Hi! I’m Alex DiBacco, a New England based travel, fashion, and lifestyle blogger. I started blogging seriously a little over a year ago and immediately loved it! I’ve always been into photography and travel, so this was the perfect outlet for me. I mainly focus on New England travel and lifestyle, but have branched out into other areas in the US and am hoping to expand globally at some point. My blog is called Chasing Daisies, which I chose because it reminds me of spring, youthfulness, and always going after what you believe in!
What plans do you have in the future for your blog?
This summer, I’m super excited to feature all of the preppy spots in New England such as Newport, Cape Cod, Maine, etc. Some of my projects coming up include collab trips to these areas, food crawls for my blog posts, and some guest posts I’m really excited about! In the far future, I’m looking to expand my travel down the coast.
Does your blog cover anything else other than travel?
Yes! I also cover fashion, lifestyle, and beauty.
Do you have any travel tips or advice for our readers that might want to start a travel blog?
Be prepared to share what experience you already have if you start a travel blog! While learning new things is always good, your readers want to hear advice based on what’s actually worked for you. In addition, do a lot of research before starting a blog. I had to rebrand mine once and that’s something I’d recommend not going through if you can avoid it!
What are some of the highs and lows of travel blogging?
Being able to see new places and meet new people is really awesome! It’s nice to have a travel blog because I’m able to travel when I want and also work at home when I need to; I’m not always on the go if I can’t be. At the same time, you definitely do a lot of work for free at first.
What type of traveler are you? (nomad, work full time then travel, volunteer, backpacker etc) & how do you manage to work 9-5 and travel?
I currently work 9-5 and travel on the weekends or on school breaks (which coincides with my work schedule). I’m super excited to finish my job mid-June and switch to full time freelancing and traveling! It’s definitely hard to balance a full time job with blogging, and I think my blog would see the benefits of working on it full time.
What sites or other resources do you use to decide where and when you will go to a certain place or destination?
If I see a destination or hotel on another travel blogger’s site that looks interesting, I usually reach out to the media contact. I also have a list of my favorite spots that I then research (through Trip Advisor, Instagram, etc.) and get my contacts straight from the source’s website most of the time.
Do you have any favourite travel books you have read or use?
I love E-Guides on Kindle for destination guides!
What’s been some of your favourite destinations & why?
My absolute favorite destination is always New York City. There’s so much to do that it’s a different trip every time! I also love fashion so that’s a huge piece that fits well for me. I also love Newport Rhode Island, Quebec City, Portland Maine, and Newburyport Massachusetts.
What equipment do you use to blog or for your blog (programs, cameras, drones, laptops etc)
I use a Nikon D7100 for my photographs. I use the MacBook Pro for blogging, editing, etc., and Lightroom for photo editing.
Do you have any photography or making travel videos tips?
Photography is something you should definitely focus on as a blogger! The sharper the photos and the better an editor you are, the more drawn in visitors are to your posts immediately. Without good photography, most visitors will leave the page after a few seconds. I used lynda.com to get started and it really worked!
What’s the TOP blog posts on your page?
Do you have any tips or suggestions one how bloggers can earn an income from blogging?
Affiliate income is definitely the way to go. It seems like the most success with affiliate marketing comes from links within blog posts. I recommend checking out affiliate programs (Reward Style, Amazon Affiliates, etc.) that can link to tons of different products.
Top 5 Bucket-list Destinations?
I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland! I’d also love to see St. Petersburg, Greece, Fiji, and Antarctica.
Top 5 travel experiences you can’t wait to try out or do?
I really want to stay in an over-water bungalow! I’ve literally been dreaming about it since I was 12. I also would love to swim in hot springs, see the Northern Lights, see the Great Wall in China, and go on a safari.
Do you have a money saving travel tips?
Airline miles have been a lifesaver for me. I’ve also found that a lot of hotels will do a collab even if you’re brand new, or you could just get a media rate. I really like to enjoy my food and activities so I usually try to save on the bigger costs!
Do you have ay funny or strange travel experiences to share?
The first time I visited Miami I was obsessed with getting a tan (coming from New England, I’m sure you can understand why) and I went a little overboard and got way too much sun. I was basically purple and when I woke up the next morning, I passed out (from dehydration? Still not sure) and broke my pinky toe. So sometimes when my pinky toe still hurts I remember that. Not that sun poisoning is funny, but you have to laugh at things.
Was there a place you visited that did not live up to your expectations & why?
To be honest, I didn’t love South Carolina. I was expecting a super cute, Southern town, and where I visited at least was mostly chains and highways.
What’s in your travel bag?
I carry a backpack as a carry-on wherever I go, and a small duffel bag for closer trips. I always have my wallet (passport, ID, credit cards, cash, etc.) and vitamins (Vitamin C, Advil, etc.) just in case I get sick. It’s the worst getting sick on vacation! I also NEED chapstick wherever I go and usually include a phone charger and my glasses/sunglasses.
What travel apps do you use and why
My favorite is definitely Hotel Tonight. It’s a great way to find cheap hotels and also to see what hotels are trendy in the area. I also like Hopper for flights, and Bloglovin to check out blog reviews about the destination I’m visiting.
What are 3 things travelling has thought you?
I used to be super uptight and have definitely learned to go with the flow. I’ve also figured out how to pack WAY better and how to get a little thrifty.
Have you encountered any travel mishaps or scary moments if so what happened?
I was actually robbed in Miami, which wasn’t the greatest. It was super late at night and we were walking to get pizza when we got our phones stolen. It’s definitely a street I won’t be visiting again, but it taught me a lot about being way more aware of my surroundings while traveling, or even in everyday life.
Do you have any recommendations for cities and beach places that you have visited and loved?
I love beaches in New England! Rye beach is especially pretty (in New Hampshire). It’s really pristine and usually quiet, since it’s private. For a whole different vibe, Miami Beach is a TON of fun with the most beautiful colored water that’s always the perfect temperature. It’s a little more of a party spot if that’s what you’re looking for.
Have you visited any off the beaten track places?
I visited Manchester Vermont recently in a somewhat off-season (early Spring) and really loved how peaceful it was. It’s a gorgeous area that’s not packed with a ton of skiers so it’s nice to have a relaxing getaway.
Best places you have visited or want to visit for cultural experiences.
I really love the culture in New Orleans! For a U.S. city, it has an amazing blend of experiences. The food, the music, the lifestyle, the design, the parades: everything is just over the top, but I love it! I’d really like to visit Norway, Finland, and Sweden to get a feel for the cultural experience there.
What are 5 things you wish you knew about blogging before you started?
It takes way longer to make it even decent than you think it will! Expect to dump hours and hours a week into it with no pay and few results. But eventually, it will pay off!
You have to have enough posts to get real followers. No one wants to follow a blog with 2 posts.
Photography and editing aren’t easy. Start learning now about basic principles, before you’re already 6 posts deep and realize you don’t know a thing.
Organization is key! I use Trello which was helped me a TON since I implemented it. Before, I had about 2000 Google Docs with scattered notes that I couldn’t find when I needed them.
It’s so much fun that you’ll be blogging at night instead of watching your favorite Netflix show! Seriously, it’s taken over my life, but only because I actually love it.
Where do you see your travel blog in two years?
Ideally I’d like to have many more destination guides listed, meaning I’ve traveled to those places! I also really want to grow my email list and grow my monthly views.
Please share 1 travel quote you love or one you have made up?
“The most beautiful in the world is, of course, the world itself.” -Wallace Stevens
Chasing Daisies is primarily New England based, covering a wide variety of stuff that I do in daily like such as my food and drink, my organization and decor tips, how-to’s, my seasonal outfits (preppy but city vibes), my beauty hacks, and of course, travel!