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Looking back on 2014 and looking forward to 2015

It’s that time of year for reflection. I’m guessing gyms around the world are busy right now with signups, although it would be interesting to know how many of these memberships are still in use by the end of the year. When I reflect on the past year, I’m proud of what we managed to achieve and even if I didn’t quite achieve all my goals, I achieved things that I hadn’t planned on at the beginning of the year.…

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How to ensure professionalism in the travel blogging world

I’m at TBEX – one of the largest travel blogging conferences in the world – and this year the main theme of the event in Cancun, Mexico is ‘professionalism.’ I settle back into my seat and smile. ‘This should be good,’ I think and smile. Tell people that you blog professionally and you often get raised eyebrows that either mean ‘that’s a job?’ or ‘you can’t be serious, my aunty blogs about cupcakes, that’s not a job.’ Rewind the tape…

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4 vital moves before you quit your job to become a digital nomad

I just had a classic day. I got up at 6am (ouch!) and did a workout on the rooftop terrace of my hostel in Cartagena, Colombia. As the sun rose and my sweat patches expanded I got an amazing view of the sun rise over the old Spanish fort that guards the city’s harbour. After breakfast and a shower I went back up to the terrace, plugged in my laptop and started work. A 30 second commute from my room…

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How to create a media kit that rocks

It’s that time of the year again – many travel blogging conferences are fast approaching and bloggers are preparing to woo tourism boards and travel companies into working with them. There’s BlogHer in Silicon Valley next week, TBEX Europe in Athens in October, and PTBA in Sri Lanka in November. There’s also a bunch more… really too many to list. Personally, we’re going to TBEX Cancun next month in Mexico, so we’re frantically getting more business cards printed before we…

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Tips to help you quit your job for long-term travel

Last week we were having dinner at the Jazz Club in Cuenca with some new-found friends. When they discovered Dave used to work as a senior producer for the BBC, their first question was, “But WHY did you quit?!” Dave replied, “Because after reporting on the world for so long, I felt it was about time I saw some of it for myself.” People are often shocked that Dave would leave his stable job at one of the world’s best…

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