Top Ten Of Top 10’s Are All Over The Internet

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I’ve Noticed A Top Ten Trend On The Web

Recently I have been busy building a website called Travel-Tactics. TravelTactics is all about travel news from around the web. The plan is to collate interesting articles regarding travel, especially when it comes to advice. I will also post some content myself based on my experience from the travel industry. Whenever I look on the internet I keep finding blogs with the top ten of everything.

I have been spending a lot of time setting up the website. Whilst looking for ideas I have come across a series of trends. I have noticed there are various types of blogs out there. The ones I’m looking for, can only be described as an online journal. Followed by helpful tips and advice to travel cheaper or just to gain better value.

I have come to the following conclusion regarding the rest. As a seasoned traveller the author is just trying to earn a living. Sometimes though the website is just a cover for an advertisement. I have therefore decided to write this article, Top 10 of Top 10’s because at the moment the internet is full of them!

Ten Ways To Become A Blogger

There are a few variations on the top ten ways to create a blog but basically you are walked through how to start a blog. These articles tend to have 2 objectives. The first is to help you start a blog, which is pretty obvious. The second is to get you to follow the link in the article to sign up to a hosting company. Of course there is nothing wrong with this because the author has imparted valuable knowledge. Once you have signed up and started blogging, the author will receive a small commission.

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This Has To Be The Best Ten Ways to Do SEO

Search Engine Optimisation is a weird subject to get your head round and really needs more than a top ten. You either completely ignore it and because you write great content on a regular basis. You rank on Google, Hooray! I have discovered though that every article I read has the completely opposite approach to the last one. So I recently spent 3 days ‘doing SEO’ and all I managed to do was crash my site and get a headache. I think you have to pick a direction you want to go in and just go. SEO is a long slow process that over time you’ll get the hang of. A tip to leave you with, well not really a tip just an observation. Searching for your Keyword, Website or Name on your own computer will show it higher in any rankings, because it’s your computer. The non-genuine ones are hard to spot but if their blurb says. “We’ll get you to the top of Google in a month” avoid unless it’s Google themselves. SEO takes years to perfect. You’ll find my top ten coming to a website near you soon.

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For Less Than The Price Of A Bag Of Crisps Here’s Ten Ways to Tackle Social Media

Once again a few variations on the theme. Genuine articles will talk about Hootsuite, Buffer, If This Then That and possibly Tasker. The next level is the, we have a free version but for the bit you really need it’s 47 a month. This means you tend to hack different services together until your website starts generating cash. Let’s be honest Social Media is a Bitch. Unless you are actively communicating with followers, fans, friends, family and potential sponsors you’re doomed.

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How I Travel Full Time and Here’s Ten Ways You Can Too

Go and watch any YouTube video by creators like, Life Of Jord, The High Life and others. I thought about listing the top ten YouTube channels. Once you’ve seen how easy it is you’ll want to join the fun. Travelling the world continuously and all for free. Well it seems that way! These are the lucky ones, the ones who stuck with it and it paid off. Let me just put the record straight when I discovered Life Of Jord. I watched every video, packed my bags and set off to follow in his footsteps. I failed miserably!

The articles tend to give you an exciting titbit and then a pop-up appears asking you to sign-up. There are a lot of websites which offer genuine advice and free. Some ask for a donation to continue their travels and others want you to pay them for the secret. The websites offering genuine help are plentiful and although you may subscribe there won’t be a charge. If you come across the ultimate secrets of free travel for only 149.99, keep hold of your cash. 149.99 can get you a long way on the road, all you do is start here….

People that inspired me!

  • Alastair Humphreys  This is they guy that got me interested in adventure. Maybe you can be inspired too!
  • Tom Allen  Best advice for cycle touring and what an adventurer
  • Graham Hughes  The first person to visit every country without flying
  • Robbie Ferri  Zero to Hero (Sorry Robbie). Robbie is just an inspiration!
  • Mark Beaumont  The Man Who Cycled Around The World and then some!!
  • Thomas Anderson  Just an awesome guy that does great stuff, on his bike mainly!

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Here are Ten Awesome Pieces Of Equipment You Can’t Live Without

I am not condoning making a living with “New Media” after all that’s how I do it.  If you want the secret then for only 149.99…. Sorry couldn’t resist. Making money is straight forward but you must have all your fingers in all the pies. Each pie gives you a very small amount of cash. Coming soon the top ten pies!

These articles focus on recommending or reviewing products in the genre of the website. Take Travel-Tactics I have a shop but don’t stock anything. I’m into Hammock Camping in the wild, so my shop reflects the equipment I use. Each item is an affiliate link to Amazon and any item purchased earns me a very small commission. So these articles are usually affiliated.

The Ultimate Top Ten Ways To Book Cheap Flights

Booking cheap flights is a fluid art form and takes patience. Most of the general public work hard and have maybe 1 or 2 main holidays a year. They book the same way they have booked for the last 10 years and have a pot of money allocated for their holiday. Savvy travellers tend to turn things on its head. We look for an adventure based on experiences not 2 weeks in Benidorm. This usually means attempting to out smart the travel industries big players, like airlines. These articles give you advice and the top ten will change almost daily.

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The Ten Things You Must Do In This Country

Someone has visited a Country, City or Town and usually wants to save you some time and money. So they write about it, just remember it is their experience and opinion. I have taken advice from articles like these and on some occasion had a great experience. There were times though it was awful. Jordan lived in Jakarta for a few months, so I visited Jakarta and hated it. Jakarta for me was just smog, traffic and a bad food experience. This also goes for the top ten things to avoid in a country too!

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Ten Foods You Have To Eat Before You Die.

Once again someones experience, although an insight into local cuisine. I would expect the savvy traveller to be sampling the local food anyway. These articles have pointed me towards some amazing places though. Kim Lian Kee Restaurant in Chinatown Kuala Lumpur is an example. I would never have known it existed, I couldn’t believe how good the food was and it costs pennies. I could easily do a top ten cakes list!

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The Only Ten Things To Have On Your Bucket List This Year

I really enjoy reading these as I dream about skydiving or bungee jumping. So far the ones I’ve read tend to be by adrenaline junkies who own a GoPro. One of the items on my bucket list is to enjoy a nice cup of tea with a great view. I’m easily please! These articles give you inspiration and their aim is to get your brain working. The best advice I have found on this subject is “Just Have A Bucket List” you’ll instantly become a real adventurer.

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Top Ten Apps

It’s the 21st century and we need our gadgets, don’t we? I download every App recommended and uninstall most within a week. This is usually because my phones memory is so small after 10 apps it slows down to a snail’s pace. These articles are all well and good but a flat battery or a river tend to make these devices useless. I recently read about survival and if you rely on any gadget (with batteries) to help you. Then you have a skill shortage but for only 149.99 I can fix that.

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There we go my top ten of top tens. The internet seems to be full of them, some awesome and others not so much. I’m not saying they are a bad thing, just everyone is jumping on the band wagon to get visitors to their website. On a recent Tortuga backpack podcast the presenter who was in the marketing department made an interesting statement. Tortuga focuses on articles which add value to someones travels. A top ten things to do at a destination is good. How to get from the airport to your hostel or where not to exchange money is better. I agree!

This article was written on a cold February night the day after storm Doris. Yes we name them too now, by John Holt

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Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur 2


I had not visit Malaysia before but had heard great things about its multicultural society and its vast beautiful vistas. I have only Explored a tiny amount of this country but learnt more here than anywhere else in the world.

Arriving at Kuala Lumpur airport for the first time was daunting for the second exciting, this city has a lot to offer the traveler and today I’m going to attempt to do it justice.

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George Town, Malaysia Tips and Tricks

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I imagine there are hundreds of thousands of people travelling right now and tens of thousands writing blogs or uploading vLogs to YouTube, some have not only the money to complete their adventures in one way or another but have a companion or two. I on the other hand tend to travel alone these days and that is fine and dandy with me, it means I’m flexible and can basically do what I please. Recently that involved staying longer in George Town than I originally planned.

As far as the money side goes I’m either doing somethings wrong or all these YouTubers aren’t sharing the secret of how the pay their way. As of yet I haven’t earnt anything from my YouTube channel, my affiliate links or my blog. The analytics tell me more people are reading my blog and I’m starting to get views on my YouTube channel, so maybe I just need to keep the ball rolling.

I have managed to secure a few good affiliation deals, one with Vidahost this is my website hosting company. My Tech Guru videos now have an affiliate link for good hosting, I am also waiting on confirmation from “Send My Bag” an excellent alternative to carrying your own luggage and better still a cheaper option than budget airline luggage charges. Alpha insurance has also allowed me to join their scheme but as yet I haven’t received the link.

I signed up for Google Adsense (which hasn’t worked) and have separated my websites into, which is this blog, is now my review website, is now my technology coaching website and my other sites will be coming online shortly, I know these are going to be difficult to upkeep and maintain but as I already own them I might as well put them to good use. Although the domain names are very similar I can link the sites together. So if you visit this blog there will be links to my other sites as if they were just extra pages on the domain. This gives me the flexibility to design the sites differently and make them user-friendly.

So back to my travels…..

There are a few things that you need to know to ensure you have a relaxing and enjoyable stay on the island of Penang.

Be prepared to politely say “No” because you’ll spend a fortune if you don’t. Everyone is very friendly and chatty but there is lots of competition vying for you cash. One of the best and cheapest ways of getting from the mainland to the island is to use the local ferry service, officially a fifteen minute service but since the bridge opened you just wait until the next one arrives which nowadays is around every hour, or not! Officially you pay 1.20 ringgit to Penang Island and then the return journey is free. The journey takes anything between 30 – 60 minutes depending on the weather. You will congregate in a seating area, I say congregate as queuing is not a thing here. There is a small kiosk which sells drinks and snacks and luckily some fans in the roof as this area gets very humid.

Once the ferry arrives and everyone has disembarked, all the vehicles drive onto the ferry. The passengers then follow the last car on board and the 4 times I used the ferry it was a bit of a stampede. On board you just find a convenient spot to enjoy the views and wait until you reach the other side, where walking passengers will disembark first.

Once across the 3 km divide you’ll wander through stalls and kiosks selling snacks, fruit and drinks until you arrive in the middle of bus terminal A and bus terminal B. This is where the taxi drivers hang out and try to persuade you to take their taxi. I have learnt a few things on my travels and one of them is never get in the vehicle of a taxi driver who is touting for business. If you want a car to take you to your destination then use Apps like Uber or Grab these 2 apps also give you different vehicle options and a clear indication of the price. If you have no choice then at least you’ll be able to agree a fair price before you get into a vehicle. Here in George Town you don’t have to worry about taxi’s as there is a free bus service called the cat, which stands for Central Area Transit. This is a circular route but can get you most places around George Town. Other buses are really cheap but do not give change, so ensure you have plenty of it before getting on board. The cat stop is in terminal A over to your left, assuming you’re facing inland. If you haven’t booked accommodation then there are lots around the port area, more on accommodation soon.

I met a chap who was in a rush to meet his group as he had been separated from them at the train station. He thought a taxi would be quicker than the ferry and was convinced he had a been good at bartering with the taxi driver. A trip in a clean, fairly modern taxi for 60 ringgit.  I thought it was a little expensive, however the bridge over to Penang Island is some distance away from the ferry terminal, so who was I to judge. I followed the guidance from Dale Carnegie’s book how to win friends and influence people and agreed it was a good price. Although the twist to this tale is the taxi driver used the ferry.

If you are a bit uneasy about the road, just in front of you is the footbridge across that extremely busy bit of tarmac. If you haven’t perfected the art of packing light yet, then I would imagine you would like to drop that heavy bag off at your chosen place of rest. I booked via Airbnb prior to arriving in George Town at the Ros Heritage, I also extended my stay by 8 days as there is so much to do here. I would suggest you only book a couple of nights in any given place, based on my experience you may want to move around the island to enjoy what Penang has to offer and committing to one property is inconvenient. I also viewed a few other options and for what I paid I could have had a far nicer place, not that there’s anything wrong with the Ros Heritage apart from the mouse. Checkout the container hostel, go left and first right you can’t miss the big white building with black livery. I viewed a dorm in here and they look very clean and modern to stay here is 45 ringgit per night, although the reception staff told me to book online as it’s cheaper. They also told me that during the week they are quiet and at weekends they turn people away, so if you will be in George Town over a weekend book in advance.

I also viewed a room at the Tonight Motel which is a coffee shop with rooms out back, they are nice looking rooms with a small on suite. The price was again 45 ringgit which seemed a bargain. As you wander the streets you’ll discover hundreds of guest houses and everything in between too. I really don’t think you’ll have a problem finding accommodation in George Town.

As the bus service is so cheap, I recommend getting out to see the island just be aware that some of the drivers would like to compete in a formula 1 race because they don’t hang around. I saw several signs stating you could buy a day pass for the buses but I tried at 2 different ticket offices and no-one had any. The pocket map from the bus station is a really handy tool and I used it to find my way to some beautiful and interesting places.

George Town has a lot to see and do, so check out my other post on Things to do for free in Penang.

Shopping is well catered for in George town and if you grabbed that bus pocket timetable from the Jeti it lists them all and how to get there. I bought a new camera in EOS Boutique , the camera was a £200 cheaper than in the UK but the store didn’t give me the form to claim the 6% tax back at the airport and I even asked them if I needed one. Ensure you get the tax refund form from the shop, especially on big-ticket items as 6% is not to be sniffed at.

As you can imagine the choice of cuisine is immense, well after all you are in Malaysia, just be aware there is also a vast difference in prices too. Eat in an open street cafe which is full of locals and you’ll pay pennies for a drink and not much more for a meal. A place with air conditioning and the price goes up, westernised inside then ouch! Expect to pay the same as back home. I visited the Street Art cafe four times and the Black Kettle twice for what I spent in those two cafés I could have eaten for 3 months.

An app I found really useful was Penang Tourism Information

This app shows you the position of all the street art and recommended walks. Check out the app because it is very comprehensive, if I visited everywhere it suggests I would still be there.

George Town offers a free public WiFi service but in my experience it was a complete waste. I opted for a maxis hotlink 4G sim card, I download the hotlink app which is free to use over data so if you do use up your 5GB for 30 days you can top up really easily. I also discovered that topping up with 1GB at a time is cheaper than the 30 day package 1GB is 3 ringgit and 5GB package is 48 ringgit. I found the speed to be faster than my home network. I did a speed test and it was 73Mbps down and 38Mbps up, excellent speeds for live streaming and uploading my YouTube content.

I didn’t use taxi’s in Penang but have heard that some fix the meter, so I would suggest downloading the grab car app as it’ll tell you the price the journey should be and give you other vehicle options. Trishaws used to be a big thing in Penang but are dying out, you’ll find a trishaw cafe next to the container hotel if you want the slow-paced tourist experience of sight-seeing.

Across the road from the container hotel is a cafe, more like a garage with tables in and outside they advertise toast. I discovered this on my penultimate day and visit it on my last day too. The food and service were excellent and it’s really cheap, hence why I had 2 bacon sandwiches for my last breakfast.

I really enjoyed Penang and I’ll miss the people, the atmosphere, the temples, the sights and the wonderful but spicy food.


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