Travel Tips ebook for backpackers?
Replies: 26 - Last Post: Nov 29, 2012 4:20 AM Last Post By: OneScot
Nov 2, 2012 2:10 AM
Travel Tips ebook for backpackers?Im thinking of writing a Travel Tips Ebook specifically for backpackers. It would cover subjects like personal safety, what to do if you passport is lost or stolen, getting travel insurance, how to choose a backpack for travel etc. Ive traveled to 28 counties and im planning to travel to several more as ill be continuing to travel for about a year or so. Does anyone have any thoughts on this topic or have any experience in a project such as this one? If you have any words of wisdom, please share. Thanks!
Nov 2, 2012 5:03 AM
Nov 2, 2012 8:54 AM
2LOL, congratulations you are the 10,186th person to have this idea, this year. There are countless people who have travel experience. Some of them can even write two coherent sentences in a row. But that doesn't mean it would be a good idea for them to write a book.
There are all kinds of websites on 'the ultimate backpacker guide to travel' etc. as well as books including e-books. Tip number one, never carry anything you don't really need and that includes an e-book reader. There goes your plan.
Seriously bandikut, this is not an original idea by any means and unless you have some cunning plan to differentiate yourself from 10,000 others you can expect little return if any for your efforts. Writing a 'guide to' is not difficult. Getting people to buy it is the problem. So hit us with your amazing marketing plan and see what people think of that. In particular, exactly how you are going to get it on page 1 of a Google search. Because if it doesn't come up on page 1 you can forget it.
The list goes on and on bandikut
Nov 3, 2012 3:36 AM
Nov 3, 2012 4:34 AM
4Tip number one, never carry anything you don't really need and that includes an e-book reader. There goes your plan
I really don't understand why this gets espoused as if it is law. It pops up all over the place and in my opinion is fundamentally incorrect. I don't need music, so that would mean no music player. I don't need fiction, so no books. I don't need to not smell like shit, so no soap.
It's several hundred books in the space of a DVD box and the weight of a pancake. For me, and instead of not taking things you don't need it's a far more complicated balancing act between size, mass and usefulness. I bloody love physical books. I don't think ereaders can tough them BUT I'm not planning on lugging around Nabakov's entire written collection. Likewise I love music so probably will take an old iPod and a cool homemade solar charger.
Nov 3, 2012 7:01 AM
Nov 3, 2012 7:20 AM
6Umm, it was a throwaway line guys. Not meant to be taken literally. The issue the OP is asking you to comment on is the idea of his writing a book, of whatever kind. Why not give him your comments on the topic instead of getting all excited about what to carry or not. I happen to have and like my e-book reader. Nevertheless, I don't carry it, an ipod, a laptop, a cellphone, etc. when I travel. Reducing weight of ANY kind is the first tip any new backpacker should be given. That's all I meant by the line. But it is not the topic the OP is writing about. So just remove that line from my response and give the OP your response to his idea.
Nov 3, 2012 7:47 AM
7I do agree that writing a Tips book isn't really worth it. If I needs tips, I'll google and find loads on websites. I've even put my own experience on my own website. So I'd never pay to get told what I can find for free.
I even agree in the weight issue, but as an avid reader, I would MUCH rather take my featherlight ereader with 300 of my favourite books and new bestsellers on it, then carry around a paper book that weighs over a kilo. Plus it's so much nicer and easier then finding decent books in book exchanges!
Nov 3, 2012 9:37 AM
8Sorry for reading what you post. Tip taken. Although like you always claim threads take on a life of their own they need not remain resolutely nailed to the headline. So keep it consistent, champ.
I'd narrow it down, bandikut. One book shall never help all people. Even backpackers are a disparate group.
Also you might want to clarify exactly what this eBook is for. A lot of bloggers give out free ones as publicity so it saturates the already densely packed market. If you are planning on selling it you'll need something to set it apart, etc.
Really you need to elaborate on your OP much much further.
Nov 6, 2012 10:53 AM
Nov 6, 2012 1:11 PM
10If a thousand people with no experience open a restaurant and it fails, but one does it and it succeeds, would you consider it an idea with a good chance of success or not if you opened one bigfrog?
There is such a thing as learning from the mistakes of others bigfrog and taking calculated risks as opposed to uninformed and stupid risks. To suggest that anyone should just 'go for it' and do something regardless of the facts involved is stupid.
If the OP chooses after assessing the facts to go ahead and do it anyway, that's fine. The OP is free to make that decision. For YOU on the other hand to say ' go for it' is not fine. It is not you that is going to invest the time and perhaps money doing it. The fact is that while a million may well have done it before, a million have not SUCCEEDED at it.
Given the OP does not appear to have a background as a successful writer of e-books and his only qualification for the job seems to be having done some backpacking, the simple question has to be, what are his chances of success? The answer to that seems clear unless as I stated earlier he has some brilliant plan to market his e-book. Since the OP has not returned so far to address that question, what additional knowledge do you have that would suggest to you that he 'go for it'?
Nov 6, 2012 7:45 PM
Nov 7, 2012 3:21 PM
12Tired of the stupidity.
One learns from mistakes, umm yeah, your own or others. You don't have to make all the mistakes that you learn from yourself. Duhhh.
If the people who created the sites I posted had asked they might have got the advice to save their time and money. Or are you under the delusion that because they created a site they are making money?
Between a pessimist and an optimist you will find a realist bigfrog. I get real tired of people throwing around words like 'negativity' without any regard for what they suggest is 'positive' being realistic or not.
Nov 7, 2012 11:54 PM
Nov 8, 2012 6:01 AM
14Travel In Style - Why do you bother writing your 3500+ posts to this site?
I have been a musician for over 20 years. I've had some success, some disappointments, been through some difficult times. A few years ago I switched over to a day job for stability but I have no regrets. I had a blast and some of my acquaintences are people you definitely heard of. I wrote some clunkers, but the clunkers were stepping stones to my more mature works. I have made money off some of my better stuff but without the clunkers there would not have been the gold. This analogy goes for anybody that attempts anything in the creative realm.
If the OP wants to write a book let them. Its their time and if they find they have a passion for writing let them do it! Even if their biggest fan is their mother its still a more productive activity than passively watching TV, armchair travel, or being an internet troll. I tried some creative writing, I didnt have the follow through to write an entire novel but I would hardly call the time wasted. I enjoyed it and it improved my writing skills that I use daily in my current job.
Calling me stupid is just juvenile.
BTW - the OP never metioned they wanted to become a millionaire from their efforts. For all we know they just wanted to put something out there to help others and there is nothing wrong with that.
One more thing - I do both the international travel backpacking and walking backpacking but I have only been doing it for the past seven years. I would have loved to begin doing this earlier in my life but I lived in a part of the United States where people dont do these kind of activities. I had to learn everything on my own from scratch, so it would have been nice to have had a nice well written resource to help. Those people still think Im a bit crazy for going the places I go and doing the things I do....
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