Travel blogging has become a big part of my life. For nearly three years now, I’ve been recording my travel experiences and sharing tips. I feel compelled to help others make traveling a priority, save money for travel, or find less expensive travel options. I encourage traveling for everyone! And in the process of travel blogging, I’ve changed. If you are a travel blogger, or one of my many friends who wonder why I would devote so much time and energy to travel blogging, please read on to see ten ways travel blogging has changed me. Mostly for the better, I hope!
1. I take photos of food
It didn’t used to occur to me that anyone would be interested in what I ate when I traveled. But they are. So now I include a review of the food vendors and restaurants I visit. That means I’m always taking photos of my entrees (and my husband’s, too). As in…”Wait! Don’t take a bite yet — I still need to get a photo!” Three years ago, I would have never dreamed of doing that. And yes, it’s kind of awkward when I stand up to get a better shot of my plate and the waiter arrives to check on us. I even bought a special light for my camera to help me get better photos of food in dimly-lit restaurants! [This paragraph contains an affiliate link; if you purchase anything through the link, I will receive a commission to help finance my blog]
2. I have a huge collection of travel stuff!
I collect brochures, flyers, business cards, maps and guides from everywhere I go. Literally, there are stacks of these things at my home! I never know if I’ll want to include it in a future blog post, and I want the information at my fingertips, just in case. Brochure for the newest museum in town? I’ve got it! Map of Disneyland? Got that too! Tram schedule for Lake Como? Yep!
3. I have a one-track mind
I can’t hear someone else share their travel adventures without wondering if they might contribute a guest post for my blog. While a good friend is telling me about her hiking adventures, I’m thinking, “I know my readers would be fascinated with this story!” My husband recently went on a camping adventure in Mexico, and I sent him off with “Be safe! I love you! Remember to take lots of photos!” Because of course, I’m going to ask him to share his trip with you on my blog.
4. I am NEVER done with my work
Before travel blogging, I could go through a day completing tasks and checking them off my list. But as a travel blogger, there is ALWAYS something else you could be doing: researching details for a story, promoting on social media, editing photos, updating old posts, building your travel contacts network, reaching out to tourism offices, and so much more. When my husband asks me if it’s time to call it a day, I’m usually still sitting at my laptop trying to do just “one more thing.”
5. I have to try really hard NOT to talk about travel
I realize that not all of my friends and acquaintances are travelers or want to hear about my next travel adventure. I’m always so excited about the article I’m writing or the next trip I’m planning, but I really have to constrain myself sometimes. Besides, I definitely don’t want to make anyone feel bad if they’re not able to travel just yet. (But I’ve got tips on my blog if you want to know how to save enough money to travel!)
6. It’s easy to get out of bed in the morning
I jump out of bed the minute I wake up because I want to get my latest “pin” on a Pinterest thread before it closes for the day. Or the thought of getting the perfect sunrise photo can send me sprinting. I can be lying in bed, still half-groggy, and then I remember that my favorite pinning thread is curated by someone in a time zone three hours ahead of me, and I have to post by 6:30 am before it reaches its daily cap. I’m so sorry if this means absolutely nothing to you…but it does lead me to my next change as a travel blogger, which is…
7. I’ve grown my vocabulary
I’ve gained a whole new vocabulary of travel blogging words and acronyms. Words I had never heard of before are part of my everyday jargon (much to my husband’s dismay). Like keywords, dofollow/nofollow, bounce rate, vlogs, pinning threads, link parties, Alexa rank, Klout score, StumbleUpon, SEO, CVB’s, etc. I know! It’s like a foreign language, and it takes time to learn. In fact, I’m still constantly learning new things. It’s a world of ever-changing technology and trends.
8. I’ve made so many new friends by travel blogging
Most of whom I still haven’t met in person. They are my travel blogging friends, the ones who started writing about the same time I did, and we share what we’ve learned with each other. Or the ones who helped mentor me as I asked tons of stupid questions. Or the ones that have touched me with their deeply moving travel accounts that inspire me to do and see more!
9. I have to explain that I’m at home most of the time
My friends see my constant posts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and assume I am traveling. All. The. Time. Friends begin their voice messages with, “I know you’re probably out of town right now, but…” (I’m sorry I didn’t answer the phone. I probably just didn’t hear it ring over the noise of the dishwasher).
At a recent activity, I was asked to come up with a title for an imaginary book to be written about myself. In my mind, I was thinking: “Scatterbrained — and Still Trying to Pull it All Together!” My few seconds of silence was interpreted as a loss of ideas. People in the group started yelling out suggestions: “Where I’m Going Next”, “World Traveler”, “Jetsetter” and “How to Travel the World”. I’m flattered that’s what you think of me, and I’m glad my friends know I love to travel and share the tips I’ve gleaned. However, I’m just a normal person who tries to keep up with laundry, housecleaning, volunteer work at church, playing with my grandchildren, and going on dates with my husband. Plus I have a part-time job making signs and banners.
Most of my traveling is driving less than 700 miles to see my kids, grandkids, or parents, sleeping on an air mattress or in a guest room, and eating homemade meals. I like to explore wherever I am and take photos of anything beautiful for my Instagram account. But the bigger trips? Once or twice a year at most.
10. I have a much greater awe and appreciation for this world
I am even more in awe of this incredible world my Heavenly Father created. It brings tears to my eyes when I see the beautiful… No! stunning… gorgeous… (Ahhhhh no words can really do it justice!) world that we live in and all the details that were created just for our enjoyment. It’s a powerful witness to me of how much we are loved by our Creator. The more I see and write about this spectacular planet, the more joyful I am!
How has travel or travel blogging changed you? I’d love to know – please leave a comment below…
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