Do you have what it takes to become an online travel influencer?

Times are changing, where once people decided where to go on holidays based on advertisements now people are more interested in hearing the opinions of experienced, professional and honest people. These people are what we call travel influencers.
One thing which can be difficult as a new blogger starting out is getting exposure for your content or more simply put getting people to click and ready our blog. We have seen so many examples of talented bloggers who have given up because they feel their hard work is giving no reward.
Below are some top tips which we have carefully selected to help give you a head start or even just make some improvements to help you blog more effectively as well as reach and grow the right audience.


 

1. Make sure your content is useful and what your audience will want to read.

One mistake that a lot of bloggers make is that they write about things which might mean a lot to them or their friends or family but to be bluntly honest may be something strangers won’t care about.
For example you could blog about Budget travel tips, food recommendations, details on what to do or where to stay, photography inspiration, video entertainment etc.
Of course it also important that when you blog you feel you are blogging about your passion, but the key to success is to blog about something you are passionate about but also something your readers will find useful or inspiring.

 

2. Be interesting and do as many cool things as you can on your travels

When it comes to blogging about a personal experience ask yourself how awesome would this story be on a scale of 1-10.
For example if you are blogging about the time you were at a full moon party in Thailand and got really drunk you might find a lot of people won’t be interested in reading this but if you wrote about the time you sailed along the coast of Africa then you might find this will be a much more interesting article for a much bigger audience.
So remember always ask yourself, what would this blog rank on the awesome scale, and be honest!

 

3. Guest Blog, Guest Blog, Guest Blog

As I mentioned above when you start out on your blogging journey you will most likely find it quite hard to be noticed and get your out to a big audience in the beginning.
One way you can improve on this, is by guest blogging. Guest blogging is when you blog on someone else’s website or personal blog. This is a great way to get your content out to that page or person’s audience, which will then help you gain new followers and allow you to build your brand.
One piece of advice we will give you, is to make sure that the site or blog you are guest blogging on has the same target audience as you so that you are reaching the right people. Be picky, you’re talented but everyone needs a little help at the beginning.

 

4. Use social media as your personal promoter

If you want to be a successful blogger you need to be using all the social media channels that are both relevant in that the majority of people you want to target with your piece of content are there.

So what do I mean when I say relevant? Well one common mistake we see among bloggers today is pushing their blog out on the wrong social media channels. For example LinkedIn is a social media site which contains the biggest amount of company decision makers which are all in the one place. So if you were blogging about the best restaurant to go to in Egypt you may find that not a lot of people are clicking on your post, the reason being Linkedin is more for people who blog about professional or services or industry news.

The correct place to post your blog would be on Facebook or Twitter, these sites are more causal and places people come to consume content which actually interests them personally rather than their business, career or employer.

It is also vital that you post consistently. Make a plan of what you will post each day and at what time. This allows you to stay organised and be more efficient with your posts. The more you post the more your audience and engagement will grow.

 

So this was our top tips to ensuring that you are creating content and sharing with your audience in a way which will help you grow your followers and also your brand. If you have any questions or are interested in finding out more about something you have read today please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.

Best Xmas Markets in Europe

Christmas (Xmas) is the season of family time, celebrations and lots of shopping!! And what are the best places for buying gifts if not the Xmas markets?! Europe has plenty of local Xmas markets and we chose the most popular markets that you can choose to go to this Xmas season:

3. Vienna - Austria

Xmas markets in Vienna have become one of the most popular markets not only in Austria, but in Europe. A lot of tourists visit Vienna during Christmas Season because of the local markets which date back since 1298. The capital holds various Christmas Market Villages across the city and each one being unique. To find out more about these magical markets, click here.

Where: On the square in front of the City Hall
When: 17th November - 26th December 2017
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 10am - 9.30pm, Fri and Sat 10am - 10pm; 7th December 10am - 10pm, 24th December 10am - 6pm, 25th and 26th December 11am - 9.30pm

2. Dusseldorf - Germany

For Gingerbread lovers, Dusseldorf is heaven! Here you will find miniature houses made of gingerbread and many other delicious treats. There are 5 themed Xmas markets and all of them spread across the city centre, with free access ice skating at the Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz.

Where: City Centre
When: 23th November - 23rd December 2017
Opening hours: Daily 11am–8pm, Fri–Sat until 9pm, closed on Nov 26.

1. Brussels - Belgium

Xmas markets in Brussels are epic. There are over 250 chalets spread across 2 kms long, making Brussels the largest Xmas markets city in Europe. The atmosphere is very jolly, with live choir music playing and the scent of hot chocolate in the air, you feel like you don't want to leave this place.

Where: the Squares, Haren, Neder-Over-Heembeek and Laeken
When: 24th November - 31st December 2017
Opening hours: Mon to Thurs: 12pm–9pm, Fri: 12pm–10pm, Sat to Sun: 11am–10pm

We would love to hear from you, which Xmas markets do you love the most..we will have them included in our next blog!

6 Top Destinations to Celebrate New Years Eve

There is nothing better than being in the company of your special one or friends, while waiting for the countdown of the beginning of a new year in a fancy atmosphere or lively surroundings.

The New Year's Eve is that moment when you want to be at your best, looking glamorous and making the most of the last moments of the year to pass.

If you haven't decided where you wanna spend your New Year's Eve yet, below are some top suggestions that will make your experience a memorable one!

6. Montecarlo

Known for its extravaganza and high class parties, Montecarlo is the destination where you wanna feel loyalty. The New Years Eve will be no exception for those who wanna pamper themselves and enjoy a high-end experience. Prices for 2 for 2 nights begin from €1872.

5. Brisbane

Brisbane is the ideal place to celebrate the New Years Eve with your besties. The city provides a wide range of events and parties where you can choose from. Not only that you will experience a great fireworks display but you will be able to do that sitting outside sipping your champagne without wearing gloves, scarfs or jackets...as it is the summer season! Definitely a must do experience especially for sunny holidays lovers.

4. Hong Kong

Be ready to be wow-zed by a shower of fireworks during countdown while in Hong Kong. The New Years Eve celebrations are always taking place over Victoria Harbour. To have an amazing view of the fireworks, Ozone on the 118th floor of The Ritz-Carlton or   Sugar Bar on the 32nd-floor level in the East hotel, are the places to be.

3. London

Emerge back in time while celebrating New Years Eve in Gatsby Style. If you are looking for a great atmosphere with an amazing view then Gatsby Party in the Sky Garden will give you an unforgettable night at the top. Prices start from £95 per person.

2. Singapore

New Years Eve has become an iconic event in Singapore. Taking place in Marina Bay the event is being celebrated by over 300 000 visitors of all ages every year. The ideal place to enjoy with friends or family.

1. New York

When countdown begins in New York, the world is watching! Taking place in the famous Times Square, the New Years Eve celebrations attracts over 1 million people and millions more watching on TV or online. This is the perfect destination where you wanna be part of the world's largest celebration.

Tell us which destination would you like to spend your New Years Eve!?

Sunny Holidays in October and November

Holidays in the Sun

Not everyone gets the chance to go away on holidays during summer season, but this doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a summer escapade during the rest of the year. We are lucky to live on such a diverse planet, where seasons differ from continent to continent. As the northern hemisphere is now getting colder, our neighbours in the south are enjoying warmer weather and the beginning of their travel pick season.

At aircrewser, we chose top 5 hot destinations which are the most popular during the months of October and November. Please hover on each destination to find out the average temperatures and average daily spending per person.

5. Santorini - Greece

October: 20°   |  November: 17°

October: 20° | November: 17°

Avg. daily cost per person: €98 / $116

 

4. Lanzarote - Spain

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October: 24° | November: 21°

Avg. daily cost per person: €129 / $152

 

3. Dubai - United Arab Emirates

October: 33°   |  November: 28°

October: 33° | November: 28°

Avg. daily cost per person: AED1,059 / $282

 

2. Bali - Indonesia

October: 27°   |  November: 27°

October: 27° | November: 27°

Avg. daily cost per person: Rp825,784 / $61

1. Brisbane - Australia

October: 23°   |  November: 25°

October: 23° | November: 25°

Avg. daily cost per person: AU$160 / $123

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Tell us what is your favourite destination for sunny holidays during October and November.

Halloween Around The World

Halloween is one of the most historical and celebrated holidays around the world but what you might not know is that not all countries celebrate Halloween in the same way. Below is a list of some countries from around the world and how they celebrate this spooky holiday.

Ireland

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Ireland is believed to be the actual birthplace of Halloween. Bonfires are lit in various fields and rural areas all over the country and children dress up in various different costumes and go “trick or treating” in their local areas. For those of you who don’t know what trick or treating is, it is when children knock on peoples doors and receive treats in exchange for dressing up in their costumes.
Children have also been known to really take the trick in trick or treating quite literally and it is not uncommon for children to play tricks on their neighbours such as “Knick-Knacking” which is when you knock on someone’s door and run away before the door is opened.

 

Japan

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In Japan the people celebrate what is known as “Obon Festival” which is a similar event to Halloween in that it is dedicated to the dead. The celebration involves the preparation of special food and red lanterns are hung everywhere. The lanterns have candles placed inside them and they are set afloat in rivers and the sea. During the “Obon Festival” a fire is lit every single night to show spirits where their families might be found. During “Obon” the dead are believed to go back to where they were born. The Festival takes place during July or August each year.

Hong Kong

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In Hong Kong the people celebrate what is known as Yue Lan as the equivalent to Halloween. The name literally translates to “Festival of the hungry ghosts” and is believed to be a time when spirits are free to do as they please for 24 hours. During the festival some people burn pictures of fruit or money believing that by doing so these images would actually reach the spirits and bring the some much needed comfort.

 

Germany

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In Germany the celebrations are much the same as in Ireland and other countries around the world in that people dress up in different costumes and children go trick or treating in their local areas. One thing which is unique to Germans when it comes to celebrating Halloween is that on the actual night (31st of October) people hide all of the knives in their house, the reason for this is they are worried that the returning spirits might actually hurt themselves if they are left out. Very caring attitude from our German friends.

 

France

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France celebrates Halloween in a way like no other we have mentioned, the reason for this is that a lot of people in France do not actually celebrate at all, Halloween is simply known as an American holiday and not as a time to honour the dead. However there have been a few occasions when the country has made a little bit of an effort as seen in the picture below, but if you are really a Halloween lover make sure you avoid France coming up to this time of year.

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If you have experienced Halloween in another location we have not covered in this list please do not hesitate to drop us a comment and let us know, from all of us here at AirCrewser, Happy Halloween.

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Oktoberfest around the world

We all know that Oktoberfest originated from the great city of Munich where it is celebrated every year in style. However, if you are someone who travels and loves German beer and bratwursts don’t worry because below are the top cities apart from Munich you can also enjoy the authentic Oktoberfest experience.

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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The second largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich takes place in Canada’s twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. Kitchener was actually named Berlin from 1833 until 1916 because of the large number of German immigrants migrating to the city. Attracting about 700,000 people per year and enough steins to serve an army you really get the full Oktoberfest experience.

Blumenau, Brazil


Blumenau also known as Brazils little Germany is hosts to South America’s best and well-known Oktoberfest celebrations. In 1850, German philosopher Hermann Bruno Otto Blumenau, along founded the town as an agricultural colony. Today about 30 percent of the towns 320,000 residents are thought to be of German decent. It is estimated that about 650,000 liters of beer are consumed every year which is a more then valiant effort from everyone who attends.

Hong Kong


Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel celebrates its own version of Oktoberfest every year, Packed with authentic German beer, German cuisine and German music. Unlike some of the other drink till you can’t anymore the hotel only serves 200 steins per night so if you really want to take in this unique experience make sure you arrive early. The celebration, which stretches for 23 days, attracts more than 53,000 guests, who consume over 71,000 liters of beer.

Brisbane, Australia


If you’re down under but don’t want to miss the Oktoberfest experience you need to head to Brisbane, which hosts Australia’s largest Oktoberfest. The celebration attracts crowds of more than 30,000, however big festival manages do their best to maintain an intimate feel, thanks to the two Australian-German families who started, and still run, the festival. The festival takes place over the course of two weekends in October, Oktoberfest Brisbane features traditional German food and traditional German beer brewed specially for the event.

South Africa


From September to November, Bierfest, South Africa’s own version of Oktoberfest travels through three South African cities. Each stop features a 4,000-seat beer tent, inspired by the original Munich event as well as three specialty beers brewed by brew masters from the South African Breweries. In addition to beer and traditional German food and of course that authentic German Oktoberfest music. A great experience for anyone who gets the opportunity.

What other destinations are known for having great Oktoberfest?

Westin Mina Seyahi | Dubai Marina Resort

There are so many great places to go for leisure in Dubai, and one of them is Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort. Summers in Dubai can be a bit of a challenge, as the temperature outside can reach up to 46 degree celsius. So a beach resort can help you cool down, while still being able to get some colour on your skin and chill out with your friends or family.

In this blog we will talk about the pros and cons about Westin Mina Resort.

Pros

  1. Clean & quiet resort (we would’ve preferred some music in the background though!)
  2. You can choose whichever seat you want and they offer free towels.
  3. Beach access – this would be most preferred during off summer season.
  4. Pool bar access – good selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks and the only place you can hear playing some music.
  5. Family friendly – there are 5 different pools of which one is for kids alone.

Cons

  1. For outside visitors to enter the hotel resort you actually have to go through Barasti entrance, not through the hotel’s entrance. My friends and I found this a bit frustrating as this wasn’t mentioned on the website and there was a bit of a walk involved in the sun.
  2. The free wifi didn’t work at all, but thankfully we had TravelWiFi and it worked amazingly!

  1. The entrance fees are quiet pricy, but if you are a visitor in Dubai (only in the summer season 1 Jun – 31st Aug) you can show your Emirates boarding pass and pay only AED 150 AED from 225 AED during weekdays or 350 AED during weekends. Or if you go Sunday or Wednesdays, ladies pay only 100 AED.
  2. A bottle of 500 ml of water is 48 AED, so you may as well buy some water from a local store before you go in because you will drink lots of water!!

 

Nonetheless the overall experience at the resort was very enjoyable, especially when you have good company.

If you’ve been to this resort or you are planning to go we would like to hear about your experience!

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Summer Holidays in Dubai with Travel WiFi

There is nothing better than being able to stay connected to your own wifi when you are in holidays.

The Travel WiFi Worldwide Plans provide an extensive coverage in up to 100 countries and Dubai, UAE, was one of them.

Although I had wifi connection at my accommodation, the Travel Wifi was amazing once I left the house. I was able to use google maps, post on social media, check my emails and look for local information such us restaurants, places to visit and of course best beach resorts.

The wifi plan offers 500 MB/ day,  so I was conscious to make the most of it by using it only when i really needed it. The speed was amazing and so the coverage. The daily plan actually lasted me throughout the day, so for one person this is enough to do your own things.

If you think you need to use more data and you must share it with someone else, you can top - up more data, however this is not officially promoted on Travel WiFi website, so you will need to enquire about it. Travel WiFi is going to have this feature launched by the end of the year so keep an eye on their website.

Below are some of the places where I used Travel WiFi and worked amazingly:

 

Westin Mina Seyahi | Dubai Marina Resort

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 Apres | Dubai Emirates Mall

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This travel gadget is worth your money because you will have the peace of mind of not worrying about data roaming charges and you can take it with you everywhere you go! To find out more about Travel WiFi, check their website: www.travelwifi.ie

Trader Vic’s Happy Hour

If you’re looking for a great spot for happy hour in Dubai to enjoy with your friends, Trader Vic’s is the place to be. Located in the beautiful Madinat Jumeirah from 18:00 – 20:00 you get 50% off on selected cocktails, drinks and bites to eat from the menu.

Went in a group of friends and definitely enjoyed the great vibe, decor, drinks and barbites. It starts getting livelier around 20:00 and the live salsa band comes out to play at around 21:00.

In short, Trader Vic’s is a place with tasty cocktails, lovely live salsa music, amazing atmosphere and its situated in a great location with a beautiful view. Really worth a visit.

 

For more details about the venue click here

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A perfect combo: travel & fashion

When we think about leisure travelling, first thoughts would be exploring, experiencing new cultures, trying out local cuisines, partying or shopping. What not many of us are considering when travelling is fashion. But there are a few of us (more likely ladies) who see traveling as an opportunity to try out nice outfits. Fashion can be a way where we get to express our personality and feel as a completely new person, and traveling does just that.

The diva of Travel and Fashion

If you want some inspiration from someone who is amazingly great at it, then Ji Kim is your role model. Ji is a flight attendant for 18 years, she loves travelling and she is passionate about fashion. She would be someone who you would follow on Instagram every day. Every picture, a different outfit.  Her outfits are a combination of classy and stylish but yet easy to wear, wherever you decide to travel.

From looking at her Instagram pictures you will notice that she is dressing accordingly to each destination. Her inspiration is influenced by the local fashion. She loves shopping from hidden local shops or local designers. This is one of her secrets why she always looks so distinctively great.

 

Instagram: @theclassycloud

Nonetheless you will also notice that she is a lady with high taste. Some of her outfit pieces are high end brands, especially for most of her shoes and handbags.

But what it’s really great is that Ji is always sharing her fashion sources. So if you follow her on Instagram or even her blog, The Classy Cloud, you will be able to find out from where she buys those stunning outfits. Her wardrobe is what every girl and lady is dreaming of.

Ji Kim is not only an extravagant flight attendant but she is also an entrepreneur. She has launched her own Classy Cloud Shoes Collection which looks devine. Her ballerina shoes are the perfect travel ‘must haves’. Your feet will be so grateful to you.

Note* The credit for this blog goes to Ji Kim

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