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.

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!?

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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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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Surviving a long-haul flight

What is a long haul flight

They say that a long haul flight is a flight longer than 6 hours. Apparently the longest one is the Dallas – Sydney flight operated by Qantas, which takes approx. 16 hours and 55 minutes.

Imagine being in a plane for almost 17 hours, with a bunch of other people. If you fly a A380 plane, chances are that there would be almost 400 -500 passengers with whom you will fly this long-distance journey.

 

How to make the most of your long haul flight

So you wonder how to survive a long-haul flight?

We came up with a list of recommendations from Denise, who is currently a flight attendant for Lufthansa. She has her own blog, Nala Behati, where she writes about her travels and passion for fashion. You can also find her on Instagram. So here they are:

Instagram: @nala_behati

Drinking plenty of water

The most frequent causing effect of jet lags is the lack of water in our body. Most of us will get dehydrated due to not drinking enough water. So make sure you will drink plenty of water before your flight, during your flight and after.

Thermal Spring Water

For ladies, a facial mist would be also highly beneficial when flying long distances. You can spray it on your face
and neck during your flight to keep your skin hydrated. Thermal Spring Water by Avene is one of the best facial mists for you to try. You can apply it before and after the makeup, so will keep your face looking fresh.

Eye Mask & Cream

While trying to get a good sleep during the flight, a good idea to help your eyes rest is to pack an eye mask with you. This way you will avoid the cabin light to disturb your sleep. Also by applying an eye cream around your eyes, you will be able to avoid dark circles and puffiness.

Earplugs

Well as we may all know flying can be quiet noisy and not so comfortable (if you fly economy). So a good trick to
reduce the noise and make the most of your sleeping is to use earplugs. You can buy your own ones, or you can ask the flight attendants to provide you a pair.

If you have any additional tips, we would love to read your comment and make sure we will include them in the next blog.