Brand New Life, Brand New Look

Posted on June 20, 2011 by

As I embark on a new chapter in life, I’m making it a point to work on several personal projects that are close to my heart. I’ve been wanting to redo this blog for awhile now and finally after a few months of hard work, I’m ready to introduce the brand new WildJunket to the world. (Special thanks to good friend and web designer extraordinaire Rich Whitaker of Brilliant Travel Media.) This blog represents who I am and things that are important to me in life. Over the past few years, WildJunket has grown, alot. It started out as a personal journal to update my friends and family about my travels; but along the way, I lost sight of my original goals.

This blog has led to many beautiful things in my life: a travel writing career, plenty of sponsored travel opportunities and making new friends who share the same passion for travel. I’ve gained unique experiences in different parts of the world and learnt new aspects of traveling that I never knew existed. Now, after almost three years of blogging, it’s about time to take things to a new level and freshen things up.

Along with the new site design, I’ll be introducing several new features and series that will hopefully give this site a fresh spin. I will continue to blog about my travels in the form of experiential narrations and photo essays, but I’ll also be mixing things up with travel writing tips, interviews and short live updates from the road. Apart from that, I’ll be sure to get more personal and share with you my thoughts and emotions while on the road.

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Here are the main features I’ll be introducing this week:

Travel Writing Corner

Many readers have been asking me about how I broke into the world of travel writing and if I had any tips for aspiring writers, so I thought it only fitting to share my experience here through a series of tips and guides. I’ll be sharing tips on pitching, crafting story ideas, maintaining relationships with editors etc. Since I am still a green horn in this field, I will be picking the brains of several accomplished travel writers and sharing their tips here through an interview series. My first few guests include the formidable Anja Mutić, author of several Lonely Planet guidebooks, and Marilyn Terrell, chief research for National Geographic Traveler.

If there are any specific questions you have in mind or any aspect of travel writing you’d like addressed, feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email! If you are a travel writer who’d like to be featured, be sure to get in touch.

Daily Travel Snapshot

From today onwards, I’ll be posting a daily photo from my past travels. There are plenty of travel destinations that I visited but never blogged about so I’m taking this opportunity to share these images with you. Through my photography, I hope to transmit the vibe of the city, sense of the place and my general experience with you. Like they say, a photo paints a thousand words.

Travel Videos

Thanks to the advancement in multimedia technology, videos are now some of the best ways to share travel experiences. Unlike still images, they capture the moment just as how you experience it. I’ve just introduced the new ‘travel videos’ page, as a channel to showcase all the videos I’ve shot in the past year. Expect to find videos filmed during a wildlife safari in Tanzania, whale-watching in Alaska and hot-air ballooning in Wadi Rum, Jordan.

What do you think of the new WildJunket? Any suggestions on how I can improve it?

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offgrid destinations and adventure travel, she scours through the world in search for a slice of undiscovered paradise. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sealions in the Galapagos and built a school in Tanzania.

9 Responses to “Brand New Life, Brand New Look”

  1. BCOT June 20, 2011 9:34 am #

    Love the new look!! I'm currently having my blog revamped, in the hopes of being able to one day do what you do and reach the level of success that you've reached. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Nellie June 21, 2011 8:25 am #

      Such kind words! Really appreciate it. Cheers :)

  2. lara dunston June 20, 2011 9:46 am #

    Love the nice clean look and great idea to have a travel writing advice section, Nellie! I’m doing the same, as I just don’t have to time to reply to all the emails asking me how to become a travel writer (my other half is doing a redesign of my neglected old ‘Cool Travel Guide’ blog – handy being married to a former web designer), so I’ll definitely link to your posts when relevant. Looking forward to those interviews :)

    • Nellie June 21, 2011 8:25 am #

      Thanks Lara! You\’re one of the travel writers that I would love to feature in my travel writing corner! Look forward to seeing your revamped blog. I\’ll be writing to you soon! :)

  3. NicoleTravelBug June 20, 2011 4:14 pm #

    The new layout is brilliant Nellie! :)
    I look forward to continuing reading your blog, and can't wait to read the new features as well!
    Keep it up girl.

    • Nellie June 21, 2011 8:23 am #

      Thanks Nicole, thank you so much for your support!

  4. Paul MyPostcardFrom June 21, 2011 7:55 pm #

    Looking forward to the Travel Writing Corner and listening to your words of wisdom =)

  5. E. Thai June 22, 2011 11:12 am #

    Don't remember the old layout as I only read your posting from my email. Which I enjoy very much. But I look forward to reading all the interesting features and tips in your blog. FYI – in your video page, when you select a country from the drop-down list, the cities show up behind the video.
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    • Nellie June 27, 2011 5:15 am #

      Thanks for the feedback, will look into that! Very happy to have you as a regular reader! :)

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