With all the Travel Blogs and Sites to choose from there is something for everyone. I read a lot of travel blogs and follow some very good travel sites. There are basically five types of travel sites.
The General Blog, which has everything from travel tips and photos to read about my trip to some wacky travel destination or stories about “How I survived a night in a Lithuanian jail”.
Those that talk about budget travel which deal with everything from coupons, discount sites and staying in inexpensive (notice I didn’t say cheap?) places.
Then there are sites written for the 20 something’s, which if the truth be told some are in their 30’s now. These sites talk about everything from party places to adventure traveling to how to quit your job work anywhere and travel the world.
Next up women travelers, now this is an exclusive club. I read some of the articles but I am usually afraid to comment on them fearing I might be hunted down and attacked for encroaching onto woman land.
Then you have the top tier sites, those that deal in luxury travel. It’s like watching an episode of “lives of the rich and famous”. Stories of Tuscan Villas for $3000.00 per night that come with monogrammed towels and slippers with a balcony overlooking the unspoiled countryside and a private chef named Enrique.
Now I get something useful out of all of these sites.
General travel blogs have given me some useful tips, funny stories and articles on places I might not know about along with insights to the author’s travels.
Budget travel sites have turned me on to some great finds where I can search for low airfares or accommodations. As a result I have managed to stay in some nice places without breaking the bank and learn a few tricks when it comes to booking flights.
The 20 something crowd has opened my eyes to new ways and ideas for businesses and earning an income without having to be trapped behind a desk in an office. A lot of the people behind these sites are not demanding someone give them a job or provide a living for them, instead they are creating their own jobs on their own terms and they are highly creative. Don’t tell them though most are still very idealistic.
Travel sites geared towards women often offer great info on traveling alone or how to stay safe while traveling which everyone can benefit from. A lot of them tend to be very good at pointing out what to do and where to go when visiting various places. I still get visions of Amazonian women hunting me down when I read these blogs .. wait never mind that was a dream I had.
Luxury travel sites have that Ooooh, Aaaah factor. The perfect photos of accommodations that looks better than anywhere I have ever lived. But once I stop drooling over the private in room bar stocked with single malt Scotch, I do get some useful info out of the articles. I learn about out of the way places that a lot of people don’t visit and it feeds my auto accident needs. You know what I am talking about, like when you see a bad auto accident and you know you shouldn’t look but you can’t help yourself.
Of course there are others, like the cruise sites, the Disney sites and the Hi Mom and Dad look what I am doing with my tuition money sites. The bottom line is, there are a lot of great travel sites and when you find one share it with your friends. If you enjoyed the article tweet about it or hit the share buttons on the blog like Stumble Upon or Digg. Join the conversation and leave a comment. Writers like comments. Not just the ones that say “You’re great!” but the comments that add to the article or give your opinion, good or bad.
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