Travelling does not have to be expensive – Flipnomad
A Filipino budget traveler brings us his experiences of following his dreams and living the travel lifestyle. How does he do? Let’s take a look around Flipnomad and see what there is on offer.
First impressions are quite good with a large selection of well laid out menus and categories. There’s a clear focus on The Philippines with posts about food, travel and tips where Flip has traveled extensively.
There’s also a great “Meet the nomads” section where flip has interviewed dozens of independent travelers – some great reading in there alone.
Blog posts are short and snappy. I could do with reading more lengthy posts. Especially about the Philippines as I’d expect Flip to have more hands on information about the country. There are some gems hidden in there though and are worth searching out.
One of the let downs with Flipnomad were the inclusions of sponsored posts to countries I don’t think Flip has been too. As a blog reader this puts me off a little. If one was going to allow sponsored posts I would at least try to make them relative to where I’ve been. A prime example is the post “Five landmarks I visited in Paris” did you visit Paris Flip? Another guest post, but again it removes your blog authority to have something titled like that.
A nice clean design which pulls the reader in. Ads are apparent but not too obtrusive.
There are some serious problems though. The food link on the top menu links to an external site. It took me a while to realize this is another of Flips websites. But at first it was confusing and made be want to close all the windows. Flipnomad also has the annoying habit of some links opening in new windows and other directly – one or the other I would suggest.
The end of blog posts are scattered with three rows of thumbnails linking to external sites and a mass of social / sign up links.
There’s also a glaring fault on the Google + sign up on the front page as there’s an image missing.
Some of Flip’s photos are really nice. Again mainly surrounding the Philippines. There are some photos with attribution links which I don’t understand as Flip is writing as though he was there himself.
Style of writing
I read Flip’s about page and loved it. Great intro and nice FAQ’s to get us caught up on who Flip is. I wish there was more like this on Flipnomad itself!
Flip has talent. I came across his two e-books and they are wonderfully designed, well written and photographed. I would like to see more of this type of content in his blog posts.
There was some when Flip was traveling in The Philippines. At the time of review the homepage had little about Flip’s travels and more about random sponsored posts and travel articles. This is all fine but it does seem to jump around the place. Again meet the nomads is a great part of this blog and I’d like to see it featured more.
Perhaps changing the blog into more of a magazine style rather than blog theme would suit Flip more with his current style?
I really liked Flipnomad when I first arrived. But as I dug deeper I found a blog with short posts and lots of ads. This took a lot of enjoyment away for me. I really wanted to read about Flip and his adventures. What I found was a hybrid travel blog / magazine. I’d choose one form and stick with it.
Flip’s ebooks are great. It shows he really has talent. I’d like to see Flipnomad take on a similar look. If it did then I’m sure his ratings would go up in future!