The Life of a Travel Blogger

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“What are you going to do for work?” asks (insert name here).

“Oh, you know. I’m just going to wing it,” I say as my usual response. “We’ll just see what happens when I get there.”

I am a traveler. More often than not, I’m living out of suitcase, changing addresses every couple of months, and dropping myself in destination where I know no one at all. And usually, I just sort myself out when I get there.

By the time I leave for New Zealand this October, I will have been blogging for 18 months. Créatrice Mondial has undergone several transitions, from personal portfolio to art and design blog to travel blog to a combination of all of the above. And it will continue morph as I myself grow as a blogger and a writer.

To be a travel blogger, as I consider myself to be, one must possess this one thing: a fascination with this world we live in. There are misconceptions out there that to be a travel blogger one must be constantly on the move, always on some sort of daring adventure, or be able to convert the value of a US dollar in at least 5 different currencies off the top of your head. I don’t know about you, but my bank roll would balk at trying to support that lifestyle.

While experiencing places firsthand is a major bonus, the main quality that unites bloggers in this field is a passion for travel. An understanding of that force that calls you to try and get out and go as often as you can. That might be once a month, every weekend, once a year, or once every two years. Those who “get it,” know.

Being a travel blogger isn’t about free travel perks and photo shoots staged at some of the world’s most stunning backdrops (though those can be quite nice). It’s about sharing stories. Sitting at a computer at some destination, typing that blog post and hitting publish. Waiting to see if anyone reads, or comments, or connects by what you are putting out there. Because sharing our stories is the best part of experience.


Last week I was lucky enough to be featured by the incredibly well-traveled Jayne Gorman of Girl Tweets World – check out From Where I Work: Amy Lynne Hayes in South Florida for a behind-the-scenes peak at the life of a travel blogger!

  • These posts always interest me! I love hearing what everyone else is doing 🙂

    • Thanks Sammi! I find it fascinating to see how everyone else works as well. 🙂

  • So true! Writing about our travels is all about connecting with others and sharing stories. I mainly blog to remember our experiences, and I love re-reading old posts and remembering things that I saw/food I ate. But I doubt I’d put in so much effort if I’m not connecting with others. And it wouldn’t be fun anyway if I’m just talking to myself! I also enjoy getting new inspiration by reading other blogs!

    • Blogging is a great way to keep track of memories! It’s mainly because of blogging that I’ve started going through all my old photos and stirring up stories from travels past. Connecting with others is the best bonus though – geography isn’t a factor anymore when the party happens on the internet! 😉

  • I think the effort would remain the same but it is an added bonus when readers comment with questions or share their own experiences. I enjoy telling the tale and showing others what I’ve seen but love learning from readers as well.

    • I agree with you wholeheartedly Maria! Commenting is a great way to come out of the shadows and let the blogger know someone is actually reading. I try to comment frequently, but been a little slack lately due to fighting off a cold… yay change of seasons lol. It’s the interaction that enriches the experience though. 🙂

  • I never really count myself as a travel blogger, but I love sharing stories and photos of places I visit. I love the connection it brings to people as well.

    • I think people refrain from using the term “travel blogger” because they feel if they’re not making money, they’re not a real travel blogger. I don’t agree with this – I think if you mainly write about travel, then you just might be a travel blogger! Or a lifestyle blogger, or both!! The sharing is my favorite part though too, and being able to overcome the limitations of geography. 😉

  • I’ve been writing my own blog for about nine months now, and I still find it difficult to refer to myself as a travel blogger! Which is ridiculous, I know, because in the most literal sense that’s what I am. I travel and I blog about it. It’s nice to hear another way of thinking about what unites us all as “travel bloggers” and to be reminded that as long as you have the passion to move, you truly “get it.”

    • This is exactly it!! And just because you blog about travel doesn’t mean you can’t blog about other things as well. I think we can all wear many hats, and that makes it so much more rich. Who cares if you do it for a living or not, or if you’ve been to 50 more countries than so and so… it doesn’t change the fact that a passion is a passion, and a passion for travel can (and should) be shared with everyone! 🙂

  • I love your definition of what it means to be a travel blogger. It took me awhile to realize that most people who write about travel actually are not on the road most of the time. I think that is SO cool. Anyone can find time to fit in travel experiences if they want to see the world.

    • Thank you Adelina! I just felt myself feeling so “untravelled” compared to people who have been to 30, 40 or even 50+ countries… and that’s ridiculous! Not all of desire to be completely nomadic, but we might still all share that passion for experiencing new places. So cheers to a new definition of travel blogger, where frequency and duration of trips has no bearing! 🙂

  • Molly S

    Definitely agree with this! You can be passionate about travel without spending every moment travelling – in fact, you might actually see more of the world by slowing down! I sometimes think it’s easy to become obsessed by numbers in the blogging world (followers, hit counts, days spent on the road etc) when really it’s all about telling stories and sharing a passion. Great article!

    • Thank you Molly! I completely agree – it’s way too easy to get competitive with it all. And that sucks the fun out of it! I admire those who can forget about their stats and focus instead of the joys of telling a story. It makes it feel more like a community and less like a popularity contest. As you say, it’s really all about the stories and the love of travel. 🙂

  • Hi Amy, very nice post. Yes, traveling is such an inner process. Reflection. Quite different from just visiting. Do you think it is possible to be a “travel blogger” when traveling is limited (to, say, once a year)?

    And please, no need to congratulate me for being the first guy to comment on this post 😉

    1/2d

    • Thank you!! I think you can be a travel blogger when traveling is limited – as long as you have a passion for it and travel in your mind, who cares if you’ve actually maxed out your credit card? So I guess there are many types of travel bloggers, maybe ones that live the life on the road, ones that travel once a year but still love it, and ones in between.

      And congrats for being the first guy to comment on this post! 😉

  • I always wonder how travel bloggers schedule their days and blogs posts. They are awesome at enjoying life and they are good at making friendship with new people.

    Thanks,
    Yogesh Shinde

    • Thanks Yogesh! I think bloggers enjoy life and make new friendships because they keep themselves open to new experiences, and are maybe a bit more aware because everything has the potential to become a story. When you look out for that and pay attention to the moments, that’s when the magic happens. 🙂

      • Hey Amy,

        Thanks true! Everything has the potential to become a story and bloggers are good at telling stories and making stories from their day to day activities as well as from their learning and experiences.

        Thanks for inspiring us Amy.

        Regards,
        Yogesh Shinde