Whether on the road, at home, or in between, these are the products, tools and resources that I genuinely love and I think you will too!
The best places to stay don’t have to have turndown service. I find great lodging options on Airbnb, Booking.com and TripAdvisor. I read tons of reviews and weigh my decision most heavily on location and wifi availability.
I love my Canon EOS 70D, it’s a high quality, crop-body camera, ideal for intermediate level photographers. I especially appreciate it’s video and wifi features. If you’re just getting started, I suggest the Canon EOS Rebel T5 EF-S.
With a ton of practice (and Skillshare classes) I’ve become a self-proclaimed master of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6– the best photo editing software available for travelers, bloggers, and photographers. Lightroom has it’s own workflow that takes some getting used to but once you’re familiar you’ll find it’s also a great way to store and organize your images.
It’s only me working on this blog! To help carry the load of social media, WordPress, and content creation I rely on a ton of helpful tools that have saved me a tons of time over the past year.
1 | CoSchedule to manage my social media and editorial schedule, also check out their free Headline Analyzer which analyzes the strength of your post title
2 | BoardBooster to keep my Pinterest boards cycling with fresh content and optimizing my best pins & Tailwind to quickly grab pins in bulk from my site and drip them onto my boards (**Pinterest is a key source of traffic to my site so these are critical for me!)
3 | ThemeForest for high quality WordPress Themes (I always read a bunch of reviews before purchasing too!) and I also love Station Seven.
4 | Bloglovin’ to help get the word out about my blog
5 | Canva to create images for Pinterest and posts
6 | Dropbox to backup my images offline and enjoy the ease of the Dropbox desktop application to toggle which folders are readily available
7 | Creative Market to buy fonts, WordPress Themes, graphics and InDesign templates
8 | Mail Chimp to handle my email lists and auto emails
9 | **SiteGround for web hosting – I can’t overstate their exceptional service and customer support! I used BlueHost for years and constantly dealt with outages and 30 minute customer wait times (that typically lasted MUCH longer than 30 minutes!), since moving to SiteGround in February 2016 my site has been up 100% and their helpful customer support technicians have been by my side throughout WordPress theme updates, answering ALL my questions, and going above and beyond to explain and resolve technical issues.
10 | Buffer to schedule tweets, I love their helpful Crome plugin which allows me to share content from within the browser. More importantly, their insightful ‘best times to post’ disperses tweets at only the most optimal times.
I would not recommend joining MatadorU’s Travel Media School. I found it to be a total waste of money!
3 | Content Upgrades – widget to do Opt-Ins at the bottom of my posts and a much cheaper solution than LeadPages
4 | jQuery Pin It Button For Images – adds a helpful ‘Pin It’ button to images in posts and pages
5 | Search Meter – see exactly what folks are typing into your search bar
+ the BASICS: JetPack & Yoast SEO
Like a most millenial Instagrammers, I’m a huge fan of the A Color Story app and love using their curves functionality to make my images really pop. I also use a little-known app called UMUM to assist me with planning my instagram feed so that the images I post are cohesive. (Subtle self-promo: follow along with cohesively posted and curve-edited Instagram account here: @margo.paige)
2 | Travel Massive – fun networking group for connecting with other bloggers with social gatherings and events, there are Travel Massive chapters worldwide so take a look and see if there’s one near you!
3 | ITB – considered the premier travel trade show and blogging conference, held annually in Berlin
There’s plenty of folks willing to offer up advice on blogging, I’ve found the Buffer Blog and Coschedule Blog to be among the most insightful and subscribe to their email lists.
Find and make new friends using online networks: Meetup and InterNations! These sites were game changers for our time in Germany and definitely were the starting point for the majority of our friendships.
1 | Le Tote – A clothing rental subscription, I’ve been a Le Tote subscriber for 2 months and absolutely love the service. I receive 3 pieces of clothing and 2 accessories, wear them as long as I like then mail them back in when I’m done in a prepaid postage bag. I then use their app to pick my new set of clothing based on my personal taste and weather! I love it most for the ability to rent trendy statement pieces that I typically would buy and wear only for a season or two. Their motto is “Always Wear Something New” which explains why it’s satisfying my lifelong retail-therapy ailment. 🙂