James Clark of nomadicnotes.com Interview

Posted by admin | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 22-09-2010

Our travel interview today is from James Clark of nomadicnotes.com who is a traveller / Location Independent Business Owner.

Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am from Melbourne Australia and I work half of the year abroad. Most of my work is done online so so I don’t need an office.

When someone asks me what I do I usually say web designer for the sake of a simple title. Actually I have multiple jobs and projects on the go, including web designing, web development, travel writer, photographer and tourism marketing. In the offline world I also am developing a holiday apartment rental business.

So there are various job descriptions for each of my projects, but they all have the common theme of travel.

How did you get into traveling?
I went on my first overseas trip in 1995 (a week in Hawaii) and I got the travel bug immediately. I went to the US again in 2006 and 2007. Not satisfied with short trips I moved to the UK in 1999 on a working holiday visa as a means to base myself in Europe and travel.

What have been some of your most memorable experiences?
Having the chance to live overseas has been the best thing I have done. I lived in the UK for 2 years and Ireland for 1 year, and boths places enabled me to travel regularly, as well as give me a fresh perspective about what I wanted to do in my business life.

What are you doing now?
At the moment (Sep 2010) I am travelling in China for 2 months.

What websites do you run?

My personal travel website is at http://www.nomadicnotes.com/, and I also have numerous travel related websites. My latest project is Low Cost RTW (http://www.lowcostrtw.com/). It is a resource for flying “Round The World” using only low cost/budget airlines. I also provide advise for other travel sites regarding web promotion.

What tips would you give someone wanting to go traveling?
There is no right or wrong way to travel, but once you start travelling you will soon find out what the right way for you is.

Lizzie Fane Thirdyearabroad.com interview

Posted by admin | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 21-09-2010

Todays interview comes from the wonderful Lizzie Fane, the Founder of ThirdYearAbroad.com; the social network that helps make university year abroad students’ time away less scary.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I studied Italian at The University of Edinburgh and spent my year abroad in Florence studying at the university there and tourist-dodging on my bicycle writing reviews of popular sightseeing attractions for Time Out’s Florence guidebook. Since graduating a couple of years ago I’ve worked for two startup companies, mydeco.com and wexo.co.uk, to learn the ropes before launching my own online social network in January this year.

2. So where did the idea for www.thirdyearabroad.com come from and what’s it all about?
My year abroad was a wonderful experience, but it certainly didn’t start off that way. I needed a place to live, a tax code, and advice about what to take with me and how to matriculate at the university, but more importantly I needed someone to ask who’d been through the process already and could pass on their secret tried-and-tested insider tips!

Having failed to find advice of this kind anywhere on or offline, I decided to set up ThirdYearAbroad.com to provide all the information, help and support I needed – all in one place. You can find other people ‘in the same boat’ as you, read country, city and course reviews, get advice from people who’ve been there and done that already, get discounts off year abroad-related things and chat with others in the forum about everything under the sun!

3. What are the goals for the website where do you want it to be in three years time?
At the moment we’re focusing on helping students just before they go and when they arrive abroad. We want to expand this in both directions; encouraging sixth formers to study languages at university in the first place, and helping language graduates with their career plans and advice about finding their first job abroad. In three years’ time we’d like to be the one-stop shop for year abroad students where they can find answers to all of their year abroad-related questions and dilemmas.

4. Any predictions for the online travel industry in the future?
I think people will keep finding new ways of using social networks to solve travel problems, from reducing costs and congestion to being as environmentally-friendly as possible; Apps such as FourSquare, Facebook and Twitter will help with car-pooling and finding people to share taxis with when you arrive at foreign airports, and travellers can use CouchSurfing.org for free accommodation abroad