Marie and Joey started SeriouslyTravel.com to document their overseas adventures
Marie and her husband Joey first moved overseas for a work opportunity. Since then they have fallen in love with experiencing new places and discovered their combined passion for travel.
Sharing their adventures on their blog, SeriouslyTravel.com, the couple have set themselves a seriously interesting goal – within the next five years they hope to pay off all their bills and put enough money away to head off into the distance together. They aim to travel the world full time before retiring.
I recently sat down with Marie to get an understanding of how SeriouslyTravel.com works and what advice she might have for people who may not be quite ready to make the same commitment:
Meet our German Market Manager, Carmen Zauss!
We are a global company here at HotelsCombined. Our site is available in over 40 languages and is available world-wide. Our staff hail from all corners of the world, which means that we have an abundance of insider tips, knowledge and understanding right at our fingertips.
So, when it comes to getting to know an international destination – why not ask the experts?
This “getting to know you” segment is just that. We get the low-down on where we should be going, what we should be eating and (of course!) where we should be staying from our very own experts.
Last year we spoke to our Thai Market Manager, Paul and our Turkish Market Manager, Cemine. This time around, we are visiting one of the top European destinations – Germany – with our German Marketing Manager, Carmen. She shares her tips and hints for visiting her home country:
Are you planning a getaway over the September school holidays? With two weeks of freedom looming (hurrah!), we pulled some figures and took a closer look at where exactly Aussies are headed for the break.
Guess which city was number one?
The Villas at Telunas Resorts Private Island
Are you looking to get away from the hustle of city life? Is it your desire to unplug from technology and breath in clean air and bask in the warmth of the sun? At Telunas Resorts Private Island (owned by Telunas Beach Resort) you can do just that.
Lisa Eldridge is a Girl about the Globe
Have you ever pictured yourself picking up your life and taking off on an adventure around the world? One brave woman has done just that. Freelance travel writer, Lisa Eldridge reached a point in her life where she decided to seize her long-harbored passion for travel and get going. She has since traveled to over 83 countries – 43 of those alone.
Lisa blogs about her experiences, aiming to inspire women to travel independently, smarter and more ethically; making a difference to local communities and projects all over the world.
We sat down with Lisa to chat about her blog, Girl about the Globe:
June to August is the peak tourism period in Europe. So where did everyone go?
Summer in the northern hemisphere is drawing to a close. While Europe welcomes travellers year-round, summer is definitely one of its most popular tourism periods. Every year, increasing numbers of holiday makers continue to battle the crowds and the high temperatures to visit the top destinations.
So which city is the most popular of them all? We decided to take a look at the number of hotel bookings made in European cities over the 2014 summer period (July – August) to find out where the tourists are heading:
Whether you have the most sophisticated DSLR or just a smartphone; travel photography is a great way to share the experiences you had on your journey with your friends and family. But most people find it hard to evoke that sense of excitement and wonder that they felt during their travels through their images.
Have you ever tried to take photos at the beach?
There is a certain time of the year in every country, where we feel the need to ditch the office for a few days and gaze at the deep blue sea rather than a computer. Oded Wagenstein, a travel photographer and a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveler magazine has shared his tips to taking great photos on your next beach holiday:
How to take great photos of your next beach holiday
The view of Port Arthur Historic Site from the boat tour
If you are interested in combining a family holiday with a little bit of education, then this small town on the Tasman Peninsula could be for you. We recently visited the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania – it’s one of the best places to discover Australia’s convict past.
Settled in the 1830’s, it was one of the most infamous penal settlements in Australia when it became a punishment station for the worst convicts in the colony. Today, Port Arthur Historic site is home to over 30 historic buildings, ruins and gardens with many informative displays and tours.
The Gili Lankanfushi Resort, Maldives
Does it get any better than this? Deep blue seas, beautiful reefs, beaches and a promise that you’ll leave your holiday completely revived and rejuvenated. It is really no wonder at all that the Maldives is a go-to destination of honeymooners and couples.
Slightly green with envy, we took a look at our database of Maldivian hotels and resorts and picked out our top five. Here they are:
A dorm room at the Meininger Hotel in Hyde Park, London
Do you opt for luxury or budget accommodation when travelling? Are you a 5 star or a five-person-dorm kind of traveller?
Hostels are usually found in the most convenient of locations and increasing numbers of travellers - both young and old - are recognising the benefits booking into such affordable accommodation.
We took a look through our database of (over 800,000!) properties and pulled out the 10 most popular hostels in the world for the last 18 months. The results were as follows: