This month has been all about getting back to life in Tianjin, blogging in China and starting a new year of school. It has been a funny one I must say, I have had days where I am super motivated and other days that are just frustrating!
One of the most difficult parts of living and running a China travel blog is how infuriating the internet can be. Too many days this month have consisted of me being super eager to get a post up or to do some keyword research (yeah I have a super exciting life…) but the VPN has been down or the internet is just slooooooooooooow.
Blogging in China is hard (there is no doubt about that) however, this next month is going to be different!
Travel Bloggers Club – Blog Challenge
Yep, it is that time again where I attempt a blog challenge!
That means I will be posting a new blog every single day. I love doing these challenges because it keeps me accountable for the content I am putting out there. Since returning back to Tianjin, I have found it difficult to really get stuck in to writing, especially as I don’t even know where to start!
I want to write about our awesome summer in China but I don’t know what to write first! So this challenge has forced me to write a schedule of all the posts I will be sharing with you, and I am super excited!
On top of all that, I am not the only blogger attempting this challenge. I have joined by a community of other amazing bloggers and our supportive group is the thing that always gets me through these challenges.
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The BEAUTIFUL #WestLake in #Hangzhou #China 🇨🇳❤️ Today it was crazy hot but we powered through and headed to the West Lake. This is a famous and very popular thing to do here in Hangzhou and the Chinese tourists confirmed that for us! One thing we have noticed about life and travel in China is how many times, we became the attraction! Locals were taking more photos of these two foreigners than the actual lake! #China The lake is beautiful and even on a busy and hot (like 36 degrees people!) day like today, it is still a lovely experience to walk around and embrace nature. This summer has been all about falling back in love with China and my heart is definitely glowing for this country we now call home (wow cheesy or what?!) I can’t wait to try some more local dishes and continue further south! For now, I am all about finding natural, serene places like this lake to go and relax. 😇 Let us know where your favourite place to go and relax is? 🌴
For those of you who are new here, I thought I would introduce myself!
I’m Katie. I am a Primary teacher from the South of England and now I work over at an international school in Tianjin, China. My husband and I have lived here for just over a year now and love sharing our travels and life on our blog and our Youtube channel.
Why do you love travelling?
I love travelling because it gives me an opportunity to be free. We get a chance to wander around, find new places, eat new foods, get excited about random things and do whatever we want, when we want.
Where is your favourite place to travel to?
In recent years, Thailand has been my favourite place to visit. After living in China, I think my favourite place is now Ping’an Village, in the Rice Terraces of Southern China.
I think your favourite place changes depending on what type of place you are looking for at any given time.
What is your #1 travel tip for saving money?
Book flights and hotels on an incognito window. When you search and compare holidays online, the website will store your data. That is why, with some websites, the prices can suddenly shoot up and be much higher than they were initially. By using an incognito or private window, the website can’t trace that you have recently searched this flight or hotel and will give you the best price available.
How do you plan your travels?
Spreadsheets! I am a big fan of the spreadsheet! We write down places we want to visit and use google maps to work out which of the destinations are nearest to one another. We start with travel – using Kayak and Skyscanner for flights and cTrip for China travel, we work out how much a trip will cost to travel from one place to the next.
Which is your favourite continent to visit?
Asia has always been my favourite continent to explore. It is cheap and every country is completely different. I am also a huge fan of Asian food too!
Last night we stayed in a gorgeous #courtyard in #beijing #China * * * * #expatinChina #livinginChina #travel #wander #wanderlust #travelphotography #travelblog #travelblogger #travelwithctg #creativetravelguide #creativetravel #exploretheworld #explore #discover #tourist #travellers #travelling #blog #blogger #bucketlist
Blog Numbers and Goals
This month has been so productive! I tried the 7-day SEO boost and found it super helpful! Next month, I have decided to read more from Digital Nomad Wannabe because her tips are so helpful! We have continued to have sponsored posts this month and we have finally passed the Amazon threshold on our affiliate account – woo hoo!
Love and Hate
Cooking! This month I have loved being back in our apartment and trying to out new dishes! I even made a deep dish Chicago styled pizza (the authentic Chinese experience obviously). We bought an oven on our return to Tianjin and are loving it! My homemade nachos have never tasted so good!
Learning – yes cheesy but hey I am a teacher, of course I love learning! This month has been all about learning new things. I have learnt more about SEO and an working on my affiliate knowledge. Skimlinks has been a life saver – I LOVE IT!
Colds. Three days back at school and I managed to catch a stupid cold that has lasted over a week. I am not looking forward to the winter weather here in Tianjin, that’s for sure!
Highlight of the month
This month we saw one of our favourite bands Wolf Alice perform in Beijing! Awesome show and was great to see a concert in China.
We also booked our flights home for Christmas which was really nice, we fly home the day after I finish work and we have three weeks at home with our family and friends – we can’t wait!
The beautiful #YuGarden in #shanghai 🇨🇳 if you head to this area, you will find the #yuyuanoldstreet Street, full of trinkets and souvenirs but also full of #streetfood snacks and vendors! This area is also home to Yu Gardens and #CityGodTemple ❤️ * * * * Where is your favourite place in Shanghai? #travelwithctg #creativetravelguide #travelblog #travelChina #expatsinChina #China #Asia
September is a low key month for us. We plan to head up to Beijing for one weekend and see some the sights we haven’t had a chance to visit yet and as the summer heat calms down, we are hoping to see even more of Tianjin.