Ups and downs of travel writing

Travel writing reality

Some days, travel writing is a struggle.  Other days, when I’m in the zone, I can’t write fast enough. My brain goes into an overdrive as ideas and words go off like a firework symphony in my head. 

I love to travel and when I’m not able to go anywhere, writing about it allows me to relive the experiences, the places I’ve been to and the people I’ve met. It becomes a digital travel diary that brings me back to a particular time and place I’ve written about. At the same time, it allows me to share my stories with others and hopefully  inspire them to travel and see the world. Sounds easy, right?

It isn’t always so.

The lows then the ups

Sometimes I am  just too exhausted to write. My brain goes numb and there is zero creativity. I can’t formulate words and the whole idea of bringing myself to write is just repulsing.  I become so busy with everyday life that inspiration eludes me.  This seems to get worse as the time between travelling gets longer. I lose interest in everything travel-related that normally drives me and makes me happy. The idea of abandoning it all – the blog, the social media sites – becomes very tempting.   After all, who cares?

There are days when I’m close to giving up. Then a random message from a complete stranger telling me that something I’ve posted or written inspired them to travel comes along. Every now and then someone I haven’t seen in a while tells me they enjoyed reading something I wrote. I then go back and read my own blogs. In them I find what motivated me to write in the first place.  The love for travel and travel writing.

Repeating the past?

I did it once before. Gave up before I really got started. Took me over seven years to find my groove again. Giving it up is easy. Definitely easier than trying. But there is a saying that if it was easy everyone would do it.  So true.

I’m not good with scheduling my writing times as I need to be in the mood to write. It’s not something I can enter into my routine. I can, however, take advantage of those moments of creativity to create momentum and inspiration. I read other people’s blogs. I go back to my old posts. I go to my “drafts.” Just doing those things keeps me from giving up. It also helps me find new inspiration to share my adventures. I can’t wait to share them with you soon.

After all, who cares? I do. And I definitely don’t want to take the easy way out again.

Do you find it easy to blog all the time? How do you deal with writer’s block? Let me know!

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23 thoughts on “Ups and downs of travel writing

  • Kaisa I couldn’t agree more. I have just started my blog after three years of contemplating it and hope I continue writing. I loved these lines “I did it once before. Gave up before I really got started. Took me over seven years to find my groove again. Giving it up is easy. Definitely easier than trying. But there is a saying that if it was easy everyone would do it. So true.” True for me as well !

    • Yes! It’s hard to push forward when you think you’re alone. It was my realization and I’m glad I didn’t give up!

  • I absolutely love this post! 🙂 I feel the same way! 🙂
    Traveling is a big part of my life, the one that makes me happy, but there’s also the daily routine of going to work in a completely different field (i work in IT:), so the lack of inspiration often kicks in…
    You put some effort in a post, and only a few people read it…then, out of nowhere, a lot more are interested in the next one..and so on.:)
    If you really consider traveling the same in the next years, then you should be aware the blog is not just a task, it is a lifetime hobby with no end date :)) So with ups and downs, stick to it!

    I really like your stories. Actually the ones about Canada are very useful, and i will definitely check them again before visiting Canada! Loved the territory map! 🙂 By the way…are you working in the same field? How do you do both ?
    Safe travels! 🙂

    • Aww thank you! What a nice thing to say 🙂 This really made my day.

      I have a background in communications so writing isn’t difficult for me, but the motivation is another thing altogether. At the beginning it was more of the frustration with other things in my life that was weighing me down. Writing this blog actually helped me a lot and it felt very cathartic. Once I got past it, I am now in a different mindset. I love the writing and connecting with other people who also love travel. It’s a big part of my life and that won’t change so it’s nice to find people who share that passion.

      As much as I love writing about destinations, I also enjoy the other posts that relate to travel or allow me to reflect on how travel has changes/inspired me. 🙂

      I will be doing a lot more posts about Canada and Toronto as it’s my home and there is always so much to do here. So stay tuned!

      I work in business development which has allowed me to travel internationally for work as well. Lots of inspiration. 🙂

  • i’m a bit like you, somedays I can just write and write and write, and when I look back the blog (or diary entry) is pages long, then other days I can’t even write at all.
    I’ve only just started my blogging adventure, as I wanted to get into writing more.

    A bit like you I think “will anyone even read this? Is this even worth my time” , but then I get a comment or a text from a friend saying how much they enjoyed what I wrote.
    While my blog is more about me currently, I hope to add my travel bits and pieces when I go away in September …

    Keep up with your blogging, you are going to get days where nothing comes out, but then the days that something does, it will be a great read 🙂 🙂

    • Thanks so much for your thoughts! It really helped me to actually write that blog. Not only did it help me realize I’m not alone in this struggle, it also serves as a reminder/inspiration when I start feeling negative again. I actually really enjoy writing and like you, it really makes my day when someone makes a comment about likening something I wrote. I hope that the more I write the more it will become a regular habit and I’ll have more highs than lowes.

      Good luck with your writing! 👊🏼😀

  • When I get writers block for my blog and also my PhD, I just let the block take over. I find it more stressful to be stressing about not being able to write. That’s when I take a break, binge on YouTube, play the guitar, and wait for inspiration and motivation to come back.

  • I’ve been blogging for just over seven months now, and a couple of times early on I know there were moments when I faltered and felt close to giving up. But always I come back to it. Key for me is not scheduling too many posts, but posting when it feels right – otherwise, I feel stagnant. I loved this post – sometimes, ‘dream jobs’ aren’t always the dream.
    Abby – xo

  • I can totally relate! Most of the time I’m either busy in my usual job or when I’m traveling I don’t really get time. I don’t really want to schedule anything though when it comes to writing ..what is the point? It’s not some task that i have to keep up with…it should come when you feel like..when i feel happy and then it comes from your heart only then! 🙂 great share!

  • This is exactly how I’m feeling about my own blog right now. I’ve been so busy with exams that I haven’t been blogging for a really long time and now I find it so difficult to get back into. When I’m back in the routine of it, I know I love it, but right now I feel more like just quitting it. Cuz like you wrote, when it feels like no one cares, you start to wonder if you really do yourself too.

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