“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
I’ve always loved documenting my travels. I have thousands of pictures from every destination I’ve been. I’ve made amateur YouTube videos, kept travel diaries, and made Facebook posts for friends and family back home. But a part of me has always wanted to start a blog. I finally made that dream a reality.
Here’s Why I Started a Travel Blog
To Remember Every Detail
I want to remember every time a landscape took my breath away, every moment that didn’t go according to plan, and every person I meet along the way.
Every single moment we have on this earth is significant.
I’ve been unbelievably blessed to get to spend a few of my moments in some of the most beautiful places on the planet and I don’t want to forget a single one.
To Give Myself a Creative Outlet
I spent my childhood running around barefoot, reading novels, and spilling every thought I had onto pieces of paper. Whether it was drawing, writing, or singing, I always had a way to express myself.
Now that I’m almost a “real adult”, I spend the majority of my time working, studying, and studying at work. Mindless tasks that require minimal creative thinking.
This blog was built to force me to exercise that muscle again and pour into my creative writing and photography. To observe my surroundings and put them into words.
To Practice My Writing
When I was nine I filled three of my school notebooks with my own novel. I wrote every day for as long as I could until my hand cramped up. When I was a sophomore in high school I was the only one in my English class who didn’t have to rewrite my essay assignment. The English and Writing portions on my college entry test were my strongest sections.
Yet, somewhere along the way I stopped practicing. Eventually I found myself struggling to write papers in college. What had once been a passion of mine was now a source of frustration.
This blog is a way to practice and showcase my writing. I want to get better and bolder. There are no rules or forms here. I can take my writing any way I want to.
To Push Myself to do More
If I know that people are reading this, I’ll be more motivated to actually do things on the road. I’d way rather read about someone climbing a mountain than laying in their hostel bed all day.
Blogging makes you get up and do things worth writing about.
Creating this blog has also made me realize that I need to get busy planning my next trip. If I’m not traveling, I can’t really write a travel blog.
To Show You It Can Be Done
I’m often met with confusion and surprise when people find out how much travel I’ve done. There are a lot of misconceptions about traveling. People assume that you have to be rich, single, and free of responsibilities.
I’m a young, broke college student. I don’t have a job that lets me work remotely. I have friends, family, and an awesome boyfriend that I don’t want to pack up and leave. But none of that stops me from living out my dreams.
Any obstacle that could get in the way of being able to travel can be overcome. There are so many experiences out there and it would be a shame if you missed out on them because you’re waiting for “someday.”