Every now and then, I get questions about this space – Mostly about how I do it and what it takes to continue this hobby of mine. I’m all about sharing what I love (in bearable portions) so this post is especially for all the curious cats out there.
You never know when you will provide that initial spark for someone else’s inspiration!
1. For a start, I do it for a simple reason that I forget so easily.
It’s an amazing way to remember your travels; the photos/videos you’ve taken, the places, feelings, experiences, and details that you are likely to forget many years from now.
I do a bit of both digital and paper archives and looking back at my archives from years ago makes me laugh at how far I’ve come in terms of writing.
Sigh, no improvements in grammar though.
2. It’s a hobby that’s pretty easy to pick up.
If you ever end up at a place that you’d like to remember, it all starts with you using your phone camera, creating a username on a free website platform or picking up a pen to write in an empty notebook if you’re old school that way.
You don’t have to wait for a big overseas adventure; exploring a new part of your town for its latest attraction/ event is a good enough reason to start!
3. Travelling is addictive.
Once you start going places, you’d find yourself constantly wanting to see new sights, explore areas that you’ve heard so much of, or even return to some of your favourite places for nostalgia’s sake.
4. Having said that it’s easy to start, it doesn’t necessarily get easier the more you do it.
Just like any other hobby, it needs effort and commitment. On several different occasions, you will lose motivation to write, you will experience a drought in ideas or you get frustrated with all the required effort to make good content that you end up losing interest altogether!
That’s where being extremely passionate about what you do is important.
5. There’s a lot more effort going on behind the scenes, usually more than what you think it takes.
I really wished that all it takes for me to churn out content, think of a catchy title, write a couple of hundred words, edit photos and/or edit a video for a single blog post is just a cup of coffee.
Well, it isn’t.
On average, it usually takes a few hours spanning over a few days, sometimes weeks when I procrastinate (which is most days), which equates to several cups of coffee.
And cake, heh.
Nonetheless, it’s a huge sense of satisfaction once I’ve done it.
6. Having the RIGHT company does matter!
I hope that you will always enjoy your travels with those who enrich your experiences wherever you are. If you dare take the plunge, then travelling solo is a great way to do things at your own flexibility!
7. Making time for both Reality and Digital
Especially with travel blogging, it’s a fine balance that I always try to maintain for this point; allocating enough time to capture what we need on cameras versus truly enjoying the experience without any electronic distractions.
At the end of the day, what you want is to be present; to be able to fully experience that moment. Remember, some things are memorable enough that you do not need the power of social media to do it for you.
8. Travelling doesn’t have to be expensive.
There are various means of getting from one place to another and it doesn’t always have to be the most expensive option. Figure out a suitable budget that you’re comfortable with and work within those limits.
On the same note, you do not necessarily need expensive gear or editing tools to take pictures or videos – most of what we use are secondhand as we enjoy sourcing for good deals whenever there’s a chance!
9. What you read are mostly the highlights of my travels but honestly, there are also some not-so-good moments.
The thing about carefully curated travel posts is that I am almost always depicting the highlight reel of what I’ve experienced. On unlucky occasions, there have been cancelled flights, getting lost in unfamiliar territory, the anxiety of knowing you could be in a dangerous situation…
Don’t worry, it doesn’t happen very often.
10. You’d be surprised at the opportunities that you might come your way, just by doing something you really love.
The more you delve into something, you will gradually find yourself getting amongst a community of like-minded people, or rekindle relationships with people who share the same passion as you do, and on a very lucky day, it could possibly lead to other surprises like event passes and a glass of bubbly!