Help Me Rename Theme of HoboTraveler.com

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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.

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Elias Pinas, Dominican Republic --- Saturday, January 9, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
Travel Gear
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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

Gadget

This is ANDY

THE BLOG IS NOT CHANGING --- IT IS THE SAME
http://www.hobotraveler.com/blogger.html

The directory part of the site, the main index, and that graphic a the top of the page is going to change.It now says, "Budget Travel Guide HoboTraveler.com."

It is this link:
http://www.hobotraveler.com/

Note: I am sitting in park, cannot see the screen because of the sun. There is free internet, but in nomral Latino ways, the office has not opened.


www.hobotraveler.com The World is Open

My thought there Andy is that we feel that so many places are not available, affordable, accessable, etc... You prove those perceptions to be wrong. So the "World is Open".


Astute Temporal Scout


Gadget

I want the 3 word mission titl
e to allow all people to understand this is

Real Travel Explained by Professional Travelers

Professional Travelers Club

Perpetaual Travelers Handbook

Professional Travelers

Professional Travel Defined

Real Travel Stories by Professional Travelers

Pro Travelers Stories

Home for Professional Travel

Professional Travelers Handbook

HoboTraveler.com Helping You Go Pro

Learn to be a Professional Traveler


Gadget

Rites of Passage for Pro Travelers

Rites of Passage by HoboTraveler.com
...where professional travelers open the world to real travel


HoboTraveler.com - Professional Traveler Insights


hotspringfreak

Throwing these out (as you surely will :-)

Reality Check (accompanied with a cartoonish bank check graphic with rotating inset FLASH of exotic travel photos)
___________

EagleEye Scratchpad
___________

The GeoCure
___________

Fly Bye: Not Your Average Travel Journalism
___________

Faster Winds
___________

Touch Down Traveler
___________

Off The Map
___________

Rarely Scene
___________

Just Left
___________

Moving Experience
___________

F-Stop Travel Dispatches
___________

Edgewise Travel
_______

Got Real
___________

Flat Out Gone (F.O.G.)
___________

Foot Beats
___________

Turned Around
___________

Spiral Scout
___________

View Point
___________

Rotator
___________

Planet Man
___________

Truthful Traveler
___________

Travel Junkie
___________

Andy Graham's ...) --- this idea is to name brand the site right off (i.e. "Rick Steve's ..., "Fodor's ...," etc.) to grow the business franchise variously. Also "A" starts off the alphabet for advertising purposes.
___________

Up To Here
___________

Periscope
___________

Focal Point
___________

VisaRunner
___________

FlipSide
___________

SideShow
___________

Travel Junkie

- c


Gadget

HoboTraveler.com is the perfect domain name, easy to remember. It is not changing.

Labels are amazing, new readers have trouble getting past the word Hobo, and understanding it is a play on words. Hoboes traveled to find a job, this is the dream of travelers, to travel and earn money. I earn great money, this no longer is my problem.

I want to change the first image, move it to what I really am, I am an expert professional world traveler. This is all marketing.

I also want to have other professional travelers write small insights for readers. So far I thin Eric has the best. Maybe I add one word.

HoboTraveler.com - Professional World Traveler Insights
or
HoboTraveler.com - Insights by Professional World Travelers


Modem Sniffer

Andy,

I would choose between these two titles. I chose the titles because of the word Professional. It makes it clear that tips and sharing of ideas are Pro.

- Travel Tips of HoboTraveler.com from Professional Travelers
- Learn to Travel Like a Pro with HoboTraveler.com


Pato

It is my impression that it may be difficult to find the perfect three word title that would not alienate any type of readers.

Your site is vast, Andy, there are many variables which attract different sorts of readers. I would say that at least 50 of the people who read your site do not travel, so I would think that a title that explains that the site is about "how to travel" would mean nothing. I imagine that the majority of the people commenting here are not travelers but people who would are just interested in the world they live in or are looking for a good story.The people who do travel are the ones who stop by looking for some sort of direct information, and they will probably find it, leave, and never return. It is my impression that any three word title would mean nothing to these people: they want content, information, nothing more.

My recommendation is to just call the site Hobotraveler.com, and have a collection of three word slogans set up in a revolving script that follows the main title. So each time the page loads a new slogan will appear. Your site is vast. It is not only about traveling but the world in general.

It is my impression that a single three would slogan would damper the true diversity the site. I would use a collection of five or six and then use the one that best matches the audience of press releases and other media outlets or promotional initiatives.

Thanks,

Wade


Hi Andy,

I've been experimenting with internet copywriting and marketing for a couple of years now, and I've come to one unsurpassed conclusion when it comes to getting your message across. Its not a new conclusion, and books have been written about it, but it remains as true now as it ever did.

It is: "Make your message as simple, short, and clear as possible." Or as Steve Krug puts it: "Don't Make Me Think"

When I glance at almost every other suggestion as to what the the tag line should be for your website, I have to take an extra step and think about what that means. You WILL lose readers if they have to take this step. My eyes glaze over the longer and less direct suggestions, as I have to put mental effort into further deciphering their meaning, and I subsequently gain no new information about how your website might benefit me. This is exactly what most new readers will do.

The ONLY tagline that transmitted the required information to me, without requiring me to think, was "Travel Tips". I think that this should be your tagline, if your income/readership numbers are your primary concern.

In general, the more syllables that a message contains, the worse that it is. Secondarily, the more words that it contains, the worse that it is. Be direct, and dont confuse or overly complicate what you are trying to say.

Just my 2 cents..

Good luck with your decision...


ash

I like 'defining travel'. A while ago i thought about trying to create a PhD proposal that studied you. I am still thinking about it, but I am not really qualified, I am a theologian o) But someone will, if they have not already.

For me, the only person who knows about travelling is andyhobotraveler.com. Everyone else is doing something else, they are reccommending or selling or giving tourist information, or writing a survival guide.

When i found your site i was planning a gap-year backpacking trip like many many kids before going to university. I thought that some people backpack, others go on holiday/ vacation and the super-rich do the 100 countries or more club or Around the World in 80 Days type thing... Epic Adventures which you can more or less buy a ticket for in a shop on Bond Street if you have enough money, and they'll give you a 'complimentary' Louis Vuitton luggage set.

You have redefined my view of travel as within the grasp of the average person. What I need to do is find my niche, my thing that i can do to earn money while i go. I can code websites, but I have never made a penny from web advertising, and never figured out SEO. And the technology has moved on from when I was 18 to now when I am 22, me sitting there typing lines of code is very old fashioned now.