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Interview with uber travel blogger, Melvin Bocher
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

By Sudha Mathew

Travel Blogger - Melvin Bocher
Uber Travel Blogger – Melvin Bocher

On the third session of Interviews with Exceptional Travellers, I am thrilled to be talking to Melvin Böcher. Melvin is the ebullient founder of http://traveldudes.org, a flourishing online community for travellers around the world. He is also well known in the Twitter world as the founding host of #TTOT, the most popular travel chat on Twitter. #TTOT or Travel Talk on Twitter happens every Tuesday at 9.30 am and 9.30 pm GMT (3 PM India time). Melvin tells us about his hectic lifestyle and the real story behind #TTOT.

1. Being a popular travel blogger, you are invited to many places and events. How many days in a month do you travel and how do you stop your partner from killing you?

 

The easiest way not to get killed is by taking my partner along. ;-)  I do this as much as possible, but as I often get invited to speak at conferences or trade fairs, I travel there alone. So I limit my travels to 7 – 11 days per month. But as I have a team of editors, it’s them who represent Traveldudes.org regularly and promote a destination or business abroad. That works fab!

2. Everyone loves to travel but not all make it their job. What is your inspiration to do this day, in day out?

It’s the passion for travel. I love to inspire people to travel the world and to get them out of their comfort zones. I’m no fan of package holidays and I want to show how easy and how much fun it is to travel independently.

Travel Blogging - Amazon trip, Peru
On an Amazon trip in Peru

3. We met on #TTOT, a popular travel chat that you founded and continue to run. Tell us a bit about how you started it and why it is such a popular hangout for travellers around the world. 

 I’ve been a regular co-host at another travel chat and I was a key co-host to make that chat a huge success. Then they started to sell the chat to sponsors for some good money, but they kept it quiet and all the money to themselves. Even after contacting them, I didn’t get an answer to my questions. They started to sell the tweets in an e-book without telling the tweeters themselves. You can do mistakes, but it’s how you react afterwards. I was very disappointed about their reactions and thought that I could do it better. That’s what I did.  There were many others just as disappointed as I was and then we gave it a go together. #TTOT from the first session till now is the biggest travel chat on Twitter.

4. What is your favourite type of holiday?

I like to do adventurous stuff and to get a bit active. If it’s outdoors, even better. By adventurous, I don’t mean soft-adventure, like bungee jumping etc. Those are fun, too, but are they really adventurous? “Adventure” is a big name and it means something else to everybody. My trip through the Australian Outback with a 4×4 was the kind of adventure I love. These kinds of trips should be of course, self-drive.

Travel Blogging - Paragliding with skis in St Anton
Paragliding with skis in St Anton, Austria

5. Your advice for solo travellers?

Go for it! Think positive and stay spontaneous!

That’s when you have the most fun and very special travel moments you will never forget again!

 Feast your eyes on photos from Melvin’s eclectic travels courtesy his blogging trips.

Travel Blogging - Alps in St Moritz
View above the Alps in St Moritz
Travel Blogging - Escadaria Selaron, Rio de Janeiro
The famous Selaron steps in Rio de Janeiro
Travel Blogging - Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Historic Bo-Kaap area in Cape Town
Travel Blogging -Cape Town
Panoramic view of Cape Town

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Question for readers – Would you give up your job and travel for a living?

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Cheers,

Sudha


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The wise man travels to discover himself - JR Lowell

 

My name is Sudha Mathew. I'm an ex-banker who quit the rat race after a decade to follow my passion for travel and to combine it with my experience in understanding client requirements and exceeding their expectations.

 

While our content is mostly about the holiday experience, the accommodation and services, there's so much more to a journey. I have discovered a whole new me through travel. So I've reserved this corner of the website to share the unexpected aspects of travel. This space is also to hear from you about your journeys and discoveries. Bon Voyage!

 
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