BigTravelNut is a blog that helps and inspires people (in particular the 40-65 age group) to travel cheaper and further. Leveraging my 25 years of mostly solo travel experience, I show that travelling independently to far-flung and off-the beaten-path destinations can be fun and affordable.
I take my own photos and videos to illustrate my posts, which are mostly destination and how-to pieces. I also have a Reviews section which I intend to grow in the coming years.
Below are all the ways in which I propose to help you!
Promotion through Reviews
My blog has been around since August 2013 and my number of visitors has been slowly growing. My target audience consists of travellers who are 40+, with a curious mind, looking to travel affordably yet comfortably, even when going solo.
I can help promote your destination, or travel-related product or service, by sampling it, then writing about it and promoting it on my social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and Instagram).
Note: To see if I am in your neighbourhood, or where I’m going next, check out Where is BigTravelNut? If I have to make my own way to your destination, please give me at least six weeks notice if you want me to consider it – last minute plane tickets are expensive!
If you have products that you would like to market to travellers (whether it’s clothes, accessories, books, luggage, or electronics), I will take a sample with me on my next trip, put it through its paces, and write a thorough review (with pictures, and possibly video) on my website. For examples, see Review of the Tilley Hat and the book “A Better Life for Half the Price” by Tim Leffel.
I am willing to review budget accommodation such as hostels (as long as they are friendly to older travellers) and guesthouses to make my audience aware that there exist comfortable alternatives to expensive chain hotels. But even solo budget travellers like to splurge once in a while. Hence I am also interested to hear from you if you want to promote a small boutique hotel located in a safe location near interesting attractions.
I love to eat, whether I’m at home (Toronto) or abroad! I also enjoy writing restaurant reviews. If your restaurant hasn’t made it into the Lonely Planet yet, and you would like to welcome more foreign visitors, send me an invite! I’ll take your recommendations as to what I should try, conduct a short interview to learn more about you and your business, and take lots of photos. Then I’ll write an article in my Food Reviews section. [extra text in white to make next header align properly]
Day trip or activity reviews
In most destinations, I join day trips or activities like walking tours, hiking, snorkelling, language classes or cooking classes, to name a few. Mature travellers tend to like soft adventures, cultural activities, handicraft making/shopping, and learning skills, so these are the things I’m looking to try out and write about on my site. Check out this review of a Spanish school and a walking tour.
If you’re a DMO or Tourist Office trying to attract more travellers to a lesser-known location, I would be thrilled to participate in a familiarization trip. One of my blog’s goals is to help my audience discover off-the-beaten-path destinations. I would be happy to help design the itinerary to align it with my readers’ interests. I will write several posts about the trip on my site (and possibly on yours), with photos and videos. I will then promote the posts on my social media channels.
Promotion through Advertising and Affiliates
I offer a variety of ad sizes in different locations on my site:
- Sidebar banner ads (300 x 250, 125 x 125)
- Banner ads within posts (468 x 60)
- Embedded text link — if my blog doesn’t already have a post related to your topic or destination, I can write one for you, as long as it relates to BigTravelNut’s niche. (See also Sponsored Posts below.)
I would love to be an affiliate for brands that align with mine, and help promote products or services that will benefit my readers. Contact me if you think we’re a good match!
Because BigTravelNut prides itself on the value it provides to its readers, as well as the high quality of its content, sponsored posts will only be accepted if they fit these conditions. In addition, as per Google guidelines, all links to client sites within a sponsored post must be “nofollow”.
Using my existing skills, I can offer the following services at affordable rates. Contact me for a quote.
I can write a guest post (or a series of post) on your site on the topics of budget travel, solo travel, women travel, packing, health and safety, frugal living, as well as hundreds of destinations. Here are the countries I’ve visited so far. And here is my portfolio.
Editing and Proofreading
I have excellent English editing skills and can substantively edit, copyedit, and/or proofread your documents, whether in print or online, so that they look professional and free from pesky typos, repeated words, or embarrassing grammatical errors. For online content, I will also test all the links. I can edit blog posts, articles, press releases, query letters, even an entire web site! Show me what you’ve got.
Setting up a WordPress site
I set up and customized my blog myself, including learning WordPress, choosing a theme, and modifying some of the styles (colours, fonts, and so on.) I can help you do the same.
Planning and researching trips
Having spent over two decades organizing my own trips to all corners of the world, I offer travel consultations on Skype to help you decide where to go, itineraries, travel style, what to pack, as well as answer all your concerns.
I can also research flights and accommodation online to help you save time and money, or answer any other questions you have in a customized detailed report.
(If you only have one or two simple questions, feel free to fire me an email!)
If you would like to use any photo you see on my site, in a larger resolution, please let me know. I also have thousands of photos from places on all seven continents. You can see some of my favourites here, and a larger sample here.
If you would like some custom photos from my current (or upcoming) location, let me know also.
Simple translations between French and English
Although I am not a professional translator, I speak and write both French and English at a native level and can help you with simple translations such as press releases, letters, advertisements, or texts of a general nature (that is, not technical, legal, or medical). Trust me, it will be 1000% better than anything Google Translate churns out!
Contact me now to discuss your needs and get a quote without obligation. Most prices are negotiable.