Travel blogging – it’s a thing!

These days, no matter where you look, you’ll find someone who appears to be making a living by travelling the world, blogging about it and having a great old time.  If you think that there seems to be a sudden surge of these people, you might be right. Travel blogging is now officially a “thing.”

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Dubrovnik

Travel bloggers come in many varieties.  Some specialize in a certain type of travelling (ex. adventure, luxury, family, etc.) while others focus on locations or hobbies like photography or museums and shopping.  No matter what they are writing about, travel bloggers often lead nomadic lives trekking through the globe either alone, with partners or even with their whole families. They are all motivated by different things and experiences, but what they all share is a love for travel.

When I first started writing about travelling all those years ago, it was more of a hobby in a world full of travel books, professional guides and travel experts.  The public was embracing this new thing called social media, still in its infancy, and blogging wasn’t that mainstream.

As someone with a passion for travel, love of reading and an inkling for writing, I was well positioned to embrace this new world of opportunity. I wrote some stories with a certain amount of success and before it got me anywhere, I stopped. I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe life got in a way and it became too much of an effort. Years went  by and I never thought about travel writing again.

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Banff, Alberta

Last December, I made a decision to bring back what I love and what makes me happy. In the seven years that went by since I stopped writing, my love for travel has taken me to quite a few places around the world. Each brought a new and exciting set of experiences, impressions and memories. Travel has enriched my life not only by providing opportunities to visit exotic and unique places, but also by exposing me to different cultures and meeting new people.

Writing about my travels lets me relive the moments and places I’ve visited and the people I’ve met along the way.  Each post is like a digital diary of my memories that I can look back on and be brought back to any particular time and place. I will probably never write for National Geographic or Lonely Planet, but I will definitely write for me as it brings me joy.

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Shanghai

Why do you write? What motivates you?  Let me know!

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19 thoughts on “Travel blogging – it’s a thing!

  • Mine is definitely to keep a log of experiences but also to help others discover great places. I have only just started and didnt ​realise how much time it can take to do it though!

  • I am agree with you, travel is enriched my life too.. I start travel blogging recently, by the time I reach 4k followers on Instagram, people often asking me whether I have blog or not, so why not? I make one for them… lol

  • I would love to travel a lot when I get older, I’m just afraid I’ll be held back because of money, or more precisely, the lack thereof.
    How do you afford to travel so much? 🙂
    Btw great post, it’s cool that you’ve starting writing again xx

    • We don’t do gifts for any occasions and save for traveling instead. Also, always try to look for deals that make it more affordable. Then there are always credit cards. Money is great but it won’t do you much good when you’re dead

  • I just started writing a few months ago about travel because it is the thing that interests me most. Places I have been and places I wish to go to! I was inspired by hitting a new phase in my life – the empty nest. After my children left the nest, I cared for elderly parents. When that stage was (sadly) over, I had the freedom and the time to think about what i really loved to do. Lucky for me, my husband doesn’t expect me to make a living out of this, haha! ps as a side, I have trained as a travel agent and am starting to plan and sell travel. I am hoping to help fund some of these adventures we enjoy taking around the world. Good luck to you!

    • Thanks for sharing your story Diane! As much as I love writing about travel, I also love reading the experiences others write about. Everyone has a different story and they are all great! I hope you will write about your experience as a travel agent. 🙂

  • For me, writing my travel experiences makes me remember the feeling of being in that certain place. It’s also my way of promoting the beautiful places of my country to foreign people. 🙂

    • I agree! The places bring back memories but for those that have never been there the post can be a great promotion! Thank you for sharing your motivation 👍🏼😀

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