A few people have asked us what we use for blogging as well as all travel-related things (flight+accommodation bookings, money, gears, etc) and we’ve decided to come up with a page that shares just that. The resources we use will change with time but I do hope that they stay useful to you in your own traveling and blogging endeavors.
DOMAINS + HOSTING
It was in 2009 when I first purchased domain and hosting for my blog. I used the following:
- GoDaddy* (domain) – starts at ₱49 or ~US$1 from a .com
- HostGator* (hosting) – starts at US$3.95 per month
Currently, this blog uses the following:
- Namecheap* (domain) – they have regular monthly deals and sometimes have huge discounts (in 2013, I purchased this domain for just US$1 for the first year + 1 month free hosting); they currently have a KINGCOM SALE at US$5.88 per year, regular price is US$10.69 per year
- Coffee Mags* (hosting) – these are managed by my friends and former colleagues; very affordable at just US$1 per month, that’s around ₱1,000+ for a year including domain purchase
I also have other blogs (I hoard them) that use the following setup:
- Bluehost* (hosting) – plans start at just $3.95 per month but can go higher as your need for website space increases
- Hosting Visa* (hosting) – this is also another local provider; starter plan starts at ₱420 per month with unlimited domains and 1GB bandwidth allocation
THEMES + DESIGN + CONTENT + PHOTOS
- Elegant Themes* – currently using their Divi theme; love the Drag and Drop builder!
- Other WordPress themes you might want to consider are those from:
- For DIYers (and even if you are not), I highly suggest you learn the science of design. It’s a make or break thing! I highly recommend Design Your Own Blog‘s Blog Beautiful Ebook* which is full of detailed steps on how to make your blog look pleasing to the eyes of your audience.
- For photos, we currently use a Nikon D5200* but if I’m too lazy, I use my iPhone or Huawei P9 instead.
- For photography lessons, check out:
- For blog graphics, I use:
SOCIAL MEDIA + SCHEDULING + GROWING YOUR BLOG
- For growing your blog, I recommend reading:
- For inspiration, I read:
- Books for Bloggers and Aspiring Digital Entrepreneurs
- How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul*, by Ruth Soukup
- 365 Blog Topic Ideas: For The Lifestyle Blogger Who Has Nothing to Write About, by Dana Fox
- Pinterest Power: Market Your Business, Sell Your Product, and Build Your Brand on the World's Hottest Social Network, by Jason G. Miles
- Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community*, by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
- ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income*, by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger
- Blogging for Creatives: How designers, artists, crafters and writers can blog to make contacts, win business and build success*, by Robin Houghton
- EPIC Blog: One-Year Editorial Planner*, by Regina Anaejionu of byRegina.com
- Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business*, by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
- The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated), by Timothy Ferriss
- The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future, by Chris Guillebeau
- Lonely Planet* – awesome guidebooks. ’nuff said.
- TrekEffect – free service for planning travel with friends and family; you can also find me guest posting at their blog from time to time
- Trello* – an collaborative organization app; perfect not just for travel planning but also for dividing tasks at work, too
- Trip Advisor* – I love reading recommendations about a place from fellow travelers here
- Air Asia – low-cost airline carrier in the Philippines
- Cebu Pacific – our most preferred low-cost airline carrier in the Philippines
- Expedia* – covers international flights as well as accommodations
- Agoda* and Booking* – among the cheapest places to book accommodations
- Trusted Housesitters*– housesit in exchange for free accommodation
- AirBnB* (get ₱950 travel credits when you use this link)
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