Medical tourism FAQ, the travel biz, and downtime

First, if anyone visited while this blog was offline, let me assure you that all is now well. Apparently the hosting company (who I pay $225/month to keep this site online) had some problems. Overall, they’ve been pretty good about keeping us online even though we get a lot of traffic so I’m forgiving them.

Speaking of traffic, here’s a business that gets 1,000-2,000 visits a day to their web site about traveling with kids. They decided to turn it into a business and so they became a travel agency. Apparently they do enough business to have 4 full-time workers and plans to expand. I get about twice as much traffic so I wonder if I should start my own travel agency…

In fact, a friend of mine and I are trying to get a business started where we take people on tours of some of Brazil’s lesser know carnaval festivals. Surely there must be a few people who want to get away from the touristy one in Rio and see the real ones. Also, my wife and I are talking about doing tours in Italy when we finally retire there. Although I guess that means we’d be working and not really retired.

Anyway, I found this medical tourism FAQ and realized it has been a while since we covered that topic. Naturally you’d want to do more than read a single web page before going to Thailand for heart transplant or whatever – the only book I know of for you is Patients Beyond Borders.

Well there you go. I’ve explained why we were offline for a while, thought about selling out and making this blog some sort of business, and covered medical tourism briefly.

Filed Under: Medical tourism

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Really, I would love to know how you got up to that much traffic. I am currently using stumbleupon for travel blogs – however I find most travel sites are either tripadvisor type sites, or those silly about pages.

    Any ideas to help a blogger who is starting out with what she thinks is a unique idea?

    thanks!

    – Stephanie

    http://www.makethegreatescape.org/

  2. Jill says:

    James, if you ever decide to open a travel agency, I’d definitely be a customer! I enjoy your blog and find that your travel mindset often matches mine. The carnavals of Brazil sounds intriguing.

    Regards,

    Jill

  3. James Trotta says:

    Thanks Jill – good to know I already have one customer lined up!

    Stephanie – All I did was blog every day for a couple of years before I started getting real traffic. Actually at first I was only blogging once in a while so maybe blogging every day was the key. There were times when comment spam or expenses and technical issues made me want to quit. Obviously I’m still here so determination had something to do with finding traffic as well.

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