Digital Travel Guru interviewed, Danielle who is a freelance writer and owner of The Taste Team, LLC, a platform for travelers and foodies to publish about local dining, travel, and entertainment.
She’s a free spirit who’s passionate about being able to do what she loves, which is traveling and writing. When she’s not on the run or stuffing her face, she’s somewhere reading, spending time with loved ones, working out, watching movies, catching sun at the beach, trying new foods, or walking the aisles of the health food store. Visit The Taste Team’s website and follow us on social media to see all our team’s travel adventures and foodie finds.
Tell us about your blog & when you started it.
Thetasteteam.com is a tourism website and platform for travel and food bloggers to publish about local dining, travel, and entertainment. It incorporates a blog with travel and dining tips and a review section for local restaurants, attractions, spas, airlines, and entertainment venues. I first started the blogging in 2012 as a hobby. I just recently created The Taste Team, LLC, revamped the website, and made it a regular part of my business activities in August 2016.
What’s behind your blog’s name?
The name came from a partnership. We both wanted to publish reviews in all areas of hospitality (restaurants, hotels, spas, venues, etc.) and I wanted to create a platform for many people, so The Taste Team seemed perfect. My former partner is no longer with The Taste Team, but still contributed to the initial vision. We were the first two on the team, but I always knew it would be much bigger. Now, thanks to collaborations with awesome fellow bloggers, my vision is becoming a reality.
What’s been your most memorable trips so far & why?
My first cruise on Carnival Breeze would have to be my most memorable trip. First, Carnival really set the bar for the cruises to follow. The ship was fairly new at that time and had a nice setup, including fun and friendly staff. The entire ship experience was the perfect mix of fun and sophisticated. I explored every area of the ship and tried to participate in all the activities, including dancing, games, comedy shows, and karaoke. It was also a great way to get glimpse of Carribean travel with ports in Ocho Rios, Jamaica Turks & Caicos, and Nassau, The Bahamas. I enjoyed every moment of the cruise, including where the ship boarded in Miami.
What’s on your bucket list?
On my travel bucket list is Dubai, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Paris France, Phuket, and pretty much the entire Carribean. I want to visit a friend in Mumbai, India too. There are still a lot of places in the U.S. that I want to visit also. My friends and fellow travel bloggers inspire my bucket lists because I want to eventually meet them in person. There’s a blog post and video on my website completely devoted to my vision board for my bucket list. I would also like to go back to most of the places I’ve already visited because I never have enough time.
What tips can you give to others who want to start travel blogging?
Do your research and planning. Make connections online and offline. Not only will it take your blog very far and create new opportunities, but you’ll also make so many friends.
Read other travel blogs, learn a little about design and web building, and know what goals you have for starting the blog. Know your reasons.
Use your own voice and style. Make your platform and use it for good and to inspire others. Most importantly, enjoy what you’re doing. Do it with passion or not at all.
What have you got planned for 2017?
My plans are to knock a few places off my bucket list. For the website, my main goal is to double my following and traffic every month. I also plan to continue growing my Facebook Group so that fellow travel and food bloggers have a place to connect, share content, collaborate, and inspire!
What’s been your favourite city visited & why?
This is always a tough question because so many cities have their unique culture that I love. I’d have to say Miami is my favorite city. The temperature is never cold. I don’t like cold weather much. The city has beaches, cruise ports, and football. Oh! And I love to watch salsa dancing even though I can’t dance, lol. Disney World is also right around the corner. There are endless things to see and do, and plenty of foods to try in Miami. Neighboring cities and towns are also just as nice.
Favourite beach destinations & why?
Miami and the surrounding area has beautiful beaches, beachfront dining, and resorts. Since that’s my favorite city, you would think it’s my favorite beach destination, BUT it’s not.
I’ve visited many beaches, but my favorite thus far is closer to home than most would expect. I love the beach in Destin, Florida. There’s just something about the beautiful blue water on the Emerald Coast. I’ve been boating, swimming, and rode wave runners in it. I’ve enjoyed beachfront dining, stayed at resorts, and attended weddings on the beach there. No matter where I go, I still say Destin has the best beach destination.
Have you had any scary travel moments? If so what happened?
The only scary travel moments I have are when I’m returning home and about to miss my flight which has become normal. I did kind of freak out once when I was taking the tour at Dunn’s River Falls. I kept thinking I might slip, and then someone else did.
What are some of your favourite foods you have eaten whilst travelling?
This is really tough to answer because I’m such a foodie. I recently had the BEST Indian Cuisine I’ve ever had at Curry Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee. I got so carried away that I didn’t even take photos, but I know I’ll be back. Wherever I visit, I love trying locally owned restaurants. I try to go for plates I can’t find anywhere else.
What are three things you always pack?
My coconut oil, swimsuit, and camera.
Share two travel tips.
1)You don’t have to spend a fortune to travel. It just takes a little planning and being sensible. Figure out what’s most important to you and then make the most of your time and budget. There’s never a perfect time, just do it. Save your money and go!
2) Learn how to pack efficiently and you’ll save yourself some time and money. It’s easy to pack a week’s worth of clothing in a carry-on. That way, when it’s time to board, you’re on time and when it’s time to leave, you can grab your bags and go. No more worrying about checking luggage, baggage fees, or the dreaded feeling of wondering if you’ll walk away from baggage with bags in hand.
What apps do you use to plan or research trips?
I use Pinterest to categorize my plans and refer to realistic advice from other travelers. I also use Expedia/Orbitz apps to book flights and accommodations. Uber is also a good app for when I’m not using a rental. I also use the app for whatever airline I’ve booked so I can take care of checking in before I arrive.
Your favourite travel quote?
“Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”
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