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Planning the Perfect Road Trip

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Road trips are perhaps one of the most immersive and action packed modes of travel. So it’s not all too surprising that you’re going to have to put a whole lot of planning into them to pull them off. Here are a few steps that you should take before getting behind the wheel and taking to the open road!

Choosing the Right Travel Companion

Perhaps the first thing you should decide on when bringing your plans of a road trip to fruition is who you want to travel with. Sure, travelling alone could be a liberating and exciting venture. But when you’re opting for a road trip, it’s always a good idea to travel with somebody. Why? Well, it spending extended periods of time out on the road alone can be a relatively lonely experience. Having a travel companion provides you with someone to talk to along the way. If they can also drive, you can share driving responsibilities, switching roles as driver and passenger and getting a rest from having to constantly be fully focused behind the wheel.

Deciding Where to Go

Once you’ve chosen a partner, you can start discussing where you want to go. The world is your oyster when it comes to road trips! There are, however, particular destinations that tend to appeal in particular to roadtrippers. Take Route 66 in America as an example. This long stretch of highway passes through numerous major US states, including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois. It’s not all too surprising that it attracts road trip fanatics from the world over!

Making Sure Your Vehicle is Up to Scratch

Having a partner and a destination or route means that you can pretty much book your trip. However, this isn’t the end of your planning process. Road trips are long and can be testing. One thing that you are going to be entirely reliant on throughout the getaway is going to be your vehicle. Its wheels are going to have to carry you almost every step of your journey. So it’s a good idea to make sure it is in good nick before committing it to the trip. Whether you are taking your own vehicle, purchasing a vehicle near the startpoint of your route, or hiring a vehicle, you need to conduct several checks. Make sure that the breaks are in full working order and use a brake bleeding kit to remove any gas from your brake fluid. Ensure that the tyres have the right air pressure. Check that the vehicle’s oil and window wash are topped up before any long stint. These steps will all help to lower your chances of breaking down or experiencing difficulties on the road.

Allocate Rest Stops

No matter how much energy you may have, you’re going to need a fair few rest stops during your trip. These will allow you to relax and recuperate in order to continue your journey. If you believe that you will particularly like a location that intend to stop in, consider arranging an extended stop off. A couple of days will allow you to really get to experience the area. Remember that the journey is just as important as the end destination when it comes to road trips!

These are just a few steps that you will find yourself having to take in your road trip planning process. But sorting them out sooner rather than later will help to relieve pressure and allow you to let your hair down when it comes to the trip itself!

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Get Ready to Take Your Blog to the Next Level

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Blogging has been a very popular pastime for the past few years now for most people. In fact, you have probably had your own blog for a couple of years already, right? It’s a great hobby and gives you a public outlet to post your thoughts and feelings about a particular passion. Even if you don’t have a particular hobby or passion to focus on, it’s still easy to set up an entertaining lifestyle blog in which you document your everyday life. In fact, some people find that writing down their daily musings and thoughts in this way can greatly help them work through their thoughts and emotions, and gives them an outlet to vent and rant whenever they need to.

But do you now feel that it’s time to try to take your blog to the next level? Sure, there’s nothing wrong with keeping it as a hobby if you’d prefer, but wouldn’t it be good to try and make some extra money from it? If it is a big success, you might even be able to turn this hobby into a part-time income alongside your full-time work.

Taking your blog to the next level isn’t as hard as you might think. Read on to find out what you need to do to get started!

 

Start Email Marketing

Once you have built up a sizeable number of loyal readers and followers, it’s time to start utilizing email marketing. To start with, all you need to do is pop a box on your blog’s homepage where any visitors can pop their email in to join your mailing list. Then, whenever you send out your monthly or fortnightly newsletter, they will be tempted to return to your website and check out all your new content. Are you wondering what you need to link to? Well, you should always link to any new blog posts to drive traffic to them. It’s also worth linking to any new products, such as eBooks, that you may start selling. No matter what your news is, be sure to link to it in your regular newsletter!

Boost Your Site’s SEO

It will also be necessary to check how your website’s SEO is doing and see if there are any ways you could try and give it a little boost. This can be quite easy to do and doesn’t have to cost you a lot of cash. One of the best things you can do is to keep on publishing new blog posts that are peppered with SEO keywords. Linking to your own internal pages in each post will also see your SEO rankings rise as well. Don’t forget that anything that slows down the loading time of your website will have a negative effect on your SEO, so it’s worth removing any flashy graphics that are slowing down your site and don’t really enhance your site in any way.

Begin Some Social Media Strategies

Social media experts will tell you that using the various social media platforms is a fantastic way to increase your readership. Your main focus should be to always grow your readership and blog followers, as the more you have will mean that you are a lot more likely to land sponsorships and earn money from your blog. At the very least, you should create profiles for your blog on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This way, you are reaching as many people as possible. Remember to add a link to your blog in each of your bios so that people can find it without too much trouble. Similarly, you should also link to each social media platform from your website so people can also easily follow you.

Move Over To A Premium Theme

If you use a blog host service, such as Squarespace or WordPress, then you should think about switching your free theme for a premium one. Most people try and save a bit of cash by spending as little as they can on the design of their blog’s website, and this usually means by sticking to the free themes. However, lots of people will then have the same theme as you, and your website may not look unique. So, it’s always worth investing a little in the design as it’s one thing that can help you stay one step ahead of any competitor bloggers.

Mix Up Your Content

One of the main problems that quite a few bloggers have is maintaining loyal followers and readers. In order to build up a loyal following, you need to make sure that your blog is relevant, informative, and entertaining. There is one surefire way you could entertain all your readers, and that is by using a variety of content on your page. So, as well as writing regular posts, it could also be worth updating your site with some video content as well.

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Network With Other Bloggers

Do you already know a few other bloggers personally? If not, you should consider contacting some and, if possible, meeting them in person. Not only is this a great way to meet new people and make friends, but it also gives you some great blogging connections. If you blog about the same topics, you will be able to write guest posts for each other’s blogs. This can help you increase your readership, as all of their fans and readers will find out about you and may check out your own blog to see what it’s about!

Start Monetizing The Blog

Finally, it’s time to start monetizing your blog. There are various ways to do this. You might want to offer advertising space to various businesses, for instance. Alternatively, you could write sponsored posts for some companies. If you blog about a very specific niche, you could also start selling eBooks or courses in the subject. You could even use your own writing skills to become a freelance content writer!

Hopefully, all of these great tips will help you take your blog to the next level and make some money!

Adding Surprise to Your Shindig

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Planning a party for someone you care about is always a fun experience. Testing your knowledge of the person in question, this sort of act will solidify your relationship, while also giving you something to do for someone else. Of course, though, it’s not always easy to create something unique at the same time. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the best ways to add some surprise to your shindig, giving everyone except the recipient something to look forward to.

The Exploding Cake

While it may be a bit of a cliche, there are few surprises which can be more fun than have someone burst from the cake which you’ve prepared for the big event. There are loads of services out there which can handle this for you, with either someone you know or an actor waiting inside the cake for the crucial moment. Of course, safety has to be considered with something like this, and this is why you should always stick with professionals.

Surprise Singers

Imagine sitting down for a nice meal, making your order, and, once you finally have your food, you get descended upon by a group of singers. Singing waiters are becoming quite the trend amongst party planners. While the idea is still fresh, though, most people won’t have experienced it before, and this will make it into a great experience for everyone. The hardest part of this will be choosing the song which will be sung, as this should always be something important to the person receiving it.

Some Old Friends

Throughout life, everyone ends up taking paths with draw them away from people that they care about. Friendships tend to be stronger than time, though, and reunions are always worthwhile. Using social media, it should be easy to arrange something like this. Of course, though, you have to be careful; some relationships end badly, and it will be a bad move to invite someone who is on bad terms with the person having a party.

A Place They Wouldn’t Expect

Finally, as the last surprise idea in this post, there will also be placed from your loved ones life which they won’t have been to for a long time. Having their party at the first pub they drank at, where they met their other half, or somewhere else with a lot of significance will make the day all the most special. It’s always worth doing some research before taking the plunge with this, though. In some cases, the place you choose may not be suitable for the sort of party you want to host.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working on the surprise you’d like to create for the next party you arrange. Having this sort of experience at an event like this will always make it more memorable, while also giving people something to talk about with people who couldn’t make it. Most importantly, though, it will make the person who is receiving the party all the happier.