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
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:
- To write & to share information
- To meet interesting people
- 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.
Just an expatriate blogger:) But for me it is therapeutic being able to write, write, write in English while I listen, listen, listen in German. Glad to see you are able to do what you love… Write and Travel!
Yesss! It’s so therapeutic to write, write, write! Where in Germany are you based?
Could not agree with you more on all of these points. Just recently started to blog myself because traveling after having kids is still possible :) and still for the same reasons!
Thanks Kiera! Excited to see how your travel blog pans out… Also it’s great to hear you say travel is possible after kids! Now come and visit me in Europe! Please being Jolie. Phil can come too :P
I completely agree. Blog to travel and travel to blog. We should make t-shirts!
t-shirts!!!!!!! great idea, matt!
I think we all blog for that same reason… to make our travels have purpose, and to tell the travel stories while they are still funny and fresh… don’t use me as an example though :-s
Glad to hear you feel the same Ian!
Thanks for a great post! It’s awesome to hear about other people’s travels around the world and their motivation for why they would want to do that in the first place. I’m excited to read more about your travels and the new experiences you find.
I have had a food blog for a while (which has been a great way to share recipes and connect with other food bloggers with delicious recipes) and currently my boyfriend and I are putting together a travel blog – acoupletravelers.com — we are setting off in the fall for a 2 year backpacking trip through Asia and Europe and hope to document both our traveling and food adventures as we go. Just came across your blog for the first time and have been browsing around!
Hope you find some useful info on my site… Asia and Europe for a 2-year RTW sounds incredible. Love the name of your food blog, by the way :)
Thanks! Came up with it completely randomly – simply stemming from my love for both avocados and pesto!