Flashpacking Europe

So you are getting ready to travel through Europe after graduation and you decide that you will be backpacking. But, the you realize that you will be taking you camera, video camera, laptop, extra battery packs, electronic converters, and more. Without even realizing it, you could already be what is known as a flashpacker, and will be officially flashpacking through Europe instead of the backpacking. You could think of it as backpacking with a twist.

Due to the fact that these days no one can go anywhere without “updating” their status it is almost essential to stay connected regardless of what part of the world we are in. This requires mobile phone usage and connectivity. More often travelers will find hostels and budget accommodations including wifi since the number of flashpackers have dramatically increased over the last couple of years.

There are several different reasons people choose to flashpack and make a drastic change from their old traditional travel gear. Before where travelers were concerned with roughing it in the wild now we all want to be connected to share our stories with our family and friends. We need to upload pictures and video, stay connected with family back home perhaps through the use of skype, and is also the opportunity to have easy access to find out about where you should go and what you should see while you are in your trip. Without the use of technology we would not have the ability to do that.

If you want to stay connected and have a way to share your adventures with your friends and family, but don’t want to carry around everything throughout your trip to Europe, it is always okay to modify only down to the main necessities. Keep in mind, as you are carrying quite a bit of valuables with you, and you always want to stay cautious on trains and buses.

Tips for Improving Your Travel Writing

There are many struggling travel writers in existence these days. Mostly because being able to write about something as fun as traveling, has made it an extremely popular career choice. In order to successfully secure writing jobs, you will need to be on top of your game.

Here is some travel writing tips to help you succeed:

Stay away from facts. Anybody can write facts, or find facts. Stating facts is extremely boring. You want to tell a story, not be an encyclopedia.

Be Succinct. No one wants to hear every little detail of your trip. Omit the boring parts and stick to your theme. Get to your point quickly and explain it clearly.

Be descriptive and use all five of your senses. Your reader wants to feel like they are right alongside you on your trip. Describe your experiences with all your senses. Describe smells, sights, and sounds.

Keep a detailed travel log. Your notes will be your best friend later on when you go to actually write your article. You don’t want to get back home and have no memory of specific things you did or experienced. Keep specific logs that detail every sight and smell.

Research your destination. Your article will be richer if you are well informed about the region and culture before you get there. Once there, be sure to find all the interesting information you can from local newspapers and people.

Research your market. Before you write your article, make sure you are familiar with the publication’s guidelines. You don’t want to approach an editor with a story that they’ve done not too long ago. You also don’t want to give them a story that is inappropriate for their publication.

Find an angle. No one will read your article if it just re-iterates the same old things. Your article should have an interesting point of view. Remember not to write about the destination itself but an aspect of it. You need to find an interesting way to present your subject matter.

To stay on top of your game, make sure to keep traveling, keep reading about travel, write as much as you can, and hone up on your skills by taking some writing courses.

Learning to Backpack the World as a Travel Writer

If you are starting out as a travel writer, you will notice that you may have to change your style of traveling. Learning to backpack the world as a travel writer is a distinct thing. It is different than backpacking the world as a backpacker. As a writer, you are traveling to find article by-lines. This will lead you to abnormal places and to places you may not really want to go.

When you take travel writing courses they will tell you how important it is to have an interesting take on a subject. No one will buy your writing if it is boring and has been covered before. Travel writing is all about finding new and exciting places to cover. I don’t mean you have to literally go somewhere no one has gone before. But it does mean you will have to go off the beaten track. If you are going to cover something that is better known, you will have to come up with a new twist on it. There has to be something interesting that will make people want to read your work.

You will also quickly learn that where you go may not be totally up to you. Unless you choose to write strictly as a freelance writer, submitting articles to publications after you travel, you may have to go where you are told. This is because your editors will be deciding which places they want stories written for. This isn’t all bad though. This way you may end up discovering great places that you never would have seen otherwise.
The most important thing to remember is that when you travel as a writer, you are essentially traveling for work. This means that while other backpackers are out having a beer at night, you will be furiously working on your notes.

Free Things to Do in Singapore

Even though there are tons of free things to do in Thailand and it has the reputation as being the ‘free country’, there are some great free things to do in Singapore as well. Singapore is known for being expensive but if you know where to go, you can do some fun things for free.

Singapore is known for its high-rises and bustling metropolises, but going to the Singapore Botanical Gardens will show you a different side. The main attraction of this free site is the National Orchid Garden that is filled with many different kinds of beautiful orchids. You can also see rubber, teak, and palm trees, and other beautiful kinds of flowers.

The National Library of Singapore is a large, newly-constructed building that holds over 500,000 print and non-print works. The library is 7 stories tall and can make for an interesting afternoon, strolling through its many floors.

Make a trip to the two most historical hotels in Singapore, the Raffles Hotel and the Fullerton Hotel. The Raffles Hotel has a museum that is free to see, showcasing all the literary people who wrote about the hotel, celebrities who visited, and antiques. The Fullerton Hotel is beautiful and free to walk through.

Be sure to check out the various sides of the city. Little India, Little Arabia, and Chinatown, all offer their own historical and cultural sites. Little India will transport you to India, with all the little shops and the smell of Indian cooking filling the air as the streets are filled with Singapore’s Indian population. Little Arabia features the Sultan Mosque which has free admission. There are also neat little shops and unique restaurants to see. Chinatown is the oldest section of Singapore and is full of history. Walking through its streets is definitely a worth-while trip.

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