Us travel bloggers are everywhere and I love it. A quick search on social media can lead you to hundreds of destination guides, reviews and stories from people all over the world. Whether you love drooling over luxury hotels and indulgent meals or finding hidden bargains and street food, you’ll almost always be able to find what you’re looking for. But after planting my feet back in the UK again recently, I’ve felt myself wondering about travel blogging. I thought it’d make a great discussion point so let me know what you think…
Do you have to travel full time to be a good travel blogger?
I’d already decided that I was going travelling when I rebranded to Wander with Laura almost two years ago and no doubt, it played a huge part in helping me to find my niche. But there were times when I worried that I’d simply run out of content. After all, if you don’t travel, how can you be a travel blogger with authority to write in a meaningful way? Back then, I could push these concerns out of the way knowing that soon I’d have absolutely heaps of travel content! But once I’m back in full time work again – unless £50 notes rain down from the sky one day – my exploring days will be much more limited.
Travel blogging on the road
That’s not to say that travel blogging is easy even when you’re out on the road. I mean, it’s absolutely amazing to come home after a brilliant day and spill out all that love to the internet. That’s one of my favourite things in the world!
But what I’m talking about seems to resonate with so many people recently and it’s those soaring standards. The content bar is set so high these days that the pressure to keep up or die (your traffic, that is) is oh so real. Raise your hands if you’ve ever felt personally victimised by high blogging stakes? Even if I’ve visited and loved a place, I’ll find myself reluctant to write about it if my photos aren’t up to scratch. Or – even worse – if I’m enjoying myself so much that I forget to whip my camera out. I’ve talked about this before as part of my blogging identity crisis post.
It’s also hard to find the time which sounds RIDICULOUS when I blogged for years alongside uni then a full time job. But what I mean is that it sometimes feels wrong to spend hours writing on a laptop instead of exploring.
Being a travel blogger with a 9 – 5
Most of us can admit that a full time job isn’t exactly supportive of a travel blogging lifestyle – unless you are lucky enough to travel for work! But this doesn’t mean that we’ll never leave home again, even if 4 weeks holiday out of 52 does sound sparse. When I started writing about travel, I worked full time and went on trips in the UK, short city breaks and week long holidays. You can still create brilliant content without the nomadic lifestyle and that’s so important to remember. In between trips, you can still make so much travel content. Actually, I might write a whole post with ideas soon if anybody would be interested in reading it?
I suppose what I’m trying to say is that, despite my initial worry, you don’t have to live on the road forever to be a successful travel blogger. If you love designer clothes but can’t afford them, would that stop you from writing about fashion? Probably not; you could find cheaper dupes, create more affordable style posts or collate inspirational images. Why should travel be any different?
One of the best things about blogging is that anybody, anywhere can do it! So what if you aren’t travelling right now? Maybe you’ve got a whole backlog of holiday snaps that you’re itching to share. Or perhaps you’ve lived abroad and want to share your experiences. You could even be an expert on your local area with tons of insights and reviews to share. If you love travel and love writing about travel then doing it whatever way you can is always a good thing!
Do you think that you have to travel full time to be a good travel blogger? Chat to me in the comments!