What is Quaint Planet?
Quaint Planet is a predominantly Latin America-oriented travel, life and culture portal for independent travellers and other inquisitive beings. Its goal is to provide some informal reading material about various locations, ranging from the practical/guide travel pieces up to articles describing history as well as different ways of life in various regions.
Expect mostly informative texts with an occasional pinch of irony but please note that some articles could also venture into rather serious subjects. Additionally, the site could also partially serve as a sort of alternative travel guide. In other words, the goal here is to create and gather a variety of interesting, helpful as well as funny articles for travellers or people that like reading about travel.
Who is this site for?
This site is suitable for every being but it is primarily aimed at 30+ years of age-independent travellers, adventurers or just curious readers.
Why such age group?
It’s simple. IMHO, many travel sites appear to be addressing either much younger or much older audiences and both of these often mean rather different preferences, while the 30+ is a sort of middle ground, although it lies much closer to the first group. Age is however just a number and within the concept of this site, the 30+ number implies, for example, preferring basic private accommodation instead of sleeping in dorms, respectively in a 5-star hotel.
Furthermore, my 30+ traveller would also mostly eat in a restaurant with the locals as opposed to cooking in the hostel kitchen, respectively checking out the Michelin star-rated restaurants in the area. And the 30+ I’m on about would also pick his or her wine from the middle part of the wine list and drink one bottle as opposed to 2 cheapest bottles for the 19yrs old or 1 glass from the $200 bottle of Volturno for the 60+ year-old.
Please do not mistake what I’m trying to describe for what some call a “flashpacker” style. There are some significant differences between my travelling style/standards and flashpacking because I’m just not “roughing it in luxury”. I find that term annoying and wrong. What the hell does it really mean “roughing it in luxury” anyway?
I’m sure that it’s not meant to look down on the standards of the millions of people who live in worse condition. “Roughing it”. Anyway, whatever it is, I guess it’s a good PR slogan your marketing boss would be thrilled to hear on the Monday morning meeting. But this site doesn’t have a boss. It doesn’t even have Monday mornings 🙂
Why have I started this travel blog?
The trigger for this site’s existence was the fact that just a few years ago I headed to Latin Americas for an extended trip and I couldn’t really find a blog or site I’d be happily re-visiting to read the new materials or when researching the locations I wanted to experience.
Don’t get me wrong please, there are plenty of decent and location-inspiring sites offering useful information, there are. It’s just I haven’t felt like I was the target audience for any of them, as I’ve mentioned above. I, therefore, had to dig a bit deeper for information, gathering it from multiple sources to fit my needs and/or to answer questions I had.
And once I’ve done all that work that btw proved very useful during my own long trip around the Americas, I’ve decided to share it with everyone, just in case there were people out there who would ask the same set of questions as me.
What kind of travelling Quaint Planet describes?
Well, here’s where people’s tastes differ quite a lot. Some people enjoy the fully organised all-inclusive resort holidays and others prefer more independent travelling when getting to know the local culture plays a significant role.
This site is obviously all about the latter option. You won’t find much about resort sort of holidays here then. The way of travelling this site is based upon could be partially described as budget travel, but I would prefer to call it “an efficient but comfortable learning experience on the road” or something along that line…
Anyway. When travelling, except for the general battery recharge, I also seek to learn something new. When it comes to budget, in my case it means not unnecessary overspending but that is without compromising on the actual quality of experience as well as on what I can learn from the thing.
Why to come back to Quaint Planet?
No further than one click away from all the information you need
First of all, Quaint Planet is dedicated to providing honest and truthful information. Quaint Planet is also not shy of uploading links to other travel websites if they provide additional useful info about the particular’s post topic – whether those are the official location-based sites or reliable travel blogs.
For you, it means that you should never be further than one click away from getting all information you need about a specific location this site covers, that’s unless you’re looking for information about a specific restaurant or a hotel though because I’ve got no resources to cover such broad topic as well. What I can do is to follow the trends and various travel forums as well as news in order to do our best to update any info provided on this site.
Reliability of information provided by Quaint Planet
FYI, I normally conduct the research and double-check any facts with at least one other reliable or official source. Then I travel to those places myself to test the results of my research 😉 Such triple-distilled information is then transformed into a text that’s here available for you. All checked in the real world.
Honesty vs traffic
One of the main pillars this site is built on is being honest and pro-reader, rather than pro-traffic. In other words, this site is not some sort of pre-calculated click-bite/keyword-orientated machine to attract readers. All the opposite, it’s just about the love of travelling and honest writing. So there are no marketing hookups, no pop up windows and stuff like that. I don’t really like it when it happens to me so why doing it to others?
Travel with some knowledge
I always read up a lot about the destination prior to my visit. It is not only out of respect towards the local culture, but I also enjoy reading such stuff. I love local legends stories as well as local history, although the latter appears to be the same all over the world when one group tried to dominate the other and so on…
So if you like to travel with some knowledge and explore distant locations from a somewhat unique perspective, as opposed to the limits of various travel agencies as well as from certain restraints of the profit-based media, you might have just found yourself a useful site to point you the right directions 😉 I hope that you’ll find this site suitable as well as (I hope) an interesting source of information.
Local vs hostel experience
This site will be moving on the fringes of a classic backpacker “party hostel” experience because I believe that one doesn’t have to cross 1/2 of the planet to end up having their local pub kind of fun. This is not to judge anyone, neither it is to say that such way of travelling so is bad or boring. On the contrary, for instance, I do like my local pub a lot, it’s just when travelling, I prefer local locals 😉 AKA getting to know the local culture and other things instead 😉
🌎 – Destinations
This section will be summing up all the location-based research I had to do for what I was up to in combination with experiencing its results in the actual destinations. I hope that someone will find this section useful for their travels, mainly a first timer could use some info off those texts. I will be happy to provide any additional information about places I’ve been to if you will have any questions.
🗺️ – Practical Tips
Is rather a self-explanatory category. It will obviously offer various tips when it comes to things like accommodation, transport, budget as well as various warnings and tricks regarding dos and don’ts, where to buy things you might find hard to find, what to watch out for and so on…
❤ & 🎬 – Life & Culture
This category could be spicier and funnier as well as more personal. You know, we all occasionally suffer from observations, interesting ideas and the ‘right here right now’ things in general. From the journalistic point of view, this section is divided into: History and Humanity; Opinions AKA thoughts; Travel Life; Culture; and articles about local legends. The last but not least subcategory is Travel Music AKA various travel-related playlists, whether it’s for driving, falling asleep during a long flight, driving at night, chilling in a beach bar and so on 🎧
🎯 – Featured Articles
This is a cross-section category that lists articles that could be characterised as defining when it comes to the values this site stands for. Generally speaking, I’m talking about the special-interest articles with an added dimension of humanity. In other words, those articles are more than a collection of bare facts.
👉🏻 – Services Plus
Please note that I also offer a service to create/design your own custom itinerary for your upcoming trip, in case you were a bit of an adventurous person/people without having much time to do it yourself. Furthermore, there are various media services I could help you with, in case you were interested.
Values and ethical standards
Quaint Planet’s major principles are: truthfulness; accuracy; objectivity; impartiality; fairness and public accountability. QP furthermore stands for transparency and providing verified information. Prejudice, slur or any form of hate and intolerance has no place on this site.
Quaint Planet accepts guest posts, in case they have met the above-mentioned standards as well as the site’s informal writing style.
Guest writer’s fees
QP regrets to announce that it is currently unable to pay any guest writer for submitting their pieces. I could however produce an article in return for your work if a mutual agreement took place.
Suggestions and comments
Quaint Planet is open to any suggestions or comments unless they are showing any signs of hate speech that encourages negative views towards a person or group based on things such as race, religion, nationality, sex, or sexual orientation.
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