In an effort to fully experience another culture, my wife and I have decided to spend most of 2014 in Southeast Asia (mainly in Thailand). The goal of this trip is to integrate ourselves in Thai culture while illustrating our experience through writing and photography on a dedicated website we plan to launch shortly before our arrival.
We see this as our opportunity to commence the travel writing and photography career. We plan to rent out our condo as a source of income, and are looking into teaching English as a second language.
With the understanding that it takes a full year or so to build a successful website and develop a career in photography/writing, our work in Thailand will be the initial focus of our website. Our intent is to not only illustrate the scenery and culture of Southeast Asia through our website, but to do this from a different perspective, exposing maybe something different through abstract writing and photography? We know we need to do something different, something that will spark the interest of travel readers (and maybe others) who are looking for more than just a review or recommendation.
For those of you who are experienced travelers, writers, and photographers, how should we direct our focus in writing and photography?
Experienced English teachers abroad: TEFL seems to be the best program to start an English teaching career abroad from the little research I have done already. What advice do you have? What is the reality of my wife and I both teaching English at the same time and location in Thailand?
Successful website developers (sorry, this is the best I could do at 5:15 am): How can we make a successful site that will get the kind of traffic we need to eventually run advertisements, etc. to generate steady income?
My wife and I are passionate about traveling, writing, and photography. Our main reason for this is the experience itself, and not to necessarily make money. However, we are also using this opportunity to understand the reality of our travel writing/photography ambitions. Even if our website is a complete failure, with no other readers other than family/friends, some of our best memories together will be very-well documented!
Carrie and I are 25 and 26 years old, respectively. We appreciate any advice, comments, and guidance you can provide. We are both new to blogging (this is actually my first post, ever), but see this as an important aspect of our research efforts.
Any advice/comments/questions are greatly appreciated!