A Reflection: My Blogging Experience

I was never sure if I was one for blogging. Before leaving for my exchange, my mother pleaded with me to write a blog about my travels, but I told her I would be too busy with school. I think, truthfully, I didn’t know the first thing about writing a blog or how to get started! Luckily for me, I enrolled in Multimedia Communication and had to start this blog as an assignment!

I partnered up with Ruth and Julia, and posted my first ever blog post – a post introducing myself and talking about why our topic (trips and travels) is so close to my heart. Over the past few weeks, we’ve had to write blog posts with different assignments in mind. I can’t think of a more pleasurable assignment than having to look at other travel blogs and read about one of my favourite subjects!

You’ll see a theme throughout most of my blog posts… I love food! Which is why I’ve tried to write about travel with foodies in mind. I blogged about Eat Your World in September – a fantastic food blog. I found this blog while looking for a relevant case study to blog about, and I was able to talk about how this website contains all the qualities of a great blog.

More pictures I've taken of food...

More pictures I’ve taken of food… © Paige Grover

Continuing my desire to write about food, I next posted Find Food Wherever You Are. This assignment post was to find references and sources that make your blog useful to readers! This was fantastic because I got to share my knowledge on how to find the best places to eat, while Julia talked about how to get to your destination and Ruth discussed how to make a trip easy to plan. All in all, our blog was coming along!

The next post was to be about a prominent figure in our area of interest (aka travel, and more specific for me – more food)! I discussed Melting Butter, another wonderful travel food blog. Ruth covered 12 hrs and Julia wrote about Jungles in Paris.

Creating this blog and working at it week after week has taught me so much. As previously mentioned, I never thought I was the cut out for blogging, but I’ve come to really enjoy it. In fact, I created my own personal blog after this experience, Paige in Pamplona. I’m fulfilling my mother’s wishes and posting about my travels for all my family back home 🙂

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As for now, I’ll keep working at my personal blog and who knows? Ruth, Julia and I may just keep on working together!

Ciao for now!

Melting Butter – A Great Blog to Check Out!

Following the trend this week, I want to point out another great blog related to travel! Ruth already posted about 12 hrs, and Julia has given you some more information on the blog Jungles in Paris. Check out their awesome posts!

As for me, I’d like to show off a blog I particularly like, Melting Butter.

“Melting Butter is the online source for curated travel hotspots for the aesthetically inclined.” (Melting Butter)

I like to think of myself as a person appreciative of pleasing aesthetics, and I enjoy a good Instagram post of a perfect looking meal or a cute, rustic locale – so Melting Butter is a great site so satisfy these interests.

© Melting Butter

© Melting Butter

You can start by choosing a destination, if you already have a location in mind that you would like to visit. Here it’s broken into arts & culture, food & drink, features, hotels, nightlife, etc. Melting Butter has truly done all of the work for those of us who appreciate a cultured vacation.

Under their Food & Drink section, you can check out many posts on great restaurant or cafe finds. You can check out Nightlife if that’s the kind of think you enjoy, or Arts & Culture if that more your scene. The website has editors who combine information from many contributors who research the locations.

Example of a Nightlife find © Melting Butter

Example of a Nightlife find
© Melting Butter

Check them out on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Find Food Wherever You Are

I’m going to keep talking about my favourite topic – food. Julia has told you how to get to your destination, Ruth has told you how to find things to do once you’re there, so it’s only fitting that I give you some tips about eating while traveling!

Traditional Pintxos in Pamplona

Traditional Pintxos in Pamplona © Paige Grover

A popular website to find restaurants is one that Ruth already mentioned, TripAdvisor, where you can search for restaurants based on where you are going, and sort them based on food type, ratings, price, etc. Another website similar to this is Yelp which has restaurants from around the world. Again, you can search for food based on where you’ll be and filter it by type of food or ratings. If you’re looking for an on-the-go version, Urbanspoon is a great app that performs similar searches!

Another great website to get a feel for what the locals eat, is Spotted By Locals! In their About Us section they state, “We handpick our locals (‘Spotters’) and meet them in person in their city. Our Spotters live in the city they write about, speak the local language, write only about their favourite spots, and keep their articles up-to-date”. You can choose the location you wish to go to, then read reviews about different places people who know the area recommend! But if choose to visit a restaurant, don’t forget to check OpenTable to see if you can make a reservation from the comfort of your home!

For a different culinary experience, check out Eat With! This cool website has found different chefs around the world who will serve you from the comfort of their own home! They put together their own menus, and you get to watch the chef cook the food and get to know them in the process! You just put what city you will be in, and different “events” on different dates will pop up showing you the chef and what they will be cooking! Another website with a similar concept is Meal Sharing.

If having someone else cook for you isn’t your thing, maybe try one of MANY cooking classes offered around the world! This is a fabulous way to learn more about the culture you’re visiting by making traditional dishes! And learning a thing or two about cooking while you’re at it! Check out The International Kitchen to find cooking classes around the globe! This way, you can relive your travels when back at home for cooking traditional cuisine for all of your friends and family.

I hope you take in all of this information for your next trip – and have some food-filled fun!

Eat Your World

Some people may ask me “Paige, what’s your favourite thing about traveling?” Is it the views? The photos? The people you meet along the way? Yes, yes! It’s all that. But one of my FAVOURITE things about traveling is the FOOD!

Eating food in different countries and cities is a great way of experiencing culture first hand. Food brings people together and is a shared point of interest when getting to know others. Plus, it tastes so good! My shared love for food and travel is what sparked my interest in Eat Your World, “a guide to regional food and drinks around the globe founded on the principle that what you eat depends on where you are.”

Eat Your World is run by Laura Siciliano-Rosen, a travel-food writer, and Scott Rosen, a photographer. They share my philosophy that eating food in new places is one of the greatest pleasures in life. Eat Your World is a fantastic accessible and interactive website and blog for food and travel lovers.

One of their functions is spotlighting food and drinks that are native or traditional to different areas around the world; this includes locally grown or made food. This is an amazing asset to travellers who have never been to an area, or travellers who are just looking for a new place to eat!

With this map, you can search for regional foods by clicking on any of the pinpoints. As you can see, it’s incredibly diverse!

For example, if you click on Spain, it takes you to a page describing the local cuisine, blog posts by the couple, and user submitted content. See below, their pick of best food in San Sebastián: Pintxos of course! They list the best places to get a pintxo in one of the food capitals of Spain.

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EYW’s page on pintxos in San Sebastián! © Paige Grover

A great thing about EYW is that they don’t want to just brag about where they have traveled and what culinary experiences they’ve enjoyed. They invite all individuals to get involved and post their own photos and stories describing their culinary adventures; food they’ve enjoyed, cooking practices they’ve learned, and specific restaurant experiences. This shared community of food and travel lovers alike is why I am so excited to share this website. Eat Your World is the perfect place to express fondness for enjoying food around the globe to enhance every travel experience.

Until next time,

Paige

Hola! Paige Here!

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© Paige Grover

Hello! My name is Paige and I’m a 23 year old from Edmonton, Canada. I want to start out this first blog post to say why I have my own personal connection with Tripntravels.

Unlike my wonderful blog co-writers, I haven’t traveled that much in my lifetime. Growing up in Canada, travel can be expensive and difficult, seeing as it’s such a large country. I’ve spent most of my life camping and hiking in the Rocky Mountains and in Western Canada. For a long time, this satisfied my traveling needs. However, as more and more friends traveled to other countries and continents, I became more curious as to what else there was to see.

This curiosity drove me to apply to go on exchange on Pamplona, Spain where I currently am living. I chose a destination in Europe because of the accessibility of trips (and travels). Thus, my interest in creating a blog on helping others plan trips is to create an interest and further excitement in traveling the world.

Having never been traveling, I looked to the internet to see where were good locations to visit, the easiest ways to get there, and what to see when I arrived. It drove me to create a place where I could share any knowledge I gained on traveling to help others who were thinking about going to similar places and were just starting out.

So here starts a domain where my co-writers and I will share our gained knowledge and let others know our learned travel secrets!

Happy travels,

P