After reading many travel blogs before starting my travels I too thought it would be a great idea to create my own and share my experiences.
Most of the travels blogs I read are by professional full-times bloggers who are making money and travelling indefinitely. I became abit intimidated as I really wanted to start my own travel blog, but wasn’t sure I would be good enough. I’ve never created a website or blog before and the thought of trying to learn how to do it, plus travelling was off putting. In my head if it wasn’t going to look perfect like these other blogs then there’s no point.
After recently meeting a couple of Swedish girls they showed me their blog and said they just do it for fun and their family and friends enjoy keeping up-to-date with their travels. The key word for me was FUN. They weren’t worried about it being perfect or if it was going to lead to anything, they just wrote about their experiences so they had something they could look back on.
I knew then I had to stop thinking and worrying too much (something I’m trying to work on) and just make the first step which is often the most important. I’d already signed up with WordPress and created a domain name a couple of months ago, so I picked up from where I left off. Within 30 minutes I had signed up with a hosting company, registered my domain name. picked the theme for my blog and created my first post.
This morning whilst having my coffee I thought about the reasons I wanted to create this blog and I’ve shared those reasons below.
1) I NEED A PROJECT
I’m now over 3 months into my travels and certainly have no regrets, however, I’m the kind of person who needs to learn and use my brain. As I’m no longer working the only things that consume my mind is: what to eat, where I’m sleeping, what shall I see today and how to get from A to B.
Some people may think that’s not a bad life and to an extent it’s not, however, my mind feels like mush. I need something to keep my brain active and creating this website and blog is the perfect choice.My Mum taught herself how to design websites and it’s something I’ve always wanted to learn, however, life just seemed to get in the way.
2) A PLACE TO SHARE MY MEMORIES
Like all travel bloggers I want to be able to look back on my travels and reminisce about where I went and what I experienced. I also want to share my experiences with my family and friends which is not always easy just using Facebook. This blog allows me to go into further detail about the places I’ve visited and also use as an outlet about the reality of travelling.
3) TO BE OF SERVICE TO OTHERS
I would hate to think of the money and time that could have been wasted if it wasn’t for the amazing resource of travel blogs out there. Before travelling I had zero idea about travelling on a budget or that it even existed. This is my first solo trip so any travel before was 2-4 week holidays and I spent money how I wished. Being able to travel for a year with no monthly pay is a new experience for me.
I’m grateful for all the advice that’s available and I want to be able to pay it forward by sharing my own advice and tips as and when I come across them.
4) IT PUSHES ME TO EXPERIENCE MORE
Sometimes it’s nice to have lazy days where I just read and chill out. These days are important as the travel days are always long and exhausting. Where possible I now try and stay longer in an area so I’m not always rushing about. I’ve also accepted that it’s not possible to see everything so I shouldn’t stress over it.
On the other hand it can be easy to have too many lazy days and end up not experiencing the place I’m visiting, there needs to be a good balance. By keeping a blog it will help me to push myself to experience new things, take public transport instead of taking a taxi and talk to locals about places to see. All of these experiences will help me to create posts that are worth reading and help to inspire people.
5) IT MAY LEAD TO MORE OPPORTUNITIES
I’ve never created a website or blog before and I’m grateful that I have the time and space to learn how to do it.My priorities at the moment are learning how to use WordPress and just writing without worrying too much about it being perfect. I accept I have alot to learn and it won’t happen overnight,for now I’ve opened this door and made the first steps through which is better than standing still and doing nothing. In the past whenever I’ve been open to learning or doing something new it’s opened up new opportunities that weren’t previously available so I hope for the same as I build my blog.
Why do you write your travel blog? How did you feel when you first started blogging? Please share your thoughts below.