A Reflection of My First Year of Travel Blogging
I have good reason to say that 2018 has been the most exciting, rewarding, stressful, and memorable year of my life. I pushed publish on WineandWeekends.com in July of 2017, but I didn’t truly start treating it as a business until January of 2018. So here I am, reflecting on the very days that I said “I can do this” and “What is stopping me from pursuing a dream that I am passionate about?”
Even after a year, there are some people who still don’t quite understand what or why I do this. Then there are other people who think I am just trying to get attention or free stuff. I’ve accepted all of that; all I can do is continue to share what I love and hope that enough people enjoy seeing, reading and following along that I can make 2019 even better.
Why I do it
But, to try to answer the question one more time… “What is Travel Blogging… What exactly are you doing?” I travel because I want to. End. of. Story. BUT, we all know that travel does cost actual money. In order for me to travel as frequently as I do… I send lots of e-mails to potential partners such as hotels, restaurants, PR firms, tour operators, etc. in exchange for coverage on my blog and social media. I don’t do it “for free stuff” – I do it so I can keep traveling and keep producing content for my outlets.
And the more I travel, the more I can recommend new places for you guys… good restaurants when you go to San Francisco, a great resort for your honeymoon, the cute bed & breakfast in Wine Country, etc. I don’t expect anyone to be traveling as much as I do, and to be honest – it’s not always as glamorous as it might seem. I stayed sick for a good 25% of the year.
Most of the trips I take aren’t what I consider a “vacation.” It takes hours of time photographing, editing, writing, planning, creating all of the things that I share on the blog and social media. All I can hope is that for every few trips that I go on, I inspire 1 or 2 of the thousands of people that view my content each month to go try somewhere new.
I’m starting to ramble, and I don’t want to make it sound like I don’t have the time of my life while doing it all – because I do (or I wouldn’t be doing it). I just like to remind people that there are many sides to this.
Here are the main reasons that I do what I do:
- I love to travel
- I love being creative – I’ve made travel blogging my creative outlet.
- I love to travel so much, that I want other people to be inspired to try something new every once in a while. Go to a different beach, a different resort, a different restaurant.
- It’s not as unattainable as people think. YES, it costs money; and I understand that I am privileged in many ways. I am not naive to that. BUT, there are so many different forms of “travel,” and I love talking with people about new and different ideas that suit THEM.
A Reflection of 2018 & List of Destinations
Fuquay-Varina, NC and Sandals Resorts: Negril (I haven’t written it yet)
I COULD NOT do this without your support, so THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for reading, following, liking, commenting, asking, sharing , enjoying, and anything else that you might have done for me over the last year. Travel blogging has changed my life.
Until next time,
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