Do you like to see your stories getting published in some best glossy travel magazines and enjoy all your expenses paid on your trips? Don’t want to be just doing whatever and whenever you want to, visiting places, meeting people, learning cultures, having the freedom of your own? then all you need to do is to start travelling and start writing. Here are some of the expert tips which will help you to become a Freelance travel content writers.
Expert Tips for Getting Started
- Maintaining Travel Journal – Many people have this myth that to become a travel content writer is really easy and you will be paid real high and have a fun loving life. The best way to become a travel content writer is to keep writing and getting better at it. Don’t worry about your writing, be it good or bad at least start. It is a great way to keep things on track while you are travelling as well. Many a times we come back from a trip and most of the times we are not able to recall those details and incidences which were supposed to be making story all the more interesting, so maintaining a journal really helps in keeping your detailing’s intact.
- Do a course or challenge – Maybe you are the kind of the person who wants to start with a structure or may be want to learn the best from the expert only. Luckily we have some travel content writing courses available out there. You can find all of them simply by googling. But one suggestion, if you are on budget then you should really go for Travel Blogger Academy to get a taste of what you are about to have before you want to get all serious about it.
- Compete – Once you have had enough of your writing styling and experimenting, you might want to enter a competition. There are tonnes of competitions you will find on google. The best thing about these competitions are that it will give you a focus of what you want to do. It will help you to hone your writing skills.
- Starting your blog – Once you have explored the field enough and are now looking for travel content writing jobs then the best is to start making yourself visible in the field. This requires some money and time to set your blog account to get started, but consider this as an initial investment. As once you get recognised here, you will be having strong portfolio and you will be able to apply for travel freelance content writing jobs. And again only starting a blog doesn’t mean you get to travel the world for free, it takes time and honest effort to build a personality out of yourself which will be recognised in this field.
Rome is a city where you can find ruins, museums and pieces of art on every corner. Some of them require an admission fee, but you will be surprised how many of the most significant landmarks are free of charge. We picked only the top 5 free things to do in Rome.
Admire the grandiose Pantheon
Once you’re in front of the Pantheon, you won’t believe your eyes that this is an almost 2,000 year’s old temple. This is the most well-preserved building from ancient Rome and it will capture your attention with the beautiful structure, as well as, the magnificent dome. The oculus in the centre of the dome brings light to the interior and is the key to the stability of the temple, so without it, the roof would collapse.
At the beginning, it served as a temple to all gods, while it was converted later into a Catholic church. The Pantheon is the final resting place of the kings of united Italy and the artist Raphael.
Take a break at the Spanish Steps
Piazza di Spagna is a magnet for tourists and a must-visit spot in Rome. The “Spanish Steps” are named after this square and their actual name is “Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti”. The construction of the staircase was commissioned by the French and their main purpose is to connect the piazza with the French church “Chiesa della Trinità dei Monti”. In the 18th and 19th century it became a meeting place for artists and poets, while today is a spot which gathers tourists from all over the world.
At the bottom of the stairs, you will find the alluring boat-shaped fountain by Pietro Bernini, the father of the famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini. While you’re on the square, you can pay a visit to the house, now turned into a museum, where the famous poet John Keats died.
Toss a coin in Trevi Fountain
This impressive landmark dominates the small Trevi Square and it’s unarguably the most beautiful fountain in Rome. You’ll see crowds of tourists at the fountain trying to toss a coin over the shoulder in order to ensure their next visit to Rome. Trevi fountain is located at the end of the aqueduct Aqua Virgo and the magnificent fountain we know today was constructed in the 18th century. It was built by Nicola Salvi, against the wall of the Palazzo Poli.
Visit the St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican
Among the many grandiose churches in Rome, only one stands out: the St. Peter Basilica in Vatican. In 349 AD, the emperor Constantine commissioned the construction of the church in the place where the apostle Peter was buried. Later, in the 15th century, the church was restored and became the hub of the Catholic religion.
There’s a lot to see there, starting from the beautiful square constructed by Bernini, to the three most famous masterpieces in Italy. Michelangelo’s Pieta is the only piece he ever signed and you can see it inside the church. The center of the basilica dominates the famous Bernini’s baldachin which stands over the high altar. The dome is a masterpiece itself and if you climb the stairs, you will be awarded a magnificent panoramic view.
Enjoy a panoramic view over the historic city centre from Gianicolo hill
The Gianicolo may not be one of the Rome’s seven hills but still is famous for the breathtaking panoramic view. During the day it features a magnificent overview of the historic city centre and if you’re there at noon, you will hear a canon being fired exactly at 12:00 pm. There a few viewpoints where you can soak up the sun and enjoy the scenery while taking photos of the city below. The terrace of Piazzale Guiseppe Garibaldi is one of them, as well as, the grandiose Fontana Paola where you can stop by on your way to Trastevere.
The most famous attractions in Rome are spread over the city and you will need to use transportation to get from one place to another. There are a few metro stations near some of them or you can use the bus. For a comfortable and reliable transfer in the city, you can book a Rome taxi service online. There are Rome airport transfer providers who can arrange your transfer from the airport to your accommodation and they can arrange private Rome tours for you.
Self-conducted sightseeing can be highly rewarding, but it’s often the case that you would have seen and experienced more on a tour, like a ‘hop on, hop off’ style tour that’s a great way to see any city around the world, especially an attraction packed city like Barcelona. There are many tours of Barcelona to select from, but if you’re to choose the best tour for your interests, it suffices to say that you don’t want to pick the first tour you come across. Here are a few tips.
- Know what you want to see in the city
- Take budgetary constraints into account
- Consult with your travelling companions
- Research at least five different tours
- Pick the best sightseeing tour and book it!
A good Barcelona sightseeing tour can be an immensely rewarding experience, one that takes you to all the places that you want to visit around the city, but you have to make sure the tour you select really is right the right tour for you. The benefits of choosing the right tour include:
- You’ll get to see all the sights you want to see
- You won’t spend more money than you need to
- You won’t get lost or run into trouble
- You’ll enjoy discounted admission prices
- You’ll meet loads of people along the way
Sightseeing tours really have everything going for them, when you select the right tour for your interests, so here’s a quick look at joining a hop on, hop off tour, a tour that enables you to sightsee at your own pace, which really is the best way to travel – why be on someone else’s time when you can be on your own?
Hop On, Hop Off Tours
If you’re the kind of traveller who feels trapped with tight schedules that bustle you around the cities you’re trying to experience and get a real feel for, then a hop on, hop off style tour is likely to be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
So, what’s the main benefit to a tour of this style? The main benefit is that you get to choose the sights you see and how long you spend there, which really is what most people are after when they book a tour like this. Plus, as these tours run all day and into the evening, around 7 – 8pm depending on the season, you can spend the entire day seeing the sights of Barcelona that you most want to see. Here are a few of the sights that you can see on a hop on, hop off tour:
- Camp Nou – FC Barcelona´s 98,000 capacity stadium
- El Tablao de Carmen – The city’s famous flamenco show
- MNAC and MACBA – Two of Barcelona’s best museums
- L’Aquàrium and Tibidabo – Perfect attractions for children
- La Pedrera and Casa Batlló – Two of Gaudí´s most famous buildings
Attractions like these and many more await, so don’t stress out trying to create the ultimate tour yourself, join a hop on, hop off tour and experience the many delights of Barcelona!
Spending a day sailing on the ocean sure can be fun. After all, San Diego has plenty of sights to offer and there really is no better way for you to spend the last couple of hours of your day. On top of all this, sailing is exciting. You’ll have dolphins swimming up the side of your boat and you may even see a couple of barking sea-lions. All of this can easily add up to give you the most romantic or most relaxing experience of your life.
All of these experiences can be had on a catamaran! It’s hard to turn down such a great opportunity on the water. If you aren’t quite sure what a catamaran is or if you don’t know if this is a good option for you or not, then all you have to do is read on to find out more about catamarans and Fun Cat Sailing!
What is a Catamaran?
A catamaran, or as it is often informally called, a cat, is a watercraft with multiple hulls. There are two parallel hulls and both of them are the same size. You will also find that the watercraft is geometrically stabilized, and this is all because of the wide beam that it has to offer. When you have a monohull sailboat, a lot of the stability comes from the ballasted keel and this makes the watercraft much heavier.
A catamaran, on the other hand, can offer a lighter sailboat that has a lower level of hydrodynamic resistance. In other words, you don’t need as much power in the sails in order to push the boat forward. Of course there are a lot of different catamarans out there and this can vary from small sailing and rowing vessels to naval ships and even car ferries. But there is one that stands out from the rest. The Fun Cat Wind Drum is the fastest in the US and this enables you to get to the best part of the ocean in the shortest space of time. It also gives you the chance to keep up with the various marine life that San Diego has to offer. This can include whales, sea birds and of course, pods of dolphins. Sailing San Diego has never been more convenient, or more spectacular.
The American Sailing Association
Sailing providers such as Fun Cat are certified by the ASA. The ASA is an association was introduced well over 30 years ago and they are responsible for making sure that those who are classed as being sailing providers actually have the knowledge required to sail.
The ASA is important for knowing who best stands out as professionals. It also assists those who want to know the difference between a hobbyist and someone who has been professionally certified. They have over 300 schools and over half a million ASA certified sailors. Fun Cat Sailing is proud to be a part of this organisation, and is fully certified to sail, teach lessons, and take small groups out on the ocean.
Fun Cat Sailing focuses on taking out small groups on the water. It’s their personal passion to make sure that every single group gets the personal and individual service and attention they need.
Whether you want to sail alone, with your significant other, or with small and larger groups, Fun Cat Sailing can accommodate you. When you do go out sailing with Fun Cat, you can see sights such as the San Diego skyline, romantic sunsets, the Loma lighthouse and you can even take advantage of the bow trampolines they have to offer. With a lot of great options available, it isn’t hard at all to see why more and more people are choosing to go with Fun Cat for all of their sailing needs. Their certification with the ASA just helps to cement their reputation as being one of the top sailing providers in San Diego.
Sailing with Fun Cat
Fun Cat Sailing has incredibly reasonable rates, so there’s really no reason not to go. They are always happy to work with you to ensure that you get the best possible experience. Their San Diego sailing tours are great for those who want to experience a different type of adventure and it is also great for those who want to spend some time with a loved one while also taking advantage of all the wonderful sights San Diego has to offer. Want to go whale watching? Their tours are the best way to see marine life up close and personal without disrupting their habitat. It’s really something the whole family can enjoy at any time, so get started by booking one of their tours today!
If you are in any way interested in learning a language abroad you need to read this article before you pay for a class. This method is not for everyone, but if you are the type of person that dreads sitting in a classroom for hours, or you learn better through practice than book study you will want to pay very close attention. The biggest benefit of attending a language school abroad for the casual language learner is the fact that you are immersed in the language and the culture. If you think about it you can do this all by yourself as long as you have the motivation and the will to actually study and practice instead of reverting to your native language. As we all know, nothing in life is completely free, (you still have to get there), but with this method and the things I’m about to introduce you to will help to greatly cut your costs and up your experience.
Though you won’t be paying for a language school you still need to get to your destination and flights can be quite expensive these days. You need to be aggressive, flexible, and patient in your airfare search in order to get the best price for you. I have found Wednesday to be the best day of the week to fly though 9 times out of 10 you will find your cheapest fares any day Tuesday through Thursday. Another little trick is to search the same flights at different times of the day. The same flight that cost eight hundred dollars at two in the afternoon may be found for half the price at two in the morning. Try interchanging nearby cities and with no set date to start a language course you can be quite flexible in your dates as well. Here’s an example for you: I wanted a flight to Europe, (preferably Italy), but I did not want to spend very much money at all (I’m a real bargain hunter). Flight search number one turned up fares from eight hundred up into the thousands of dollars. Flight search number two turned up results in the five to six hundred range. Flight search number three turned up airfares higher than the first two results. With aggressive searching and interchanging my cities and dates I eventually found a flight for $397 round trip from Newark, NJ to Geneva, Switzerland. As you can imagine I was extremely happy with that and began to plan the rest of my five weeks in Europe.
Where to stay
I will say that i was in a bit of a unique situation when it comes to accommodation, but I’m sure you can tailor some of this to your own needs. I managed to save quite a bit by combining staying with friends, couchsurfing, hostels, and one random stay of eight days with a newly found friend (more about that another time). I must emphasize that staying with friends or strangers should never be looked upon as a free ride and you should be willing to share your culture and indulge in theirs. When using services such as Couchsurfing, or renting a room from a local, you need to do as much research as possible before you walk through a strangers’ door. Check out any references they may have, start a conversation with them well before you go, and talk to other travelers that have stayed with them. For the purpose of practicing your chosen language you should also try to find families or hosts that are willing to help you out with a language exchange. Most cities on Couchsurfing have a language exchange group or night scheduled into their activities. If you have plenty of time to be away you may want to look at being an Au Pair or mothers’ helper. A lot of families want someone to help their child with English language skills and in return you get accommodation, a small salary, and a chance to be immersed in the day-to-day family life of your chosen country. On some occasions you may receive help with your travel expenses or have them taken care of completely. Taking on an Au pair job is a great way to learn and give back as well.
Congratulations! You found a great price on a flight, arranged your accommodation to suit your budget and now you’re sitting back with your feet up wondering what to do next. What you do next is completely up to you and your own personal style. If you haven’t booked accommodation with the thought of language exchange in mind you can approach it from many different angles. You can set up language exchange dates with local students, or arrange a meeting with a partner from an online language exchange site like mylanguageexchange.com or conversationexchange.com. Practice every chance you get… at the supermarket, the local bar or cafe, to strangers on the street, or the receptionist at your hostel..
East Africa is situated on the equator, so there are not large differences between winter and summer temperatures and the days have more or less the same amount of sunlight. The coast can be relatively humid and inland it could get cold due to the high altitude.
There are two traditional rain seasons, the long rains fall during the months of April and may and short rains fall between October and November.
The Serengeti plains are +-2000m above sea level with an temperature ranging from10 to 20 degrees Celsius. During mid winter the evenings and mornings are often chilly, the Ngorongoro Crater at +- 2200 m above sea level could drop to below freezing during June / July.
The closer to the coast you get the hotter and the more humid with Zanzibar experiencing almost unbearable humidity during the summer months, so please bear this in mind when planning your beach holiday and choose a lodge offering fans and air conditioning. when to travel to tanzania
Highlights and best times to visit the Serengeti National Park:
February-April: Migration on the southern Serengeti plains August-October: Migration crossing the Mara River July-January: Good predator sightings June-July: Migration through the Western corridor June-March: Best time for general game viewing April-May: The most affordable time to travel (and still really good)
The Serengeti has a lot more to offer other than the migration, not only would there be less visitors, the sightings of other plains game would generally be better and the big cats are more prolific outside of the migration months too. The excess supply of food leads to the cats becoming lethargic (as they lie and digest their latest feast throughout the day) and you generally do not see them that often except early morning and or late afternoon. The cats would also be outside of their normal structures and or territories because finding food is easy with the migration passing through.
Highlights and best times to visit the Ngorongoro Crater Ngorongoro Crater has good game viewing all year round because of the resident game and the density of the animals within the Crater.
February and March: Lake Ndutu in the greater Ngorongoro Crater Conservation witness the migration pass through
July and August: can be very dusty and busy – this is also the most expensive time to visit Ngorongoro Crater.
Our East Africa travel guide is intended for you to use as a guideline as to when it is the best time to visit East Africa’s National Parks and Game Reserves. Please contact your consultant for seasonal changes to this calendar.
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My wife, Diana and I are adventurers at heart. Every weekend, we look forward to doing cheap local travel. We have never been “stay at home” or “put our feet up and watch the game” people. We always felt the adventure was always outside our door. This is probably a big reason why we like to move around every few years and experience different places.
Every time we think about the next place, we make sure the area has a lot going on. This is why we currently live in Rockville, Maryland. We are about 20 miles from downtown DC, giving us full range of museums and other tourist activities. We also enjoy hiking, biking or visiting nearby historic towns, giving a great balance of city sophistication and country doughnuts (mmm… doughnuts).
Unfortunately, traveling can be expensive, and thought by sharing a list of cheap resources we use, you may able to find ways to enjoy new and interesting places as well.
Ideas for places to go
* Virtual Tourist
* National Park Service
Special event happenings around town
* Museums USA
* Your local paper or city site
* Here are some local event resource sites: South Florida, SF Area, Boston, Washington Post, Los angeles, Las Vegas, NYC, Chicago. Houston
Other Ideas to find places and events
* Check out the library for great local travel guides, such as Off the Beaten Path, Insider’s Guide, Moon, Mobil, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, Falcon, and others.
* AAA members can use their website for discounted attraction tickets and FREE maps.
* Each state has a Department of Tourism, where they can mail out literature directly to you
* Local visitor’s bureaus and kiosks can provide ideas when you get there
* Local Chamber’s of Commerce – local tourist businesses seek out the chamber to gain exposure
* Tour America’s Factories (most free) – I went to the Jelly Belly factory out in Northern California – delicious!
* If you enjoy a specific activity, there will probably be a specific national association that can provide local and regional ideas, such as American Hiking or American Sportfishing
* Meetup – local meetings for special interest groups, or make your own (I joined a dodge ball meetup awhile back)
Let me know of any great resources, and I will add them to the list.
It is not a very economically prosperous country. The primary source of its economy is tourism, aviation and oil industries. To plan your trip wisely, without wasting any time and extra money, you need a travel guide. When you are planning a trip, choose from the following places of visit.
Ibn Battuta Mall – It is one of the largest and prettiest shopping malls.
Marina – It is an artificial marina, with the tallest buildings, or skyscrapers, for residential as well as business purposes. You can have your lunch in any of the restaurants there.
The Palm Jumeirah – It is a man-made archipelago, making it look like a palm tree. If you belong to the profession of architecture or engineering, it is a must for you.
BurjKhalifa – The design of this structure resembles exactly the Great Mosque at Iraq.
Museum – Also called as Al Fahidi Fort, this place is the pride of the country. You can visit that between 8: 30 am-8: 30 pm on Sat-Thu and 2: 30- 8: 30 pm on Fri. You can see the historical structures like weapons, handcrafted materials inside the tombs.
Jumeirah Mosque – It is very much significant as a religious place. You will get insights on Arabic culture once you go there.
Aquarium and Underwater Zoo – The underwater park will let you spend a few moments with the sharks, dolphins and many other species of fish. Your travel agent can guide you to opt for scuba diving or a boat ride on a glass bottom. Your kids will surely go mad with this.
Ski resort – There is an indoor ski resort for a chilling and thrilling experience.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary – This conservation center is the site of pink flamingos during their migratory season. It is one of the loveliest places for the nature lovers. Go there except on Friday, as it remains closed.
Hatta Rock Pools – This place is a weekend destination for most of the residents. You will love the waterfalls between the mountain slopes. A few gardens, mountains, and sea beaches
Desert Safari – This is available in three-time shifts, morning, afternoon and overnight. It is better to choose among the first two if you are on a family trip.
Go for the overnight safari, if you love adventure. Take a camel ride or among the undulating sand dunes, whichever is preferable to you.
When there, have a travel agent so you can book your tour online. Give them every detail of what you want, and they will advise you on your planning. The packages may or may not include travel fares. Book your air tickets before your traveling. The winter season is the favorite of many people for leaving their home and going to other destinations.
Taking your family on a vacation in Africa is the best gift you could ever give to them. Being in the black continent for the first time will give your children a chance to see people of diverse cultures and animals of all kinds in their beautiful natural environment. Experiencing the African cultures and sharing real adventures will be the most rewarding and exciting moment ever in your life. In order to have a memorable vacation, its recommended that you plan your safari with your family members so that you know the specific countries to tour and the right time of the year.
There are many countries in Africa where you can spend your vacation but, this will mostly depend on the age of your children. For example, parents with young kids are advised to go on a family safari in South Africa. The infrastructure in this country is excellent and you can hire your own car. This will maximize your privacy since you are able to set your own schedule. Since little children get tired quickly, there are various small private parks where you can have abundant game viewing within a very short time. Most private parks have swimming pools, buffet lunches and dinners which is a winning combination with young children. Another reason why a family safari is recommended in this country is because, most parks are malaria free.
In Kenya, the Masai Mara National Reserve is regarded as the best game-viewing park compared to all other game reserves. In this park, your family will have a chance to see over a million wildebeest including the big five(lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard, rhino). Spending the nights in the camps in the Masai Mara will be a great experience in the African bush where you will watch animals in the day and, begin new adventures at night. You can also combine beach holiday vacation in Mombasa with a safari at the Tsavo National Park, which is only a few kilometers from the town.
Botswana is also a great family safari destination but, it’s only suitable for parents with grown up children since, most of the safaris offered are by air travel. Many tours involve traditional canoe rides through the delta region and small children can not withstand such rides.
Namibia is another good place where you can take your family for a holiday vacation. Roads in this country are good and most areas are malaria free. This country has a large coastline and sand dunes providing enough space where you can enjoy and have fun with your kids.
In Tanzania, you can combine a family safari to the Northern circuit(Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater) with a tour to the white beaches of Zanzibar.
If you are planning a cruise and are looking for more information and tips, be sure to read these cruise tips. Maybe you are a first time cruiser or you just want to make your next cruise as perfect as possible. Anyway, these cruise tips will help you make your next cruise perfect.
First of all, when you have found the destination for your next cruise, spend time to choose which ship to cruise with. Get all the information possible on the different ships. The different ships differ actually wildly. Some cruise lines and ships focus on activities and party all the time, when others focus on relaxation, and might or might not offer activities or facilities that suit your interests and needs. The atmosphere also differ amongst the ships and some ships might have focus on meeting older people peoples needs, while others have their focus on families. The key words here are your interests and expectations for your cruise. If you make sure to have that in mind when you are choosing between the different cruise lines and ships your likeliness to have a perfect cruise vacation will increase.
Use a cruise travel agent. That will most likely save you money. And the experience a good cruise travel agent can offer you is priceless. They will help you find a cruise that is perfect for you. Tell your travel agent what your interests are and discuss with him what you are looking for in a cruise, and he will help you find a cruise that are perfect for you, suiting your wallet. Your agent know where to look to find the cruise you are looking for and he have access to deals unavailable to others. Just be sure to find a good, experienced agent. This isn’t always easy though.
Prepare well before your cruise. I can’t emphasize that enough. Good preparations and planning is essential to make your cruise perfect. What shore excursions are right for you? Which excursions are worth taking? Can you book the shore excursions before the cruise to make sure they are still available? What should you pack for your cruise? Be sure to pack clothes that is appropriate for the weather and season in the ports you are visiting. Don’t forget your passport or travel insurance. These are some of the essentials before you go cruising.