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Why I’m Not Realllllllllly a Travel Blogger

February 22, 2016

Not-a-travel blogger

Yes, I love travel.

Yes, I blog about travel.

Yes, my blog title literally has to do with travel.

Yes, I’ve lived in two continents (kinda).

But yet, I don’t feel like I’m really a travel blogger.

I think there are two main reasons for this: I don’t travel all the time and I don’t really think I know anything about anywhere (okay, except maybe NYC… it’s hard not to know somewhere after 18 years).

(But hey, if you wanna call me your favourite travel blogger, no complains from me 😉 ).

Firstly, I don’t think I really know anything about anywhere.

My travel posts will never be called “where to stay” (which to me sounds like travel bloggers are saying “this is the only acceptable accommodation in this whole country/city/town/rural community”). I can only ever talk about where I stayed or where I went. And for all I know (and hope!) there will always be somewhere new and possibly better eat/sleep/shop/loiter.

Also, being a student, I usually end up staying with friends and doing things as cheaply as possible. I prefer reflecting on just my impressions of a city; it’s people, culture and vibes. That’s my all-time favourite thing about travel.


Secondly, I don’t actually travel that much.

I may like to think that I never spend more than a month in one place but that’s only because I count day trips. In my mind, true travel bloggers seem to jet off somewhere new every three weeks! SI’m lucky enough to usually get to take at least three trips a year for one reason or another but they’re almost always for pleasure (although I’d kill for an awesome job that would send me around the world, hint hint future employers).

When I do travel, it’s for fun and generally because I get lucky enough to stay with someone somewhere or happen to have gotten a generous Christmas/birthday gift. Travel is expensssssssive (and I’ll admit that!).

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love sharing where I’ve been and what I’ve gotten to see through this blog.

I’ve had so much fun making a cheatsheet to Berlin, musing about Philly and photographing Rome. I would just never claim to be an expert on these places that I’ve been to once.

So, let’s hope for many more adventures, hidden cafés, rooftop restaurants and crazy stories all around the world. I really am in the mood, especially with my friend just booking one of the melbourne cruise deals; I really want to go travelling again, haha! Thanks for hearing out this mini-rant!

Here’s to the jetlags!

What do you think makes a travel blogger? Do you consider yourself one?



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  • missgetaway February 22, 2016 at 13:52

    Haha I feel you on this! I’m the same – I would love to call myself travel blogger but then again I only ever write about my own impressions and do not really give great tips. Guess we’re a different kind of travel blogger – maybe personal travel blogger?

    Love, kerstin

  • Romantiquely February 22, 2016 at 14:29

    I would definitely call you a travel blogger, I find your posts really insightful and helpful! I definitely agree, I wish I traveled as much as possible but you know, life and responsibilities and such.. xxxxx

  • Danielle February 22, 2016 at 15:45

    Great post! I love reading your blog posts! I think you could easily be a travel blogger but I totally understand why you feel this way! Have an amazing day!


  • Elyse February 22, 2016 at 20:16

    Even if you don’t consider yourself a travel blogger, I think that you are! I understand why you don’t see it that way necessarily, but even exploring your own city can be adventurous and fun (like travel blogging!) especially for people who don’t live there haha!
    You’ve got so many more years to travel ahead of you, it’s only the beginning 😉

  • Shannon Silver February 22, 2016 at 20:26

    This is a great post! I loved what you said about “THIS IS THE PLACE YOU MUST STAY” – I love travel bloggers that really show the unfamiliar & reflect on the vibes. When we planned our Fiji trip, I relied heavily on the internet to find where to stay / what to do – ranging from blogs, to reviews, to trip advisor, to tutorials. I agree with you and I think what makes blogging so fun is really reading about the experiences – I love reading about the special moments, perfect settings, and things off the beaten path. For what it’s worth, I totally consider you a travel blogger – just enjoy the ride and don’t ever let travel stress you out! It gets less fun when it’s more about work and less play! xx

    ⚜ Champagne at Shannon’s ⚜

    • Pia @ Gymbags and Jetlags February 23, 2016 at 19:59

      Yes! The vibes! Everyone forgets about the vibes! Thank you so much for reading Shannon 🙂

  • Katya Bychkova | StyleSprinter February 23, 2016 at 22:52

    I think you can still be called a travel blogger if you are only writing about your own experiences! Yes, some people travel more and have a broad range of recommendations, but I love reading where people that I really like reading are staying. In other words, the more personal blog post — the better! So YOU ARE a travel blogger, Pia! ;))

  • Gabi @ BooksNTrips February 27, 2016 at 19:40

    This is a good one! I don’t consider myself a travel blogger either, but I do like to share my experiences around the world and to connect in this way with like minded people. My blog is about reading and travelling and I really wish I could do more of them both, but for now it’s fun just documenting my trips, so I’m just going to keep doing it for as long as I’ll read and travel 🙂

  • Comfycozyup Books (Comfycozyup April 17, 2016 at 01:18

    You are a travel blogger! I enjoy reading blogs from normal travelers. Often people who are travel bloggers for a living are more critical and will often compare that city/country/place to the many others that they may have visited. Your experience seem much more relatable to me.