“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!