Nov 26

The recipe for a perfect trip

Travel Tips
Posted on: November 26th, 2013 by Derek No Comments

Everyday people dream of traveling.  Personally, I think about traveling more than I think about more obvious simple pleasures, but to me there is nothing better than thinking about the next destination that is going to change me for the better.

I wanted share what I think are the most important elements to keep in mind when you move from the dreaming to stage:

  1. Go somewhere you’ve never been before:  It’s a very overlooked part of trip planning.  Google flight search is a great way to see places around the world that are within your budget and give you new ideas instead of being a repeat destination offender.  You will be surprised with the plethora of areas in the world that are cheaper or on par than your same old vacation you do every year with the family, significant other or buddies.  You can go away to Costa Rica and live in a rainforest for cheaper than you can fly from NYC or Boston to Vegas.
  2. Keep it open ended:  People like to have plans set in stone, reservations books and maps printed out.  It’s ok to be anal-retentive at home, at work and around where you live, but travel is meant for the unexpected.  The best memories and challenges are made when they’re met head on with resourcefulness and instinct.  While it’s recommended to book a hotel if you’re going to NYC for Christmas, try to leave a day open for exploring a new neighborhood. Think of this as keeping your brain fresh and engaged as it ultimately will lead to better productivity back at work after your trip.  Go away and ditch most of your terrible travel apps for a hotel reservation and a city you can manage to explore in a few days knowing nothing.  Walk around, talk to people who live there about where to go and just be curious.  There’s no app to be more human, get out of your hermit zone in the city you live in and create a new memory for a weekend.
  3. Go with someone new or solo:  A solo trip I took changed my life and it will alter your life as well.  Independence is a wonderful thing and it’s tough to accomplish living in a city with all the creature comforts around you – including a partner or family and friends at your fingertips of a keyboard, phone or car.  As long as you’re not planning on trekking through the Pakistani mountains alone without a guide, solo traveling is a safe adventure.  You can learn some really amazing things about yourself that have long been forgotten since you were a crazed kid running around without anyone telling you what to do.  It’s quite a freeing experience, even if it’s for a weekend.  Plan a fly fishing expedition in Wyoming, attend a music festival, take an uncharted scenic drive along a coastline.
  4. Come home mentally exhausted, not impaired:  If you’re past the age of going on spring break, it’s time to reflect that in where you travel to.  As you grow up it’s important to start refining your strengths and passions, so start thinking about places you can start exploring them on a regional or global scale.  If you still enjoy beer, then why not go to Belgium or Bavaria and spend a week drinking the world’s best hops?  If you love hiking and nature, check out Glacier National Park.  It’s time to graduate from improving your tolerance at some shitty Vegas bar and onto your understanding of interesting wines or how the game of cricket is played in India.
  5. Pack what you need, not what you think you need in case of the end of the world:  How many times have you come home from a trip and not worn half the clothes you brought, but lugged that suitcase around for days? Everything you travel with should fit under your seat and in the overhead compartment.  It’s touristy to bring 4 bags of crap for a weekend trip and doesn’t allow for flexibility to alter  a plan by jumping on a small planes to new places.  You stand out like a sore thumb with your matching Louis Vuitton luggage, while you blend in with your backpack and hiking boots.  When you don’t reek of a tourist it means that locals will be more apt to share details and secrets with you, as well as a whole host of other things, but most importantly you won’t be limited with what you want to do based on the size and weight of your suitcase.

I’m sure we’re missing some stuff at Buggl, but if you need inspiration from top travelers around the world check out some of the amazing travel guides that have been designed and shared here.  Do you have an inspiring trip you just went on that you want to share, or secret tips about where you live?  Buggl is the place to create those memories and earn income doing so.

Safe Travels,

The Buggl Tribe.


Nov 11

How to improve your Airbnb.com or rental listing

Travel Tips
Posted on: November 11th, 2013 by Derek 1 Comment

I recently took a trip to Paris where I decided on using Airbnb.com instead of a hotel.  I was pleasantly surprised by my experience in a few ways, but most of all the way in which I felt like a Parisian almost immediately upon putting my bags down.

Our host Benoit met us at his door, pulling up in a moped wearing skinny jeans, a leather jacket and a baguette / bottle of wine attached to the back. My immediate thought was, “was this guy hired by airbnb.com to look like a local or play the part of a frenchman perfectly?”.  Upon exchanging pleasantries and trying out my limited French that was buried since high school, he led us back to his apartment where he asked us if we knew what to do in the neighborhood. After answering no, he gave us a short list of his favorite places to eat, drink, see and experience.

From that experience, we at Buggl tried to apply some style and improve upon what Benoit could have possibly done better to heighten our experience.  We built Buggl for all the Benoit’s out there – people who are sharing global experiences in travel and local and would like to have an edge over their competitors.

In a matter of minutes, anyone can design a custom travel guide on our platform and share that to the world.  Whether you have a blog about travel, an apartment listing to share or just feel the need to describe a future, present or past event that was meaningful – Buggl is the perfect way to share your experiences. You’re able to compile the list of your secret places, plan out itineraries and share insight into where you live or travel to.

I would think that any host providing this type of guide and level of service to his / her guests would result in future bookings, viral word of mouth and an overall better experience when customers visit.  So if you want to improve your rental listing online, guests experiences in the B&B, hotel or hostel you run or in any online / offline travel business; please visit www.buggl.com and start designing beautiful travel guides for your customers.

Nov 06

Netflix for travel guides

Travel Tips
Posted on: November 6th, 2013 by Derek No Comments

Unless you’re preparing for Armageddon you’ve probably heard or used Netflix.  On the surface it’s a wonderfully integrated content subscription tool that allows you great access to a variety of shows, movies and original content produced by Netflix.  What most people don’t stop to think about is the algorithm and matching engine that sits behind the scenes serving up its users with relevant and engaging content based on what they’ve viewed, searched or are interested in. They know not only what you’re watching, but what you want to watch – and every day they’re getting better at helping you discover new shows or content you wouldn’t find flipping through the television.

Here at Buggl, we thought the same concept could be applied to travel guides and content.  We imagine serving up travelers with relevant guides based on where they are traveling to or live could be very powerful.  That said, what about taking it a step further in the future and showing people relevant places that they want to go just based on their preferences, passions or likes?

So that’s what we’re doing!  Instead of collecting outdated travel guidebooks from bookstore shelves and out of touch travel review sites, we decided to put the power in the hands of the travelers and local people.  Buggl gives the world a blank canvas to create travel guides based on any subject, interest or location.

So if you’re simply sharing information about an upcoming wedding to your guests, telling your family where to stay when they visit you or sharing a detailed itinerary to your upcoming B&B guests, it’s time you considered Buggl.  A platform where you can create inspiring and beautiful travel guides in minutes that are shareable to social networks, your website visitors or readers and the world.

Start contributing by designing something today.


Oct 16

How to improve your blog

Travel Tips
Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by Derek No Comments

The advent of the blog and its relevance today cannot be underscored.  It’s given millions of people around the world with access to computers the ability to share stories, personal life lessons, talents and travel tales.  We can read someones blog and vicariously live through them or relate in some way.  Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger and others have given bloggers and internet users a very easy way to turn thoughts, skills and talents into viable online businesses which didn’t exist years ago.

With the rise of any new way to access information comes with several large problems.  As it relates to blogging about travel, food, wine or any destination related activity that result is fragmentation.  It’s extremely difficult to pick through the good and bad travel blogs and find one that you come away with inspired knowledge to educate you on your next trip abroad or to a new neighborhood in your city.

Reader of blogs want more resources after they finish a post.  If you’re writing about amazing wines in Spain, hipster bars in Germany or the best tour operators in South Africa it’s important that you not only tell the story, but give the readers something they can physically touch and feel after they read.

We created Buggl as a way for the world’s best storytellers online create and design guides around the places they’re blogging about.  Take your travel stories, secret places, tips and in minutes, design beautiful and fresh travel guides that can be shared out social networks, downloaded to any device and priced by you.

If you don’t have a blog, create one, or just share your knowledge on our platform.  We strongly feel that we’re creating a very beautiful and easy way for travelers to discover interesting people and travel stories.  At the same time, we’re giving storytellers a cool way to deliver that content out.  We think that any strong blogger or writer online wanting to give their readers more information will view Buggl as a great resource and product to improve their revenue, engagement and awareness.

Happy Designing!