Since I Became A Travel Blogger12:00 AM
Life has changed a lot over the past year. I have worn several 'blogging' hats - lifestyle, fashion, fitness, food, and now travel. The later has been the most exciting of them all as it is my passion. But with excitement, there has also been exhaustion. Traveling frequently comes with it's own sets of challenges.
Here are a few things I have noticed since I changed gears into active travel blogging:
1. 'Travel' does not necessarily means a vacation/holiday any more. No matter whether I am on-the-go for work or leisure it is ALWAYS a content creation opportunity. There is never one instance which I can completely switch off from work mode and just simply have a vacation. Again, not complaining, just stating the facts as this is exactly what I had signed up for.
2. Every travel blogger and social media follower seems like a real friend. Whenever I am about to visit a new place, first thing I do now is to go read all the other travel posts on that area and reach out to fellow bloggers who have already visited the place for tips and recommendations. Right now there is absolutely no distinction between real life friends and blogging friends. They are all the same.
3. You start to categorize people either as tourists or travelers. Not that I am saying there is something wrong with either of those categories but as travel bloggers you tend to seek authentic and off-the-beaten path experiences without really looking or acting like a tourist (going to the must-see spots, taking cheesy pictures, buying souvenirs from the gift shops). A tourist might buy a magnet from the gift shop, while a traveler will pick up local cheese and wine. You catch my drift?
4. Your number one priority is Wi-Fi while searching for accommodation. If I have two places to pick from, with all the other variables alike, I will definitely pick the one which has free wifi. When a hotel (or airbnb) does not have complimentary wifi, you automatically judge them for being prehistoric.
5. You are always in a limbo. When you are home, you wish you were some place else. When you are some place else for longer than a week, you wish you were home. Hence, you are never really at peace anywhere for very long.