Whether you're writing it just for yourself, for your family and closest friends, or an audience of thousands every month - writing a travel blog can provide you with a home for all your previous memories, photos and experiences. All those amazing moments you had while travelling through the jungles, mountains, cities and deserts spread across the globe are combined into one amazing story, with you as the main character. So many travellers I meet carry with them a travel journal, as do I, which is a lovely way to keep note of thoughts and moments along the way, but in today's modern age, a blog is an even easier way to combine all your photos, words and videos into a multimedia collage of your time on the road. For those who haven't been following Absolutely Lucy for as long, I actually started this blog as a lifestyle blog around a year before deciding to come travelling, I then developed it into a travel blog as well so I could capture every moment and share it with my readers along the way.
Travel blogging along my journey has been one of the best things about travelling - not only because I get to share it with you guys, but simply because I love to write and doing this has given me a reason to. I love that I can look back over my time in Asia and Australia, and find all my pics, videos and stories in one place, I love that I can share it with friends who were there at the time and others who would have loved to be. Even better, my stories and experiences have given me the opportunity to reach out and help advise or inspire others to face their fears and to go out and do the same. I've heard from so many fellow travellers who have read my blog and been inspired to start their own, or who wanted advice on how to go about doing it, and it's great to be a part of. So many say to me they wish they could write, that they are jealous of those who can, but that should never stand in your way when it comes to blogging. In blogging you don't have to write a certain way, it's all about your unique voice and how you express yourself. If that comes in the form of a picture diary, or homemade videos then who cares?
10 reasons to keep a blog while you travel:
- It's fun! You love writing and find it a great outlet for everything that's stored up in your head, so why not pour out every memory on to the page so you have a record of it?
- You've had some pretty damn amazing experiences since travelling, many of which took your breath away, so why not share them with others?
- One day, ten years from now, you could be sitting in a cold office looking out the window at dreary, rainy old Britain as you work a job you can't stand - create something that will keep the daydream and the memory alive.
- It gives you focus and something to work on creatively, it's so easy to get lost in a backpacker life of going out every night and sunbathing every day but never achieving anything you can measure. It's nice to have something to show for your time.
- It looks good on your CV to show you have great computer skills, social media experience and the drive to create something you're not being paid for.
- It can grow into something amazing if your blog actually gets noticed and draws enough followers, you could end up doing it for a living!
- It's fun to share blog posts and videos with your travel buddies after you've parted ways and to relive the memories and the jokes.
- It's a great way to connect with other travellers and other bloggers - I ended up becoming great friends with two travel bloggers I never would have met if it weren't for blogging and arriving in Phuket at the same time. Plus you can offer advice and tips to other backpackers.
- It helps you keep track of the days, what you did and when - after six months or even a year of travel, the days kind of blur into one and it's easy to forget.
- What else are you going to do while you're laying in a hammock by the pool?! With most travellers carrying laptops or iPads with the. These days it's pretty easy to keep up. I do all my blogging on an iPad mini and its been a dream to work on, plus great for storing all my pics and videos, and it's way smaller and lighter than a laptop.
Why did you start a travel blog? If you haven't already - would you?