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Monthly Archives: October 2008

Happy Halloween: Happy Hotelier's 300 T-List Travel Related Blogs Ranked according to Technorati

T-List


Time to pick this up again. My last T-List Ranking Update dated back from January, 2008.

Technorati ranking as of today and yesterday
This ranking of the the T-List (Travel related Blogs) is according to the Technorati ranking as of today and yesterday. I know, a technorati ranking is not without errors and not without judgment of the Technorati people (and myself). Moreover. Not every blog is registered with Technorati. One person with a dot travel domain simply gets no technorati ranking whatever he tries. Kind of strange! You see the January rating in the last column. This time I have introduced a column with the number of Backlinks according to Technorati to enable finetuning a bit. It also helps to decide quickly to keep a blog in the list or not.

A horror Job
The whole operation is a kind of Horror Job. Therefore Halloween seemed an apt day to finish it and publish it.
First I collect the data in a Quattro Pro spreadsheet and match them with their corresponding Technorati ranking. The rating is put in manually. Then i cut and paste the spreadsheet into an HTM format. I copy and paste that into my Dreamweaver editor. In dreamweaver I can sort. If I sort in my spreadsheets I lose my carefully collected links….An excel spreadsheet won’t do. If readers know of a simpler method. Please let me know!.

Alexa ranking better?
I have been trying to combine this in one list with the corresponding Alexa ranking. But after filling in an Alexa ranking for many blogs that have rankings in the millions manually, I decided to leave it out. I may, or may not try to set up a smaller Alexa ranking for the top 100 or top 50 Travel Blogs. The funny thing is that an Alexa ranking may take into account the fact that a blog in incorporated into a larger multichannel site or portal and gets the ranking from other stuff than from merely their blogging activity. So I’m not sure about that. So I’m not so sure about the Alexa ranking.

Possibly incomplete and with errors
The list may not be without errors. I have simply forgotten people. Don’t hesitate to point me to your findings. I deleted some 30 Blogs from the January list. They simply disappeared from the radar or were sadly abandoned. Some Bloggers closed simply because they are afraid to divulge too many trade secrets…..

Why so many?
My main reason for keeping it long and rich, is to give new starters a chance to get a bit of visibility and nudge to go on with their work. Blogging about travel is a tedious, long hours behind your computer and a difficult-to-maintain job. It definitely doesn’t bring you a lot of money, but if you are passionate about it, like I am and a lot of fellow Bloggers are, you will be rewarded with a slowly, but gradually growing network of fellow travel bloggers. It can bring you a lot of fun. Also the Bloggers on this list can give you a lot of inspiration how to do things. Therefor, with pleasure I present now 300 Travel Bloggers, the longest list to date:

The alphabetical order of this list will be put on my T-List Page

Update November 2, 2008:
Thanks to Sam Daams I managed to make this list sortable. You can find it at Sortable T-List November 2. I don’t know yet how to incorporate it in a blog post (still testing!)


Rank

Blog Name

Subject

Oct

Backlinks

Jan

Lng


Cntry
1 Travel Pod Destination 9,664 324,674 2409 En US
2 Gadling Travel 1,985 26,277 1445 En US
3 Serious Eats Food 1,935 15,746 1353 Sp Peru
4 Gridskipper Destination 1,354 4,335 1372 En US
5 Waiter Rant Waiter 916 2,156 782 En US
6 Japan Probe Destination 850 2,789 1264 En Jap
7 Grub Street NY Mag Food Food 742 4,008 851 En US
8 Jaunted Destination 647 6,895 670 En US
9 HotelChatter Travel 417 1,701 387 En Us
10 Island Life Destination 392 3,304 451 En US
11 My Marrakesh Destination 372 2,137 378 En Mor
12 World Hum Travel 329 2,056 427 En US
13 Intelligent Travel (Nat Geo) Travel 321 1,495 229 En US
15 Diario del Viajero Travel 317 2,260 396 SP SP
14 Brave New Traveler Travel 317 1,251 346 En Can
16 Vinography: A Wine Blog Wine 308 1,860 465 En US
17 Vagabondish Travel 225 1,125 131 En US
18 Buenos Aires Daily Photo 190 764 177 En Arg
19 Elliott Travel 163 1,433 197 En US
20 Delicious Baby Travel 163 442 0 En US
21 Marriot on the Move Hotel Reviews 162 401 104 En US
22 Upgrade Travel Better (New) Air Travel 159 671 264 En US
23 The Perrin Post Travel 142 380 0 En US
24 The Delicious Llfe Food 139 374 164 En US
26 The Hague Daily Photo Blog Photo 136 535 156 En NL
25 Vagablogging Travel 136 343 176 En US
27 Blog de Viajes Travel 2.0 132 605 203 Sp Sp
28 Nomadic Matt Travel 118 697 0 En US
29 Albert Barra Marketing 116 1,741 146 Sp Sp
30 Newyorkology Destination 113 483 222 En US
31 Megustaelturismo Air Travel 107 592 77 Sp Sp
32 Nerds Eye View Travel 105 242 0 En US
33 TravelBlog.it Destination 104 783 136 It It
35 The Cranky Flier Air Travel 101 436 107 En US
34 The Lost Girls Backpackers 101 216 135 En US
36 Travel Rants Travel 99 580 107 En UK
37 Rick Seaney Air Travel 98 299 57 En US
38 Uptake Blog Destination 95 354 71 En US
39 New York Traveler.net Destination 92 355 9 En US
40 Farecastblog.com Air Travel 91 86 0 En US
41 Les Explorers Travel 2.0 90 580 188 FR/En Fr
42 Traveling Mamas Travel 89 294 0 En US
43 DondeViajar.es Travel 87 1,372 114 Sp SP
44 Well Done Fillet Destination 85 254 72 Sp Peru
45 Randy’s Journal Air Travel 84 286 112 En US
46 Europe String Destination 77 664 76 En NL
47 Wandalust Travel 77 378 147 En UK
48 Hotelmarketing Com Marketing 76 1,538 120 En US
49 Family Travel Family Travel 76 687 110 EN US
50 Life Cruiser Travel 76 256 0 En Sw
51 Travolution Blog (old) Marketing 73 866 105 En UK
52 Geeky Traveler Gadgets 71 994 77 En US
53 Hotel Blogs by Guillaume Thevenot Hotel Reviews 70 1,423 90 En UK
55 Amateur Traveler Travel 69 393 60 En US
54 Bajo Coste Air Travel 69 214 170 En US
55 El Blog de un Hotel Marketing 66 271 103 Sp Sp
56 Soul Travelers 3 Travel 65 181 0 En -
57 Europe A La Carte Blog Destination 64 557 46 En UK
58 Restaurant Girl Rest. Reviews 64 505 96 En US
59 Globorati Luxury Travel 63 319 40 En US
60 Hotels and City Blogs Hotel Reviews 63 195 183 En Can
61 Hotel and City Blog Destination 63 195 183 En Can
62 Hotel hotsheet Travel 62 166 89 En US
64 Cool Travel Guide Travel 62 164 0 En Dub
65 Happy Hotelier Hotelier 60 212 53 En NL
66 m-Travel.com Air Travel 59 97 49 En US
67 Viator Travel Blog Travel 58 428 78 En ??
68 The Lobby from SPG Hotel Reviews 58 165 49 EN US
69 Barmaid Blog Waiter 58 121 70 En US
70 This non-American Life Expat 56 167 72 En Ch
71 Tourismus – Zukunft Travel 2.0 55 167 37 Ger Ger
72 Perceptive Travel Destination 54 314 53 - -
73 TripCart :: The Travel Blog Destination 54 183 57 En US
74 A Luxury Travel Blog Luxury Travel 53 340 113 En UK
75 Toni Mascaro Blog Barcelona Destination 52 210 40 Sp Sp
76 Tourism Internet Marketing Blog 2.0 Marketing 52 128 71 En Can
77 I Travelnet Destination 52 74 7 - -
78 Vagablond Luxury Travel 50 257 77 En US
79 Edu Williams Travel 2.0 49 280 50 En US
80 Line of sight Travel 49 195 48 En Arg
81 Fox Nomad Travel 47 105 35 En -
82 Foodaholic Food 45 88 95 En Aus
83 Clan Destinos Destination 43 177 0 Sp Sp
84 Notes From The Road Photo 43 84 35 En US
85 E Hotelier Com News 42 306 87 En US
86 Living with Legends (Chelsea NYC) On Site 41 606 127 En US
87 Hotel Blogs by Guillaume Hotel Reviews 41 512 53 En UK
88 The Informed Traveler Hotel Reviews 41 283 55 EN US
89 Aquela Passagem Destination 41 142 61 Port Brasil
90 The Boot Air Travel 40 267 56 En Aus
91 Killing Batteries Hotel Reviews 40 158 47 En Eur
92 de viaje a Brasil Travel 38 460 56 Port Brasil
93 Rolling Rains Report Travel 38 240 52 En US
94 Travel Weekly UK Blog Marketing 38 167 42 En UK
95 Juan Lopez Sobejano Marketing 37 226 71 Sp Sp
96 blog.entornao Travel 2.0 37 124 30 Sp -
97 Absolut BCN – Blog de Barcelona Destination 35 161 56 Sp Sp
98 BedJump.com Bed Jumping 35 90 82 En Can
99 Marketing Turistico Marketing 34 114 56 SP Sp
100 The Sydney Morning Herald Backpackers 34 77 64 En Aus
101 Buenos Aires Faded Elegance Destination 33 63 58 En Arg
102 My Pueblo Bonito Destination 33 34 0 En -
103 Travel LA Times Travel 32 1,218 0 En US
104 Travel LA Times Travel 32 1,218 0 En US
105 Euro Cheapo Blog Indusrry 32 151 0 En En
106 Apartment Therapy Kitchen Food 32 119 373 Sp Peru
107 Travel Blissful Travel 31 93 101 En UK
108 Hotels, Friends and more Marketing 30 66 37 Sp Sp
109 Despegar Travel 2.0 29 565 61 Sp Arg
110 Tim Leffel’s Cheapest Destinations Destination 28 119 81 En US
111 Kulinarisch Reisen Marketing 28 104 54 Ger Au
112 Future Gringo Travel 28 47 0 En US
113 Le Gourmand Food 28 0 0 Ger Ger
114 Exposed Planet Photo 27 61 31 En NL
115 High Culture on a Low Budget Things to do 27 56 0 En -
116 Travel Blogs Com Aggregator 26 130 26 En US
117 Hotels of the Rich and Famous Hotels 26 86 48 En US
118 Miss Expatria Destination 26 77 17 En It
119 GletcherBlog Destination 26 56 27 Sp Peru
120 Gourmet Station Blog Food 25 228 0 En ?
121 Brazil Travel Blog Destination 25 90 35 SP Brasil
122 Hostel buenos Aires Hotel Reviews 24 116 45 Sp Arg
123 La Coctelera: ZuHause – Inicio Photo 24 40 43 Sp Sp
124 Diane Clarkson Marketing 24 32 0 En US
125 Travel Wonders of the World Travel 22 29 0 En Aus
126 Tips From The T List Aggregator 21 100 0 En Can
127 Buenos Aires Argentina Guide Destination 21 57 70 En Arg
128 The Travel Cooler Photo 21 56 104 En US
129 Escapadas Europa. Destination 21 55 34 SP Sp
130 Blog City Trip Destination 20 281 0 Ger CH
131 Viajar Asia. Destination 20 58 34 SP Sp
132 Flickr Scotland Group Destination 20 44 0 En UK
133 City Guide-cc UGC 19 1,420 30 En -
134 Buenos Aires through my eyes Destination 19 65 31 En Arg
135 Trusted Places Destination 19 48 24 En UK
136 Blog De Sao Paolo Destination 18 183 28 Sp Peru
137 Tracking Tourism Travel Solo 18 78 20 Eng UK
138 Social Diva Destination 18 28 36 - -
139 Ofertas de Viaje Destination 18 28 58 SP Arg
140 Tango Diva Travel Blog Solo Woman 17 2,340 53 En US
141 E Tourism Info Tourism 17 144 23 Fr Fr
142 Travelvice Air Travel 17 80 27 En -
143 Blog on Travel Travel 2.0 17 57 109 En UK
144 Primera Clase Air Travel 17 55 47 SP SP
145 I Love Indonesia Destination 17 37 8 En Ind
146 The Wine Camp Blog Wine 16 118 14 En US
147 BootsnALL Company Blog Travel 16 54 65 En US
148 Web 2.0 Travel Tools Travel 2.0 16 35 46 En ??
149 New York Traveler Destination 15 99 56 En US
150 Rambling Traveler Travel 15 69 124 En US
151 Discover the French Riviera Destination 15 0 21 En Fr
152 Fasten Your Seatbelts Marketing 14 175 131 Ger Au
153 Tourism Tecnology Trends Technology 14 128 29 En US
154 Travel Blogger CH Travel 14 83 0 Ger CH
155 Vacant Ready (COM) Hotel Reviews 14 78 44 En Can
156 Travel Babel Travel 14 69 26 En US
157 Hole in the Donut Travel 14 54 0 EN US
158 Adirondack Base Camp Destination 14 46 27 En US
159 Explorando Peru Destination 14 37 36 Sp Peru
160 Travel Technology Hotelier 14 28 0 En US
161 Travel and Web 2.0 Marketing 14 17 33 En US
162 Reise Tafel Destination 13 84 12 Ger Ger
163 Two Dog Zoo Travel Stories 13 36 15 En US
164 What The Waiter Knows Destination 13 10 9 En Ire
165 Mapplr Destination 12 101 0 En NL
166 Luxury Vacations @ Suite 101 Travel 12 79 0 En -
167 InflightHQ Air Travel 12 46 37 En US
168 Get a Room! Hotels 12 31 0 EN -
169 Zeitgeist Marketing 12 30 28 En US
170 The Trippist, Amsterdam Destination 12 21 16 En NL
171 Hotel I Tour Travel 2.0 12 14 0 En Fr
172 General Manager (Opus) Hotelier 11 99 26 En Can
173 Foreign Perspectives Destination 11 57 128 En Fr
174 Wilhelmus Travel 11 40 17 En Can
175 Bitacora de Viajes Travel 11 33 44 Sp Arg
176 Hoosta Hotels 11 19 3 En UK
177 Rumboperdido Destination 11 19 20 Sp Aus
178 BA Spotting Destination 11 13 16 En Arg
179 Your Daily Vacation Travel 11 6 10 En -
180 Tripinator Travel 2.0 10 93 5 En US
181 De Viajero.com Destination 10 51 39 Port -
182 Chileno-Living in Santiago Destination 10 27 46 Sp Chile
183 Prepara Tu Viaje Travel 10 25 14 Sp Sp
184 Touristikblog.de Travel 2.0 10 19 21 Ger Ger
185 Living in France Destination 10 17 20 En FR
186 France This Way Destination 10 17 20 En Fr
187 Es Mi Peru Destination 10 14 21 Sp Peru
188 WiWiH Blog Aggregator 10 0 0 En NL
189 Idea Hatching Marketing 9 46 0 En US
190 Nos vamos de turismo! Destination 9 41 15 Sp Arg
191 BuhlerWorks by Joe Buhler Travel 2.0 9 37 21 En US
192 Trip Advisor Hotel Reviews 9 34 0 En US
193 Kirkland Weblog Destination 9 34 10 En US
194 Tourism Tide Destination 9 24 15 - -
195 Dimitious Journeys 9 14 0 En UK
196 What A Trip Travel 9 13 0 En US
197 Travel Alltop Linksite 8 96 0 En US
198 VibeAgent Blog Hotels 8 31 17 En US
199 ADV Italia (new) Travel Agents 8 26 17 It It
200 CampingCoop.org Travel Stories 8 23 60 En US
201 Road Gladiator Air Travel 8 19 43 En US
202 Joe Nguyen Hotelier 8 16 0 En Mal
203 Blog Travello Destination 8 14 0 Ger Ger
204 Cheap Travel from Seattle Travel 8 10 0 En US
205 En Trancision Destination 8 4 17 SP AR
206 The Travel & Hospitality Diaries Hospitality 7 101 29 En US
207 Air France Mexico – Weblog Air Travel 7 62 36 En Mex
208 Cruise Bug Chatter Cruise 7 20 0 En -
209 The Suite Life Hotels 7 19 5 En -
201 Bird to the North Destination 7 16 19 En US
211 Passions of a Zealot Hotel Property 7 16 19 En US
212 Me-go: Around-the-World World Travel 7 15 19 En US
213 The Travel PR Blog Travel 2.0 7 15 28 En Uk
214 Ibiza a pie de foto Photo 7 13 11 SP Sp
215 Hawthorne Hotel Hotelier 7 13 29 En US
216 Hotel Blog Esp Marketing 7 13 36 Sp Sp
217 Canary Nightlife Destination 7 2 0 En SP
218 Radaron Travel 2.0 6 27 42 En Can
219 Ken Burgin Marketing 6 19 4 En Aus
220 Dot Tourism Blog Marketing 6 19 29 En Can
221 Canadian Tourism Destination 6 16 11 En Can
222 My Travel Backpack Backpackers 6 13 19 En Can
223 Hot & Cool Blog Travel 6 10 0 En Aus
224 Entreprendre dans le e-Tourisme Travel 2.0 6 8 18 Fr Fr
225 Boldly Go Solo Travel Solo 5 51 0 En US
226 Holiday Pad 2.0 Accomodation 5 20 16 En UK
227 Relactions blog Travel 5 14 27 En US
228 Relactions Blog Marketing 5 14 0 En It
229 TravelerWIRE Hotel Reviews 5 13 31 En US
230 LadyBug & Co Destination 5 13 26 Sp Peru
231 Bart Cat Travel Blog Destination 5 9 6 En Afg
232 Der Barcelona Blog Destination 5 9 6 Ger Sp
233 Better Living Through Travel Hotels 5 8 0 En US
234 Cool Hotels Hotel Reviews 5 7 10 En -
235 Travels With Two Travel 5 6 0 En US
236 Chanters Lodge Hotelier 4 2,237 0 En Kenia
237 Destination Essentials Travel Agents 4 24 1 En UK
238 Trabber Noticias Air Travel 4 19 25 Sp Sp
239 Under The Rotunda Marketing 4 16 45 En Aus
240 Round Trip Marketing 4 16 0 Ger Ger
241 Wine Goddess Wine 4 13 18 En US
242 Tourisme et Internet Tourism 4 10 11 Fr Fr
243 Football Travel Blog Travel 4 6 5 En Uk
244 Los viajes de Jota Travel 4 6 17 Sp -
245 Bull City Muttering Mice 4 5 18 En US
246 New York Hospitality Hotelier 4 5 20 En US
247 Hotel Warrior Hotelier 4 3 5 En US
248 Commercializacion Hoteles Marketing 4 1 18 Sp -
249 MACO Caribbean Living Destination 4 0 20 En Carrib
250 Afrika Tourism Destination 3 `14 0 En Afr
251 Hotel Blogs Org Aggregator 3 12 10 En US
252 Online travel Review Air Travel 3 10 41 En US
253 UK Airports Blog Airports 3 9 15 En UK
254 Hotel Beds Travel 3 7 5 En Can
255 Luxury Spain Travel Luxury Travel 3 7 0 En Sp
256 Weekendhotel Weblog Hotel Reviews 3 6 11 Dutch NL
257 Hotel Bathrooms Exposed Hotel Reviews 3 5 4 En Can
258 Home Based Travel Agent Travel 2 17 20 En US
259 Travel Horizons Destination 2 10 24 En Aus
260 Brand Canada Blog Marketing 2 9 20 En Can
261 Travel Advice and Guides Travel 2 6 0 En US
262 Brasilien Destination 2 4 35 Ger Brasil
263 Focus Barcellona Destination 2 3 0 It Sp
264 Intermundial Travel Insurance 2 2 19 Sp Sp
265 Epoca Alta Air Travel 2 2 2 Port -
266 Hotel Marketing Strategies Marketing 2 2 o En US
267 Travel Blog 24 Travel 2 2 0 Ger Ger
268 Blog Untangle My Web Marketing 1 9 0 En Aus
269 Radar On FR Travel 1 7 1 Fr Can
270 Luxury UK Travel Luxury Travel 1 7 0 En Sp
271 Traveling Cari Travel 1 6 5 En US
272 The Preferred Guest Destination 1 5 9 En Gr
273 eurotrip Travel 1 3 23 Sp Arg
274 Blog.rydges.com Destination 1 3 24 En US
275 Artist At Large Travel 1 3 0 En US
276 The Cottage Lake Placid Hotelier 1 2 5 En US
277 The Materialist (Concierge) Travel 1 2 17 En US
278 The McCluskey Blog Marketing 1 2 15 En US
279 Kenya Holidays Blog Destination 1 2 0 En Kenia
280 Nautilia in English Travel 1 1 1 En Sp
281 Most beautiful Hotels Hotel Reviews 1 1 7 En -
282 Open TS Database 1 1 0 Ger Ger
283 Lonely Planet | Travel Blog Destination 0 6,848 0 En -
284 Guardian Travel Travel 0 3,964 0 En UK
285 Real Travel Travel 0 620 0 En -
286 Argentina’s Travel Guide Destination 0 576 0 En Arg
287 Where the Hell is Matt Travel 0 266 0 En US
288 Nile Cruise 4U Cruise 0 130 0 En Uk
289 Hotel Law Blog Destination 0 109 0 Sp Peru
290 Viaje na Viagem Destination 0 106 242 Port Brasil
291 Travolution Blog (new) Marketing 0 29 0 En UK
292 Blog Trippers Aggregator 0 16 0 - -
293 Hoteles Hotel Reviews 0 7 0 SP Sp
294 Der FVW Blog Destination 0 7 0 Ger Ger
295 Andalucia for Holidays Destination 0 5 0 En Sp
296 La Descricion del Mundo Travel 0 3 0 - -
297 Tour Cochise County Destination 0 3 9 En US
298 Select World Travel Travel 0 0 0 En UK
299 Hotel Industry Pros Hoteliers 0 0 0 En US
300 Jetset Away Luxury Travel 0 0 0 En US

In case you wonder what T-List stand for, read my T-List category.

Quote of the Day (7): The Future: Back to the Past – Knitting


Image from Wikipedia

This is about the only prediction I’ll make for the future: We’ll be going back to knitting

As adults discover Facebook and Second Life, the cool kids are realizing that one reality is enough for anyone and are discovering knitting.

Found it while cleaning up my drafts in a (still) interesting article in the Independent by Rupert Steiner [which unfortunately disappeared since posting].

Affordable Art Fair – Amsterdam – Contemporary Art Fair

After eight successful years in London, New York, Sydney and Melbourne the Affordable Art Fair has been launched in Amsterdam in November 2007. After this first edition the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam will grow in 2008: circa 80 galleries from the Netherlands and abroad will be seen at the Westergasfabriek terrain from 29 October to 2 November. The fair is fun, relaxed and with everything from €100 to €5,000, it is an art-buying opportunity that can not be missed.

The fair’s friendly environment invites first time buyers to browse amongst the thousands of paintings, original prints, photography and sculpture, whilst seasoned collectors can seek out hot new artists. In short, AAF Amsterdam is a fair where you can look at contemporary art, love it and leave with your own piece.

This funky fair’s stunning location is the 19th century gasworks, an impressive industrial monument on the Westergasfabriek terrain, close to Amsterdam Central station and easy to reach by bike, tram, car or foot from the town center.
Affordable Art Fair – Amsterdam – Contemporary Art Fair

50 of the World’s Best Budget Hotels – Telegraph

Would like to point you to this excellent list in view of the current economic malaise:

50 of the World’s Best Budget Hotels

Sara Macefield chooses stylish places to stay that won’t break the bank.

By Sara Macefield
Last Updated: 4:13PM GMT 28 Oct 2008
50 of the world’s best budget hotels – Telegraph

10 Questions For (13) : Darren Cronian of Travel Rants

Happy to present Darren Cronian of Travel Rants. Darren is one of my Travel Bloggers friends who, as a sort of Godfather, kept me going shortly after I started this Blog.

Darren doesn’t like to be photographed. Therefor I have used the Travel Rants logo. When I succeed to make a nice portrait of him on November 11, when approximately 80 travel Bloggers will meet in London , I will replace the logo with his portrait. Darren organized this Bloggers Meet Up, Travel Blog Camp, entirely on his own. Tickets are sold out now! Am looking forward to it!

1) Who Are you?

I am Darren Cronian, and in my spare time I write and promote Travel Rants, a blog that focuses on travel consumer issues and news. I live in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, and work in IT development and support for a large organisation.

2) What do you like about what you do?

I love writing about travel, interacting with travel bloggers, and anyone involved in the travel industry. I like to write about my own travel experiences and consumer issues. My drive is making people aware of the Travel Rants blog and raising it’s profile in the UK, and around Europe.

3) What don’t you like about what you do?

The long hours, sat at a computer can be very tiresome, but I give myself mini challenges to complete which keeps me going. I usually write when I return home from work, or at the weekend, basically any spare time that I have.

4) Please tell us all about your blog and your aims with it.

I started writing the Travel Rants blog in April 2005 and has over the years become popular with consumers, bloggers and the travel industry. It’s been featured in a number of newspapers and this year won the Travolution Award for best Travel consumer blog.

I recently launched the Travel Rants newsletter, and will be launching the monthly Travel Rant Podcast. The aim then is to continue to write quality content, and raise awareness of the blog in the UK through an online advertising campaign at the start of 2009.

The goal is for it to become a hugely popular place for travel consumers to air their views and opinions.


Eagle’s eye view … the new route takes you through the steel to the top of the bridge. Photo: BridgeClimb Sydney via The Guardian

5) Your top 3 destination experiences you’ve ever stayed to date and why?

Sydney
Prague
Oslo

Sydney is my favourite city because I had so much fun; walking over the Harbour Bridge, no, I actually mean over the top of the Bridge. Then there’s the jeep safari in to the Blue Mountains, and relaxing on Manly beach.

Prague I visited for a long weekend break with my girlfriend at the time. It was romantic, historic and made me realise there is so much in the world that I have not discovered. Walking over Charles Bridge, up to Prague castle and through the markets in the Old Town.

Oslo was expensive, but I was expecting that – I loved the snow, yes tons and tons of snow, walking up to the top of the World Cup Ski jump at Holmenkollen, a visit to Norway’s international stadium. The people were so friendly too.

6) Your top 3 accommodations you’ve ever stayed to date and why?

City AS Hotel, Oslo
Albatross Bote, Prague
Southern Cross Hotel, Sydney

I chose all of these hotels because of the location – each hotel was within a short walking distance of the major attractions. When searching for hotels I don’t worry too much about the rooms themselves as I just want somewhere to sleep and get a shower. As long as they are clean I am happy.

7) Your top 3 most memorable food experiences to date and why?

Alligator Steak, North Queensland
Devils Curry, Kuala Lumpur
Chips and Mayonnaise, Bruges

Yum. Sat overlooking the great barrier reef eating my alligator steak with an ice cold beer, then there’s the time I had a devils curry in Kuala Lumpur which is about four times as hot as a Vindaloo curry, Hot very hot. I loved the chips with Mayonnaise in Bruges as well.

8) Your 3 worst destination/ accommodation / food experiences to date and why?

I don’t have any bad experiences, I choose my destinations and accommodation carefully, and as long as the hotel is clean I do not worry too much about it. The food, well I love food, and I have not yet eaten anything that I’ve found disgusting, well maybe the squid salad.

9) Can you offer the readers 3 travel/ food / accommodation / things to do tips about the city you are currently living in?

I live in Leeds, a city in Northern England. I would advise anyone to take a trip by train from London to the North. Visit York, it has tons of history with it’s Viking past. Then there’s a trip to Whitby on the coast, typical seaside place, and burial home of Dracula. Finally, a shopping and restaurant trip to Leeds, to collect your last minute Christmas presents before returning home.

10) Any Question(s) you’d expected me to ask that you would like to answer?

I get asked why I started to write Travel Rants, it’s a question I get asked a lot. Basically, I visited a high street travel agency and found that the agent was rude, and did not seem to be happy to help me find a holiday, so I left the shop in disgust and started writing Travel Rants a few days later.


Bitterballen

Thank you, Darren! Eating chips with mayonnaise is a typical Belgian and Dutch habit which few foreigners appreciate. if you appreciate that, you’re also likely to appreciate our typical Dutch “bitterballen” and maybe also our raw herring:-)