Wander shots: @traveldudes Melvin Boecher

2012-08-30 16:45
Melvin Boecher is a simple travel blogger but a revolutionary one at that, in search of real experiences and people willing to share those with him and his community of travellers at Traveldudes.org.

After all,
local tip offs about a little-known beach, bar or hostel and other great travel tips from other travellers that add a special dimension to your experience was the main motivation for starting up his blog that has since blossomed into a valuable network. He's the main wanderluster behind traveldudes.org - dedicated travellers should bookmark it now. Otherwise, connect with him during the weekly travel talk on twitter - #ttot.

Here's what he had to say during his last visit to the Mother City

: You were recently in Cape Town as part of the Cape Town Tourism's #LoveCapeTown drive. What part would you most share with your Traveldudes audience?

Melvin Boucher: "I just have to share my experiences when we went diving with the sharks. It's an adrenaline kick, which is just my personal taste of travel, I love to have. But I'm sure others will love it as well. I will definitely also write about the bicycle tour in the township, as this showed us a different side of Cape Town, which is just too real. That tour was very interesting and should also be done by other travelers. And my hike up Table Mountain, as it's just a different and better feeling if you reach the top having put in a bit of effort.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome since starting Travel Dudes?

"The biggest challenge is, that people still don't have a clue about the real value blogging, social media, or the internet in general provides. Who would have guessed that a single tweet of mine would be valued at more than EUR 160 - right!? Or that I can provide a ROI of over EUR 20 000 when promoting a destination in 5 days via writing about it on Traveldudes.org. But this problem is a general one, which all magazines, newspapers and bloggers have.

Tell us about your most recent trip, before coming to South Africa?
"I was speaking at a travel blogger conference in Foz de Iguacu, Brazil. Luckily the conferences are always combined with blog trips, so that I had some really exciting days to experience the really amazing Iguacu Falls.

Describe your travelling style and how you choose the destinations you visit?
"I'm speaking at many conferences and most of them are always in new destinations, so I'm able to combine both. Conference and exploring the destination. But Traveldudes also gets invited to explore a destination or we have our own campaigns, like Blog Ville or iAmbassador.

What is the biggest mistake made by travellers?
"To be too organized? I love to be spontaneous. It's not always possible, but I had some really good experiences like that. To travel independent and not to book the next package tour is the first step to that.

In your opinion, the travel trend to watch in 2013 would be?
"Social media and also blogging will play a much bigger role. Already now there are so many people using social media and bloggers to get trustful information. The industry is just starting to take this trend seriously.

What’s been the most useful travel innovation for you?
"Planes! I just hope they keep improving, as traveling by plane is not at all right, seen from a green perspective. But I'm sure it's possible, if politicians would give them more pressure. It's all a question of will.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learnt during your travels?
"There are always two sided of a story and it's up to you to try to understand it, which doesn't mean that you have to agree with it. It's important in life to respect each other, as well as accept each other. Understanding both sides helps with that.

Who would you most like to sit next to on a plane and why?
"Some of my other friends I know from the online world. For example I travel with Keith (@velvetescape) actually quite often together and also with others. It's always fun to share experiences, business ideas but also travel stories. You usually have too much time at airports or in planes, so it's a great place to brainstorm.

Best piece of advice you’d give to aspiring travel bloggers?
"If it would be easy (to do it full time), everybody would do it. Travel blogging is a business, which needs a lot of patience and a lot of work.

Complete the following:

To show-off about your experience… is the thing I dislike most about travelling because… traveling is about sharing experiences and helping each other.



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