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My Number One Tip To Keeping Your Soul While Travel Blogging

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.”

 

Umm no…

 

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.

 

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So exactly how do you keep your soul while travel blogging?

 

Stay authentic.

 

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.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    sophie nadeau
    June 28, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I absolutely love this post! Keeping your authenticity is everything… and writing about what you love will keep you interested 🙂

    • Reply
      The Fernweh Wolf
      July 10, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Ya! As long as you write with passion you’re gonna be fine 😀
      xx

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    Gabrielle
    June 27, 2016 at 6:12 am

    This is such a great post and packed with a great message – you’re totally right about following blogs/travel blogs for particular reasons – everyone has something to offer that in entirely unique to their own blog/style! On a different note, I’m completely in love with the photos in this post; so dreamy.

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • Reply
      The Fernweh Wolf
      July 10, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Aw thanks so much Gabrielle! We do it’s personality that really grabs your attention 🙂 And thanks for the photo comment <3
      xx

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    Jenn Flo Taylor
    June 27, 2016 at 1:25 am

    YES!!! Love this post. Great advice! Being authentic is key, and something I always am striving for! This was a perfect reminder of why I do that. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      The Fernweh Wolf
      July 10, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Aw yay!! Thanks for commenting glad it had a positive affect! Thanks for commenting 🙂
      xx

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    Dominica Sygula
    June 26, 2016 at 2:26 am

    First of all the photos are breathhhhh taking! I would love a photoshoot right there! Great read, the competing part is for insecure idiots. Nothing compare to your own experience and memories. Lovely post hun, Kisses.

    http://www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk
    Have a lovely week. 🙂

    • Reply
      The Fernweh Wolf
      July 10, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Aw thank you!! I had people yelling at me from the balconies beside this hotel – they just don’t understand a good backdrop! Glad you agree 🙂 we’re each our own little experiences. Thanks so much Dominica for your lovely comment <3
      xx

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    theStyleJungle
    June 25, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Good and much needed advice! I also enjoy reading other travel bloggers, especially, frankly, when they are traveling to the same destinations I did – to compare our impressions. But I would never compete with someone, cause I really enjoy exploring, taking pictures, sharing and reading others, no matter how many of them have also visited those places. The best decision, to my mind, is to stay true, to be yourself. Otherwise there is no fun or joy – and isn’t it after all why we’ve been doing all this for?:)

    Ksenia,
    thestylejungle.ru

    • Reply
      The Fernweh Wolf
      July 10, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Aw it’s exactly what we’re doing this for 🙂 It’s all about having fun and making some memories <3
      xx

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