Updates soon to follow…

I know I have been M.I.A, but just wanted to let you know that updates on my Asia trip will be posted soon. So much to share!

have no fear, the travelhugger is still here!!

p.s. Hong Kong was AMAAAAZING!!!


Travel Links – New Page!

Need help planning your next vacation?  Check out my new page which lists all the travel sites I visit whenever I plan any trip.  This list will continue to grow because the internet is oh so cool!

Check  it out now!

What kind of Traveler are you?

Hello fellow travelhuggers! I’ve been M.I.A for a while.  But have no fear, I’m back.  I’m starting to get the wheels turning for my trip to Asia next year and I started to think about the type of traveler I am.  I love to plan and research about where I’m going. It’s a long process for me when I’m planning a big trip. I tend to have an excel spreadsheet with my costs, and sometimes I create an itinerary.  I don’t think I’ll ever plan anything last minute, unless it’s a trip to Niagara Falls.  That’s just me.  So what kind of traveler are you?

1. The Last Minute Traveler – if you see a deal that’s is too good to pass, you will pack your bags right away and head to the airport
2. The Excel Spreadsheet/Itinerary Planner Traveler- You plan everything, even when you take a bathroom break (I’m obviously kidding about this one).
3. Deal Guru Traveler – you are a pro at finding wicked ass deals, your friends often come to you and ask you about deals
4. Take Everything I own Traveler – You hate traveling light, you need everything you own just in case!
5. The Go with the Flow Traveler – The only thing you plan is your flight and hotel. You don’t research or plan any activities ahead of time. You simply go with flow and see where your travels take you.

So what kind of Traveler are you?

Travelhugger is Living La Vie

Hey everyone,

So I’m a bit cray cray and I decided to start up another blog called Living La Vie. Writing two blogs at once? Yes, I know – cray! cray! I hug travel, but I also like to discuss other topics  that didn’t seem to fit with this blog.  Living La Vie is a blog about marriage, design, and how I strive to live a simple and healthy lifestyle.  But don’t worry fellow travelhuggers, I will still be writing about my travel stories and tips. Thanks for those that are following my blog posts. This “newb” blogger really appreciates it! (FYI: a “newb” is a term used in the gaming world for newbie, I learned that from R, my husband).

Hugs to all!

Check out my other blog! Living La Vie

Where’s the Travelhugger?

Hey travelhuggers,

Sorry I have been M.I.A but I’ve been pretty busy these past weeks and I also managed to get the flu in July…booo.. But not to worry, lots of updates to come! Stay tuned!

Vote for the Travelhugger and her Gnomie!

A few months ago my husband and I entered the Best Travel Job Ever contest by Flight Centre.  Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the semi-finals (a free 2 week trip, a new camera and you have to video blog about it).  But Flight Centre decided to do a bonus round.  There are no judges in this round and it’s just the luck of the draw. The more votes and comments on our video, the more chances we get to win.  So please vote or comment on our video!

Click here to see the video and add your comments or vote! (FYI: it’s easier to add the comments. A comment is also a vote)


1 month of Blog writing!

Hey Everyone,

I just want to thank everyone that has visited my blog this past month. It’s been lots of fun and I’m excited to see how things will look in a year with this blog. I did start blog writing a few years ago with my Xanga account but that was more of a personal blog about what was going on with my life.  I don’t even know if that account still exists.

If you’re thinking of starting your own blog, DO IT!  I don’t consider myself an amazing writer but I love writing about Travel.  Find something you love and write about it.  If you love ant farms, I’m sure there are other people out there that love ant farms too.  Here are some of the things I’ve learned about blogging:

1. Don’t compare but learn from others

Sometimes we tend to be the biggest critic of ourselves. We tend to look at other people and compare ourselves and then we think we’re not good enough.  Stop comparing and try to learn how others are blogging.  Look for people that have been blogging for a long time and try to see if you can model what they have done.  There is no right or wrong answer on how to blog, you just need to figure out what works for you.

2.  Connect with other bloggers from your niche

I remember when I first started to use the internet back in the 90s, I used to go into chat rooms and meet other people from different parts of the world.  It was fun and interesting how you can make a connection with someone via the internet.  I still keep in contact with one of the very first friends I made via a chat room.  I haven’t met her yet, but one of these days we plan to meet up.  The blogging community is so interesting and I’m excited to meet other bloggers out there. If you’re also a travel blogger, sign up with the Travel Blog Exchange.

3.  Read other blogs

Sometimes I picture myself on the beach with my laptop, just reading all of my favorite blogs.  I wish I could read blogs all day everyday but unfortunately I have a 9-5 job.  One of my favorite tools of keeping track of all my blogs is Bloglovin. I came across this site in January and I love the interface and how you can put all your favorite blogs into categories. (ps. Follow my blog with bloglovin)

4.  Have fun

If you’re not having fun writing blogs and it feels more like a chore, maybe you need to change your niche.  Before I started writing Travelhugger, I started writing another blog about reality shows.  I quickly realized that I would rather watch reality shows than write about it.  That’s when Travelhugger was born.  I remember reading other travel blogs and thought, hey maybe I should try it.  I’m so glad I did because I love it and I’m having lots of fun with it.

Thanks again for reading my blog. Hopefully you have enjoyed it so far.  In a couple of weeks I will launch my Travelhugger youtube channel and you will see my very first episode. So stay tuned for that!

don’t forget to follow me on twitter @travelhugger!