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About

Friday, August 18, 2017

About


It all started about 6-7 years ago. I went on my first real big trip with two good friends of mine – we drove for about 2,000 miles to explore the Chapada dos Veadeiros in Brazil, a 10 day trip full of hiking and visiting exotic (maybe we should say esoteric as well!) places. The following year, another exciting roadtrip with 3 other friends; now even farther, all the way to the northern part of the country, and that required much more stomach, given the things we went through.

As we drove to unknown roads (later finding they had not so appealing nicknames, that had we known beforehand we would have preferred driving more hours to avoid them…), ate local food, almost got caught without any fuel literally in the middle of nowhere, bumped into wild pigs on the way to the bathroom (which by the way had no toilets, just a hole on the ground), slept in nice and not-so nice places, and got way more sun than our bodies could handle, I always carried a little notebook that would help me remember names of places, people, food and whatever caught my attention, so I could tell the stories and add more info to the caption of my photographs when I came back home.

Given my short memory, that ended up being a great practice for all my future trips. It was something simple, nothing like a diary, just some notes in case I ever wanted to go back or maybe a friend that would do the same trip needed some tips.

After those two wonderful journeys, I had the opportunity to travel for 3 months in the US, most of which I did by myself and on a short budget, which required very good planning so I could enjoy the most for very little. During this time, I spent one month in Hawaii, one in Vail/Colorado, and another traveling through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Florida, Colorado, Arizona and California.

There: I already had a passion for traveling, and in this last one in the States I also found out I had a knack for planning trips!

Since then I’ve been gathering articles from magazines, tips from friends, my own notes and many – many! – brochures, maps and guidebooks from all places I’ve been to or want to visit one day (hummm… everywhere!). I’m also always looking for the best deals and how to be smart in planning trips, which has saved me and others some good money or allowed us to enjoy the travel much better.

And this is how this website was born. I could say it was for a greener world by avoiding the use of paper, but I have to be honest, it was just becoming too hard to be organized with so much information in my hands. I also thought that having a centralized place to share tips with my friends wouldn’t hurt, instead of the long emails I had to write from scratch every time I was asked about the same places I had written a dozen times. And even better, this way I would also be able to use my friend’s recommendations for myself and also share it with others! After all, as much as I love guidebooks, I will never trust their reviews more than I trust my own friends’ opinions!!!

So I hope you enjoy this website. The great thing about it is that I’ll always seek to have the best information and will share everything I find useful, as this is a source I’ll use myself, completely replacing my little travel notebooks and boxes with brochures and magazines I have everywhere around the house. Please read the ‘How to use this site’ to make the best use of it, and send me an email if you have suggestions in how I could improve this website.

Happy Travels!

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How to Use this Website:

– First and more importantly, bear in mind how this website idea started: simple notes to remind me about the highlights of a trip and collections of information from brochures or magazines. So please don’t expect fancy written posts;  I’m typically very straight forward and don’t have the time nor the desire to write long books – I rather spend more time adding information on the site than making sure they sound poetic.

– I also don’t see a reason to reinvent the wheel – if I find an interesting article somewhere, I am very likely to include it in a post instead of rewriting in my own words to say the same thing. This allows me to give the credits to whoever wrote it originally and have all best travel tips in one single source for me and my readers to access at anytime.

– Note to the wise: always check the date in which the posts were published, as the information may become outdated (especially the ones in the ‘deals’ section…) throughout time. I generally provide a link to confirm any details and check for updates, otherwise you can always search for it in Google/Bing, etc and get the most recent info.

– On the main menu, right under the header, you’ll find all topics and subtopics. By clicking on them you’ll find all posts related to that topic

– If you’re looking for a specific subject, you can search for one or more keywords in the search box in the upper right hand side of the page. i.e. if you’re looking for tips on American Airlines mileage program, you can do a search with ‘american airlines’ as keywords and see only the posts that are related to AA, instead of going to the Loyalty Programs page and having to scroll through all posts related to loyalty programs and miles.

–  On the column on the right, you’ll see many sections:

  • One the first one, “ENEWS & UPDATES”, type your email address to get alerts to know when I’ve added content to this website. Don’t forget that you have to confirm the subscription by clicking on the link you’ll receive in your email otherwise you won’t get the alerts
  • Under Recent Posts, you’ll see the posts that were published most recently
  • In the section with the Twitter logo I’ve chosen my favorite twitter writers that post very valuable deals on a daily (if not hourly!) basis. There you’ll only see the most recent ones; to access a history of tweets, go to the ‘Twitter Deals’ page on the main menu.
  • Ratings shows the top stories according to kristraveler.com’s readers. I’d appreciate if you could give your honest rating in each article you read by click in the stars on the top of the posts.
  • “How well-traveled are you”: each time you access the website you’ll see random photographs of some of my favorite places in the world.  Try to guess where they were taken or send me an email with a description of the picture and I’ll tell you the destination

–  And finally, this website will always be work in progress, and I’m willing to hear your comments and suggestions:

  • Feel free to add your comments under the posts; I may have missed something or be unaware of everything out there and your contribution can be very valuable to other readers.
  • If you have a question about a topic that has not been published here, feel free to contact me and I’ll try to respond to it as possible.
  • If you have any tips that you think would be useful for others, you’re welcome to be my Guest Blogger. Your post can be related to travel planning, deals, reviews of tools or restaurants, hotels, attractions, etc, or even top places to visit in a certain destination. Send me an email with a brief description about yourself and your tip or recommendations and if it is appropriate to the content of the website, I’d be happy to publish it in the ‘Guest Blogger’ page.
  • Suggestions to the content or structure of the website are also welcome!

Hope you enjoy the website and come back soon to kristraveler.com!

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