Navigate The RetiredAndTravelling Travel Blog

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Some Help To Navigate The RetiredAndTravelling Travel Blog

With over 500 travel blog posts published, we know that sometimes it is not always easy to know how to navigate the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog. The “About Us” page tells you a bit about the blog. But we felt it would help to give you insight into the blog site layout. And more detailed help on how to access the blog posts published.

We want you to find the content you want on the blog as quickly and easily as possible!

Travel blog posts are tagged with one or more Category. Categories provide the high level organization for the travel blog content. If you want a preview of the breadth of content covered in each Category, check out the separate blog post that details each Category on the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog.

The Sections In The RetiredAndTravelling Blog Design

The RetiredAndTravelling main page is divided into 4 separate areas. These are described in detail below.

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Basic Blog Site Design – The Header Bar

The Header Bar on the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog is always visible no matter which page or blog post you view. It includes 3 main navigation elements:
1) HOME
2) Blog Post Navigation
3) Blog Information.

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1) HOME

The HOME button takes you back to the main page at any time when you are viewing blog posts.

2) Blog Post Navigation

The black top menu provides Blog Post Navigation. This is a means to quickly navigate the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog using several different groupings. A section later in this blog post provides a detailed review of the Blog Post Navigation menu.

3) Blog Information

The grey navigation menu provides access to single pages that have more information about the blog:

About Us: A little bit more about Linda and David and some history about the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog.

Contact Us: To send an email.

Press Room: Some links to our travel content published in other online media

Data Use Policy: Provides the details on how we might use any data we collect from you.

Subscribe: One way to subscribe to our travel blog posts.

The Header Bar on the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog can be used to get to all the information on the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog site.

Basic Blog Site Design – Blog Post Summaries

On the home screen, the large section on the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog provides a summary of the most recent 7 travel blog posts. For each blog post there is a feature picture and a short summary of the blog content.

Selecting a blog post takes you to the detailed content for that blog post. The blog post content replaces this part of the screen. But all other part of the blog main page remain (Header Bar, Side Bar and Footer Bar). This allows you different ways to move around the blog after reading a blog post.

While reading a blog post, you can select any bolded content to go to a new detailed blog post. This new blog post replaces the original blog post you were reading. But using the back button on your browser will take you back to the original blog post.

When you finish reading a blog post, there are several options to share the blog post or get to other blog posts:

  • Use the Social Media buttons to share the content
  • “Some Other Posts” provides posts that are related to the specific content of the blog post
  • You can use arrows to go to the Previous or Next blog post published in chronological order
  • Finally, there are “Related Articles” that are similar in content to the blog post

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You can get back to the main page of the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog using the HOME button and select a new blog post to explore. Or use the Header Bar or Side Bar to find another blog post to read.

Basic Blog Site Design – The Side Bar

The Side Bar on the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog provides some highlighted information and some other options to navigate the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog.

1) Search

The general search box is on the top right corner of the screen. This allows you to enter free form text for a topic you are looking to find on the blog site.

2) Travel With Us To …

This pull down menu provides the ability to search the blog posts by Category. Categories are the high level organization groups for the travel blog content. A detailed description of each category is provided later in this blog post.

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3) Where Are We Now?

We try to provide a brief note on where we are at any given time. If we are travelling, you can check out our social media channels and get real time updates as we travel. If it is a destination you are interested, you know that travel blog posts on this destination will be published at a later date.

4) Subscribe To Get Updates

We know that sometimes it is easier to learn about new blog post content by email. If you subscribe to our travel blog emails, you will receive periodic email posts on specific topics. These emails usually are a summary with links to multiple blog posts. It may help you with current travel plans. Or you may want to save the email in your favourite travel planning folder.

The RetiredAndTravelling travel blog also has a pop up window for subscribing. The pop up should only show up periodically.

5) Don’t Miss Our Travel Tips

One of the Categories on our travel blog is “Tips”. We have a variety of topics for “Tips” as detailed below. But we included a side bar list of the most recent 7 travel blog posts in the “Tips” Category. These posts represent some of the more popular blog posts.

6) Keywords

The final area on the Side Bar is a list of Keywords. This is another way to navigate the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog. If you are looking for specific content, the Keywords provide a much finer granularity of topics that a Category does.

Basic Blog Site Design – The Footer Bar

The Footer Bar on the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog allows you to subscribe to the various social media channels for RetiredAndTravelling:

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Instagram

Following us on our social media channels will provide more current updates as we travel. It should be noted that not all of our user names for all social media channels are “RetiredAndTravelling”. Unfortunately, that user name was not available on all channels when we started the blog.

Detailed View Of The Blog Post Navigation Menu Bar

The Blog Post Navigation Menu in the Header Bar provides a number of different menus to navigate the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog. Selecting the main menu title provides all blog posts for that type of blog post (e.g. all Travel Tips). Selecting one of the secondary menus will provide a specific subset list of travel blog posts (e.g. Travel Tip related to Travel Tech).

In a few areas, the secondary menu has a third menu for ever greater level of granularity (marked with a “>”) (e.g. Travel Spots in Asia provides another menu at the specific country or area level such as China).

The Blog Post Navigation Menu cover key Categories on the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog:
1) Travel Tips
2) Travel Spots
3) Cruising Travel
4) Food Travel
5) Fun & Adventure
6) Travel Blog Summaries
7) And an Image Gallery

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Check out the separate blog post that provides extensive detail for each Category on the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog. But at a high level, each pulldown menu provides ways to access travel blog posts on:

1) Travel Tips

The pull down menu for Travel Tips provides a way to select travel tips in different areas. These include Customer Service, Points & Loyalty, Travel Trips, Cruising Tips, Travel Technology and Blogging.

2) Travel Spots

The pull down menu for Travel Spots provides a list of major Categories for locations of travel. More detail on Categories and the content in each Category is provided below. Travel Spots specifically deals with travel by land. There are third level menus for Travel Spot Categories with a large number of travel blog posts. For example, “North America Travel” has additional menu selections for Canada, USA and Central America.

3) Cruising Travel

The pull down menu for Cruising Travel provides a list of major Categories for locations of cruising travel. More detail on Categories and the content in each Category is provided below. Cruising Travel includes both ocean and river cruising.

4) Food Travel

The pull down menu for Food Travel provides further levels of: Food & Drink, Wine and Afternoon Tea.

5) Fun And Adventure

The pull down menu for Fun and Adventure provides access to blog posts that cover different kinds of fun activities. This includes: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Wildlife, Fun Activities and Art & Street Art.

6) Travel Blog Summaries

The pull down menu for Travel Blog Summaries provides a way to access summary blog posts that provide a number of links to more detailed posts. The Summaries cover: City Visits, Hotel Stays, Travel Trips and Yearly Summaries.

7) Image Gallery

This menu item takes you to a view of the RetiredAndTravelling Instagram feed with some of our favourite travel photos.

Help To Navigate The RetiredAndTravelling Travel Blog

We love to share our travel adventures and trips. And hope this blog post helps you to navigate the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog. We want you to find RetiredAndTravelling travel blog content that will inspire your wanderlust!

If you want a teaser on all the great travel content available on the blog, check out the separate blog post that provides extensive detail for each Category on the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog.

Do you think this will help you to navigate the RetiredAndTravelling travel blog? We would love any blog design input you have.

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