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travel bloggers
July 12, 2016
1:56 pm
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LucilleB
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May 10, 2016

For me personally, it would have been great to read about someone who splits their time between the US and Europe (for business and family reasons). If anything just to hear how other people like it, manage it, etc. I currently do it for work (and don't blog about it) and a REAL, working visa is not easy to navigate. I would love to hear other people's stories who ACTUALLY do this instead of where to get the best cocktail in Tokyo…

Also tired of blogs written by US foreign service spouses who either a) consider themselves experts or b) it's nothing but humble brags about how they live abroad (yet the state department takes care of all the paper work). That's just my two cents anyway.

July 12, 2016
2:54 pm
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lostgloves
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July 1, 2016

Yes- agree with that! I'm not interested in people who live in a bubble overseas. I've met people like that and they move to expat compounds and never leave. They know know nothing about the culture, city or, like you say, even how they got a visa to live there. The only blogs I can think of that claim to live between the US and EU don't legally live/work in one or the other. I've lived in both legally but not travelled back and forth also don't blog about it. I'd read one if someone wrote it, it would be interesting.

July 12, 2016
9:03 pm
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jarona
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July 27, 2013

I also think the "other" issue with travel blogs is that a good number of the people who do the travel blogging are thinking in terms of getting paid or free trips through their blogs.

You can't think like that.  Travel blogs are best when they are from the heart and offer a feel of having the writer grab your hand and taking you along–the worst with the best. 

I dunno. At least that's what I look for when I read a travel blog and I'm daunted because those blogs are few and far between.  There are so many places that I would love to travel to..and due to the fact I wasn't born an heiress, it's fun for me to read and watch documentaries and travel shows.  I want to feel as though I'm there.

Honestly, I can't even read travel magazines anymore because the articles aren't even informative. It seems that travel writing has taken on to pandering to those with the attention span of an Instagram Photo as a travel article.

Sorry for the rant but that's how I'm feeling right now!sangry

Keep Out of My Body Bag
July 13, 2016
10:03 am
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LucilleB
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May 10, 2016

lostgloves meowed
Yes- agree with that! I'm not interested in people who live in a bubble overseas. I've met people like that and they move to expat compounds and never leave. They know know nothing about the culture, city or, like you say, even how they got a visa to live there. The only blogs I can think of that claim to live between the US and EU don't legally live/work in one or the other. I've lived in both legally but not travelled back and forth also don't blog about it. I'd read one if someone wrote it, it would be interesting.

I know she has her own thread, but Adventurous Kate made a post about how to leave the country if Trump gets elected. A lot of her information was so, so wrong. Not the message about Trump, but the logistics of living and working abroad. All of her advice sounded like it came from an ex-pat conversation she overheard at a local bar and only caught snippets of…  She left out SO much information. And then all these people in the comments section were like "wow, this is brilliant!" rolleyes

July 13, 2016
10:06 am
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LucilleB
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May 10, 2016

@jarona- I hear you. It is very frustrating and really feels like waste of my time. So many bloggers also do not disclose when they are being comped and it all comes off as so sketchy in their writing. 

July 13, 2016
11:13 am
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Subpar textile designer
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July 26, 2012

Foreign service blogs are probably very useful to foreign service people, but for the rest of us they just seem irrelevant. Which I guess is also how I feel about lifestyle blogs like A Beautiful Mess :/

July 13, 2016
12:02 pm
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LucilleB
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May 10, 2016

Foreign service blogs are very irrelevant to me because a) they have so many resources to help them move and live abroad and b) they do not pay for housing. I know they probably do a lot of leg work too, but I just can't take a blog seriously when the family must always be representing the US. 

 

I see nothing wrong with representing your home country abroad, but I do not think it gives very credible content. Since I do not work for the State Department I love trying my best to live like a "temporary local" as Rick Steves puts it. 

September 15, 2016
3:22 pm
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lostgloves
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July 1, 2016

Camels and Chocolate has had her theme for a while now but I just noticed Angie Away has a new one (might not be that new, haven't looked for a while) by the same team and it is similarly odd. The colors and design are nice but why the really posed photos of her on the beach, big close ups etc? It's the same with Camels and Chocolate. Do they think they are famous or models or something? So odd! Alex in Wonderland has the same designer but her front page shots are slightly smaller and are at least of her on trips, instead of a Beyoncé photo shoot. And why do these three all know each other anyway?

January 3, 2017
7:28 pm
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calisurfer
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January 3, 2017

Unoriginal and copycat @thetrottergirl Eva Tsang GOMI

https://www.instagram.com/thetrottergirl

Eva Tsang stalks and then steals ideas from other Instagrammers and goes to the same exact location to take the same exact shot. Really shameless for someone running a "City Guides" website called Trotter Mag which is a direct copy of the already established Wallpaper Guides and Cereal Mag Guides. The funny part? Trotter Mag is not actually a mag. Now she started blogging and it is written at a grade school level with many grammar mistakes and she calls herself an Editor. 

Eva Tsang (thetrottergirl) copied Kessara's posts in Thailand and Hong Kong. It is obvious by the time stamps that Kessara went in July 2015 and Eva went in April 2016. There are so many other places to eat and so many other ways to shoot but Eva chose to copy. How unoriginal. The photos speak for themselves. 

 

http://imgur.com/gallery/GgUWN

 

thetrottergirl: https://www.instagram.com/p/BERkPCil9M-/
kessara: https://www.instagram.com/p/6PygbuE020/

thetrottergirl: https://www.instagram.com/p/BEd1hQkl9C2/
kessara: https://www.instagram.com/p/5w5cpKE0zd/

thetrottergirl: https://www.instagram.com/p/BEBzZgEl9P8/
kessara: https://www.instagram.com/p/5e74u8k03q/

thetrottergirl: https://www.instagram.com/p/BEgWGzAl9Md/
kessara: https://www.instagram.com/p/6NPcopE089/

thetrottergirl: https://www.instagram.com/p/BETiU68F9Am/
kessara: https://www.instagram.com/p/5SA7liE0wj/

thetrottergirl: https://www.instagram.com/p/BFjZkomF9Cp/
kessara: https://www.instagram.com/p/3Bu2wBk0yp/

January 7, 2017
1:57 am
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justagirl123
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Meows: 56
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July 20, 2013

Interesting that Ashley Abroad quit her job (that she said she loved) in Denver to move to Uganda. To work for her uncle? Should be interesting…



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