Want to Travel for Free?
想要免費旅行嗎?

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If you love to travel but can’t afford it, why not become a digital nomad? This expression refers to a new generation of backpackers who travel around with their laptops and make money on the road to fund their travels. One popular way to do this is travel blogging.
如果你喜歡旅行但無法負擔旅費,為什麼不成為一位數位遊民?這是一種新時代的背包客,用他們的筆電沿路賺錢來為他們的旅程籌款。其中一種著名的方式就是寫旅遊部落文。

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It takes lots of work and time to develop a good reputation as a travel blogger, but once you get there, you will seldom have to pay for hotels or flights. Some have even become millionaires while traveling. So how do travel bloggers make money? Here are just a few of the many ways:
身為一位旅遊部落客需要花費很多功夫及時間來培養良好的信譽。但只要你達到目標,你將幾乎不需要付旅館費用及機票。有些人甚至會在旅行期間成為百萬富翁。所以旅遊部落客要怎麼賺錢呢?這裡有幾種方式:

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• Writing hotel, restaurant, or product reviews. Many companies will pay bloggers or give them free rooms, meals, or merchandise in exchange for these positive reviews.
撰寫旅館、餐廳或是產品的評論文。許多公司會付錢給部落客或是提供免費住宿、餐點或是產品來交換正面評論。

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• Selling space on their websites for advertisements. If travel bloggers’ websites get enough traffic, they can make money through programs such as Google Ads.

在他們的網頁上提供廣告刊登。如果旅遊部落客的網頁流量夠大,他們可以藉由程式,像是Google廣告來賺錢。

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• Affiliate marketing. If a travel blogger recommends something and then the reader buys it using a special link, the blogger can make a commission.

聯盟行銷。如果一位旅遊部落客推薦一些東西,接著讀者藉由特殊連結購買的話,這位部落客可以抽成。

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• Writing e-books or creating other travel-related products. This could include photography, podcasts, travel games for kids, and so on!

撰寫電子書或是創造其他旅遊相關產品。此項可以包含攝影、播客、兒童旅遊遊戲之類等等!

Vocabulary 好字精選

1. generation (n) a group of people of similar age in society  世代,一代
“The young generation doesn’t work as hard as we used to!” complained the old man. 
「年輕世代不像我們以前那麼努力工作!」這位老人如此抱怨。

2. fund (v) to provide money for a project, activity, or event  提供﹝事業,活動等的﹞資金
The baseball series was funded by Adidas.  
這次棒球連賽是由Adidas所贊助的。

3. reputation (n) what everybody thinks of a person, company, organization, etc.  名聲,聲譽
This fine restaurant has a good reputation among the city’s rich. 
這間高級餐廳在都會富人之間的名聲很好。

4. millionaire (n) a person who has a million or more dollars  百萬富翁
Tickets for the VIP party were over $1000 and it was mostly millionaires who attended.
VIP派對的門票要一千美元以上,幾乎只有百萬富翁會參加。

5. merchandise (n) products  商品,貨物
All the extra merchandise is stored in the back room.
所有的額外商品都被儲放在後面的房間。

6. traffic (n) the volume of visitors on a website (NOT CAR TRAFFIC) 網路流量
Traffic to this website increased dramatically after one of its articles went viral.  
這個網站的網路流量在其中一篇文章爆紅後,立刻戲劇性地飆高。

7. commission (n) a % of money that a salesperson makes after selling something 佣金
The car salespeople in this shop make a 5% commission on each car they sell.  
這間店的汽車銷售員每賣出一輛車都可以得到百分之五的佣金。

Phrases and Sentence Patterns 句型解析

1. afford sth. (phr) have enough money to buy something  負擔
Nicole can’t afford a new cellphone.
Nicole無法負擔一台新的手機。

2. on the road (idiom) traveling  旅程中,旅途中
Nathanial wrote a book while he was on the road.
Nathanial在旅行時寫了一本書。

3. in exchange for (phr) to trade something  交換
I’ll give you these boots in exchange for your jacket.
我用這些靴子交換你的外套。

Exercise 課後練習題

1. A new _______________ of artists and writers became popular after the war.
新世代的藝術家及作者在戰後出名。

2. Peter has a great product idea but needs to find a company to _______________ it.
Peter有一個很棒的產品點子,但需要找公司投資。

3. That bar has a bad _______________ because some gang members hang out there.
那間酒吧的評價不好,因為有一些幫派份子會在那裡聚會。

4. At only 19, she was the youngest ______________ in her country thanks to her jewelry sales.
在只有十九歲時,由於她的珠寶銷售,她成為她們國家中最年輕的百萬富翁。

5. At most concerts, you can usually buy _______________ such as T-shirts and CDs.
你通常可以在大部分的演唱會上買到像是T恤及CD之類的產品。

6. The singer’s website got so much _______________ that day that it wasn’t even working.
那天這位歌手的網站流量暴增,甚至導致網站無法運作。

7. How much _______________ did the saleswoman make on the sale?
在這次買賣中,這位業務人員可以抽到多少佣金?

8. Most families can’t _______________ a house in the city center these days.
現在大部分的家庭都無法負擔市中心的房子。

9. Don’t forget to send us a postcard when you are _______________!
當你去旅行時不要忘記寄明信片給我們!

10. The blogger shared the hotel’s website on his Twitter page _______________ a discount on his room.
這位部落客在他的Twitter網頁上分享了這間旅館的網站,來交換住宿費的折扣。

解答:
1. generation
2. fund
3. reputation
4. millionaire
5. merchandise
6. traffic
7. commission
8. afford
9. on the road
10. in exchange for

Comprehension Questions 閱讀理解

1. What does the article try to argue?
a. Everyone should become a travel blogger. 
b. Being a digital nomad is the best way to travel.
c. Travel blogging is not easy but can pay for your travels.
d. Travel bloggers are the most popular kind of bloggers.

2. What will a travel blogger receive if a reader clicks on his or her affiliate link and buys something?
a. Some money.
b. Free merchandise.
c. A good review.
d. More website traffic.

解答:
1. 以下選項何者是這篇文章在討論的內容?

a. 每個人都應該成為旅遊部落客。
b. 成為一位數位遊民是旅行的最佳方式。
c. 作為一位旅遊部落客不簡單,但可以為支付你的旅程。
d. 旅遊部落客是最受歡迎的部落客類型。 

2. 如果讀者點選他/她的會員網路連結買一些東西時,旅遊部落客會收到甚麼?
a. 一些錢。
b. 免費的產品。
c. 一篇好的評論。
d. 更多的網站流量。

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