Ok, ok, I admit it’s not that dramatic…it probably won’t ruin your life, but travel blogging may ruin your travels. I don’t spend too much time talking about blogging, but once in a while I use Tea Was Here as an outlet to talk about it – like here about Originality vs Inspiration and What Bloggers Mean vs What They Say or Three Things I Am Sick and Tired of Reading on Travelblogs, and I don’t know if it’s just me but I’ve slowly starting to notice that travel blogging can in some ways ruin your travels.
Even before the last minute packing there are challenges you have to face, do you bring a DSLR, how many lenses or a GoPro and what about a cute Instax/Polaroid camera that time travels us back to a forgotten age of nostalgia? Shouldn’t we be spending this wasted time dreaming about hidden treasures, breathing in the new place and just getting lost in it all?
Then when you get there, there are things like light, rain and other people you have to worry about when making a shot. Not to forget you have to look spick and span for every selfie and photos taken from behind – inspired by World of Wanderlust starring to the world in front of you. Even if you and your hair have different life goals.
My worst thing is that I might ruin it for friends. Like dragging your friends on the 30 minute bus ride to the other side of the city just to try that one breakfast place you want to cover?
If you go to, let’s say Paris next month and end up not doing something off the beaten track which hasn’t been written about a million times (including by your blog-esis), will you fail as a travel blogger? Or can everything be saved with a clickbaity title (see what I did there).
Booking a stay in a boutique hotel is expensive and let’s face it, you don’t book your six nights stay there. But you can’t go for a Premier Inn or Ibis as they are not quirky enough, how can you justify that on your blog? Can we do 5 minute makeovers of cheap hotels?
A quick lunch at Subways, Mac or IHOP? You don’t worry about the calories or the lack of nutrition, but the fact that you won’t have an awesome place to include in your round-up post just bothers you. Does a place meet the “COP” standard? Is it Cool, Original and Photogenic enough to be worth mentioning?
Before you know if, you might even become THIS person “Did you get to see such and such? “No” “Such a shame, that was the highlight of that place! You really missed something! Here is the link to my post.”
Of course, we’re all blogging to share our love of our travels with everyone, so don’t take this too seriously, but it’s worth keeping an eye on!