Sawaram Suthar is CMO at Acquire, and also a founder of Jagat Media, a digital marketing agency. A digital marketing consultant, he has experience in things including branding, promotions and page optimization, along with research and strategy. He has an MBA from the University of Pune. Anyone can find him on @sawarams.
With the advent of blogs, people have an effective medium to express their thoughts and opinions. You can share your travel diary or connect with others on social issues, which are voiced through articles. Blogs help people across different regions connect with each other on a common ground and are often sought out by people to get tips on a new country, food joints or hotels.
Travelling stirs up the passion for an individual to start their own blog so that they can share their experiences with others. However, how exactly does travelling encourage blogging? There are three distinct ways in which travelling can be considered as a great passion booster for upcoming blog writers.
1. Exploring New Things
When people travel, they are usually blown away by the sights that they witness along with the various monuments, tourist spots, and other places of interest which they may visit. Many others may have not yet got the chance to visit the same destination. Thus people get an urge to share the beauty of the place that they visited with others. This is perhaps the greatest reason why people who travel a lot are drawn toward taking up blogging.
Travelling is synonymous with an exploration of a culture, which indirectly translates to different cuisines. Take the example of travel and food bloggers Laura and Cipri whose blog Travelocafe will give you a virtual tour of the world and different cuisine. You can revel in the photographs or take the journey yourself! Food inspires plenty of people to take up blogging as whether it is Michelin starred restaurants or simple street food, each country and region has distinct flavours, which can excite people enough to write about them after their travels.]
For instance, food blogger Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks is a blog specifically created by Heidi through her travels and lists numerous recipes which she picked up from different places in the world. Not only is the blog immensely popular, it has also won several awards for its unique blend of travel and food.
Apart from food, photography also fuels one’s passion for a blog. Photographers get ample opportunity to capture nature’s beauty while travelling to a destination. A picture is worth a thousand words – so what better way to combine writing and photography – start a blog!
Samantha Muphy’s Real Picture Blog is one of the most elite travel photography blogs on the internet today. The blog and its creator have won numerous awards and have also been featured on the BBC Travel Show and USA Today.
Travel buffs often like an endorphin rush which adventure sports can offer – be it bungee jumping in New Zealand or white water rafting in Canada! Some people prefer to travel dangerously, off the beaten path. These adrenaline junkies take to engage in trekking, mountain climbing, and other such activities while travelling from one spot to another. These kinds of activities usually make people want to share their achievements and feats with others.
Many bloggers have started threads with the sole purpose of sharing their own adventurous escapades with the world at large. Adventure Journal is one such blog which details how travellers across the globe take part in daring activities and events which keep the heart pumping hard and adrenaline levels high.
2. Meeting New People and Embracing New Cultures
If you are gregarious and a solitary traveller, one of the highs journeying to different lands brings is meeting new people and embracing new cultures. Often travellers form a bond with random people they meet during the course of their journey.Striking up a conversation with others who are headed to the same destination is quite common and meeting people from other countries is a great way to learn about different cultures.
Travelling not only allows you to meet people get from the country you are travelling to but also fellow travellers who are from other nations. This broadens one’s world view. One also learns a great deal about the history and the socio-economic aspects of a region while travelling. Thus, after experiencing such an emotional connects during travels, people will usually try to spread and express that connection through blogs.
For example, Emily Luxton Travels is a blog which focuses on the cultural sides of a place along with its scenic beauty. Emily Luxton is an award-winning writer and blogger who visits destinations and connects with the people who reside in that country, to get a better understanding of their lifestyle and culture.
3. Create Memories with Blogging
If you are a newly-married couple, blogging your travel adventures is a great keepsake and something you can always look back on and reminisce. Blogging is a great way to capture the moments, thoughts and sentiments you experience and keeping the memories alive even after years.
Honeymooners often pen down their journey and share anecdotes and adventures with friends, this often inspired couples to document their lives on a blog for others to identify with, or perhaps even draw inspiration from!
People often like to document the activities of their children and many mums and dads end up blogging their child’s activities in the process on a blog. These too make for wonderful memories and remind you of the little one’s journey. A blog is in a way like a memory box or a time capsule, albeit a virtual one.
Family blogs are a great way to link with other members, who can also share their thoughts and pictures to stay connected with each other. It is a great way for another new parent to also garner tips as those doled out by the blog Mommy’s New Groove.
That one can make money from their family blog if it gets popular and catches the fancy of other netizens is a bonus!
These are just some of the ways in which travelling may inspire the blogger inside you to come out and share your gifts with the world. There are, however, numerous other ways in which a visit to a certain destination may fuel your desire to start up a blog. So, keep blogging.
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