I created this recommendations page to easily list the various travel, adventure, and blogging products that I personally use and love. All of this information is now in one quick and easy to find place for you to use as you like!
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Traveling around the world or your own country can be expensive! This list of resources are things I use and love when planning all of my vacations.
I was sort of a late bloomer to staying in Airbnbs, but I’ve totally come around on the idea of them! I booked my first one right in the heart of Dublin and loved the convenient access it gave me to all the tourist attractions and grocery stores. My favorite thing about staying in Airbnbs is having a: a full kitchen b: laundry. There are few things nicer than being on a long trip and being able to wash your clothes in a proper washing machine and not the hotel bathtub. You can use this link to get $40 off your first stay!
Trip Advisor is basically my one stop shop when it comes to looking for things to do, best places to stay, flights, or even browsing restaurants in my hometown.
It is totally rare that I do or purchase anything without consulting reviews and Trip Advisor has thousands upon thousands of reviews so that’s super helpful.
On my How to Start your own Blog page I discuss how much work goes into just the initial set up of your blog. Everything from choosing a name, to hosting, to themes, to widgets – I feel ya, it’s all complicated at first. But rest assured, those problems get much easier and you’ll soon develop more things to work through and then those will get easier. Like riding a bike – just takes training wheels for a little bit and next thing you know you’re popping wheelies with no hands.
When I first ventured into the unknown that is blogging, I had a word document that was pages upon pages long full of blog tips. I also had about 10 Pinterest boards solely related to different pieces of the blogging spectrum.
I was finding that I had some great tips from various places, but if I wasn’t quite ready to implement them on my blog I would lose it in the sea that is my computer. And that’s valuable shiz, I don’t wanna lose that.
Fast Track Blogging Course
After the 5-day email course, I joined the Fast Track Blogging Course also offered by Heather and Pete. This is a competitively priced, tremendously comprehensive 30-day course covering EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know about blogging. Plus hundreds of things that’ll blow your mind. You can click the link to view my full review and the curriculum.
Free 5-day Blogging Course
I pretty much started my blog education with Heather and Pete’s 5-day email crash course for bloggers. I credit this course for reigniting my desire to blog.
Genesis Framework from Studio Press
I currently use the Genesis framework for my blog and couldn’t be happier with it. Studio Press does a fantastic job explaining what the Genesis framework is so I’ll just leave that to them.
Google Search Console
You should have search console set up on your page, if not, go do it now! Then, when you’re confused and need help navigating check out this page to help you through all the techy stuff that becomes too overwhelming and makes you want to cry in the corner.
I use/love/recommend Bluehost. They have been the best and I will never go with another hosting company. I needed to change my domain name and they did it for me, no questions asked. I also had tons of questions about getting set up – they’re just one call or instant message away! Check out my full tutorial on how to implement Bluehost for your blog.
Purchasing Tailwind for my Pinterest scheduling is certainly one of my best blog related purchases. They make it SO easy to schedule pins out for weeks in advance. I sit down sometime around the first of the month and pin content for the next 4-5 weeks. I pin my own and other people’s blog posts to various group boards, my own boards, and to my tribes. It’s so nice having a constant presence on Pinterest when I’m doing other things, like sleeping or eating tacos. Tailwind also offers the ability to schedule for Instagram, but I haven’t tried that yet. This guide walks you through all of the amazing and in-depth analytics you’ll have access to with both Pinterest and Tailwind. They also have a case study here that looks at traffic from Pinterest. If you’re interested in trying it out they also offer a trial period before you have to purchase.
Travel Fast Track Blogging Course
The original fast-track course had me completely hooked on blogging. I knew I wanted my niche to be travel, so enrolling in the 21-day course about all things travel made complete sense.
I am currently using the “travel pretty” theme from Pretty Darn Cute Designs. This was my second theme in about a month or month and a half time span. I tried my best to make the first one work, but I didn’t like it. I’ve been so much happier with this theme and feel that my blog has a cohesive look that I am proud of.
Other useful blog how to articles
- Choosing a theme for your blog
- How to choose a name for your blog
- How to choose your blog’s niche
- Start your own blog
- Get your blog off on the right foot with this blogging fast-track course
- Delve into the world of travel blogging
As always, if you need any help or have any questions, just let me know!