HELLO FELLOW ADVENTURER,
Chances are if you have found our family travel blog, you are a fan of travel and adventure just like us. Glad to hear it!
But perhaps you aren’t too sure where to start – after all, there is a huge big wide world out there ready to explore. Narrowing down to just one or a few destinations can be hard work when you want to see them all, but it can be done.
4 Step Method For Making Your Travel Dreams Come True
Where do you start with making your travel a reality? With dreaming big. Where have you always wanted to go? What is the one destination that would be at the top of your bucket list? Dream up your perfect holiday so you have a starting point towards living that dream.
This is the stage where you need to come back to reality for a while and consider the practical sides of your big holiday dreams. Consider budget, timing, travel companions and all of the building blocks of what makes a great travel adventure. Research the destinations, get some quotes and decide on an itinerary that is perfect for you.
Time to lock those details in and make your dream holiday an actual reality. There is no point in getting this far if you don’t take that big leap and lock it in. Your planning stage has already considered the budget and all those less fun details involved so booking it is your first step towards being brave and making some amazing new memories!
It’s dreamed, planned and booked… now all that’s left is to DO IT! Get out there and live that travel dream! Go forth into the big wide world and have fabulous adventures that are worth so much more than the dollar value you invested in them. Be courageous and try new things. Taste the food, drink the beer and live the life you always wanted… at least until your travel comes to an end.
Sounds pretty easy, right?
For most of us, full time travel may sound amazing but is an unlikely reality, so that’s not to say you can’t make the most of whatever trips you can take, in between leading that normal 9 to 5 life. We do it. We try and take a trip at least every year. Sometimes more, sometimes less. So make the most of those experiences when you can have them and do what you can to build more and more travel time into your life.
Don’t be afraid to travel with kids (or the elderly… or pets… or your garden gnome collection etc). Whatever floats your boat! There are travel solutions out there for everyone!
And to take some of the stress out of that planning, here are some of our favourite travel services and providers that we recommend, as well as a whole heap of blogging resources:
ACCOMMODATION AND FLIGHTS
The first website we always use when looking for accommodation around the world is always Booking.com. They offer free cancellation on so many of their rooms, which means you can book and change your mind if you find a better deal with some time to spare. This gives great peace of mind, plus they are usually the cheapest anyway!
SKYSCANNER – We rarely book flights through travel agents. Instead we utilise Skyscanner most of the time to set up flight tracking so we can see when flights to our planned destinations are increasing or decreasing, and it allows us to compare different flight booking websites to find the best deal when we are ready to book.
If you are wanting to start your own family travel blog… or any blog for that matter, there are plenty of resources to kick off with a bang and even potentially earn cash towards your next travel adventure. After all, there are plenty of digital nomads out there funding their travel adventures completely from the online presence they maintain through blogging or other online services.
WORDPRESS.ORG – Get yourself a self-hosted wordpress site. Unlike wordpress.com which will limit what you can do, or blogspot sites, which you do not actually own the content yourself, wordpress.org will allow you to create a fully customisable blog or website, and add advertising steams, which is not allowed on the free version.
GO DADDY – This is my go to place for buying cheap domain names. They do lots of special deals so keep an eye on your inbox. They also offer website hosting. This was the easy option for me first starting out self-hosted, with a website builder package that includes hosting that is actually extremely cheap, with bonus support.
BLUEHOST – This is one of the most popular options for hosting, used by many bloggers, both professional and hobby based. They offer very affordable hosting options.
STUDIOPRESS – Studiopress are the developers of the Genesis website framework which allows you greater flexibility and so many more options for WordPress website themes than all the free ones. I use Genesis on two of my 3 blogs and love what it can do. Soon I will be upgrading this one with Genesis too. And it’s totally user friendly even for a total newbie like I was when I first installed it! And if you need extra help, there is a Genesis for Absolute Beginners resource to help!
PRETTY DARN CUTE DESIGNS – We use PDC themes on all 3 blogs and I love them. They have lots of features and there’s different ones to suit every type of blog. They have lots of girly feminine designs however they can be modified to create simple and masculine style websites too. We run the Travel Pretty theme on this website.
TAILWIND – Pinterest is by far the biggest referral source of traffic to each of my websites and Tailwind is a huge help with automating a lot of the pinning. You schedule the posts and which boards and the Tailwind smart scheduling tool will work out the best times to post them. Plus they have an incredible growth tool – Tailwind Tribes which is free to use and allows you to share your pins to a group board and repin each others content.
MAILCHIMP – This is by far the easiest email management system I have tried, with the service free up to 2000 subscribers and really easy newsletter editing tools.
COSCHEDULE – Coschedule does it ALL!! If you are are blogger or using social media often, Coschedule allows you to set out your entire calendar worth of content so you know exactly what you are sharing when, all in one place. It covers Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Pinterest which means you can pretty much get rid of all the other services you pay for, plus you see what blog posts are scheduling when and can easily send out social updates when your new post goes live. This tool has always been my favourite blogging tool!!
MOO BUSINESS CARDS – If you plan to start blogging or doing any other form of online or freelance based work for yourself, you should be ready and armed with business cards to give out at any networking events, conferences or even just as a way of making connections with brands and businesses. Moo make great business cards and are very popular with bloggers. And if you use this link, you will get 10% off your first order.
AMAZON ASSOCIATES – One of the most popular affiliate programs in the world, if someone clicks a link to your associates account and purchases from Amazon, you get a commission on the sale.
eBAY – Promote products or services you recommend on eBay to your readers.
SHAREASALE – Affiliate network you can join and link up to relevant advertisers to generate sales from your own blog or website.
CREATIVE LIVE – Creative Live is amazing. A constant stream of educational online courses with a huge range talented and informative presenters. You can watch free live streaming and replays, or purchase for anytime access which includes extra resources. So good!
Hopefully all this information helps you on your way to a life of travel adventures worth remembering and possibly even a blogging life you love… just like ours!
Let us know if there is anything else you want information on and we can add it in.
The Connors Family x