It’s not so secret that most of us who are blogging are ourselves bloggers. And in the case of travel bloggers those who mostly comment on your blog, follow your blog, and stay loyal to your blog, are in fact, travel bloggers themselves.
I know that’s not 100% true all the time but in cases I’ve seen it is. I love to follow vegan food blogs and health nut blogs, I’ve been following the same beauty bloggers for years but I like to pay extra attention to travel bloggers because well.. I want to see where they’re going!
My main focus in life is to see as much as I can, do as much as I can, and to love myself along the way through experiences and if I’m being honest – style.
But lately, actually not lately since the beginning, I notice that travel blogging is on competition level. Who’s going to the next hit location first, who’s staying in the nicest luxury hotels, who’s wearing the best clothes, who’s life looks more flawless, and who is living in the coolest destination.
When you grew up in the country in Canada and instead of playing competitive sports you instead ran around the yard playing fairies and building tree forts.. It can become a tad overwhelming. The biggest competition I had when I was little was when I was figure skating. I new from a young age that competing wasn’t for me.. I dropped out of figure skating once it became a competition and I was no longer having fun. Once people started pushing me and it felt like I wasn’t living up to their expectations I quit. Sometimes I regret it but you can’t have regrets in life. And you know what? It was around the time I quit skating was the time I started writing.
“Your story is unique and so so different
and not worthy of comparison.”
Travel blogging has become – “I NEED TO GET THERE FIRST!” Gong show and once a hit blogger has been there it’s become, “Oh you’re just copying.”
I feel like the soul of travel blogging is being tested because we all want to see beautiful destinations, we all want to stay in luxury hotels and we all want to be successful at what we do, what ever we define is success. But once a location has been “taken” it’s like you have to search for the most crazy location to be the “first.” Even though the people who actually built the city in some cases thousands of years ago have been their first. They just didn’t blog about it (obviously haha!).
And because these destinations are clearly desirable we want to go there ourselves. So we do and that’s okay. It’s awesome actually!
The thing about travel blogging is that I look for advice from someone I trust. Someone I can relate to. So obviously I’m not going to be following the carnivore traveller because I’m a vegetarian. And I’m not going to be seeing advice from a family travel blog because it’s just me and my handsome boyfriend travelling together – not a family with 3 children.
So exactly how do you keep your soul while travel blogging?
That is my number one advice for keeping your soul intact out of this race of travel blogging.
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go
who we think we’re supposed to be.
And embracing who we are.”
No one is going to have your story so don’t try to be like anyone else. You have a unique perspective and people value honesty. So don’t be afraid to tell people why you liked something or why you didn’t like it because you’re not everyone else. Some people say Paris is overrated but I think it’s amazing. Some people rather be sky diving and I rather be eating at this cafe I found on Instagram (if you’re a foodie we’ll get along just fine :] )
So don’t worry if someone blogged about something first. They weren’t the first either and they won’t be the last. There is always room for a unique take on a destination and as long as you have heart and passion in what you write you will be just fine.