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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© Paige Grover

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!

How to make your day a YAY!:)

Travel Plans

© Ruth Rottwitt

Julia already told you how to make all the neccesary bookings and plan the where, when and how. So let´s focus on how to get the best out of your stay!

It´s the same for all of us. When going to a new city with a limited amount of time we only want to see the most beautiful things and do the most fun stuff. Next to the Must Dos, of course. But what are these things? What are the secret little spots you must see? Tripadvisor is my favorite page to figure out what to do and see. Here other travellers tell about their experiences, list activities, accomodation, restaurants and bars and with the Star-system it´s easy for you to decided what´s your favorite.

Timeout is another great option, similar to Tripadvisor, to find tips for your stay.

The most obvious way to explore a new city are the red tourist busses of City-Sightseeing which you will find in almost every city and cannot miss. Usually they are more or less cheap but let you hop on and off whereever you feel like it.

However, I prefer not going on the bus but taking my time and walking a city because I believe it let´s me see more little details. Therefore I love the free walking tours that you can find everywhere,too. Putting “free walking tour” and your destination´s name will lead you to a lot of results like Free Tours by Foot. These tours don´t cost you a cent and in the end you just pay what you think it was worth. I have the feeling this is the reason for the guides being more motivated and giving better tours. Try it out next time!

I´m sure you´ve heard of this since it was so popular and everyone seemed to “check-in”. You probably know what I´m talking about: Foursquare. This service let´s you search for places in any city, shows you where your friends have been and just recently started to remind your preferences and leads you to similar spots. There goes our data – but, well. What I really like about Foursquare is that it´s offered also as an app and you can use it on the go, receiving advices around your current location.

I could keep going for ages listing tons of nice services and websites but I guess this is my favorite selection and should assure you having a brilliant trip!

So have fun, enjoy and HAPPY TRAVELS!

P.S. Never forget to check the weather!