#travel #blog Travelgal Nicole

Wow, we’re just on a roll this month with our #travel1k rankings: last week we were at #85, pleased as punch with that we were, and for the week of March 27th we’re up another 21 places to #64! Is that a record? Yep. pretty sure that’s a record. Woo-woo-woo-hoo!

This week we saw the biggest climbs from Emyr Thomas (up 1476 places to 135th), Suitcase Stories (up 1342 places to 283rd), and Happy Hotelier (up 1191 places to 262nd).

We welcome our new travel bloggers Erin Bender (889th) to the #travel1k Top 1000+ Travel Blogs scorebook.

Well done to this week’s top three Charles McCool (McCool Travel)Andrea Pizzato, and Pamela Rossi – Always 5 Star.

And for our new blog to check out this week, here we are at #13 with a most respectable leap from #67: @travelgalNicole’s Travelgal Nicole!


Welcome to Travelgal Nicole  I’m an American Kiwi living in Wellington, New Zealand.  I’m originally from Wisconsin and have lived in London, Japan and have lived in NZ for the past ten years.

My first trip overseas was to France for my high school French class.  I think any American will tell you going to Europe and seeing just how much history there is and how old everything is mind boggling the first time.  I flubbed my way through the French immersion part of the trip but if there was one thing I learned it was that I wanted to travel more.

In between high school and university I wanted to take a gap year to travel.  My parents were completely against it.  This was not something Americans did back then.  I was able to do a summer internship for Save the Rainforest in Panama before heading off to college in the fall…

… And New Zealand it was!  I really thought I would have gone to Australia but the visa was only for 4 months and I had really wanted to live and work somewhere for a year.  Once I arrived in NZ I found the job market to be really good and found a job quite easily.  One year turned into two due to new visa scheme that opened and then I had enough points to earn residency and needless to say some 10 years later I have citizenship….

Now there’s a journey for you! We’ve worked abroad in a few countries, but none that hit the spot quite as much as here in Thailand, where we’re seriously considering relocating too … however, actual citizenship, that’s quite the trial, they only take 100 per year per country!

Here’s an interesting-looking recent article:

11 Best Blogging Cameras reasonably priced for bloggers in 2019

Sony A6500 Mirrorless – best camera for blogging

This is a good all-around camera for blogging . This mirrorless camera is lightweight, compact and fast. It’s the world’s fastest 0.02 sec auto focus with Real-Time auto focus and object tracking. It uses artificial intelligence to detect and process eye data in real time, resulting in improved accuracy, speed and tracking performance of Eye AF. It has 24.2 MP and can be used with interchangeable lenses.

I think this is the best all-around camera for the money. A lot of people will think this is a beginner camera and that is true but for the size and weight and price you cannot beat it. If you are looking for something more advanced I would recommend the Sony Alpha A7II.

That’s a beginner camera? OK, the most non-beginner camera we have is a Canon Powershot, oh look the latest of those is on the list too:

Canon Powershot G9x

Now here is a fun camera that a lot of people will think does not deserve to be on the list but let me explain. Canon has one of the best point and shoot cameras on the market. Think its not powerful enough of a camera for blogging? I know some people that used a GoPro for all of their photos for the first two years. Everyone has to start somewhere…

Huh. Well, if all you bother with is your trusty iPhone, where does that put you? Well behind the start, apparently! Any-ways, if you take your pictures more seriously than we do, this looks like a pretty solid roundup yep.

Turning to an actual travel article, ah here’s one that’ll be useful whenever we make it to the UAE:

Everything you should see in Dubai: an Itinerary for Dubai

 I spent a long weekend exploring Dubai and even though I was able to visit all the sites I felt like I barely scratched the surface of the city.  I stayed at the Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach Residence Dubai.

I found the hotel perfectly located for exploring the city and overlooking the water and also the largest ferris wheel in the world – Ain Dubai Observation Wheel.  My room was extremely spacious and comfortable but the best thing was the view of the water…

Day 1 Itinerary of Dubai – Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium, Dubai Fountains, Burj Khalifa, Souq Madinat…

Day 2 Itinerary to Dubai – Jumeirah, Kite Beach and Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Marina…

Day 3 Itinerary for Dubai – Hop on Hop off Bus and Old Dubai…


p dir=”ltr”>Head over there and check out the photos — that is a striking place indeed!

Technically, BuiltWith tells us it’s a standard WordPress + Jetpack setup, and as always we recommend Dreampress as your best choice for that, free Jetpack Professional and all; and in direct contrast to last week, there are basically no plugins at all here, just a couple analytics plugins and, interestingly, WooCommerce, although we don’t see a store anywhere at first glance.

So yep, we’ve started following the Travelgal here, anybody who’s made it to more countries than us (“115 and counting”) is definitely a travel resource to keep up with we figure, and judging by that camera article there’s some blogging education here as well — so head on over and check it out!

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