How Long-Term Travel Changes People Forever

Group Lunch

Last week I celebrated my five year anniversary of quitting my job to travel the world. While it’s no secret that I didn’t start blogging until about two years ago, I have nonetheless learned more in the last five years than I have in the 24 years prior to that. In fact if you’re brave (or bored) enough you can even find some of my old, drunken rambles (I loathe to call them posts) still online; they date back as far as 2008 and were intended only for friends back home, so don’t expect much. Regardless of whether you are travel blogging, working as a digital nomad, on a gap year, pursuing a RTW trip or even just living your retirement to the max, long-term travel makes a far greater impact on a person [...]

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5 Years Ago Today I Quit My Job To Travel The World

Motocycling Around Elephant Reserve

I never thought this day would come. In fact when I first quit my corporate life to start traveling the world I never knew or cared about where I would be in five years. Or even five months for that matter. All I realized was that I wanted — no, needed — to break free from my cubicle and see what all I had been missing out on. For the previous four and a half years my life had been work, sleep, and repeat. I had no social life, no girlfriend, and almost zero free time. It was work, work, work, and all in pursuit of that “American Dream.” Get a job, buy a house, work your way up the corporate ladder, and somewhere along the way find time to start a family. Although [...]

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Backpacker Advice: How To Find Romance On The Road

Romance On The Road: Look For Women Eating Alone

Life out of a backpack, always on the move, well it can get tough — especially being alone in one strange place after another. It’s not all glory and glamour, far from it. In fact the road can be a harsh mistress indeed. A lot of us have been there, especially we solo backpackers. Although day in and day out long-term travelers are doing nothing but meeting people, most of these are fleeting connections. Don’t get me wrong, I love talking with random people I encounter along my journeys. But at some point we all start to desire more. After all, when living in hostels you don’t always have the most privacy. No real space to call your own or a “love shack” to bring a new-found friend home to. But that doesn’t mean [...]

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WordPress Plugins Every Travel Blogger Should Use

The New HoliDaze

It’s the new year and high on everyone’s resolutions is to improve their blog. Mine is five years old now* and I’ve been designing web sites for even longer. I’ve seen things change over the years and I know what works and what doesn’t because I’ve tried it all. That having been said, here is my advice for you.* I started it in 2008 with the name Shibuya Daze but it wasn’t until 2012 that I got serious about blogging and transferred my old posts to The HoliDaze.   Plugins You Should Already Have The usefulness of these first couple plugins have been documented times countless times before and therefore for the purpose of this article I will assume you already have them and not discuss them in great detail. If by some chance [...]

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TBEX Excitement And Last-Minute Tips For Your Speed Dating Pitch

TBEX 2013 Logo

Next week hundreds of travel bloggers will begin converging in Toronto for the annual Travel Blog Exchange, often referred to as TBEX. Although this will be their fourth annual gathering, it will only be my second year to attend. In fact last year was my first opportunity and it was rather impressive. While I know that I learned quite a lot there, I also realize that I haven’t learned anything yet! It was only 48 hours prior to the start of TBEX that a friend and I purchased tickets and rushed on up there. As such we were both woefully unprepared. Sure we had business cards and great conversation skills but not much else. No plan of which seminars to hit. No pre- or post-TBEX press trips. No speed dating interviews. (TBEX “speed dating” [...]

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Travel Wisdom: 4 Years & 16 Countries Later…

My Passport

What’s the difference between a tourist and a traveler? Tourists are only on vacation while a true traveler is in it for the learning and the experience. And after four years and 16 countries, I’ve learned a few things.   What have you learned while traveling?share your advice below When on a road trip it is important to remember that roads are not required. Abandoning them often starts the real adventure. Just be sure to have a trusty GPS with you. My Nuvi has racked up nearly 150,000 miles and counting. Living life the unexpected way is always better than living a predictable life. Don’t be so focused on plans, itineraries, and schedules, just go with the flow. Trust me, that’s when the real adventures start to happen. I once left for a weekend [...]

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Travel Blogger SEO & Google Authorship

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Last week on a press trip I discovered that many of my fellow travelers were unaware of the recent changes Google has made to its search results, including the addition of rel=author. Not that I am surprised, as usually we are busy traveling and writing rather than staying up-to-date on technical details and SEO changes such as that. But given the requests for further information that I have received since these conversations, I realized that this knowledge should be shared with a wider audience. First off, as most of us already know Google searches now include Google+ information and connections. While the benefits of having a Facebook profile have long been obvious, most have overlooked the new necessity of having a Google+ profile. Get One. Don’t get me wrong, I’m the last person to [...]

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Spotlight: The Traveling Fool

Thumbnail: Traveling Fool

Welcome once again to the show that never ends! Hello boys and girls, pleased to be speaking with you all again, but even more pleased to announce that we have a fresh and even more engaging interview this week… That is right, every Friday when people are thinking about the weekend and busy sharing FriFotos, the HoliDaze will announce the “Next Great Travel Blogger” Of The Week. Oh I love having good interviewees! Everyone is always so interested in interviewing Johnny B Travels because he has an eBook or 100k followers… The real joy is meeting the next wave and seeing what the future holds. As a matter-of-fact, I’m having such good results with the first few rounds of interviewees that I already have a backlog…one week in. Plus my travelin’ buddy Jared will [...]

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