THE IMPACT OF TRAVEL & BLOGGING : THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY
For as long as I can remember, travel has been my medicine for life and so it was the natural course that I should start a blog primarily focusing on my global jaunts! Pondering upon this month’s travel link-up topic has really consolidated that my blog and travelling, whom I hold equally responsible, have made a huge impact in many aspects of my life. They have introduced interesting twists and turns in the journey of meaningful survival and opened up so many opportunities that I could’ve never imagined, whilst I was climbing the corporate ladder!
Here I share some of my personal experiences of the good, the bad and the ugly with respect to the impact travel and blogging have had on my life.
Believe it or not, in my day job I appear very confident and capable but in my blogging life I am the complete opposite. Jaunting the globe and visiting and seeing new locales has pushed me to encounter new experiences to increase my confidence.
PUSHING MYSELF TO LIVE OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE
My travels have pretty much taught me to live life to the fullest. The chances you’ll be in that same place again are pretty slim so do whatever you like. For me I’ve embraced my adrenaline junkie side and love partaking in crazy activities. In the same way my blog has really thrown me into the lime light and I can now confidently write about personal experiences, such as a recent anniversary photo shoot, my love of wanting to visit East Africa and a year of blogging.
CONSIDERATION FOR OTHER CULTURES
One of the reasons I travel apart from meeting people is to educate myself about other cultures and civilisations. To me this is so important in order to understand fellow humans and how we all live so very differently in terms of traditions and customs but yet we are so similar in every other way.
POSITIVE APPROACH TO LIFE
Travel can show you fabulous things around the world but also the harsh reality of life in a locale, where things are less fortunate than back home. It consolidates just how lucky we are and that being positive is the key to happiness and well being. If you’ve read my blog post on six things that have had an impact on my travel, you will know that I invest a lot of energy into giving back to communities, in terms of supporting the local economy, social issues, animal welfare, education and volunteering. This is the power of being able to travel.
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
In my year and a bit of blogging and about 12 plus years of travelling, the inspiration I have personally received from others has been mind-blowing. The kind comments, the motivation, the support, the love is astounding and really does make me believe that anything is possible if you work hard and put your mind to it!
FINDING NEW FRIENDS
For me travel is all about meeting new people and forging relationships. The few days you spend together with a guide, a local habitant, a business owner, can lead to life changing and life long friendships. I am so thankful for my travels that have given me some of my dearest friends who are like family. Similarly blogging has introduced me to lots of like-minded friends who have been immensely supportive through this journey.
YOU ONLY GET ONE SHOT AT LIFE, GRAB IT WITH BOTH HANDS
Most of you know, my biggest travel challenge is that I have Type 1 Diabetes. You can read all about the curve balls it throws my way here. It challenges me every day of my life ever since I was diagnosed with it 30 years ago. But, this will never stop me from following my dreams of seeing the world and nor have I ever let it. I use my blog (it has a (‘Type 1 Diabetes section’) as a way of inspiring others who may have the condition, to never let it get in their way. Anything is possible and the sky really is the limit.
A LOVE FOR INTERNATIONAL FOOD
It was actually travelling that got me into food and being more adventurous with trying different styles of cuisine. Who knew that one day I’d actually be reviewing restaurants on my blog?! Read all about my private Tuscan cookery class, one of my favourite cuisines in the world.
OPEN TO NEGATIVE COMMENTARY
Having a voice and blogging about your passions can sometimes make you open to all kinds of criticism and online hate. A few sarcastic comments on a blog post or on social media can get you down and are cruel and cut deep. I’ve figured these guys are just not an issue. The problem is theirs and I am thankful to my loyal, supportive followers and friends for everything they give to my dream, be-lavie.
SOCIAL MEDIA CURFEW
I’m going to be totally honest between having a full time job, running a blog and the umpteen things I have to do in a day, social media has been pretty overwhelming. Especially when you see other bloggers are constantly pushing through posts etc. I’ve just learnt that I can’t do everything and if I don’t have a huge social media following then so what, PR’s seem to be edging away from this concept anyway. I have set myself up with time slots of allotted time to spend on each platform.
I recently have had a bad experience of my content being copied including my photography (something I find quite personal to me). It was upsetting, I put a hell of a lot of work into my blog and I pride myself on my storytelling style. I figured that I can always be creative with ideas and my originality will always shine through so that’s the stance that I’ve taken and low and behold all’s quiet on the western front!
Travel and blogging have definitely had more positive, more good impacts on my life than the bad and the ugly. I have a very positive attitude and will continue to focus my efforts on this and am forever thankful that I have the opportunity to travel and to share my passion with you all.
It’s over to you now, tell me how has travel and/ or blogging had an impact on your life?