Marketing, manipulation and authenticity: lessons learned at TBEX

TBEX Bloggers HQ at Equity Point Hostel

TBEX Bloggers HQ at Equity Point Hostel

A couple of weeks ago, on the first day of the TBU travel blogging conference in Porto, I waxed lyrical about having found my passion and feeling hyped about being a travel blogger. I had been inspired by Dave and Deb of the Planet D‘s keynote speech.

Since then, things haven’t been so simple. I’ve had moments of despair, thinking no way do I want to do this if that’s what I have to do. The issue is marketing and monetization – two words that make me cringe. Read more

Posted on September 26, 2012 by Victoria in Thoughts 37 Comments

When fears become fun: sandboarding in San Pedro de Atacama

Climbing the dune while sandboarding in San Pedro de Atacama

Sandboarding in San Pedro de Atacama is one of the most popular activities in Chile’s oasis in the desert. I wasn’t keen – my co-ordination is abysmal and I’ve never done anything like it before, but when the lady in the tour shop asked “why don’t you want to do it? It’s fun,” I had no good answer. So the next day I found myself, sandboard in hand, heading into the desert. Read more

Posted on September 25, 2012 by Victoria in Chile, Destinations 8 Comments

Eight things to love about Salta, Argentina

Plaza 9 de Julio, Salta

We spent about six weeks in Salta, Argentina and fell in love with its laid-back charm, cobbled streets and terracotta roofs. Practically the whole town closes from 1-5pm – even the surgeons go home to spend time with their families – giving a taste of the pace of life and values of the city. These were our highlights. Read more

Posted on September 20, 2012 by Victoria in Argentina, Destinations, Travel tips 3 Comments

What life would have been like if I’d never left my hometown

Victoria red dress small
My mum’s family are homebirds. At one point there were four generations living under one roof at Nan’s house. My mum and I were the only women in the family not living within a 10-mile radius, and we were only an hour down the motorway.

I was never like that: the black sheep who aged ten went to Selfridges to see Santa and declared that London was where she’d be as a grown-up. Unless of course I was whisked away to Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. The list got longer as I did: New York, Buenos Aires, Barcelona. I planned to never stop moving. Read more

Posted on September 17, 2012 by Victoria in Thoughts 22 Comments

Photo of the week: the magnificence of whales

A whale comes near our boat, Puerto Madryn

Seeing southern right whales in Puerto Madryn was one of the highlights of our trip so far. The whole boat was silenced into awe as the magnificent creatures inched closer to our boat. This one came particularly close, spraying its breath into the air as it surfaced. Wow, was all I could think.

Posted on September 15, 2012 by Victoria in Argentina, Destinations, Photo of the Week Leave a comment

Where to eat, drink and go out in Barcelona

On Barcelona Metro, where to go out in Barcelona

Yesterday I wrote my tops tips for what to do in Barcelona, one of my favourite cities in the world. Here’s the second part. covering one of the best aspects of the city – where to eat, drink and go out in Barcelona Read more

Posted on September 14, 2012 by Victoria in Destinations, Spain, Vegetarian 10 Comments