We’re approaching our 75th blog post on SiDash Travels, and sometimes we can’t believe we’ve written as much as we have! Coming up with new content each week is both challenging and fun.

Some of our ideas are excellent (if we do say so ourselves) and others are better left off our brainstorm lists.

We also love to read other travel blogs for inspiration and our own entertainment. Doing so, we’ve become quite opinionated about the content of prefer.

There are certain types of posts we love and would be eager to read from any of our favorite bloggers. But some posts have also become overdone or we haven’t found very useful.

At the risk of a controversial post, we’d like to explore both types. Keep in mind, this is just our opinion – take it all with a grain of salt.

 

Posts We Love to Read

Travel Mistakes

We recently shared our biggest mistakes, and we were definitely inspired by the brilliant and hilarious posts we’d already read on this topic.

It’s a shame that people don’t share these stories more often. They are entertaining, memorable, relatable, and helpful for other travelers. What more could you want in a blog post?

When you make a mistake on a trip, it’s normal to think “how could I have been so stupid! Surely no one else has ever screwed up like this before.”

But people have – and sharing these experiences with each other is so refreshing.

Charity Projects and Volunteerism

We are able to travel the way we do largely thanks to our careers as ESL teachers. And while our paychecks are definitely a necessity, one of our big dreams is to be able to teach as volunteers one day – specifically in developing countries, or to children living in poverty or with refugees.

We know there are plenty of people who have done something like this – but we haven’t found many blog posts sharing the experience. We want to read about a real experience, including both positives and negatives.

If anyone has done anything like this, please share your stories with us! It will be at the top of our reading lists.

 

Honesty

If you’ve read our blog, you probably won’t be surprised that we love a good rant. Overly-positive travelers are just not our cup of tea – sorry! We want to know what annoys you, and we want you to get really passionate about it.

Many posts seem to butter up traveling to be perfect all of the time – that just isn’t reality. Tell us why you hated taking a night bus in Southeast Asia. Fess up when street food gives you the runs. It’s real, and we love it.

 

Unusual Recommendations

When researching for our next trip, it’s not long before every blog starts to sound the same. Finding a unique suggestion is so difficult, but so valuable.

We are desperate for information about a bar that’s hidden away or a sight that no one would think to see – give us a random adventure!

Posts We’re a Little Sick of Seeing

Packing Lists

Confession: we tend to pack in less than 10 minutes, usually moments before we head out the door and to the airport.

Packing isn’t complicated, and we certainly don’t need a unique list for every country or city we visit. We know what to pack when the weather is hot, and we know what to pack when the weather is cold. Other than that, what changes?

Does anyone really use these lists?

 

Top Things to Do (In a Whole Country)

Unlike packing lists, we believe these posts should be way more specific. When talking about a huge region, the suggestions get way too generic. Cut it down to a specific city – even better, a neighborhood. Then surprise us with your suggestions. Show that you really know the place you’re talking about and give us some real tips we won’t find somewhere else.

This is especially needed for blog posts on huge countries like China or Australia. Narrow it down, please!

 

“Our Day”

Here is some tough love for us all: unless you have a truly interesting story to share (see “Travel Mistakes” above), only your mother is really going to want to read about “your day in Rome.”

There are many reasons someone might read your blog. None of the reasons have much to do with you – so ask yourself, what is the reader getting from this writing? Useful insight? Laughter? Something they can relate to? An addicting story? The last one is probably the hardest to pull off, and you need something very rare and unique in order to do so.

 

SEO Arse Licking

Okay, we get it – Google is a powerful beast in this game. As bloggers, Google can make or break us all. When Google is happy, we are happy, and when Google isn’t that into us, we might as well hang up our hats and head home.

But as tempting as it is to make every content decision with Google front and center, we believe that our readers are really the most important key to our success.

Ranking high in search results means nothing if no one actually enjoys our articles or comes back for more.

Writing for Google alone can quickly give you a library of boring, skimmable articles that just hit the right keywords – is that what you imagined when you decided to start a blog? Is it actually what you want write? Because it’s certainly not what we want to read.

We’ll admit, this is probably a controversial post, but we hope most of you can relate.

Or maybe you have your own preferences and pet hates – these are just our opinions and we’d love to hear yours. Let us know what you think!

 

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  • Gearoid McSweeney

    I agree with a lot of the above.

    Unfortunately, the listicle has spread its tentacles far and wide (due to the power of the Internet). You’re as likely to see it on the Guardian travel section as on a blogger’s website.

    Not so sure that I’d agree about the Top Ten Things to See in a country/ region. These posts can act as an inspiration. I think that a lot depends on how well executed a post is. A good one should use plenty of relevant internal and external links to allow readers to go in with more depth if they want to research a destination. If not, ‘Ten things I like in London’ is about as useful as an essay you might write at school.

  • Els Mahieu

    Haha, great post! Totally agree on the packing list! Why would anybody need a guide to pack stuff? If it’s hot take a bikini, if it’s cold warm clothes, if it’s mixed, take both. There you go, packing list done, right? 🙂