The World First Wander: Whats hot in Travel this week
Welcome to another World First Wander, our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel blogging and writing. As always it’s compiled by Tristan Rothwell, the man who scours the internet for the very best travel related stuff so you don’t have to.
It’s been another busy week in the world of travel and travel blogging. The phones in the World First office have been ringing off the hook with people jetting hither and yon all over the globe. But, as we learn this week, travel can start right on your very own doorstep. And it doesn’t have to break the bank.
Devon on the doorstep
We start of this week right on our doorstep in glorious Devon. As we are based in Exeter, anything Devon related is always going to catch our eye and pique our interest. And we see plenty of travel bloggers waxing lyrical about it. Rightly so too. It’s beautiful. But there’s more to this wonderful county than its good looks.
Talking of doorsteps...
Next up, Absolutely Lucy, who features in the Weekly Wander for the second week running - an honour bestowed on precious few travel bloggers. We loved her thoughts about how important it is to explore what’s on your doorstep and taking in the visceral beauty of Britain. The World First managing director and myself grew up in Penzance in plain view of the stunning St Michael's Mount. Why not challenge yourself to become a traveller in your own town or city? It will help you see the place you call home in a whole new light. Because travel starts right on your doorstep.
Doing it on a budget
Budget travel is always going to popular. We all want to make the most of our hard earned money and, while it’s always nice to treat yourself to a little luxury, travel doesn’t always have to devour your bank balance. Just ask the Girl vs Globe, who has been blogging about 3 travel experiences under £139 - including the travel destination du jour: Iceland. Grab one of our great value single trip travel insurance policies and get out there.
The place every blogger is writing about.... Iceland
Is it us or does everyone seem to be talking about Iceland? Mind you, you can’t blame them. Iceland is endowed with an other-worldly beauty - and tourism to this quirky country has increased dramatically on last year. The latest article we feature on Iceland is served up by My Travel Monkey, who is sharing 10 things I learnt about Iceland. A real eye-opener.
We love travel bloggers. We love travel blogging. But occasionally we see bloggers getting a little carried away with how many countries they have visited. Now, ratcheting-up those numbers and seeing new places is always exciting. Yet concentrating purely on visiting as many countries as possible can mean you lose focus on actually exploring and getting under the skin of the destinations you are visiting. Emily Luxton agrees with us. And there’s a good chance you will too after reading Been there not done that and her fabulous Why I don’t count countries article. There are some great observations in these articles - and they might make you think twice about jamming as many countries onto your bucket list as possible. Sometimes it’s all about quality, not quantity.
One thing we can always improve on when travelling
Photography! Well unless you are David Bailey, although we’re quite sure even he would admit there is always room for improvement. Photography has changed a lot over the last few years. Thanks to increasingly powerful smartphone cameras, amateur photography is soaring - and many are ditching the clunky SLRs in favour of svelte smartphones. Yet the principles of good photography still remain the same, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a total newbie. Getting the basics right can really help you capture the perfect shot. For a few great tips on how to improve your photography, have a read 5 quick tips to improve your travel photography right now from Little Grey Box.
Going without travel insurance?
If there’s one thing we hate to read about, it’s travel insurance horror stories. And it doesn’t get much worse than when an uninsured traveller has an accident abroad and ends up having to pay for eye-wateringly costly medical bills. Cheap travel insurance keeps your savings safe should the unexpected happen. No brainer, right? Yet some still tempt fate by travelling without adequate insurance or - worse - with none at all.
One travel blogger who is painfully familiar with the risks of travelling without insurance is Ed Rex of Rexy Adventures. Before you consider doing the same, When I broke my ribs in Finland is essential reading. Rexy also has a great post about How to avoid common holiday pitfalls, where Ed talks about why travel insurance is absolutely essential.
Righto! That just about rounds it up for this week. Hopefully you’ve improved your travel photography a little, found a budget trip and packed some insurance. But whatever you do, don’t let poor Rexy take you for a bike ride.
Until next week!