Hello please introduce yourself and your blog.
Hi, my name is Bailey and I am a travel blogger at The Gay Globetrotter. I blog to provide travellers with destination guides, travel tips, stories, and help them to get inspired and plan their dream vacations! I have been blogging for about a year, and I am in love with my job! I specialize in working with travellers belonging to the LGBT community. Being gay myself, I find that my experience and expertise can be very helpful with people who don’t know where to begin!
What plans do you have in the future for your blog?
I plan to take another tour of Europe and visit some countries I haven’t yet! I would love to visit Germany, Poland, Spain, and Malta.
As for the blog, I plan to expand my destination guide base as I gather more experience in my travels. I also plan to begin creating a series of gay city guides, and a series specializing in food from around the world!
Does your blog cover anything else other than travel? If so what?
While my blog covers mainly travel, I do often talk about different aspects of visiting different places! These range from food, to nightlife, to travel, to culture, to history, and gay rights!
I like to talk about whatever I feel will benefit my readers!
What can our readers find on your website?
At The Gay Globetrotter, you can find information on a variety of different locations, itineraries, travel tips, quizzes, stories, and posts I have created to help new travellers make sure they can travel to their full potential!
Do you have any travel tips or advice for our readers that might want to start a travel blog?
Travel Blogging is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my life, and I have been so fortunate to be able to do what I love every day. If you want to start a travel blog, the first step is deciding exactly what message you would like to deliver to your readers! Don’t blog for the sake of earning free trips or income, blog to help people. It can be super rewarding!
What are some of the highs and lows of travel blogging?
Travel blogging is not all fun and games, and it is a LOT of work. A lot more work than you’d expect while you are starting out. You will find yourself easily putting in 10-12 hour days, working odd hours, and experiencing doubt, nervousness, and feeling stuck often. You need to be able to stick to a busy schedule and flourish in working under pressure! While having the ability to travel is amazing, travelling for 24 hours then delivering posts and working during your entire trip can be a common occurrence and is less than awesome.
What type of traveler are you?
When I travel, I really do my best to immerse myself in the culture of the place I am visiting and learn about the local life in my destination. I usually stick to a rigid plan that involves experiences and photo op’s throughout my location so I am able to share it with my readers! I make sure I have some downtime each day while abroad, because I can take the time when I am home to do all of the grunt work to produce my content. When I am not busy, you will often find me at the beach with a beer in hand. I can never get enough of the beach bum life!
What sites or other resources do you use to decide where and when you will go to a certain place or destination?
There are so many resources available for travellers, it can be hard to find one that speaks to you! I find Nomadic Matt to be the blogging guru, and often look up to him while trying to decide where I want to go. I also love to surf youtube videos created by other travellers, and often find myself creating itineraries for future trips I am hoping to take based on how much fun their trips looked!
What’s been some of your favourite destinations & why?
Mykonos, Greece. – Mykonos is a beautiful island with world class hotels, cuisine, beaches, and beautiful people. The food was astounding! Go off season to avoid the big parties.
Bangkok, Thailand – Bangkok is a giant city that is always booming. The street food is so delicious, and you can get something at every corner! The nightlife in Bangkok is known as some of the best in Southeast Asia, too.
London, UK – London is a cultured city filled with rich history, and amazing architecture. The gay village in london – Soho – was a lot of fun while I visited!
Koh Phi Phi – Thailand – Koh Phi Phi is known for its picturesque beaches, white sand, and amazing nightlife. I found it to be very inexpensive and had some great experiences with snorkeling while I was there!
What equipment do you use to blog?
I use a Macbook for most of my blogging, the Macbook Air is perfect for me because it is lightweight and has a great battery life! I mainly use a Canon EOS7 for my photography, and photoshop to do my editing. For programs, I love using SEMRush for my SEO and run my blog with wordpress. My graphics are all created using Canva and similar programs.
Do you have any photography or making travel videos tips?
When you are photographing a location, really focus on capturing it in a way that it hasn’t been captured before. Utilize natural lighting, and include a subject in the forgeground whenever possible! Tripods help with stabilization, and take your photos hands-free!
What’s the TOP blog posts on your page?
Do you have any tips or suggestions on how bloggers can earn an income from blogging?
To monetize your blog, you need to ensure that you are creating original, creative, and amazing content that your readers listen to. Work on pitching to sponsors, and ensure you are able to convert your traffic into sales while you monetize. Putting ads on your site is a great way to start when you are looking to monetize your blog.
Top 5 Bucket-list Destinations?
Top 5 travel experiences you can’t wait to try out or do?
- Skydive abroad
- Hike the cinque terre – Italy
- Teach english abroad
- Attend a chinese new year in Shanghai
- Road trip through Britain
Do you have a money saving travel tips?
Budget, budget, budget! I also am a huge fan of taking your currency out before I travel, I can usually find cheaper currency exchange rates at home than if I were to use ATM’s abroad!
Find cheap flights to ensure you aren’t spending more than you need to!
Do you have ay funny or strange travel experiences to share?
I almost died in Greece which I guess is pretty exciting!
Was there a place you visited that did not live up to your expectations & why.
I recently took a roadtrip from my homebase in Vancouver, Canada down the coast of the USA to Los Angeles. I had such high hopes for LA (coming from a background working in the film industry). I found it to be uninviting, smoggy, overpriced, and dirty. I don’t think I would go back to LA.
What’s in your travel bag? Name 5 travel essentials always in your bag?
My battery pack, headphones, camera, chapstick, and sunglasses. I can not leave without them!
What travel apps do you use and why?
Airbnb is a godsend for on-the-fly booking!
I love using hopper to check flight prices, and book flights on mobile.
Mister B&b is a great app for LGBT people who want to find a place to stay. They cater to gay males, so it is helpful to feel included especially while in a foreign city.
What are 3 things travelling has taught you?
Slow Down – the best experiences in life happen when you take the time to appreciate them. Don’t keep worrying about getting to the next place.
Get out there – Get out of your comfort zone. Do something that scares you. Talk to people. Meet them and get to know them. Life is too short to be scared of the unknown!
Remember your experiences – Travelling has taught me that things happen quickly in the world, take the time to remember the people and things in your life that matter. Take photos, write in a journal, find a way to keep your experiences with you!
Do you have any recommendations for cities and beach places that you have visited and loved? What was good about these places?
The Thailand Islands have some of the best beaches I have ever been on! The drinks are cheap, the beaches are beautiful beyond belief, and there are a ton of excursions you can do that are inexpensive! I loved snorkeling in Thailand!
Greece – A little more luxurious, Greece beaches are known to be some of the most beautiful in the world! There are a ton of small islands and beaches you can visit. I loved getting massages on the beach while I was soaking up the sun!
Where do you see your travel blog in two years?
I want to continue to expand my blog and reach out to those who may want to have experiences like I have and don’t know where to begin. I love being able to have a platform that can help inspire and teach people about the world and humanity!
Please share 1 travel quote you love.
‘I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list!’
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