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A Reflection of My First Year of Travel Blogging & Why I continue to do it

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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:

  1. I love to travel
  2. I love being creative – I’ve made travel blogging my creative outlet.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

January

Nelson 151 VA

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February

Washington D.C. and NYC

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March

Coastal VA

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April

Charleston

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May

Clarksville VA, Carolina Beach, NC and VA Beach Dining

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June

Sandals Resorts: Jamaica Montego Bay, Bryson City, NC and Sandals Resorts: Ochi

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July

Sandals Resorts: Barbados, Wine Country VA, and Williamsburg, VA

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August

Nashville (Round 1)

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September

San Francisco, CA and St. Pete Beach, FL

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October

Renaissance Resort: Aruba

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November

St. Martin

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December

Fuquay-Varina, NC and Sandals Resorts: Negril (I haven’t written it yet)

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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.

If you’re new here, I’d love for you to follow me on Instagram and like my FB page! I am truly humbled and grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait to see what God has in store for me in 2019.

Until next time,

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! Feel free to shoot me a message on Instagram!

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