11 Blogging Lessons from My Wildest Travel Experiences

April 3, 2017
Me kissing a fish in Bali. I learned no lesson.

 

400 pound tigers.

 

Spitting cobras.

 

Me looking like a by-product of Gollum and Trevor Reznik.

 

I’ve had some wild experiences on the road.

 

Today, I want to help you accelerate your blogging success by turning these sometimes death-defying, often humorous, at times, bat-shit crazy experiences into rocking blogging lessons.

 

Dudes and dudettes, you can and will continue to live your wildest dreams by following a few simple, powerful blogging lessons persistently.

 

Note; before we begin, if you find these stories entertaining, enlightening….and…..fun….tweetย Netflix’s Twitter Accountย (click that link)ย this blog post with…….”Make a series of this guy’s life!”

 

If a former fired security guard like me can have these experiences imagine how we can inspire the world to travel, to live life and to grow like a stinking weed with a Blogging From Paradise Netflix series.

 

Let’s dive in.

 

1: Grow Some F*cking Balls (Sitting with Three 400 Pound Tigers in Thailand)

 

The 400 pound behemoth with switchblades for teeth sat beside me.

 

Mmmm I love me some farang meat. His name is Ron.

 

Don’t believe the BS shared by some individuals; these guys were energized (peep them when the ice blocks come out), engaged and ready to roll.

 

It took balls to get inside the cage with three, 400 pound tigers right up the road from where we are staying in Chiang Mai, Thailand. But I went for it, to have an unforgettable experience.

 

It takes cajones to blog successfully. Courage. Boldness. More than anything, it takes establishing clarity around blogging, to rock it out.

 

Dive in. With both feet. Get clear. If you are timid, grow a pair. Be bold! The rewards of living your dreams through blogging are worth a few seconds of being uncomfortable.

 

2: Please Hire Help…..Quickly! (Nearly Dying from Giardia in India)

 

After losing 20 pounds in a little over a week in India, I became dangerously dehydrated. My pulse was feeble (exact words of doctor in the emergency room). I nearly died. But things should NOT have reached this point.

 

Kelli snapped this shot AFTER I gained 5-7 pounds, post hospital visit and hydrating via IV drip.

 

I lost a fight with a 5 MPH gale here.

 

If I went for help – aka, visited the hospital – 2-3 days after my stomach went all funky I’d have prevented dehydration, would have crushed the giardia with antibiotics and would have avoided a horrifying circumstance.

 

Guys….when you need help….get it! HIRE it. Ask for assistance.

 

When I have blogging problems I *immediately* submit a support ticket to Krystal and message Phillip Dews.

 

No need to have a feeble blogging pulse.

 

3: Bring Howitzers, Please (Staring Down a Spitting Cobra in Bali)

 

The spitter danced left and right, lining us up in his sights.

 

Thank goodness I came armed with a big old spade.

 

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When house sitting in Bali, a spitting cobra broke into the chicken coop. After killing the mama hen and 2 chicks, we dispatched of the cobra with a spade I carried from the tool shed. Without the spade – or a pair of shades (to shield eyes from the spitting cobra’s venom) – we may have been slayed (Rapping Dork).

 

We needed the tools of the Cobra Dispatching Trade to prevent all of the chickies from being slayed.

 

Here are your blogging howitzers (tools of the trade):

 

  • self hosted WordPress.org blog
  • domain name
  • premium theme
  • CDN
  • a handful of beneficial plug ins

 

At a minimum, pay for these blogging tools. Don’t come to blogging battle with a freaking pea shooter. Strap on the big guns. Like you’re starring in the movie Predator (aka my fave movie of all time….stop laughing!).

 

4: Was It a Smidge of Cocaine? (Jackson Pollack Toilets in Peru)

 

My toilet looked like a Jackson Pollack painting. Like a jambalaya of half-digested Fruity Pebbles.

 

I became violently ill in Cusco, Peru. After consuming too much coca tea, I got a little high, clouded my judgment and ate old, not too fresh, food from the fridge I had no business ingesting.

 

Violent Vomiting – some 15 times – over the next 24 hours taught me a lesson: thinking clearly is one of your greatest assets.

 

If I thought clearly, I throw the food out versus cramming it down my Gringo Gullet.

 

Thinking clearly helps you avoid nasty blogging situations. NOT assessing your blog through the filter of fear but instead, thinking clearly and seeing your blog through the filter of love, helps you make changes to get clearer on your blog and to move in a more prospering direction.

 

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Example; because I was thinking clearly, I recently simplified my opt in and shared it in more spots. Including at post’s end. So I netted more subscribers. (I’d have missed this if buzzing off the coca tea, ya see?)

 

5: Special Delivery (Flying Cockroaches in Cambodia)

 

Kelli sprinted out the door like a Buddhist monk who mistakenly happened onto a Ping Pong Show at Soi Cowboy in Bangkok (please Google for reference).

 

I paid the check while a 2 inch long flying cockroach slowly descended as it prepared for landing in Battambang, Cambodia, cruising between me and the waiter at the rural restaurant.

 

While KC was horrified, I was highly uncomfortable at best, and at worst, damn scared the roach would land on my face.

 

But Cambodian dude smiled and acted like the roach wasn’t there. Common place, Plain Jane occurrence. Plus they eat roaches and tarantulas and scorpions in Cambodia.

 

The blogging lesson: you may be terrified of some blogging mental block but other bloggers have mastered this fear. Study them. Learn from them.

 

If you feel hyper scared to write your first eBook, study a guy who wrote and self-published 126 eBooks. He knows how to help you knife through your fears.

 

6: Fear Is Why You’re Here (Bullet Ants, Poison Dart Frogs, Centipedes, Scorpions and Snakes in Costa Rica)

 

Kelli and I did a 6 week house sit in a remote Costa Rican jungle, 3 miles away from civilization.

 

We lived among (not saw…but actually LIVED WITH):

 

  • bullet ants
  • poison dart frogs
  • venomous snakes
  • centipedes
  • scorpions
  • army ants

 

The bullet ants and poison dart frogs were a dime a dozen; everywhere. I even slapped a bullet ant off the kitchen sink with a moldy dish towel one fine morning (he almost disfigured my Palmolive hands).

 

Machete Man in Buena Vista, Costa Rica.

 

We literally stepped into fear. And we felt the fear, and did it anyway.

 

If you want to take your blog to the next level, step into the fear and terror you are currently resisting, to take your blog to the next level.

 

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You only have fun, and spread love and succeed as a blogger by making fun, freeing and sometimes, terrifying choices. Dive into your blogging fears. Spend the freaking $250 to make $10,000 or $100,000 or, to live your most spectacular dream life. Feel the fear. Do it anyway.

 

7: Quasibloggo Lives (Bigfoot in Costa Rica)

 

I stepped on something during a trip to Manual Antonio, Costa Rica.

 

Said experience felt like my toe was locked in a vice grip of white hot pincers. Painful as shit. My right foot swelled to where I could not walk for about 2 days.

 

I shuffled around like Quasi-bloggo, hunched over, before I decided to just lay in bed for a few days. Because all I could do was rest.

 

Blogging-wise, you need to:

 

  • take days off
  • take a week off
  • spend 4 to 8 hours daily offline

 

because sometimes, all you can do is rest. To be successful. Force negates. Power attracts.

 

If you feel blogger burnout coming on, drop everything. Sleep. Seriously. It works.

 

8: Boobs, Babes and Bensin (Gas Station Attendant = Breast Feeding Mom….in Bali)

 

I pulled up to a greedy Balinese babe feasting on lunch.

 

A small gas station. Or, a few bottles full of gas – bensin, in Bahasa Indonesia – a baby, and a breast feeding mom.

 

No big deal in Bali. No shame. Natural. Normal.

 

After an initial blush and averting eyes I became more comfortable with the situation. But still paid while keeping my peepers north of the breast feeding border.

 

This blogging lesson is easy: don’t be ashamed of your blog! Because readers will reflect that shame energy back to you, or, prospective readers will never become long term readers because of the ashamed energy you emit.

 

I read a mind-boggling post from a popular travel blogger group recently. When a reader noticed a blogger offline, the majority of travel bloggers felt awkward or embarrassed. Are you kidding me! Somebody notices me offline from my blog, they’s a getting drink, dinner, a hug and maybe a light peck on the cheek (European style for men).

 

These travel bloggers felt fear, or lack of clarity, or perhaps shame, about their blogs, which caused them to create an online persona different from the offline person, which leads to unhappiness. BE YOU. Online. And offline. Succeed. And leave shame behind.

 

One critical place to share more about about yourself is via your About Page.

 

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9: Peter North Meets Paramahansa Yogananda (The Humble Yogi in Thailand)

 

He lay across the bed wearing a cape and nothing else. As his nether regions winked at me, my friend in Thailand conveyed a life lesson full of wisdom, loving kindness and…..gonads.

 

The Humble Yogi Richard Weinberg, aka The Walking Miracle, was shot in the head in Saigon during the Vietnam War. He cheated death then defied medical science by not only walking, but by becoming a yogi who achieved physiologically impossible poses for a man with his injuries.

 

One side effect of his brain damage – and of his spiritual enlightenment, in many ways – is being over himself, largely. Or not giving into shame or vanity. Evidence was the Red Shoe Diary like visit to his apartment.

 

No I did not snap a nudie. Instead I will share an image of a suave as hell soi dog in Chiang Mai donning a designer sweater.

 

 

One day, while we were chatting about life, RW chose to wear a sweeping cape, a loving smile and nothing else. Pure Richard (note; he wears clothes 99.999% of the time).

 

The blogging lesson: colorful stories engage the imagination. Tell colorful stories. Allow readers to step into a different world every time you publish a post. If you do that, you will kill it in your blogging niche.

 

10: Lady Boy Lowdown (Taking on 2 Tranny Prostitutes in Thailand)

 

The Thai Twoesome wished to separate Biddulph from his Baht.

 

After waking at 5 AM I wandered out on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand. A lady boy duo desperate to earn some coin on either early morning risers or stumbling, drunk, late night farang grabbed at me and reached lowdown ย – literally – grasping for my wallet as they remarked of my handsomeness (thanks guys….I mean….well….guys….I guess).

 

I coasted from the scene. But on doubling back, The Twosome literally began sprinting after me. I Usain Bolt-ed my way to the hotel. All while a fearsome-looking soi dog with a Tweety Bird doll affixed to his neck looked on with a vacant, disinterested look.

 

The blogging lesson? Avoid bottom feeders. Let go folks who only want to use you for their gain. Folks who don’t bring anything to the table. Folks who only want your money.

 

These Two only wanted my roll. I smiled politely, jogged a bit, then, sprinted from the Farang Hunters.

 

When low-balling sponsored post bloggers infest your inbox, smile, thank them for their opportunity, decline because you have no match, and never give them an ounce of your energy again. This is the most loving, compassionate thing you can do. You mingle with loving, fun, prospering folks. Let the others find their way in their own time. They will.

 

11: The Nepali Nasher and Basher (Kraziness in Kathmandu Nepal)

 

2 wild men attacked me in Kathmandu.

 

One desired a butter roll. Saw no roll. Sunk his chompers into my biceps and triceps.

 

When not being attacked by wild men I did laundry lunges in Kathmandu. I once walked for over a while half barefoot and half wearing a Duck Dynasty flip there to….but that….is another story.

 

Another wild man punched me in the arm, full force, either being high on life or a chemical concoction of hallucinating, hellacious hash….or something of the sort.

 

In each case I learned to be on my feet. Present. In the moment. Because Jerry Jaws or Punchy Perry would have done did serious damage if I was not paying attention.

 

Dial in to your blog, guys, by dialing in to the moment. Be present. What did that reader REALLY say? Was it just a passing comment? Or an idea for a new course, or eBook?

 

All struggling bloggers are NOT in the moment, regularly, doing serious damage to themselves and their blogs. Vigilant, present-minded bloggers spot clues, identify problems, help their readers by creating products and services and of course, become hyper successful folks.

 

Your Turn

 

Which is your favorite story? And lesson?

 

What blogging lessons have you learned recently?

 

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25 Comments

  1. Haha Godwin! FAB comment and I believe Red Bull may help, or maybe a Chinese ginseng tea too ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks brother.

    Ryan

  2. Godwin Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    That was a surge of courage you had sitting next to that 400-pound Tiger. I canโ€™t even imagine doing that in the real world. The only place I would attempt that is in the world of blogging, of course.

    In the world of blogging, there are many things that needs to be done, and most times the fear of doing those things is just as great as the fear of sitting next to a Tiger. And just as youโ€™ve shown in this post, anyone that wants his or her blog to be successful must have the courage to face and overcome that Tiger of fear.

    One more thing Iโ€™d like to add is that those who want to improve their writing should observe how you started this post with such a strong point.

    In the world of blogging, it is very important for one to capture the attention of his/her audience, and you expertly did that by opening this post with one of the strongest pointsโ€”which is sitting next to a Tiger!

    It creates enough curiosity for people to want to read all the way through to other points to see if thereโ€™s any unusual factor or element of surprise in there.

    I believe that if beginners model this skill of yours, it will help to increase their audience, grow their blog and create a loyal following.

    Awesome Post Ryan.

    P.S. Iโ€™d like to see if I can attempt this feat in real life. If thereโ€™s any Chinese beverage I need to take to successfully attempt this, kindly let me know. LOL.

  3. Godwin thanks a bunch! That lead in is the difference maker.

    Ryan

  4. Godwin Says:

    Are you kidding me, Ryan?

    You actually sat close to three 400 pounds Tiger?

    Mehn, that was some balls you exhibited there, and the lesson learnt was well worth it.

    This post is captivating. I once learnt it helps to start a post–or any writing for that matter– with the most captivating words, sentences or ideas.

    And I think that’s s valuable lesson struggling bloggers (and writers) can also learn from you.

    By observing how you practically started this post with the unthinkable idea of sitting with a Tiger, they can also do something similar to captivate their audience from the beginning of their posts.

    Awesome post, Ryan.

    Thanks for publishing!

  5. Hi Manidipa,

    Another Predator fan? Awesome. Underrated movie. For a campy, over the top movie LOL. Love the flick though.

    Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ryan

  6. Hi Ryan,

    How amazingly you have shared the lessons learnt from your travel days. All of them are fascinating with the right messages. I like #3 (Predator is my fav too ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    Only you could write such a post! Thank you for sharing. Take care and have a great Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hi Mark,

    My pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚

    It has been an….interesting journey indeed. I found myself shooing a big scorpion out of the kitchen last night. Not run of the mill stuff I reckon.

    Thank you for reading and commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ryan

  8. Mark Newsome Says:

    Thanks for sharing 11 highly entertaining & educational stories Ryan!

    I’d say, your eleven, entertaining as all get out stories, are easily
    more than the average person has experienced in an entire lifetime!LOL!

    You’ve really covered it all here! Your stories are fun and your lessons are
    quite enlightening as well! Thanks bud!

  9. Hi Dan,

    LOL! My wife sprinted into the den. She loves big cats. The Thai guys laughed at me when they saw fear on my farang face before entering the tiger den. They shamed me into it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Happy to be a guy you can live vicariously through Dan ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks as always for commenting.

    Ryan

  10. Hi Chris,

    I did not see that park. Which sounds MOST interesting ๐Ÿ™‚ Know of a gazillion elephant parks out that way though; we leafed through pamphlets while enjoying fruit shakes in the Old City yesterday.

    Amen to that. Taking time off helps me more than working/playing. All creativity grows in this quiet space.

    Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ryan

  11. Wow, you do have some set of balls! That tiger is huge, I don’t know if I could have walked into that cage.

    Great tips and an awesome life experience. I don’t know if I can handle that lifestyle but I definitely enjoy reading about it.

  12. Chris Backe Says:

    Some interesting lessons!. Did you take in the elephant poo paper park while in the area of the Tiger Temple?

    Definitely agree about taking some time to unplug… It is as important as connecting / networking in the first place…

  13. Hi Amar,

    Yep; I am sure you spotted and recalled some of these more colorful tales ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Travel blogging is fun, rewarding and affords us with opportunities to learn as we leave our comfort zone. And time zone.

    Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ryan

  14. Hi Zada,

    Yes, a few of these stories have been a wee interesting ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ryan

  15. Zada Says:

    Interesting

  16. Amar kumar Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Glad to read your wonderful experience in way of travel. Some of stories you have shared on previous posts and I’ve enjoyed a lot. Travel blogging provides practical experience which we cannot get while just sitting on chair and exploring best possible information to mass. Thanks for sharing.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

  17. Hi Jerry,

    My pleasure buddy ๐Ÿ˜‰ You put out first rate content over there.

    Ditto on expansion. More than ever I am learning the principles of expansion, leveraging and collaborating. Teamwork does make the dream work….and makes dreams come true more quickly too. The flip side is that idea of leading the team in one direction based on your brand intent/message.

    Thanks for the comment ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ryan

  18. Jerry Low Says:

    Inspiring!

    Lesson #10 resonates the most with me. And I think I’m undergoing lesson #2 all over again this year. Scaling up, expanding one man operation into a team, and leading every thing that matters heading to one direction are tough.

    Thanks for the mention and link to my article ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Hi Lisa,

    Ron was worth it ๐Ÿ˜‰ But living with buggies challenges me sometimes. I have adjusted to it and largely conquered phobias – I considered picking up a cockroach in the bathroom sink yesterday….with my bare hands – but still freak in the dark of night if I feel something crawling on me.

    Amen to that. No not just your eBook purchase LOL. But dropping money on blogs, courses and the like gives us clarity in our journey. Establishing clarity helps us succeed.

    Following my advice now. As I respond to your comment, observe a large hornet buzzing in the room and drink up more of Thailand….all in the moment.

    Will do Lisa.

    Thanks for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ryan

  20. Hi Matt,

    Thanks! Make sure to tweet at them per my goading in this post ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ryan

  21. Hi Keith,

    Way cool; may be my fave story too. Because all we do in life that makes us feel alive is a dive into fear. And it takes cajones/clarity/courage to dive into fears. We need balls, whether we think we can skate through this biz-building deal or not.

    Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ryan

  22. These are all cool stories Ryan but I like “1: Grow Some F*cking Balls (Sitting with Three 400 Pound Tigers in Thailand” the best. Simply put. You do need B*lls to start a business, you need b*alls to detach yourself from the job mentality and you need b*alls to be a leader… Great post..

  23. Matt LaClear Says:

    Dude! Netflix should totally do a show on you. I would binge watch it in a heartbeat.

  24. Hi Ryan, Now I don’t think I want to be a travelling blogger after reading your “horror” stories – LOL. I don’t like those creepy crawler bugs but the Ron character looks cools to hang around with.

    I’ve learned #3, you can’t do all this stuff for free and expect great results. You have to invest in yourself and your blog. I purchased 2 of your eBooks yesterday. I’m starting a collection of them. I’m looking into more plugins and products to arm myself with.

    #11 is a great tip too. We all need to learn to live in the moment, offline and online. Thanks for sharing your stories with us Ryan. Stay safe out there today!

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