Blogging, blogging, blogging and looking back

During the past few weeks we needed to blog every week at least about one topic and share one post with the community. This was a really good experience for me! Although I already had experiences in blogging, multimedia and social media, this task in the class of James Breiner showed me that there is still a lot to learn. I understand know how important it is to insert links, pictures and – for me the most important learning – to blog regularly. I try to keep this in my mind!

Everything started a few weeks ago with a little post – presenting ourself and our connection to the topic travelling. As you can read in the article travelling gets more and more important to me and I will like after this exchange adventure, I still want to see more. More nature, more cultures, more people, more different countries. All in all: More trips and more travel.

Durin the research for my own blog post I founds some blogs which are really great and I totally recommend. I just to read different travel blogs before but since we started our own blog my view was more focused, I concentrated on different parts of the blog and tried to find some blogs which really make a good job. That was for example Canvas of light. He shows how important good photography is to make your blog look awesome. Moreover, he shows the connection between photography and travelling with his beautiful pictures of natures, culture and landscape. This blog was really inspiring for me because I love photography and learn to get better.

© Canvas of light

© Canvas of light

Another blog which was really impressing for me is Jungles in Paris. They use different ways of presenting information to make their blog more interesting. This kind of transmedia journalism is really interesting for me as a communication student and I think they do a fantastic job telling you stories about different countries, cultures and landscapes.

©Jungles in Paris

©Jungles in Paris

Besides the two blogs I presented, there are different blogs which were presented by Ruth and Paige! Have a look at these ones aswell! There are wonderful food blogs like Eat Your World or Melting Butter. If you like to get a great overview what you can do in a short time, have a look at 12 hours or be a part of a trip around the world without any money and get to know Journeyman.

As promised, we showed you aswell how to organize your next trip. With different links and hopefully helpful comments, you can start planning your next trip!

For me the time writing on this blog was really fun and helpful. I am still very happy with my team and hope that we will continue our friendship, blog and travel experience! ❤

By the way: Travel experience – check out our travel map if you are interested which places we already visited!

Have a look at Jungles in Paris!

This week we want to recommend you some other travel blogs which did especially in the last year a great job showing us the different places and cultures off the world. Ruth already showed you her favourite blog, which is awesome! Have a look on her post about 12 hours!

I would love to present you the blog Jungles in Paris which is a great site of travel experience, photography and video.

©JUNGLES in PARIS

©JUNGLES in PARIS

They don’t tell you directly, what kind of stuff you need to do when you visit a country, but they inform you extremely good and interesting about different cultures, animals, nature or people in countries all over the world. With this kind of transmedia journalism, they take you with them to all the places they have visited and the stories behind it.

Jungles in Paris is written by Darrell and Oliver Hartman, two brothers, who already have experience in writing. They get help from different people how to great photography or video documentation – that’s how their blog becomes a multimedia experience!

Painted Ladies - ©Jungles in Paris

Painted Ladies – ©Jungles in Paris

Grizzlies of Greater Yellowstone - ©Jungles in Paris

Grizzlies of Greater Yellowstone – ©Jungles in Paris

The reason why they want to show you all these pictures, videos, stories and background information?

“The planet has been charted and documented, and yet there are still discoveries to be made. Unfamiliar ways of living and extreme natural environments help us gain perspective…Jungles in Paris attempts to tell edifying, inspiring stories that celebrate the multi-colored variety of the world around us” (Jungles in Paris)

If you want to get to know these great guys better, have a look at these Interview with Darrell and Oliver Hartman by The Widow. Moreover, you can find Jungles in Paris on nearly every social media channel and never miss a new interesting story. Have a look at Jungles in Paris on facebook, twitter or Instagram!

I really recommend their blog because they do such a professional and interesting work and I hope you also have a look on the blog of these talented guys and enjoy the stories about culture, geography, wildlife and so much more.

And for sure, enjoy your own next trip!

How to organize a trip to Madrid?

Houses of Madrid

©Julia Renke

This whole blog is about our experiences with trips and traveling that may help you to check out what to do.

But what other websites may help you went you want to travel? Especially if you want to plan everything on your own?

The internet offers a huge choice of different blogs, websites, articles and different stuff which could help you. But the amount of possibilities is way too big to decide. That’s why we want to show you some of our favorite sources for planning a trip. For example a trip to the beautiful capital of Spain: Madrid!

At first you have to decide how to go there. By plane? Train? Bus? Car? You have to compare different prices and find out what’s the cheapest and fastest way to go Madrid. If you want to check on different types to go there you can visit websites like rome2rio or go euro. They give you a first overview about all the different possibilities. On the other hand you don’t have the possibility to check the prices for a flexible range of dates or origins.

If you are sure, that you want (or have to) go by plane to Madrid, you should check the different prices online. Skyscanner gives you the possibility to see the prices for a whole month. The best way to find the cheapest flight if you are flexible! Kayak is a another good website to compare flight prices. You can look for specific dates, +/- 3 days or other options. Moreover, there is the possibility to add different airports which are not far away from the cities you entered. This is helpful is you live in an area with some airports not far away and you don’t really care which one you fly from.

If you wan to go to Madrid by bus, train or car, you are probably already in Spain. To book your train ticket, you should check Renfe. You will get a better price if you book early or if you book a seat for 4 persons. Good opportunity if you travel with a group of friends! For going by bus you should check on ALSA or Movelia. You can book all tickets directly online or at a bus station. For going by car, you can rent a car which is a little expensive or you can join a person who’s anyways going to Madrid. You will find nice opportunities on BlaBlaCar.

Usually the train is the fastest way to travel in Spain, but is more expensive than the bus. The bus system is pretty good and cheap, so it will cost you for example around 20 Euro to go from the North of Spain to Madrid. But you can make a good deal going by train if you book early. BlaBlaCar is always nice because you meet new people. You have to find someone who is driving the time you like, but if you want someone, it will probably fast and cheap.

Of course, you also need an accommodation. Of course, you can go on popular websites to compare prices for hostels and hotels like Booking, Hostelbookers or Tripadvisor. If you want to get to know the people in Madrid, you can also use Airbnb. You will live in a whole flat of someone or in a separated room with different peoples who are living in Madrid. This is a safe and nice opportunity. Moreover, it is cheap compared to other possibilities of renting an apartment. Even cheaper is Couchsurfing. You sleep on the couch, a guest bed or something else in the apartment of someone in Madrid for free. Most times that’s not as comfortable as other possibilities but it’s a nice way to get to know people from different cities and countries!

That should be enough! There are a lot of possibilities for you – now go and plan your next trip to Madrid!

Canvas of Light

Daniel Nahabedian

Daniel Nahabedian © Daniel Nahabedian

Photography and travel – for me this two things will always belong together. Photography is a different way to keep your travel experience in mind, focus on special details of the trip and share your experience with others. Daniel Nahabedian shows this on his blog Canvas of light how to do this in a brilliant way.

Daniel Nahabedian is a professional photographer, specializing on landscapes, culture and nature. He travels all around the world and shares all of his travel experiences with his community by showing the pictures he took on his blog. This is a different way to let people be part of your experience than a written blog and shows the different opportunities travel bloggers have. Daniel Nahabedian works after a code of ethics which includes for example avoid stereotypes and respect every human being. He does not want to show misery because he thinks that this will make the gap between people even bigger. So you see, he is not only a photographer, he also thinks about the people and cultures he visits and tries to show the beauty of each country.

Spring Blossoms - Granada, Spain. Source: Canvas of light

Spring Blossoms – Granada, Spain. Source: Canvas of light © Daniel Nahabedian

Dusky Leaf Monkeys in South Thailand. Source: Canvas of light

Dusky Leaf Monkeys in South Thailand. Source: Canvas of light © Daniel Nahabedian

Abu Dhabi in monochrome. Source: Canvas of light

Abu Dhabi in monochrome. Source: Canvas of light © Daniel Nahabedian

Young monk meditating. Source: Canvas of light

Young monk meditating. Source: Canvas of light © Daniel Nahabedian

Dancing Maasai - Tanzania by Canvas of light

Dancing Maasai – Tanzania by Canvas of light © Daniel Nahabedian

Besides showing this beauty and trying to make people curious, the knowledge of photography is very important to him. That’s the reason why he is not only sharing his experiences and photographs, he also offers proper tutorials and workshops. Moreover, he blogs about some special difficulties in photography for example “How to photograph the moon“. Moreover, he offers all the information about the equipment he uses which is very helpful for people who are not only interested in travel, but in photography aswell.

Next to the amazing photographs and useful advice for improving your photography skills it would be interesting to get more information about the travel itself. This may be the biggest difference to other travel bloggers which focus on writing and just add some pictures. Daniel Nahabadian tells his story by showing his images, not by using words. Because of this difference, I wanted you to get to know him and his beautiful work.

Of course, as a blogger, he also uses social media. He has around 4.700 followers on his facebook account, more than 21.000 on Instagram and is also on Pinterest, Twitter and Google +. You can find him so in nearly every popular social media and improve your daily routine by following him and watch beautiful photos from all over the world.

“Photography is drawing with light” –  Danial Nahabadian

Julia and her Tripntravels

Julia Tripntravels Thailand

©Julia Renke

Hello everybody!

This is Julia – 24 years old and from Germany – and I would like to tell you what Tripntravels means to me. I really love to travel and think it is a great chance to get to know different cultures, types of nature and people, of course. But I am not that person who can say that I travelled since I was a child because my family and I never did big vacations. We always went away for a few days or a week and went to some nice islands in Germany or Denmark – the country right next to us. That was totally fun and I never would like to miss these trips!

When I got older I wanted to travel farther away and explore the world on my own. In this time my love to travelling and getting to know other countries started ❤ I went for short vacation to different parts of Europe, spent a couple of weeks in Asia and now started my exchange adventure in Spain. But check out where I have already been. As everybody of you probably know – travelling takes some money and sometimes a lot of organisation. On this point you have to use tripntravels! We really want to help you planning your trip by telling you our experiences! This includes questions like: Which is the best way to get to this city? How can I save money? Which place is nice for lunch? Which things do I have to visit?

But let’s start and you will see!