Google revealed its list of the most-asked travel questions of 2014.
As the most popular search engine in the world, Google is the place to go for statistics concerning all things query-related. The Internet commandant recently released its "The Year in Search" annual recap, announcing the top 10 Googled travel questions of 2014. Many of the most commonly asked questions revolved around the traveling process, such as how to apply for a passport, as well as how-tos about packing, booking hotels and travel insurance. But they all served as proof that humans have a great passion for exploring the big, beautiful rock we call Earth. Of the 10 most searched questions about travel, these were the top 5:
5. How to travel alone?
Many travelers will tell you that there's no more enjoyable experience than going it alone on a travel adventure. You can do what you want when you want – rest, eat or visit the Eiffel Tower at any time of the day without having to worry about keeping a travel partner happy. However, it's important to keep safety in mind when traveling on your own. As Rick Steves suggests, don't wander your destination at night when few or no people are around – well-lit areas are the safest. You should also avoid carting a large bag that could attract thieves, and invest in the always-helpful money belt.
4. What are jobs where you can travel?
These days, business travel is a common part of many jobs. However, those looking for careers concentrated on exploring the globe might consider becoming travel writers, though such positions are hard to come by and require extensive travel experience and cultural knowledge. Photographers and journalists also travel often.
3. How do I start a travel blog?
If you've decided to pursue a career in travel writing, a blog is a good way to get started. It's also an excellent means for people to share their stories and pictures with family, friends and the public in general. To begin, take Conde Nast Traveler's advice and turn to one of the many online resources that provide advice and guidance to other novice travel writers. You can find a plethora of helpful tools and articles to get you on your way. TravelPod, for example, allows you to sign up and start writing your own blog content in a matter of minutes.
2. How to travel on a budget?
Traveling during the low season is a simple way to save money. Hotels, flights and rentals cars are generally less expensive during this time of the year, when low traffic pushes down prices due to lack of demand. Low seasons vary by location. In Europe, for example, it usually lasts from October through April, while it runs from December through March in the U.S.
1. How to travel the world?
Exploring the world is quite the overwhelming feat, but in the modern world, it's not impossible. Student travel may be a good option, as it offers the opportunity to see different countries and learn about unfamiliar cultures. Some jobs also allow people to see many different parts of the world, such as a career with a multinational organization. For those with money to spare, some travel packages take you around the world in a matter of a month. However, such options may not allow you to control where you go or how long you're in each destination.