I am not going to lie, I have always held a certain stigma against people who write blogs. As if all they would write about would be things like, what they had for tea, why they hate rush hour traffic and their new found love of yoga in the dark.
The idea of writing a blog also seemed not only a lot of effort (and I now realise that its way more effort than I had ever envisaged), but also as a very self-conscious person an unnecessary risk to put ones thoughts and opinions into the public domain. What if nobody reads it? What if nobody likes it? What if I’m laughed at? Worse still, what if people label me as the stigma I described above? I was never sure if I could handle all those people thinking negatively towards me.
So why on earth have I decided to write a travel blog?
Firstly the above assumption is of course wrong. In reality, blogs are not like that at all. The vast majority of the content that I now see on my Facebook feed is likely to be random people’s blogs or vlogs that have been shared, meaning I probably now see more content that was originally created by strangers than those who are my actual friends. Blogs are no longer an excuse for a public diary, but actually the way more and more media is circulated today, and without me really realising it, I have been reading more blog content than traditional newspapers or magazines for years.
It has also always been a dream of mine to write a book. A book about what, I have never known but it’s something on my bucket list. With little writing experience, a blog gives me the perfect venture into the writing world, to let me experiment, find a niche and hopefully discover something I would want to write about extensively. For now, I am focusing on my travel blog, and as I have just quit my teaching job for the next year to travel, then that seems like the perfect opportunity.
However, most importantly this blog is for me. Something that I can create, add to and hopefully be proud of. An age has been reached in my life where hopefully there is a maturity in which I can deflect any bad opinions that may come my way, or certainly not have a need for this venture to be popular. That being said, having studied and taught Business Studies, I would love people to be interested in this and allow me, even to a small extent, mix together my passions of business and travel.
Why a blog on travel?
Travel enthuses and intrigues me, and although I have no expectation of my writing reaching 1,000’s of eyes, I do hope that it will give me a focus while I am travelling solo around the world. I backpacked for 8 months back in 2006/07 and although I wrote a travel diary online back then (if your very clever you may even be able to find it), it was literally a glorified list of what I did from location to location. The sort of blog which realistically only a handful of friends and my parents would be interested in. The sort of blog I mentioned at the start of this piece. The sort of blog that made the me hate blogs.
Now I hope to be able to create something a little more meaningful, and something that even a stranger may be interested in. The idea of random people reading my work excites me and the idea of them actually enjoying it enthuses me. With travel being a such a passion of mine I would be touched if any inspiration, tips or story would strike a chord with somebody else. If that ends up happening, only time will tell.
But as mentioned, this blog is more for me. Although I am making it public and clearly would love people to share in my work, I also think it would be a pretty cool way of documenting such a challenging trip such as the one I am about to embark on.
What will be in my blog?
I am currently planning a mammoth overland trip, which will take me from England to Australia without using a plane. Naturally the tale of that journey will start to be my focus. You can read about my plan and route here.
Of course, I will be writing about the places I visit, and providing hints and tips on what to do if you were ever to visit there. However, my aim is not to just provide a resource for other people who may want to visit those places, as I want to also portray what it is like to travel, the feelings, people and cultures you may experience. In particular, what it is like to be a solo traveller and the emotions, difficulties and benefits that this brings. I have quite a few ideas up my sleeve so I look forward to slowly sharing those with you in the coming months and beyond.
If you are still reading then hopefully that means that my first foray into writing has not been a total disaster and I really hope you will come back and sample some more of my work, particularly once I set off on my overland adventure. I would love it if you signed up below for updates and please do follow my social media accounts- your support is massively appreciated.
And here ends possibly the only non travel related blog I will ever write.