The Travel Blogging Update – 2

I had been planning to do these blogging updates only once every 3 months, but a lot has happened in the last month or so that I thought I’d update you all on.

Guest Posts/Features

I’ve been guest posting all over the place lately. Of particular note, my guest post for A Travel around the World, “Most over rated attractions in Scotland, and where you should go instead”, was featured on the Lonely Planet website. I have also done a post for HostelWorld.com – “Tips for staying in touch on the road”, and have a post coming up on HostelBookers.com very soon.

I’ve also had quite a few interesting guest posts here on Runaway Jane from other writers. In particular, HostelWorld.com Editor Colm Hanratty wrote a great post here on “Backpacker Specials in Edinburgh”, and Honor Baldry, Editor of i-to-i’s TEFL Community wrote about her “7 Secrets of Successful TEFL Teaching”. I am also currently seeking more writers/bloggers to guest post here on Runaway Jane in the areas of WWOOFING, Travel Photography, TEFL/ESL, Travel in Africa, and Travel as a Vegetarian. If you have experience in any of these areas, and would like to guest post for me, please get in touch.

Teaching English Review

I recently completed a TEFL “in the classroom” based course for the purpose of finding out how beneficial a TEFL course can be, what’s involved, and whether or not they are actually needed. I am now currently in the process of completing an online based course for the purpose of comparing the two, and documenting my findings here on Runaway Jane, for anyone interested in doing a TEFL course and looking for an independent opinion on what each course is really like.

I also may take a short term teaching role in Asia to top up my travel funds on my next long term trip, and will document about how I found the experience, and any useful info I pick up along the way. If you are thinking of teaching English as a foreign language, and are interested in my findings, then please subscribe to my RSS feed if you haven’t already for more info.

Interviews/ Travel Plans

Some of you may already know that I am planning a round the world trip by land and sea later this year. For those that don’t, I am making this trip to help highlight the effects of CO2 emissions on the planet (caused in large part by air travel), but also just because the prospect of traveling such a distance by land & sea is way to exciting for me to turn down right now! At present, I am trying to publicise my trip and my cause, as well as raise the necessary funds for embarking on such a distance, and have been doing a few interviews to gain some awareness.

Craig Martin from the Indie Travel Podcast interviewed me a few days ago, which will be available to listen to via iTunes on the regular Indie Travel Podcast in about 3 weeks time. Be sure to check out Craig and Linda’s award winning podcast if you haven’t already! It’s a very interesting, fun, and informative podcast, and is also completely free! I am also a regular writer for the Indie Travel Podcast website. You can view my latest post “Top 5 ways to travel green“.

In other news, I was approached by national newspaper The Sunday Post, who had seen a previous interview about my trip at local level, and wanted to run a feature. The interview should feature in the paper sometime over the next few weeks, so if you are based in the UK, be sure to pick up a copy and check out my cheesy accompanying photo!

If you are a travel writer/blogger, or know of any publications who would be interested in featuring me or my trip, please get in touch. I would be happy to take part in any interviews either over the phone, email, or in person, and any way in which I can raise awareness of my cause or raise funds for my trip would be much appreciated! I am also currently seeking sponsorship in a number of areas, and if you have a travel related product, service, or company that would be interested in supporting Runaway Jane’s trip by land and sea around the world, please get in touch!

4 Responses to “The Travel Blogging Update – 2”

  1. ayngelina says:

    Looking forward to your interview on Indie Travel Podcast, it was one of the first podcasts I started listening to a few years ago and it’s still on my iPod.

  2. Craig says:

    It was great speaking with you, Jane 😉 look forward to publishing it.

    Ayngelina, great to have you listening! Enjoy the show.

  3. I will start on my Masters in TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) I’m not sure if this will give me a step ahead of TEFL certificates but I’m hoping so, until then I’m interested to see what the comparison of the online vs in-classroom TESOL will be.

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