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Live Life Less Ordinary

The Extended Travel, Lifestyle Experiment...


Ever wondered what it's like to sell it all and go backpacking around the world? - that's just what we did..

This website is the story of how we took a laptop, some determination and a fistful of cash, and turned it into a lifestyle... A way to travel the world indefinitely. From here we share our backpacking experiences, travel tips and ideas on location independence.

If you have a passion for travel or a life less ordinary - then you're in the right place.

Off the beaten track

When we stumble off the beaten track away from the hoards, this is where we’ll leave a trail of breadcrumbs

Travel Tips

Sometimes… Only sometimes we have useful information to share with the world… That goes in here!

Travel Videos

Georgie makes a cracking travel video and if your eyes are just too tired to keep reading then you should peer inside the world of Georgie’s La La Land

Travel Photography

A picture speaks a thousand words. In this section we let the travel photography do the talking and you do the looking

Travel Money

Articles about travel money, saving for a trip, making money or spending it wisely.

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Top 5 Gadgets For Aspiring Travel Writers

20/08/2014 – 1:10 pm |
Photo from Flickr by koalazymonkey

Photo from Flickr by koalazymonkey

Hands up if you’re reading this because you want to be a travel writer? Just about everybody, right? And why not, being paid to travel has got to be one of the ultimate dream jobs, and over the last couple of years it’s become a much more attainable dream for most of us.

If you’re planning a trip abroad and want to try your hand at travel writing, check out these handy gadgets that will help you launch your fledgling career.

 

Smart Phone

A lot of people decide to ditch all modern technology when they go travelling, swapping smart phones for old school Nokias that make calls and might have Snake on there if you’re lucky. It’s an understandable desire when you want to really experience your surroundings, but as an aspiring travel writer you need to also think about your audience.

A Smartphone lets you access social media sites from just about anywhere in the world (in most countries it’s possible to pick up a cheap sim card that will let you access the internet), and new travel writers need to engage with their readers, be it on your blog or twitter, regularly.

Smartphones are also a complete godsend for beginner photographers- with apps like Instagram it’s almost impossible to take a bad photograph, and all travel articles look better with a couple of atmospheric pictures. There are also apps like Photosynth and Trip Journal, which can help you easily create interesting photos and posts.

 

Portable Internet Routers

The second thing that you need to think about as an aspiring travel writer is your access to the internet. Unless you’re planning to go completely off the beaten track, you’ll probably be able to get to an internet café at some point. But if you need to research new destinations, update your blog or respond to briefs, it’s often much easier to do when you have your own internet access.

Internet ‘Dongles’ already have a semi-retro feel to them, but when travelling in places like South East Asia, it’s often easy and cheap to pick up a dongle that will let you make almost any location into your mobile office. It also means avoiding the sometimes-hefty Wi-Fi charge that hostels and guesthouses charge.

The other option available in some countries is to rent a portable Wi-Fi router. These are great short-term options if you want to avoid roaming chargers on your phone bill, and often it will let you connect multiple devices at the same time to one router. Websites like www.alldayinternetspain.com make these gadgets very easy to order.

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Devon with a difference

14/08/2014 – 12:25 pm |

If you want to get away from the rat race, then you should consider travelling to Devon, a land of cliffs, coves and crags, beaches and sea.

Top 4 Holidays That You Thought Only Your Grandparents Would Enjoy

07/08/2014 – 11:15 am |

Holidaying in the UK has seen a resurgence in popularity over the last few years, and it turns out that dear old Grandma and Grandpa had the right idea all along.

Top 4 Reasons To Book EICC as Your Conference Venue

26/07/2014 – 11:14 am |

EICC in Edinburgh hosted Scottish Business Awards with a record breaking presence of 19,000 Scottish business figures leading in their respective trades.

How to Hold a Conference in Victoria London

25/07/2014 – 12:46 pm |

Elisabeth Conference Centre has the largest space for holding conferences and exhibitions in Central London. It hosts 400 national events

5 Places worth Visiting in Central London

24/07/2014 – 3:46 pm |

Finding a suitable accommodation option is also easy. Top bed and breakfasts in London Victoria such as St. George’s Inn Victoria

48 Hours In Sydney

23/07/2014 – 4:00 pm |

To make it easy for you, we’ve broken Sydney down into a handy 48-hour itinerary, so you don’t miss out in the faux-capital.

Exploring the Balearic Islands

22/07/2014 – 8:00 am |

behind the regular tourist attractions, there are plenty of more unusual places to visit and things to do in the Balearic Islands while you are there.

Why Should You Hire An Event Organizer?

21/07/2014 – 10:35 pm |

Hiring a really good event planner can be the difference between a successful and a horrible event.

Reading hotels

21/07/2014 – 2:41 pm |

While in the city, choose to stay near the Reading Station in high quality budget hotels like the Rainbows Lodge Hotel.