10 Things For Travelbloggers To Do When They Are Not Traveling.

I usually write my blog for anyone interested in travel, but this one is specifically for all my travel blogger friends. While a few of you currently live “on the road” like The Nomadic Backpacker , many of us are home. Even our friends who live on the road are staying in one place for now.

Here are 10 things to do while you are in between trips.

1) Organize your travel photos. If you’re like me you probably have thousands of pictures you have been meaning to pull off of your camera and save on your laptop or external hard drive. I want to organize my photos by date and destination. Now’s a great time to get started. I may even finish.

2) Finally finish that creative travel project. Have be been meaning to print and frame some of your travel photos. I really like canvas prints. Do you have souvenirs, art or other collectibles you have been meaning to display. I collects pins from different cities that I want to put into a shadow box. The pins below are from theme parks

3) Make a photo book (or two). I could have included this in items one or two, but I thought it deserved it’s own section. Clearly I love to share photos on social media. Many of us also share and store photos “in the cloud” (i.e.: Google, Apple, Dropbox), but I still enjoy sitting down with a cup of tea and looking through a photo album. There are so many options: old fashioned albums where you can place printed photos, crafty scrapbooks and the newly popular photobooks you can create online. Photo books can be picked up or shipped depending on which company you use. I recently made my first photo book using Saal design.

4) Blog. Any one else been behind on posting (slowly raises hand). Most of us are spending a lot of time looking through travel photos. What story ideas are coming to mind? Write down as many as you can think of while you have the extra time on your hands. Maybe you haven’t started a blog, vlog or podcast but you want to? There’s a lot of people looking for something to read, watch or listen to right now. What are you waiting for?

5) Rebrand. Have you been thinking about updating your website, blog, social media? Do you want a new logo or need to create a logo. Do an audit of all your platforms and start making changes. This is also a great time to reach to to freelancers on platforms like Fiverr.

6) Update your profile picture.

7) Connect with other travel bloggers. Support other bloggers – read their blog, like and comment. Write guest posts.

8) Look for new affiliate/ sponsor opportunities. It’s a tough time for the travel industry. They may be more open to collaboration and promotion of their brand. Think of hotels, restaurants, any travel related products / services that you already have pictures of or great stories you can share. Make a list then start reaching out.

9) Start planning for your next trip. Figure your next destination. Start looking into that next city, country, national park or point of interest on your bucket list. Check into lodging (hotel, AirBnB, hostels) and transportation. You may be able to get some great rates on future travel right now. Make a list of local restaurants with good reviews or that friend have recommended. What else is near by. If you’re thinking of going to a big city like London, Rome or New York you may also want to drive 15 or 20 minutes away to someplace less touristy to get that authentic “locals” experience.

10) Start saving for your next trip. You’ve figured out where you want to go next. Even if you’re not ready to book travel get a rough ideas of transportation costs (flights, train, rental car) and figure out how much you need to save every month to take your trip six months from now. Sure you could put it on a credit card, but there’s nothing like being on a trip that’s paid for.

Traveling During the Coronavirus Outbreak

I’ve seen mixed reactions and responses regarding travel and the Coronavirus.

Here are a few things to consider:

Make sure you get your information from a reliable source like:

– Center for Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov

– World Health Organization (WHO) https://www.who.int

Check with your local state department regarding current travel alerts or bans for the country you are departing from and any countries you plan to visit.

If you are traveling by plane, train or taking a cruise check to see if any travel restrictions have been posted by that airline, cruise line, etc.

Consider purchasing travel insurance (especially for flights). It’s usually a nomial fee and well worth it if something unexpected happens or you get sick and need to cancel your plans. Note that cancellation because of the Coronavirus may not be covered (epidemics and pandemics could be excluded).

Basic Precautions – Reduce Your Risk

  • Do not travel if you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people that are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

February is for Wine and Chocolate

They say February is for lovers, but Wine & Chocolate Weekends are closing in on cupid’s territory. I didn’t even know this was a thing until a few weeks ago. I saw an event on Facebook for the Fresno County Wine and Chocolate Lovers Weekend and shared it with a friend. Next thing I know she’s bought a ticket and we’re making plans. Her fiance agreed to be our designated driver so it was game on for wine, chocolate and beautiful venues.

Chocolate is the answer

The 2020 Fresno Wine and Chocolate weekend is February 8th and 9th. So, if you’re reading this on Saturday or Sunday morning, you can still go. Otherwise I highly recommend you put it on your calendar for next year. Tickets for the Fresno event were very reasonable, $10 presale and $15 at the door of each location. They include wine tasting at 15 locations from noon to 5:00 pm. You can take your own wine glass or purchase one from any of the locations. Not surprising, the Wine & Chocolate weekend has become a popular “girl’s trip”.

We went to Simonian Farms, Kings River Winery, Valley Oak Winery and finished up at Marechal Vineyards.

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Simonian Farms

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Valley Oak Winery

The wine tasting and chocolate would have been enough, but I also had a chance to take a tour at Valley Oak Winery. The Ubick family has been growing grapes for over 100 years. Their first site was part of Fresno State. They started the Valley Oak Winery in 2017 and have been bottling reds for two years from their current location.

Other locations on the Fresno Wine journey include:

  • A. Nonini Winery
  • Cardella Winery (puring at Tap & Cellar)
  • Engelmann Cellars
  • LoMac Winery
  • Marian Farms
  • Moravia Wines
  • Ramos Torres Winery
  • Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company
  • Valley Oak Winery
  • Yribarren Family Vineyards
  • Ziveli Winery
  • 559 Beer

Looking for a Wine & Chocolate weekend in your area, or better yet, a reason to travel? Here are a few more February Wine and Chocolate events:

California (USA)

Colorado

New Jersey (USA)

New York (USA)

Washington (USA)

Canada