Travel bloggers at ITB - always on their iPhones!

I’ve been blogging for over two years now, and with my recent site redesign (are you reading this via RSS? if so, click through and check out my MASSIVE SITE REDESIGN), I’ve decided to take this travel blogging thing a bit more seriously. I mean, I’ve taken it seriously to begin with. I love sharing information (that’s priority #1) about my travels and the places I’ve been. But, you know, there’s much more potential—something I re-remembered at the ITB travel convention & trade show in Berlin last week.

So, if you’re curious a bit about what it means to be a travel blogger, here are some of my random thoughts about travel blogging:

  • travel blogs are a great way to find and share travel information
  • there is a community of support built for and by travel bloggers. lots will say how great of a community there is among travel bloggers. this is mostly true, but it’s really thanks to those that are serial travelers and backpackers. there’s no doubt that travelers tend to group together…especially while traveling…and this is how it works with those travelers who also have travel blogs.
  • saying that, not everyone works well together. it’s natural, based on the business-side of things.
  • travel blogging is fun. seriously. photos and personal stories and recommendations! and TRAVEL!
  • twitter & social media is as important for travel blogging as having a blog is.
  • the influence of travel blogging is already big and has the potential to be bigger within the travel industry
  • the future of travel blogging is, in fact, exciting
ITB Travel blog panel discussion
A panel discussion with some bloggers & pr folks about travel blogging at ITB

some travel bloggers & their soundbites:

At the ITB travel trade show in Berlin, several seminars were set up especially for travel bloggers. Here are a few soundbites, including the brilliant German travel blogger, Angie speaking a little bit about how talented and multi-faceted a travel blogger can be:

 why i (travel) blog

I like blogging. I really do. It’s not anything I ever set out to do but it’s something I’ve completely fallen heads over heels for. I used to keep journals but they’d last a week or so and then fall by the wayside. But now, with blogging, I’m able to do so much more—not just for myself, but (hopefully) for others. I blog for three reasons…a manifesto of sorts:

  1. To write & to share information
  2. To meet interesting people
  3. To continually see and do new things

I love the fact that people use my blog to find information that’s actually pertinent and useful for them. Whether it’s crossing the border from Israel to Jordan, a popular boat ride in Asia or just a favorite bar or two in Berlin. A little more selfishly, I like blogging (and therefore, also, Twittering and Facebooking), for the fact that I get to meet interesting people. Since starting my blog and my travels two years ago, I’ve met some of the most amazing people and I’m so thankful for that.

I also blog because I like writing. But having a blog also keeps me continually looking for new things to see and do—which is probably the greatest Catch-22 of all time. At this point, I pretty much need the blog to keep my travels/expat lifestyle going, but I also need to travel to keep the blog going. So it’s really a win-win.

Are you a blogger? What are your reasons for keeping a travel blog?


*Sidenote: I love that the word Twittering didn’t come up as a misspelled word.

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