It’s that time again. An updated Q+A session from the perspective of a travel blogger. Not too long ago, I put up the idea to socials and made a note of the most popular questions. A few were ones I’ve answered in the past but I’ll include below as a recap. You’ll see topics ranging from my writing inspirations, things which annoy me when travelling, future plans and best travel tips. We’re spilling it all.
How Did You Get Into Blogging?
I fell into blogging by coincidence. Back in 2014, I was a first-year college student exploring ways to spend my student loan. At the last minute, I decided to take a solo-trip to Italy. I literally remember going to class with my cabin-bag, so I could head to the airport directly after lol. Whilst my trip was only a few days, it was enough to get me hooked on travel. Specifically, solo-travel. Not long after, I created a blog to record my trips.
Now, I’ve always liked writing. When I was a child, I would write stories in my free time. It was R. L. Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’ series which first inspired me to put pen and paper together. Although, travel writing was only something which I picked up in my early twenties. For the first few months, I documented my travel findings like my website was a diary and went from there.
Do You Plan On Becoming A Full-Time Content Creator?
The question on whether I am a full-time content creator is one I receive a LOT. At this current point in time, I’m happy working in the legal field. However, that’s not to say I don’t plan on pursuing writing options in the future. I’d love to become a published author in my lifetime, I’m just doing some research before I make the leap.
When it comes to content-creation, I don’t upload every single day. Partly because I work full-time and particularly because I don’t want to feel pressured. I guess my mentality is quality over quantity, which is something I discovered during a blog re-brand. When I first started writing, I would post about every visited location. Nowadays, I’m more selective. My short hiatus from travel blogging a few years ago was fundamental for establishing a niche within the writing world. That’s why the idea of temporarily abandoning a hobby isn’t always a bad thing, as you might come back with clearer visions.
Best Tip For Bloggers?
I’ve mentioned in a previous post how adding personality to content makes you more memorable, which I still stand by. If you want to read the original article on advice for upcoming travel bloggers, I’ll link it for you here. However, a recent discovery to overcome writer’s block is having a notebook at hand. For some reason, physically writing down ideas forces creative juices to flow more easily. I have no idea what the science is behind this, but I’m not complaining!
Best Travel Tip?
The secret to finding cheap flights, in my opinion, is looking at the notifications on airline apps. Allow me to explain. For most airlines, the home page will always display offers, quick deals and discounts. From there, you can see which destination is the cheapest. I find this method easier than Skyscanner. It’s all about being open-minded with the destinations available.
How Would You Describe Your Ideal Weekend?
My ideal weekend would be grabbing brunch then hopping on a train to explore a nearby city. I do try to push for weekend trips though, especially as I live in Europe. If that’s the case, I’ll book a weekend flight somewhere close.
A more realistic weekend would be waking up early, writing on my blog, researching new locations then ordering takeout. I would probably throw a spot of shopping in the mix too. Not many people know this but I love DIY projects. Visiting places with endless art supplies makes me feel like a child in a candy store.
Favourite Travel Experience?
Without a doubt, my best experience abroad was studying in the US. Nothing even comes close to the excitement I had during my time in Massachusetts. The fact I was a student with few responsibilities probably helped too haha.
Something Which Annoys You When Travelling?
Something which annoys me when travelling is seeing pictures being taken in distressing places. For example, travellers taking photos of poverty then uploading to social media. The concept of slum tourism is nothing new, but I don’t find it respectful as local communities rarely benefit from it. That’s just my viewpoint though.
Which Destination Is On Your Bucket List?
Japan and Iceland are two locations I’d love to visit! Japan is probably in the top spot, as I’m interested in the local fashion and food. If you’ve been to either of these destinations, please let me know in the comments below!
Finally, How Do You Fit Everything Into Hand-Luggage?
Listen, I’ve come close to getting fines for my cabin-bag looking extra full. Prior to investing in a nice little travel backpack, I’d remove lids from bottles, loop sweatshirts to bag handles and secure all rolled clothing with elastic bands. Some other suggestions would be to use multi-purpose cosmetics, take advantage of the duty-free bag policy and put together a capsule wardrobe. When I say capsule wardrobe, I mean clothing which can combine well with various items. I’ll link you to my article on creating a capsule wardrobe for travel if you want specific examples.
Oh I forgot to add. If you’re wondering which backpack I travel with, I purchased the ‘Rains MSN Large Backpack’ from ASOS. Whilst it’s now out of stock, there are a few similar ones online. I’d highly recommend having a browse.
Until then, see you in the next post.