Help Me Rename Theme of HoboTraveler.com
HoboTraveler.com will soon be 10 years old, and it is time to make a change. The name HoboTraveler.com is perfect; I want to adjust the theme and title. Presently site is called:
HoboTraveler.com Budget Travel Guide
I am going to change it to something like:
- HoboTraveler.com Where Travelers Learn to Travel
- HoboTraveler.com Travel Tips
- Travel Tips of HoboTraveler.com from Professional Travelers
- Learn to Travel Like a Pro with HoboTraveler.com
- HoboTraveler.com Traveler Terms
- HoboTraveler.com Defining Travel
The Budget Travel title makes no sense to me, I have trouble relating, it is too money orientated. I seldom talk about how to save money, I explain how to travel, which in turn saves money. This applies to rich or poor, the title confuses the rich, they think they are above learning from a Budget site, and the word Hobo just throws them for a loop. I need to take my travel mission and make into a 3-4 word title.
What is my mission, when I am writing travel tips, what is the goal?
I need three words that define simply what I am trying to explain daily. Readers are like students, some come to learn, others want to heckle the teacher. If the teacher has on funny clothes, the too clever have trouble listening.
Elias Pinas, Dominican Republic --- Saturday, January 9, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
The Story of the Title
When I first envisioned this site, as I traveled down from Mexico to Panama by land, I wanted to tell people, travel is not expensive; you just need to watch your money. As a newbie traveler, I only had a couple of years under my belt at that time, I used the word “Budget,” because this is how backpacker called themselves, we are budget travelers. However, everyone is on a budget, it almost means nothing, it is ambiguous.
Anyone Can Travel
Now, I realize, what I have wanted to tell people, is anyone can afford to travel, if you just budget your money, and find a way to earn money while traveling.
Name of Travel Journal
I am not trying to rename the Andy HoboTraveler.com Travel Journal, it is ok.
I started the Blog or Travel Journal when I went to Iraq, it was to be temporary. I wanted to explain to readers the thoughts that go through the mind of a person who enters a war zone. I knew this was a unique story that needed to be told.
I enjoyed writing daily; it helped me, more than the readers, so I continued. When I write about a location, it starts as a fuzzy thought, and then become real, I understand the situation poignantly. The Frugal commenter said the other day, I was ambiguous, and this was perfect. Travel is ambiguous. If you ask me if I like to travel, I will say yes, but trust me, it is 2:53 am, the music next door woke me; it is not all fun and games, it is hard to just say enjoyable.
What is the Mission of HoboTraveler.com Site?
I want the site to answer the “How to Travel” questions. This gets confused; readers think a Travel Tip should be a recommendation of a good restaurant. This is a recommendation, Travel Tips or Lessons in Travel have no shelf life, and they are always applicable.
If you want to learn how to travel, this is the correct site. If you want a Five Star Hotel, or Restaurant, buy a guidebook or 10,000 other sites.
Non Hobo Readers
Readers come on board, fully of indignation; I do not want to learn how to be Hobo. The word Budget in the title exacerbates their self-righteous snobbish behavior. This word Budget is on 100,000 pages, it is written all over the site. Sometimes I want to scream, what I am explaining applies to rich more than poor, the poor have nothing to lose.
Well, the bottom line is this, I need to adjust the theme, make it a little a little more mass appeal. Somehow, the words that would allow all people, rich or poor, budget or luxury, young or old, married or single, cool or awkward to learn how to travel, not assuming they know.
Message to All People
I want to teach you how to travel, so you can afford to travel the planet, enjoy the world, and stay safe, happy and healthy.
Yes, I get a little harsh at time, I want to scream,
“Walking around with a Rolex is a great way to get robbed.”
I do not want to lose readers who need to be use the site, just because of a word or two that alienated them. HoboTraveler.com is like the names Yahoo and Google; it is fun and easy to remember. I laugh when people think I am living in a hovel, I am one of the cleaner and richer travelers you will meet because I use my own travel tips.
I want suggestions; please type in the comments area.
Help me Rename Theme of HoboTraveler.com