Category Archives: Uncategorized

Daytona Beach’s Top Boutique Hotels

Florida is not short of beaches but why vacation anywhere other than ‘The World’s Most Famous Beach’?! Daytona Beach’s top boutique hotels have something to offer every type of holiday-goer.

Acapulco Hotel & Resort

Acapulco Hotel & Resort stands on the sandy white beach and offers stunning views of the sea. Guests have access to the resort swimming pool as well as the beach. Many rooms offer a private balcony, as well as a television, small refrigerator, and coffee maker. Guests on an extended stay can make their own meals in their kitchenette. The southern location is quiet, perfect for a relaxing holiday. Guests have access to the 24 hour fitness suite

Ocean Walk Vacation Resort

The palm tree-lined, Ocean Walk Vacation Resort sits proudly on the beach and boasts of four swimming pools. For children there are water slides, and for adults a poolside bar. The spacious resort has a variety of rooms to meet guest needs, the one bedroom suite includes a mini – kitchen and balcony (in some rooms). The larger two to three bedroom suites also have a washing machine and drier, a fitted kitchen with full appliances, and many of the master bathrooms have a whirlpool tub.

Desert Inn Resort & Convention Center

All 220 rooms of the Desert Inn Resort & Convention Center feature balconies to soak in the Daytona Beach ocean views. The rooms have free Wi-Fi, climate control, desks, and hair dryers. There are an indoor and outdoor pools and a fitness suite on site. The resort is close to Daytona Beach Boardwalk Amusement and Pier areas. Guests are in driving distance to the Ocean Walk Village, Daytona Lagoon Waterpark, and Daytona Playhouse.

Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center

The luxurious Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center facilities include four swimming pools (three outdoor and one indoor), a sauna, fitness suite, two hot tubs! There are a variety of rooms on offer. Regardless of the type of room guests book they all have one thing in common – they are bright! For guests who want time off cooking, the Reflections Restaurant and Lounge serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a full drinks menu. Revive, the café, stocks Starbucks coffee and snacks. The Reef Pool Bar menu has many cocktails for thirsty customers.

Boardwalk Inn and Suites

The newly renovated rooms of the Boardwalk Inn and Suites feature free Wi-Fi, a 32” flat panel television, microwaves, coffee makers, and refrigerators. The larger city view suites can host up to six people and offer the same amenities. Guests can enjoy a free buffet breakfast and use of the Olympic sized swimming pool. The Inn is only 4.4 miles from the famous Daytona International Speedway, an ideal location for those with a need for speed!

Whether visitors are in town to celebrate a festival (Daytona Beach is the festival capital of Florida after all) or a relaxed vacation, Florida’s answer to Las Vegas has lots to offer.

Daytona Beach's Top Boutique Hotels Via Flickr Ola Christian Gundelsby

Image via Flickr by Ola Christian Gundelsby CC 2.0 


Where have you stayed in Florida?


This article is part of a series for is low-cost and budget travel service, which I am thrilled to write for and hope that you find this lowdown useful. 

The Best Boutique Hotels in Pismo Beach

The Best Boutique Hotels in Pismo Beach

Outdoor lovers unite and make your way to California’s Pismo Beach! Kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, hikes, parks, wildlife, so much to do and lots of hotels to choose from.


The aptly named The Cliffs, is found on its very own bluff, which gives it an edge over the competitors.

There is no shortage of accommodation at Pismo Beach but The Cliffs is the only resort overlooking its own beach! The resort has a swimming pool, fitness suite, spa, and oceanfront restaurant called Marisol. For adventurous customers, there is hiking and biking trails close by.

As the Cliffs is in the heart of San Luis Obispo County, the hotel is surrounded by over 200 world-class wineries. The Cliffs really is California’s oceanfront playground!

Eye Spy With my Little Eye

Spyglass Inn is an exciting experience for all five of the body’s senses. Potential guests should check out the oceanfront rooms and the communal banquet room for spectacular views, attractive to the eye.

Get lost in the smell of Molton Brown bath amenities provided in each room.

A complimentary waffle – weave bathrobe ensure guests feel comfortable.

The Shell Beach restaurant serves fresh Californian fare, directly to customer rooms, so guests can listen to the waves lapping as they chow down on Cabo Tacos!

Retro Rejuvenating Retreat

SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel is retro-modern.

The rooms are bright and minimalist with a 70s vibe. Each room has a coffee maker, free WiFi and HDTVs. Guests don’t have to leave their furry friends at home, pets accepted! The hotel provides a continental breakfast and if that wasn’t enough, free cookies and coffee in the afternoon!

If guests have gorged on too many treats they can hire a bike from Wheely Fun Bike Rentals. Single or tandem?!

For the Family

Checkmate! That’s what the kids will be saying when customers check-in and check out Pismo Lighthouse Suites! This family and pet-friendly hotel has a unique rooftop, laden with games for all the family. Parents need time off?

The services provided by Pismo Beach Spa can help guests relax, in the comfort of their own suite or at the tranquil spa. The suites are kitted out in nautical decor, a nice touch reminding guests that they are beside the seaside.

Compliments for the Complimentary

The spacious Oxford Suites Pismo Beach is ideal for short-term trips and extended stay holidays. Suites have oak flooring, refrigerators, coffee maker, and Wi-Fi.

These suites are all about complimentary – hot breakfast, weekday newspaper, and afternoon appetizers. There is also an onsite heated pool and fitness suite. This budget and pet-friendly hotel has everything required for a Pismo Beach break.

Pismo Beach’s landmarks include the 11 acres Dinosaur Caves Park, Monarch Butterfly Grove, and Pismo Pier but which boutique hotel will be the setting for your landmark Californian holiday?

Where have you stayed in California?

The Small Print

Scotland flag, skyline, shadow Craig, Stac Pollaidh, Craig, Ullapool Scotland_

As the number of stamps on our passports increases, we also expand our site so I think it’s time to share the small print with you. As of August 2018, I (Gemma) will no longer be a full-time high school teacher. I am now a full-time blogger/digital content creator! Here is an outline of how we monetise and legal terms that every website must consider.

» Click here for our privacy policy

You Guys

And don’t you rock my world! A blog can’t do the following steps without having a dedicated and engaged audience.

Thank you for reading our stories, commenting on our articles, liking our, and sharing your experiences over at Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

You are our audience and we wouldn’t want to do anything to hurt that relationship. We entertain / you laugh – that’s how it works, yeah?

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate links are like e-high fives from readers to content creators. If you click on an affiliate link to a recommended product or service (and then purchase), you are giving said content creator (us) some credit at no extra cost to you.

To put amounts into perspective for you – a reader bought SIX CUBA GUIDE BOOKS totally over $100, can you guess how much commission we received? $4.56!

Regardless, we are beginning to introduce affiliates into our articles (and our newsletter in future), this will not compromise on the quality of our content or the trustworthiness of my recommendations.

Here is the beginning of the list of companies that I trust, go ahead and rock your travel socks off.

True Traveller

This is who we purchased travel insurance from for our big 17-month career break to travel the Americas and Europe.

We chose them because of their customer service and their coverage.

They insure you at high altitudes which is important for those going to Peru, they also cover winter sports (we skied in Canada).

I fell sick in Vancouver and had to claim; True Traveller was supportive and speedy in getting my refund. See if their rates are right for you by clicking here.


We always recommend products that make our travel lives easier and we may direct you to some of them in Amazon, like my favourite Marmot Precip, that blue waterproof jacket.

Like all of our affiliate links, this does not cost you extra money.

“We (Two Scots Abroad) are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.”


Craig and I have stayed in hostels all over the world from the cheap and cheerful (like this party hostel in La Paz, Bolivia – it’s gotta be done!) to the pretty unique (we stayed in a converted prison in Slovenia!).

Hostels are often the most economical way to sleep while backpacking.

It sure comes with its downfalls (read some of our stories in our guide on how to be a decent dorm guest) but as a travelling couple hostels are a great option for our sanity; we get to meet fellow travellers like you, no more only talking to each other!

For us, Hostelworld is our go-to for booking, we’ve never had any issues with the site and like that we can read reviews before we book.

We will include hostel prices in the majority of our destination guides if you click through and book you’ve earned us some commission.

Booking.Com and TripAdvisor

These are two search engines for accommodation that I will be recommending for availability, prices and reviews.

+ a few more.


We have adverts on our sidebar, along the bottom of our site and embedded within the content.

I had my reservations about adding ads to the site for fear of it looking messy but in reality, they offer sustainable income.

Unfortunately, too many companies want to pay for your skills and experience in exposure because that pays the bills… whereas these ads is a promising passive income for us.

We are so programmed to seeing ads everywhere, did you notice?!

Sponsored Content

These are posts that businesses ask bloggers to write (or provide material for) which advertises a product or a service.

This is often a link within an article or a full-blown review. Just another way that bloggers pay their bills.

Expert Advice

Many tourists and travellers ask us to use our own extensive travel experiences to make their trip the best holiday ever!

We are into it, just email us with the detail of our prices.

Even more businesses and bloggers ask us for our time too, bloggers we’re happy to send you in the right direction but we ask that you help get the Two Scots Abroad word out via sharing the love!

Businesses, we can look at your case on a one to one basis.

Friends, if you start private mailing me via Facebook, please take my time into consideration!

Check where we’ve been first please, there are no hidden secrets, no information left out of these posts that I slave over.


Every day our newsletter list increases, in order to join we ask for your name and email.

This will never be more than twice per week and often none at all.

We also provide a travel update at the start of the month which details where we’ve been, where we are going and useful travel information, this may include affiliate links.

Your details will never be shared with anyone else, no third parties, and you are free to cancel your subscription at any time.

No stress, just hit unsubscribe at the bottom of the email.

Check out our really small print privacy policy.

Never want to miss a post? Sign up here.


Would you steal a dress from Topshop?

No! So, please don’t steal my words or images.

If you like what you see then work with me, share our stories via the social media buttons at the bottom of each page, or directly quote me and let me know, I love to collaborate!

No part of this website or any of its contents may be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted, unless previously discussed.

Thanks for being there!

Twitter for Travel Bloggers

Hello, is anyone out there? It’s Gemma from Two Scots Abroad! Is that how you feel on Twitter? I did to! I initially made the mistake by stating (arrogantly) that I wasn’t going to add people on Twitter just to get numbers up but I was looking at it all wrong! That’s what you do, you target like-minded people (travellers) and converse. Here are my tried and tested tips on the topic: Twitter for travel bloggers.

By the end of this post you will be able to

  • Find Twitter followers
  • Actively participate in Twitter Chats
  • Identify hashtags to support engagement and exposure

The first step in increasing your following on Twitter is to network. This can be done in a number of ways on Twitter – through participating in Twitter Chats, engaging with people through hashtags, and sharing other blogger’s content.

1. Twitter Chats

Have you seen tweets with A1 – blah blah blah and thought, what on earth is that? Yeah, me too and by the time I traced the tweets back I was always too late. These tweets are answers to Twitter Chats. Twitter Chats are weekly or monthly chats set up on Twitter by bloggers, companies, tourist boards etc to help the travel community share ideas and their love for travel. Here is an example of some popular Travel Chats

  • TRLT —> Tuesdays at 1pm ET
  • JA Chat —> Friday at 1pm ET
  • Passion Passport -->  Thursday at 2pm ET
  • Culture Travel —> Thursdays at 2:30pm ET
  • For a full calendar here

The Twitter user who manages the chat will ask a series of questions and you answer them using A1 (for question 1) then the hashtag. It is important to include the correct hashtag as this is what connects you to the Twitter Chat. Some Twitter Chats reveal the questions before the chat so you can think about your answers, prepare images, etc. For example, JA Chat also has Facebook page, where the questions are shared and sometimes you can contribute questions!

»»» Faebook groups are excellent for networking, here’s 29 you want you in

Twitter Chats can be confusing to follow! I use Tweetdeck to manage chats (see image below). Log into Tweetdeck using your Twitter details, on the left hand side you will see a column for Home, Notifications and then you ‘add columns’ by clicking the search magnifying glass on the left hand side. Type in the hashtag of the chat you are joining then add column. You can move columns by clicking the two lines with the circles through them on the top right hand side of the column, then the arrows on the bottom left hand side of the box that springs up (much easier than this sounds!) This column will present the chat thread – engage with other accounts, add those who you engage with.

Tweetdeck I Twitter For Travel Bloggers

Tweetdeck for Twitter Chats

2. Twitter Followers

This is not to be confused with the follow / unfollow strategy. To increase my Twitter following, along with Twitter Chats and sharing other people’s content, I added 50 people per day who had the same interests as me. To find those Twitter users, I clicked on popular travel accounts and fellow travellers. I avoided accounts with 20k followers who followed 5 people back (I exaggerate) as it was unlikely that they were following back and highly likely that they were using the follow / unfollow strategy. Some people follow up to 500 people per day using websites such as Mass Planner but be careful not to over do it as your account can be blocked.

3. Unfollowing Twitter Followers

After some time I deleted those who didn’t follow me back. I used Unfollowers which identified who was not following me back then I hit the unfollow button (there’s a limit per day to how many you can delete). I heard if you pay for the service it can tell you who you’ve already added and deleted as to avoid noising anyone up. I get many unfollowers on my account too, it’s just the nature of increasing your Twitter following.

*UPDATE: I stopped #2 and #3 at around 5K and now…

10K FOLLOWERS on Twitter!

4. Follow / Unfollow Strategy

I am so bored of reading bloggers moan about other bloggers following and unfollowing them. Please stop wasting your energy on this – focus on growing your own brand, improving your website load speed, doing some SEO sprucing up of old posts – stop naming and shaming the gamers. I do not follow / unfollow myself but the aim of this strategy is to target accounts who are likely to follow you back and then you delete them. It’s not great for engagement but it does get your numbers up. If you do use this strategy, be aware that PR companies will look at all of your social media accounts so if you have 21K Twitter or Instagram followers (both easy to game) and only 1000 Facebook followers, it doesn’t look great.

5. Twitter Engagement

It is crucial to engage with your followers on Twitter in order to get them to click the links to your advertised articles. Twitter Chats will help with this as well as targeted hashtagging on tweets. If an account on Twitter reports you as ‘spam’ you run the risk of being excluded from hashtags which means that you can’t participate in Twitter Chats and is detrimental to the building of relationships with brands and tourism accounts on Twitter (this happened to me and many other bloggers for a few weeks). To find out if you are in this situation, type in a hashtag that you have used recently into Twitter search, check out the ‘live’ tab on that hashtag if your tweet is present you are safe.

6. Twitter Hashtags

There are a variety of hashtags that you can use to reach followers. This may take a bit of time to create a bank of hashtags but will be worth it. Here are some examples


  •  Lonely Planet -->  #LP

Travel Gear / Experiences

  • Salomon --> #DesignedForFreedom #ExpandYourPlayground

Tourists Boards

  • Slovenia --> #ifeelsLOVEnia
  • Scotland --> #ScotSpirit

Currently Trending

  • Check which hashtags are hot right now and join in!

7. Twitter Lists

A nifty tool which is underused on Twitter is the ‘list’ option. Go to a Twitter account, click the screw like icon next to the ‘follow’ button and select ‘add or remove from lists’. You can create categories and save accounts in them (public or private). I save accounts under country names and engage with those who I would like to work with in the future.

Twitter Followers I Twitter for Travel Bloggers

8. Triberr

I was so confused by Triberr by first! Triberr is a website post sharing community where bloggers use Tribes (groups) to advertise their own posts and share other blogger’s articles too.

Sign up to Triberr, ensure your profile and RSS are linked (I didn’t have RSS set up before hand). Ask to join Tribes, however at first you will be a follower, other people’s blog posts will appear in your activity (feed), share their stuff. Show your interest in becoming a member by leaving a comment, introduce yourself and ask for consideration when a spot shows up (the Chief will flush out those who are not sharing so spots do show up). You may be asked to join Tribes as opposed to waiting for full membership.

9. Re – Tweet

There are many travel blogger share groups on Facebook. In these groups, bloggers share social media shout outs and article posts. For example, on Mondays, members of the Travel Bloggers Social Media Sharing Group re – tweet ten posts in an organised share. To join Facebook groups (and you should, there is a whole wealth of experience in these groups), read in the instructions in the description. For the above group, ensure that you have your travel blog clearly attached to your own Facebook page.

»»» Want more traffic? Check out my guide to getting more blog followers. 

10. Post every 2 hours

Whhhhaaat? I know, riiiight. But that doesn’t mean you have to be tied to your keyboard. Schedule tweets 24/7 via Buffer (ten scheduled tweets only on the free version) or Hootsuite (unlimited tweets) and they do the job for you. Do you use the Yoast SEO plug in? If you do, ensure that the ‘social’ section is filled out correctly as it pulls images from your post long with the Tweet which is better for click-ability (or you can select them on Buffer or upload them to Hootsuite).

Buffer I Twitter For Travel Bloggers

Another time saving tip – add the Evergreen Post Tweeter plugin to your site as this will pull old posts from your blog and tweet them as often as you’d like (set for every two hours or more, Twitter does not like hourly tweets). Disclaimer: I’ve now stopped using this as my engagement was flagging as ‘low’.

11. Engage

Find fellow travel lovers, post an image with a question and tag them. If they reciprocate you could add them to one of your lists for engaged followers. Encourage them to tag others too.

Twitter For Travel Bloggers

Like I mentioned in Pinterest for Travel Bloggers (check it out here, if you are not on Pinterest get on it today!), Twitter is just one tool in your travel blogging toolkit. I am still pushing the best use of SEO from the start of your blogging career, and get your website loading speed down. This will help with ranking on Google, as let’s face it – after all the tweets and likes are dead (within minutes on Twitter) what do you want for your articles – to be found on Google search.

Did you find this useful?
Pin to your Pinterest board!

Want to increase your Twitter followers and improve exposure? Follow this easy step by step guide to Twitter success - Twitter for Travel Bloggers.

Travel Bloggers Twitter Weekly Task

  • Join in a Twitter Chat
  • Schedule a tweet to Buffer or Hootsuite using two researched hashtags
  • Add 50 travel loving accounts
  • Unfollow those who don’t follow back
  • Join a Facebook sharing group – take part in Twitter social share
  • Set up Triberr and show interest in full membership of the tribe

»»» Want more tasks? Check out my School of Blog page

10 Steps Twitter for Travel Bloggers

Improve your Pinterest next:

Pinterest for Bloggers

Did you find this useful or have further questions?
Fire away in comments below and I will respond very soon.

I have no affiliates with any of the websites mentioned above, just great tools which help your Twitter grow!