Welcome to SightDOING, a travel blog for interactive travelers! I’m glad you’re here and look forward to sharing my travel tips and stories with you!
I love to discover the world through real, hands-on experiences. Interacting with your destination helps you connect on a deeper level so you can appreciate the environmental or cultural nuances even on a short visit. I call this sightDOING and you’ll see a lot of it throughout the site.
What exactly is it? Anything that gets you a first-hand experience with your destination…like immersive homestays, art workshops, kayaking down a river, cooking classes, or climbing a glacier.
If you’d like more elaboration on what exactly sightDOING is, check out this page.
Who am I anyway? And why did I start blogging?
I’m Becky and I’m a frequent traveler — usually going somewhere new every month. Sometimes it’s a two-week trip to Asia and sometimes it’s a weekend getaway in my own state, but I try really hard to get out and explore.
I started sharing my sightDOING stories and tips because I was sick and tired of googling “things to do in _____” and only getting basic recommendations for museums or restaurants. It’s my goal to show you a few unique, interactive experiences!
If you’d like to learn more about me, where I came from, and what sparked my travel bug, check out my full bio.
What’s Popular Here?
With over 500 articles in my archives, you’ll have plenty of travel stories and tips to read for a long time! If you’re not ready to read everything, here are some good places to start to get a taste for who I am, why I prefer sightDOING to sightSEEING is so important, and where some of my favorite places are.
An Insider’s Guide to Richmond Virginia: This is the city I call home, but it’s also a great destination for travelers. My guide lays out the best restaurants, things to do, and so much more. Just be prepared, my weekend itinerary will get you started but you’ll want more time to see it all!
Volcano Boarding on Cerro Negro: Consistently voted one of the most thrilling experiences in the world, volcano boarding isn’t for the faint of heart. I got down and dirty with a volcano and slid down its slopes on just a few slabs of wood glued together. This is sightDOING to its extreme!
How to Avoid Tourist Traps: There’s lots of travel advice throughout my site, but my #1 tip is what I call the “100-meter rule”. Check out this post and learn how to enjoy the best of iconic landmarks while still getting an authentic experience.
My Ultimate Guide to the Best Travel Gear: It’s tough to travel without the right gear. After many years of exploring the world, I’ve compiled a list of products that I use for my every day travels, some of which I couldn’t travel without.
How to Afford More Frequent Travel: What if you could afford to travel three weeks a year? What if it was six? What if it was half the year? These tips are scalable to whatever balance of home and abroad that makes sense for you, but ultimately help you enjoy your hobby of travel!
…or check out a list of posts organized by destination to help you plan your trip!
How You Can Say Thank You
The easiest way: leave a comment on any post that was helpful or entertaining to you. I especially love hearing when my advice inspired one of your trips or pointed you in the right direction for a purchase.
Sharing is caring: I feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside when you take a second to share one of my posts with your friends. You’ll see buttons on the bottom of every article to share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or by email. Click the crown to choose other programs, like Reddit or StumbleUpon.
Use my links: I partner with a few travel companies that I love and recommend their products on my site. If you are going to buy an item I recommend or book a tour/hotel, consider starting your purchase from my link. You’ll get a great product at no additional cost to you and I’ll earn a small commission to keep this website running.
To My Returning Readers
Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU!
It’s hard for me to believe that I wrote my first blog post in 2011 and the only reason I’ve kept up with it so long is because you make it so much fun 🙂 Thanks for reading, writing, and sharing throughout my blogging journey. I’m so grateful to you and I can’t wait to see what’s next!
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