Welcome To Independent Travel Help!
The idea behind it
I set up Independent Travel Help two years after I returned from an amazing year travelling around the world at the age of 38. I saw and experienced so many things and met some fabulous people. I learned a lot about travelling, myself, other places, cultures and people. After such an experience, I wanted to do something with it as well as the knowledge and photographs I had accumulated during that time. I just didn’t know what that would be.
Who is the site for?
This site is for anyone interested in travelling. It’s aimed at independent travellers and people who are interested in or thinking about travelling independently. It’s particularly good for wannabe and newbie independent travellers because I share my experience of travelling independently so you can learn from my mistakes and insights. I have specifically aimed it at women who are 35+ because that’s the age group I was in when I finally took the plunge, as it were, and went travelling for the first time on my own. I definitely know what it’s like to have a dream to travel to far-flung places and to turn it from that into reality. Reading about other people’s travels and watching videos about travel are great for getting inspiration and help to keep you motivated.
The blog – Inspire I Motivate I Inform
The blog on this website has been split up into 3 different sections: Inspire, Motivate and Inform.
The posts in this section are designed to give you some inspiration. These posts include videos and/or photos that will hopefully get you thinking about where you want to go as well as givin you ideas about things you can see and do while you are there.
Lots of travel sites, whether they are blogs or travel consultants, provide inspiration and information. The one thing that is often missed is staying motivated and that’s because no one can motivate another person. It has to come from the individual. That is what makes Independent Travel Help unique because we combine travel and personal development to help you create a travel experience that is unique and meaningful to you. We provide inspiration and information about travel but there are also blog posts to help you take action. Sometimes we are inspired and have all the information to do something but we don’t do it. Why is that? It’s because we don’t have a reason that is compelling enough to make us do it or there is something stopping, limiting or holding us back. It’s important to understand that and work through it. I did!
This section provides practical information and tips about travelling, which generally comes from my own experience.
Trustworthiness and honesty
I have had a steep learning curve to get to this stage with having to learn about how to set up and manage a website, keeping a blog, using social media, finding my ‘writing voice’ as well as presenting and editing my own travel videos. I thoroughly enjoy it. If I didn’t, I simply wouldn’t do it.
There have been and will continue to be discussions about the trustworthiness and honesty of travel bloggers who have either received ‘freebies’ or been paid to go on a particular trip and then produce content about that. Most of what I write about is from self-funded travel but in order to have enough content and to provide you with information from a wide variety of destinations, I have received some of this for free. I am always looking at ways of being as transparent as possible by making it clear in a disclosure paragraph at the end of a blog post or video when I have received something for free or if I am likely to receive payment for something. I dislike being lied to and deceived so I have no intention of lying or trying to deceive you. I will always do my best to give you an objective point of view. I am a naturally positive person and I always try to see the funny side of things so you are unlikely to see lots of negativity on this site. I want to inspire and motivate people so that is what I aim to do.
Just to be clear: If you click on anything on this site and see the word ‘affiliate’ that means I will get a small commission if you buy the product. I will never put a product on this site that I have never tried or have no intention of ever trying. At the moment, there are very few adverts on this site. If you click on one and purchase something, I will get a small commission.
Navigating your way round the site…
About: Gives you a bit more information about Independent Travel Help and the person behind it.
Blog: Regular blog posts on inspiring, motivating and providing you with the information to make that trip happen.
Products: I have a list and description of some travel-related items I use or have used when I travel.
Useful Websites: Websites I have or still find useful whilst travelling plus some that sound useful.
PR, Media and Advertising: Information on how ITH can work with you, plus all the relevant stats and information you need.
Travel Videos: I produce travel videos, which I have started to add to this new section of the site. I will be adding them as playlists, so you don’t have to wade through loads of videos to find the one you are interested in or, worse still, give up trying to find it.
I love to make to make contact with people who are interested in travel because it’s a shared interest. So, don’t be a stranger and get in touch by doing one or more of the following…
- You can comment on my blog posts. It’s great to get some feedback because I feel as if I am just writing to myself sometimes. I suppose it’s better than talking to myself, which I also do!
- You can subscribe to my blog posts so you never miss out! I promise not to spam or give, rent, or sell your details to anyone else (girl guides honour because I was one).
- You can use the ever-expanding social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, G+1, YouTube and Tumblr because I have realised that I am a bit of a geek (please don’t tell anyone!).
- Umm… I can’t think of any other way but I will add to this if and when I do although I’m sure that’s enough. Remember the old days, when we used ‘snail mail’ and the ‘dog and bone’?