probable) travel club in the public library. About the 'no need to refer to print travel guides', I think that's fine. What's important is the use of other library materials as part of the travel experience. Thanks for posting this, Preetam. Oh, I like your advice on blogging about negative travel experiences. The blogger is also an ambassador of their own country, even if they don't realise it.
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  • Adventures of a traveling blogger

    1. 1. Adventures of a blogging traveler Saturday, March 7, 2009
    2. 2. my way of travel Saturday, March 7, 2009
    3. 3. no need of guidebooks, wikitravel works Saturday, March 7, 2009
    4. 4. help make your cities wikitravel page better, help local businesses make money, increase your cities GDP Saturday, March 7, 2009
    5. 5. offbeat guides, get customized guidebooks Saturday, March 7, 2009
    6. 6. how to get local intelligence? i find knowing local issues, news, buzz is more important than knowing local language Saturday, March 7, 2009
    7. 7. world’s best blog aggregation service, helps you discover local blogs and find out what are the hottest issues that locals care about Saturday, March 7, 2009
    8. 8. use google’s blogsearch service. once you find interesting blogs, leave comments. comments help you make friends. Saturday, March 7, 2009
    9. 9. find local flickr users. complement their photos. Saturday, March 7, 2009
    10. 10. some ideas on meeting locals Saturday, March 7, 2009
    11. 11. has information on local meetings. Usual groups are based on travel, books, language learning, entrepreneurship etc. Saturday, March 7, 2009
    12. 12. find local groups, events on facebook Saturday, March 7, 2009
    13. 13. organize blogger/twiterrer meetups. email local bloggers/ twitterers. tell them that you are in their city and want to have a gathering. interview them from your blog or podcasts. Saturday, March 7, 2009
    14. 14. barcamps are best place to meet locals. has list of all barcamps happening around the world. Saturday, March 7, 2009
    15. 15. join a barcamp, offer to speak, most barcamp organisers make space for foreign guests mostly tech topics but you can speak about books, how-to, music, tech, love etc. Saturday, March 7, 2009
    16. 16. talking about love/relationship will 100% get you a slot Saturday, March 7, 2009
    17. 17. contact local universities, schools and offer to speak about your region. Find the relevant school/department. offer to conduct workshop on something, everyone is a expert on something. email teachers directly and not the administrators. document previous talks on your blog. use that as reference for future cold calls. Saturday, March 7, 2009
    18. 18. blogging ideas Saturday, March 7, 2009
    19. 19. everyone blogs about known stuff, I try to blog about rarer, lesser known things. provide clear instructions and directions. Saturday, March 7, 2009
    20. 20. rarer topics get you top google search spot Saturday, March 7, 2009
    21. 21. make friends with your commentors Saturday, March 7, 2009
    22. 22. ou once left a comment on my blog and now is a good fried and my source of info for thailand Saturday, March 7, 2009
    23. 23. blogging about negative travel experiences Saturday, March 7, 2009
    24. 24. no bickering/less bickering rule: if I find something is not working, I would provide alternatives, positive tips to my readers rather than just write a complaint/ negative post Saturday, March 7, 2009
    25. 25. be blogged about. how? Saturday, March 7, 2009
    26. 26. send postcards to bloggers you have met, online people love physical artifacts Saturday, March 7, 2009
    27. 27. do we have time for a little story? Saturday, March 7, 2009
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    29. 29. do random things, you never know who is a blogger (or future blogger) maybe write about you Saturday, March 7, 2009
    30. 30. other web services of interest - list your travels and track your friends travels - stay with locals Saturday, March 7, 2009
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