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1. Posted by dr.pepper (Travel Guru 316 posts) 7y

Hello there,

In addition to The Book Club, our new book reviewing blog, we're launching a new blog featuring tips on how to travel better. We've got a name and four editors (thanks Tina, Greg, Derek and Brendan!), but we need your help getting together some articles. As with The Book Club, this blog will be completely written by Travellerspoint members.

Anyone is welcome to contribute. If you write an article, you'll get a little byline at the end with a link back to your blog, so it's a great way to promote your blog.

Also, this is a Travellerspoint Foundation project, so every bit of money earned through the blog will go towards our current Foundation cause, the Travellerspoint team on Kiva.

Now to give you some ideas of the types of articles we're looking for:

  • Gearing Up for a Bicycle Trip
  • Should You Travel with a Laptop?
  • How to Do Banking on the Road
  • 7 Ways to Make the Most of Your Cancelled Flight

Of course, if you've got any other ideas, one of our lovely editors will be happy to hear them! To get started, send an email to unravelled[AT]travellerspoint[DOT]com. Include a sample post and any ideas for topics you'd be interested in writing. One of the editors will get in touch with you!

[ Edit: updated with submission details ]

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 7y

Yeah, and if you don't volunteer your own awesome writing, we're going to come knocking on your door and beg! ;)

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Peter

Yeah, and if you don't volunteer your own awesome writing, we're going to come knocking on your door and beg! ;)

And here I thought I was pushy with the begging thing. I didn't consider organizing a door to door campaign. Good show, Peter!!! (Just don't stick your foot in the door if you're wearing flip-flops.)

Since I have little and/or no experience with the following topics, I'm throwing them out there for those who do:

  • How to cancel lost/stolen and receive new credit/debit cards while traveling
  • Emergency re-issue of lost/stolen personal documents (passports, visas, vaccination certificates, etc.)
  • Concealing your important stuff (passports, visas, cards, cash, certificates) while on the move
  • Hiding in the Hostel: Where and how to stash your stuff (important documents, etc.)
  • Internet Cafe Safety: Protecting your personal information
  • Travel Insurance: Do you need it? (The ins and outs)
  • Sim Cards - Local or International: How to chose the right one
  • Money Matters: Traveler's cheques vs. credit/debit cards

Isa now leaves to go bang on some doors...

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Brilliant, guys!

Let's not forget the classics, too:

  • Suitcase vs. backpack
  • How much should I pack?
  • What to bring
  • How to meet people
  • Itinerary vs on the fly
  • What shoes should I buy?
  • Hot-weather gear? Cold-weather gear?
  • Where can I buy that?

The possibilities are endless. Let your inspiration guide you!

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

Brilliant, guys!

Let's not forget the classics, too:

  • Suitcase vs. backpack
  • How much should I pack?
  • What to bring
  • How to meet people
  • Itinerary vs on the fly
  • What shoes should I buy?
  • Hot-weather gear? Cold-weather gear?
  • Where can I buy that?

The possibilities are endless. Let your inspiration guide you!

Let's not forget:

  • Sex tourism, what is my input

Anyway and seriously, where is the link where I should put the blog? Just on my own page, I only see links to the book club and tp foundation pages.

Cheers!
Mike

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

[quote=tway]Brilliant, guys!

Let's not forget:

  • Sex tourism, what is my input

Funny boy!

Anyway and seriously, where is the link where I should put the blog? Just on my own page, I only see links to the book club and tp foundation pages.

Cheers!
Mike

To quote from the TP Foundation blog:

  • All entries are to be sent to the "Central Submissions Desk" in triplicate. (The submission format and "Central Submissions Desk" aspects are still being worked through at this time.) Okay, just kidding - single copy only unless otherwise requested. No. Really. Don't need three copies.
  • Each entry will be reviewed to ensure proper formatting and grammar by one of the Guide editors.
  • All members submitting entries will have their hands stamped and identities confirmed by robot people.

I'm sure the submission details will be posted very soon. It was decided that entries be would be submitted to one (central) place so they may be reviewed by an Editor. I assume this "desk" will be the main blog or a separate blog page labeled "Submission Desk" or something else catchy. I also assume the author will be asked to save them as a draft pending review. Once checked, the entry will be published. Editors will be reviewing for spelling, grammar and formatting - not content. Again, authors will receive an acknowledgment byline. If the author runs their own personal (TP) blog, the byline will be linked back.

Currently, authors are not to send their submissions to a specific Editor. Editors will be working in some type of rotation, so to speak, to accommodate their personal schedules and to avoid any particular one being overwhelmed while another ends up just playing solitaire all day.

7. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

I don't wanna ruin your enthusiasm, but do we really want to scatter useful information across so many different channels?

I mean, while a blog on books, a subject that is in a sense 'peripheral' to TP is great, shouldn't useful travelling tips be put in the forum and the Travel Guide? If I were a new member, the last place I'd look for such information would be the blog. Also, don't we run the risk of having large pieces of overlapping (or worse, contradicting) information in this new blog and the TG? And, do blog entries pop up in the search results?

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 7y

Hey Niels, I can see where you're coming from, but I actually don't think there is a suitable place to post content like we're suggesting for this blog at the moment.

The guide is well suited to destination specific content and less personal information. There is certainly some overlap in content, but I think there is still a distinction.

The forum is well suited to open discussions, but less suited to long posts just explaining how to do things. They do work of course, but they are often lost amongst a lot of other posts.

The individual blogs are great for people wanting to let everyone know about their latest visit, but don't really serve general topics well enough. And if someone just wanted to write one long blog post about a topic they feel strong about (in a style that wouldn't be suited to the guide), then there really is nowhere logical to do that at the moment.

I also think there is something to be said for having a blog with a strong focus like this. It can be stronger at attracting readers and subscribers than other channels. There's no real impetus for people to subscribe to all new articles written in the guide for instance. And subscribing to the entire forum would be overwhelming. So from a subscription point of view it is also much stronger. We will also use these blogs to drive more traffic into the guide hopefully. Lots of links back into guide articles makes sense. With a bit of luck, we can drive some fresh traffic into the blog that we can then channel into other areas of Travellerspoint. In many ways, this blog can also serve as an example of what is possible through Travellerspoint's blogging system. I hope we can also have some articles specifically written for the Travellerspoint bloggers, focusing on how to write engaging blog entries, how to promote your blog, etc.. And I think the blog setup is just much better suited to handling that.

And yes, the search function does include blogs, so they would show there.

If someone sends an article to the blog that is perhaps better suited for the guide, the editors could advise them to post it there instead.

9. Posted by dr.pepper (Travel Guru 316 posts) 7y

Just updated my original post to explain how to submit posts. Basically, you have to send an email to unravelled[AT]travellerspoint[DOT]com, with a sample post and any other topic ideas you have. The editors will check that account and get back to you!

Cheers,
Eric

10. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

Just an idea, but have you guys ever considered a monthly e-zine? I know it would be a much bigger undertaking as it would be a proper publication whereas a blog doesn't need to be so polished, but it would be a very attractive feature. It would be a very suitable medium for publishing articles based on all the "How To" topics mentioned previously, in addition to actual opinion pieces from travellers and traveler profiles etc. Also, it would attract advertising.

You could then post on Twitter with "On This Months E-Zine: etc etc" and net new users from there.
Same with Facebook.

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