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Hi! We’re Caz and Craig Makepeace and we started yTravel Blog after living in 5 countries and visiting over 50 to share our own travel tips and stories to help YOU live your travel dreams.

We believe life is about accumulating memories, not just possessions.

Our motto is: “Travel More. Create better memories.” Our goal is to help you achieve that.

There are over 1,000 posts here on yTravel Blog and we created this start page to help you get started by highlighting our best and most popular posts in an easy to read format. Whether you travel solo, as a couple, or as a family we have something for you.

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37 Comments on “Start Here”

  1. Are you able to make a good living with your travel blog? Is this all that you do for income and does it provide enough for a family of 4 to travel year round?

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  2. [...] daughters are global travellers and now with our travel blog we have created a lifestyle around family [...]

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  3. Hi there, Caz and Craig,

    My son is getting married in the Dominican Republic. We will be there for a week. Do you have any suggestions for things to do?

    I have researched your site but don’t see anything about DR.

    Love your blog and reading about your travels.

    Thanks a bunch,
    Jo
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  4. Melanie Stephenson

    My boyfriend is graduating in June from basic training in the military and I want to fly up there , is there any tip on how to find cheap flights to Atlanta Georgia?!

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  5. I have never seen such a big travel blog, was thinking to leave my travel blog as it does not make any money, but my friend showed your blog and was very interesting.
    I will be following to you on facebook and browsing this site regularly.
    A friend of mine who lives in Sydney, Australia had told to meet him, but we never and he moved later to fiji. Can you tell me what would be the cost if I go alone?
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  6. Hi Caz,

    I love your site. It definitely inspires. You lead a life I want to live!! I am a teacher (science, 5 years) in Massachusetts but really want to do teach overseas (preferably London, Ireland, or Germany). Two questions: 1) Can I make enough to survive?! (any idea how much you can make) 2) And with teaching experience under my belt, do you think I need to still get a TEFL certificate?

    And do you still teach now or just run the blog?

    Thanks,

    Heather

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    • Hi Heather
      Teaching is such a great job to travel with. You will make enough in those countries. I am not sure how much they make anymore, but 15 years ago in London I was making near 100 pounds a day and in Ireland 10 years ago 140 euro a day. Of course it does depend on your spending habits! I think the TEFL is a good idea to get as it does give you more options. I taught at a language school in Dublin for the summer which gave me cash, as I didn’t get paid over the summer break. I definitely needed the TEFL to do that. Unless your teaching degree specializes in teaching English as a foreign language I would get the certificate. I don’t teach anymore, just run the blog. I volunteer in my daughter’s classroom for an hour each week and that’s enough for me!! Good luck with it, what an exciting journey ahead

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  7. Gabrielle Dalton

    Hi Caz and Craig!
    I recently visited Edinburgh with a friend over the summer and absolutely loved it! I planned to go back for the New Years festival of Hogmanay, but my travel buddy fell through. I don’t mind traveling alone but I don’t feel comfortable going out and drinking at night alone. I’ve made profiles on websites to meet travel companions, but so far have not had any responses. Any advice on how to proceed? I don’t want to miss this trip but I need a companion for going out at night, a lot of the experience will be drinking in a big street party! I’m torn.
    Any advice?
    Thanks!
    Gabrielle

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    • Keep trying to connect with meet up groups online. Or perhaps you can join a tour group. I don’t know where you are based, but I know a lot of tours leave from London for Hogmanay. That way you will be with a group of people and can party hard on the streets. Or, if you are stay in a hostel that is near by. You will definitely meet people to hang out with on the street. Good luck. I hope it all works out. Hogmanay is great fun

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  8. Rene Angevine

    I was wondering what you recommend for two 23 year old girls, fresh out of college, wanting to see the world/ have one last big adventure before being locked down in a 9 to 5 job. We’re very interesting in backpacking, do you have any tips on where to go? How long to go for?

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  9. Hi!

    Thanks for the wonderful tips about travelling you’ve been sharing too. I am a travel blogger but ironically I rarely travel due to lack of budget. Hope I can find ways to finance my travel exploits. I really love sharing to readers about the discoveries and experiences I gained in my travel.

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  10. Hi guys! I really like your blog. You are not only inspiring travelers but also seem to be a perfect family :)
    Greetings from the other side of the world!
    J.
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  11. Great blog! Do keep going. Cheers from Vietnam

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  12. Just love your blog. I wish more parents would travel with their children so they could experience cultural differences.

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  13. Heyy
    Caz and Craig,,…
    always great reading hre.., way you travel seems v.refreshing, with family- the best part. Gives the feeling that we can find that what we r looking for, that which we dont find in every days, similar experiences. regrdsVeena
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  14. Could not help but notice massive influx of recent advertisements for b-school via your Pinterest site. I started following your boards and blog because I enjoyed the information regarding family travel. The moment I sensed that you are now using this channel for personal marketing and b-school advertisements, I felt “used” as a frequent visitor who truly believe you are on a mission to help families learn about travel NOT generate revenue for yourself and b school. Please know that too much of this will drive folks such as myself away. Thanks for reading.

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    • Thanks for sharing your concern Melissa. However, how do you suppose we continue to share about family travel if we don’t generate revenue? I’m disappointed that you expect us to spend 80+ hours a week pumping out a huge amount of value and tips, helping to transform people’s lives and inspire more families to travel for free. I’m sorry but we just can’t do that. I don’t know who could possibly do that for free.

      Apart from all that, we are sharing B-School because we have a very large number of people following us, who wish to create a digital nomadic lifestyle so they too can travel like us. We’ve learned how to be the best at what we do and create this lifestyle in large part to B-School. It is a legimate online business school that teaches you how to create a business that you love, which gives back to so many. This is our personal space. We’ve spent 4 years busting our butts to create the content on here. We can write whatever we choose. If we wish to do personal marketing we will.

      WE have over 200,000 people who visit us a month to serve. Why does what we do have to be all about what you want? And then you want us to do that for you for free? ARe you kidding? What a rude and ungrateful request. I’m not sure how long you have been following us, but we’ve only promoted the B-School stuff for 2 weeks and will be finishing this week when teh school closes. I’m disappinted we’ve never heard you once thank us for all immense value that we share for 49 weeks of the year and the only time you speak is to say how we should not be generating an income. We’ve written 1,332 posts on this site, we write a weekly newsletter and have thousands of inspiring pin images. Yet you’ve written this comment in regards to 2 posts on our site, 2 newsletters and a handful of pins. Unbelievable. And you want to say we have used you and no longer serve our mission to help families travel. This has to be the worst comment I’ve ever received. We have such a wonderful, supportive community on this space, which is exactly what we put out for others.

      Honestly if we lose people because they have the same attitude, I don’t care. I know that we are good, honest, hard working people who make 97% of what we do about others. We will continue to serve our mission which is to help thousands of people travel more and create better memories. If that doesn’t suit your needs that is fine. We wish you all the best on your journey.

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  15. Thank you for your feedback. I just wanted to share my thoughts on the content pushed out to users and did not intend to go into ways you sustain your business. For me, as a user, it was important to let you know that I was confused with sudden injection of promotional materials that has nothing to do with the topic of interest that attracted me to your site. I appreciate your feedback and passion. Wish you the best of success.

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    • FAir enough. But you have to understand that you are not our only reader. We cater to a wide variety of people. And this our site and channels, if we have something that we feel will help our readers we’ll share it. If you don’t like it you ignore it or you leave. It’s exactly what I do with the people I follow. Sometimes they push things out which have nothing to do why I followed them. So I just give them my blessings– because I always want what is best for others and I trust in them. And then I just don’t pay attention until what I’m looking for returns again. To approach us the way you did was not very nice. You accused us of using you and that so many other people would leave as a result. It was a subtle threat and you were speaking for people you don’t even know. We have to make money, else we don’t sustain our business, and we end up in a life we hate which effects so many people, most of all our children. And then we don’t fulfill our mission in helping people travel more, which we do a great job in. But, we make money in honest authentic ways. If you took the time to seee what we are promoting with B-School, you’d see we are dedicating hours each week to help people succeed in creating their dreams. We’re giving value well in excess of $2000. To turn around and tell us that we were using people simply stank.

      And there is a contact form on our site, you can always email us, which might be taken better than having a go at us on our site in the public eye. I won’t be commenting anymore as I’ll just continue to rant as I am just so upset by your comment.

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  16. 12 towns in Tassie! You missed the far south altogether my friends! What a pity you must come back!
    The most historic area where 17 French explorers made friends with natives….made a garden together on the bay later called after one of the French ships “Recerche” walk up Adamson’s peak named by the same man who named Tasmania’s famous Derwent River which goes through Hobart the capital city. ) “Dover” historically a timber town and port has wonderful beaches like Big Roaring and Little Roaring beach and a bay with three islands Fairh Hope and Charity! Walk to the southernmost tip of Austrralia from Cockle Creek, visit world famous Hastings Caves see the night sky and immerse yourself in wilderness…but come to the far south for at least two nights!

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  17. I hate to leave the “great blog” comment but it is a great blog. I envy your travelling and hope to be in your shoes someday.
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  18. I’ve just come back from Warsaw and Krakow and have written my own blog about it. Travel blogs are the best! They’re a great place to store information as a reference point to go back to when you need it :)

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  19. Dear Craig & Caz
    Grate work.thank you both very much,wishing you all the very best.
    I am preparing myself for a RTW trip on my own for a year before I settle down.

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  20. Hey Caz, well done for standing up for yourself. I don’t read every post you publish but when I do I always enjoy it and it always inspires me to travel more and also look back on past memories and the awesome people I have met over the years. Like the other person said I am not a big fan of seeing adverts anywhere, but I do think you and Craig deserve to be rewarded financially for all the hard work you put into your awesome blog. That is coming from someone who has written a travel blog before, and mine was nowhere near to the standard of yours! Nowadays this is the only travel blog I ever look at, so thank you for all your efforts. If you are ever on the goldy come have a beer, I live at Dbah

    Earl

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  21. Thanks Earl! I appreciate it!

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  22. Dear Caz and Craig;
    I am writing from Maui and need your help. I work at a restaurant in Wailea that is very popular with visitors and locals alike. We are ranked one of the top five restaurants on the island. Lately we have had a large influx of Australian visitors and herein lies the problem. For a country that prides itself as world travelers, I cannot understand how the majority of Australians do not know that in the USA after dining leaving a gratuity of at least 15% is customary. As servers we make less than minimum wage ($7 hr) and that the gratuity is shared between bartenders, greeters, bussers, and food runners. On average the Australians leave between 0% and 10% which after splitting off the tips usually means that it cost me money to wait on the table. When I greet a table and hear an Australian accent, I can’t help but feel deflated. No matter I still give the best service possible regardless of what the tip may or may not be.

    You can help by spreading the word to Australians traveling the USA that tipping servers is part of the expense of dining out. For years the Japanese and Canadians were the most despised diners but I guess word got out and they now tip properly. Unfortunately it is the Australians that have now filled that slot and I hope you will help.

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    • Hi Donald,
      I understand your concerns and frustrations. However, there really isn’t much I can do. We don’t tip in Australia so Australians don’t understand why they should anywhere else. Australians get paid decently by the hour so we don’t need to tip. They will have the attitude that it’s not their problem you only get paid minimum wage, it’s your employer you need to talk to. I’m not saying this to be rude but for you to understand how they think. It might help you to find a way to educate them as they come into the restaurant. Perhaps on some signs or a something written on the menu so they understand the custom better. I agree When in Rome and I always tip in the States and Australians can do better with this. We’ll be going to the states next year so I will discuss it more then.

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  23. Thanks for the links! Always looking for more inspiration for your blog………………

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  24. Monika Smith

    Hi Caz & Craig, my husband & I have done a bit of traveling with tours , Africa, SOuth America, China a bit of Europe. We would like to see France, Greece, Spain, Portugal and maybe Great Britain. I would like to perhaps rent a small apartment in Paris maybe and then travel from there. Would it be cheaper and more practical? We might do some tour but like not to be dependent on other people ! Have you any suggestions. We are fit 71 & 72 yrs young! Cheers Monika

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  25. Monika Smith

    Thanks Caz, I will do some more research into it. We won’t be going till next year sometime
    Cheers Monika

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  26. Monika Smith

    I thought I just sent this! We won’t be going till next year. Will do some more research into it.
    Thanks Caz, I love your blogs
    Monika

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