Today’s blogger is Frank from the Travels of Bbqboy and Spanky. Frank has been travelling for quite some time now and has tried short-term living in various places including Budapest in Hungary, Brasov in Romania and South Africa’s Cape Town. His posts are always detailed and very well thought out, often asking the reader to do a little thinking of their own which is never a bad thing. It’s really one of the best travel blogs out there so you know – do yourself a favour and take a look!
I’m Frank, also known as Bbqboy, and our blog is The Travels of Bbqboy and Spanky. We write about the places we visit and our lifestyle as full-time travellers.
- What made you decide to start a blog?
I actually started blogging many years ago on one of those hosted websites. It was just a place to record my memories and post my photos. It got no traffic or comments. In 2013 I realized that some travel bloggers out there actually had their own domains and decided I wanted the same. My biggest regret was having waited that long to get in the game.
- What have your favourite experiences been away from home/the place where you were born?
I recently climbed Table Mountain in Cape Town and that was incredible. We also paraglided and bungeed in South Africa which has become my favorite adventure destination. I’ve climbed volcanoes in Nicaragua and volcanic craters in Sumatra and it’s those kind of activities that get me excited. Spanky is the opposite, she likes personal and cultural experiences and we’ve had a lot of those living for extended periods of time in places like Bangkok, Prague, Budapest and Split. Actually, one of our favorite things when basing ourselves anywhere is to join a gym. We’ve met a lot of interesting locals who’ve become friends doing that.
- When you write your blog, who are you writing for?
I write for the reader, trying to give as realistic a picture as possible on the topic, whether it be about a destination or a subject that might be helpful to travellers or other bloggers.
- What advice would you give for anyone wanting to start their own travel blog?
Don’t be boring. Write what you feel: be honest, don’t sugarcoat, don’t tell the reader what they want to hear. Have your own voice. If readers don’t like it they can go somewhere else, but if you don’t have your own voice you’ll never get them in the first place. My issue with a lot of blogs is that they’re generic and just plain boring.
- What do you enjoy writing about most on your blog?
Accurately conveying what I feel about a place through words and photos. Finishing a post and thinking “I’ve nailed it”. The reason I started writing, many years ago, on that hosted website was to record our memories. So I get satisfaction from writing a post that accurately conveys what we felt about a place.
- What’s the hardest thing about running a blog?
Getting your blog in front of people (ie through social media, networking, joining blogger networks…) I enjoy working on content, I don’t necessarily enjoy the marketing or technical aspects of running a blog.
- Please recommend three blog posts you’d like readers of this to read!
A summary of our recent 3 month stay in South Africa and why race was a factor in how we felt about it:
An old one but a favorite of readers (either makes them laugh or really upset):
One of our favorite spots over the last year:
- How can people find your blog and find you on social media?
The blog http://bbqboy.net/
A HUGE Thankyou to Frank, please do take the time to check out his amazing blog! So long for now, see you soon! May the Journey Never End!