We always try to travel slowly and off the beaten tourist paths to see more of the country and especially its people. “Live like a local” is the name of the game. Tobi & Marcel, Home is where your Bag is
Interview with Tobi & Marcel from Home is where your Bag is
What should your visitors be expecting while researching your blog?
Marcel: Since we are a Southeast Asia blog in the first place, they will obviously find many interesting topics about these countries. If you love beautiful islands with gorgeous beaches, you can be sure to find loads of them on our blog. We don’t only provide travel reports, we also try to help the reader when it comes to how to get to these places and what you should do or see there, accommodations, transportation, food etc. So it’s not only about entertainment but also solving problems. When it comes to the entertainment part, we often create travel videos with our GoPro cams and make short films about the best places we visited.
Be it good or bad, which Asian city/town left you the deepest impression? And why?
Tobi: It’s kind of a cliché, but it was a digital nomad hotspot. Chiang Mai. The city has everything except a beach. That’s why I left at the end. In Chiang Mai you can find everything – nice cafés and co-working spaces to work on your blog, lots of temples, markets, festivals etc. There is so much to explore and even the month I stayed there wasn’t enough and I’m coming back. Beside the digital nomad scene, it’s also a hotspot for backpackers, so if you want to meet new people that’s the place to be. I’m a beach lover, which means at the end I had to go somewhere else, but as a city is Chiang Mai in my opinion just perfect.
What is your definition of an ideal/perfect holiday?
Marcel: Try to be unique. Don’t just start a blog, make your thoughts first and think about what will make the reader come to YOUR blog. What are your goals and what do you offer to your readers that other blogs don’t have? A blog is basically a brand and it should be treated like that. A nice and consistent corporate design is important in my opinion, but you and your personality, your writing style etc. can also be crucial. Communicate with your readers, answer every single email and question and build your fanbase. Without all this, your blog will be just another little one in the huge blogosphere.
What advice would you give to other travellers who will be starting their own blog?
Marcel: Well, as trivial as this might sound like: There should be a beach! For us, it’s always about nice places with amazing beaches. New experiences and meeting nice people is also important. Especially when you meet some awesome people, it can make your holiday unforgettable. You probably will remember these moments and people more than only the sightseeing parts.
What do you wish to see more or less of the travel blogging community?
Marcel: I love these HD aerial videos taken with drones. I know it’s probably not easy for a traveler carrying around such a huge box with a drone inside PLUS their luggage. For me personally, that would be way too much. This is why I like to enjoy these videos from other travel bloggers and hope to see more and more this year 😉
Editor Review of Home is where your Bag is
Average Score of Home is where your Bag is – 82.5%
- Photography 82%
- Website Design 86%
- Uniqueness 86%
- Creativeness 90%
- Usefulness 70%
- Inspiration 74%
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- Readability 85%
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