Saturday, 21 June 2014

Why I LIKE Being A Travel Blogger

I don’t know if this is the right time to write this post, because my travel blog is yet to complete its two years. There is no particular reason to mark a celebration or anything like that at the moment. It’s just a random idea that whizzed through my mind and I want to mull over it. After my one month on the road (my longest travel venture so far), I feel more like a travel blogger than I ever did. I know that’s an innocent confession. When I say that I feel more like a travel blogger today, I simply mean that I travel differently now - I am a more conscious traveler now.


So, do I like being a travel blogger? Yes, I certainly do.

Perhaps the best thing about being a travel blogger is the admiration that I receive from my readers. Nothing can even come close to it. When I hear from a stranger that he was inspired to take a solo trip after reading my blog, I am overwhelmed. What else do I need to hear?

I like it when I am able to connect with people through my travel blog. It’s a different high. It feels great when someone just out of the blue lets me know that my travelogues are interesting. Such encouraging notes and comments boost my confidence. I am assured that I am not writing just to please myself, but it is actually influencing people.


I LOVE what I am doing.

I can say that again and again. I love being a full-time travel blogger. And, it means more today than around two years ago when I started with this blog. It’s easy to start something and enjoy the initial frothy zing of doing it. I’d like to admit that although I enjoyed blogging more with every passing day, I had a slight fear of losing my enthusiasm after a while. Thus, when I say that I enjoy travel blogging after almost two years, I genuinely mean it.


I barely make any money from my blog.

Yes, that’s true. I make money from freelance writing projects. My travel blog is not my bread and butter, and I like it that way. I would never want it to lose its honesty. My blog is my voice. I wouldn’t commercialise it to the level of tarnishing its uniqueness. That said, I won’t deny the perks I receive sometimes – sponsored or discounted stays. But, I don’t write about something that I personally don’t like just because I got it for free.

I have to share this with you. People shower a lot of respect over me because I am a travel blogger. Of late, people from the travel industry have become aware of travel blogs. They realise that travel bloggers have great connection with the travellers of all kinds. Thus, we travel bloggers are valued. When somebody shows belief in me, I take it very seriously. On my recent visit to West Bengal (I’m going to write about it soon), I was honoured and welcomed by a travel committee of Kurseong, a town in Darjeeling district.

I like the fact that I can steer people’s attention towards a certain place, which is not as popular as it should be. Thus, I like discovering new places and writing about them on my blog.


I can work from any location.

I can blog from anywhere. I am not answerable to anyone. I can work at my own pace. Does that sound too good to be true? I know it is! What I like about blogging is that there are no rules that I have to follow. I just follow my heart. I simply do what I want to do.

Travel blogging gives me a chance to combine my three passions – travelling, photography and writing. And not to forget, travel blogging enriches my knowledge, polishes my writing and photography skills. I still make mistakes. I won’t say that I write the best articles or click the best pictures. I have to struggle a lot to be able to churn out a decent write-up or a photograph. But, I am striving for perfection and I will get better and better.

Travel blogging doesn’t mean that I am blogging all the time. It’s a business that comes with lots of other interesting and fun stuff like socialising with fellow travel bloggers, writing guest posts for their blogs, reading their blogs, interacting with my fans on Facebook or following other travelers on Twitter, keeping an eye on what’s happening in the travel industry and various other things.

The point is that all the hard work that I put in my travel blog is my happiness. There is no pressure of meeting a deadline, writing something that I don’t believe in or doing anything just because I have to do it.

Are you fascinated by the life of a travel blogger?

63 comments:

  1. I always love reading your posts :) I didn't know you wrote freelance too! congrats! I'm trying to get into that as well. Any tips?

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    1. Thanks Rachel :) Your support really means a lot. Yeah, I have been freelancing for the last six to seven months. I keep an eye on websites like odesk and elance.

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  2. Pure inspiration. Loved your travel stories. Keep posting them. Cheers :-)

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    1. Thanks Bhaskar :) I'm glad to hear that.

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  3. Absolutely true Renuka... you rightly said that travel blogging enriches knowledge apart from gving vent to passion of photography and writing. I have started realising it. On the sidenote, I have ready only few of your blogs... all of them are very interesting. Keep travelogging :)

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    1. Thanks Ajay :) I'm glad you enjoyed my blogs. There is a lot coming up!

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  4. I think it is pretty impressive being a travel blogger renuka. It is quite a responsibility to live up to for your readers and to know that people trust you to make a decision is quite something indeed :) .

    Kudos on the two years :)

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    1. Thank you, Vinay :) Yeah, it is quite a responsibility to be a travel blogger, because after a while people look up to you for their travel decisions.

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  5. Nice to hear your story. I keep reading them and as someone said, reading and interacting with people via travel blogging definitely enriches knowledge and let you think differently. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you, Avik. :) I really appreciate your support.

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  6. Hi Renuka, good post. It reflects how nicely and simply these words you put together.

    But could you please be kind to me and elaborate little bit on this- "I am a more conscious traveler now." Conscious how? and How did it happen? Please share, would love to listen to this story. :)

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    1. Thanks Jatin :) I'm glad you liked the post. When I say that I'm a conscious traveler now, it simply means that I'm more observant today. When I was not a blogger, I was less concerned about certain things like facts about a place, etc. But now when I have to write so much on my blog, I am more conscious. The word simply means that I am a better traveler now. Hope you got it now. :)

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  7. connecting with other travel bloggers is really a fantastic aspect to travel blogging. Keep up the great work! You have a wonderful blog!

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    1. Thanks Andrew :) I really appreciate your support.

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  8. 'The point is that all the hard work that I put in my travel blog is my happiness.' - Good point. :) I enjoyed reading this article a lot and I feel the same about travel blogging. P.S. Great pictures.

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    1. Thanks Petra :) I'm so happy that you enjoyed it.

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  9. Hi Renuka, Thanks for visiting my blog as its brought me to yours! Have to agree with you on this post, enjoyed reading it.

    I'm really looking forward to visiting more of your stories. I love India - it's the most exciting country I've ever been to and I'm looking forward to seeing it through your eyes.

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    1. Thanks Kathryn for visiting my blog too :) I'm glad to hear such nice things about my country. I agree India is really exciting. It would be my pleasure to show you my country on my blog. :)

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  10. Your blog is a pleasure to read. Makes for some great Sunday reading. Oh and did I mention, you certainly have a way with the camera. Excellent photographs. Keep up the great work and share with us!

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    1. Thanks Abhigya :) I'm glad to hear that!

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  11. Great post, and I relate to so much of this too. I love being able to present the world to people, and to invite and inspire them to do the same. Being a blogger for the past year and a half has been one of the the most liberating things I've ever experienced :)

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    1. Thanks Tim :) You have said exactly what I feel. Travel blogging IS a very liberating experience.

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  12. Renuka! You are so right! Travel blogging is rewarding in so many different ways. I can't wait to read about West Bengal!

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    1. Travel blogging is rewarding indeed! Yes, I am going to write about West Bengal in my upcoming post.

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  13. I have now been reading a few of your posts nad I am enjoying the Travel logs that you are writing .. the person taking the pics in this post has done a good job too :)

    so oh yes I am fascinated by the travel blog .. so many places ot visit and know about :)

    and I love blogging myself now that i have been doing it for 5 years its been a Fun ride :)

    Bikram

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    1. That's great, Bikram! Actually, all these pictures are clicked on self-timer. :)

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  14. Love your blog, Renuka. Way to go traveller!

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    1. Thanks Niranjan :) Your support has been wonderful.

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  15. Like you my blog is not a revenue maker as I feel that would diminish it's integrity. I also very much enjoy the art of writing about my experiences and photography. Best of luck and congratulations. Tim

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    1. Thank you, Tim. :) I seriously think that there is no problem with making money out of your blog, BUT never ever commercialize to an extent of disappointing your readers.

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  16. Like you said, there is no particular reason to mark a celebration.
    That is a deadly combination that I too enjoy : travelling, photography and writing.
    Keep writing and clicking :-)
    Waiting to read about your posts on West Bengal. (I had only been to Calcutta in that area)

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    1. Yup, Haddock. Traveling, photography and writing are all so liberating and fun. :)

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  17. Nice post! I like reading your blog and I like your style of writing. Yes, I am fascinated by the travel blogger life style but I don't want to travel full time. My travel blog is more like a hobby and I wish I had more time to post there more often.

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    1. Thanks Traveolani :) I appreciate your comment. Even I don't travel all the time. I just travel as much as I can. There is no particular rule about traveling. It's up to an individual. The idea is to travel well. :) Keep blogging!

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  18. This post has been selected for the Tangy Tuesday Picks this week. Thank You for an amazing post! Cheers! Keep Blogging :)

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    1. Thanks Team BlogAdda. :) I think this is the third time one of my posts has been chosen by you. It's really heartening. :)

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  19. I just discovered your blog and am already loving it. I too write travelogues and I can understand when you say you are conscious traveller. The joy of discovering and experiencing new place is unparalleled. :)
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    1. Thanks Rajlakshmi :) So happy to have you on my blog! Yes, a conscious traveling is all about being more inquisitive.

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  20. This is such a great read, reminds me of all the reasons I like travel blogging too!

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    1. Thanks Catherine :) Yup, travel blogging is wonderful!

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  21. This is such an amazing piece Renuka. If you're interested in meeting different people from around the world and giving tours, this is one blog post you should read!

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  22. This is a great post on travel blogging Renuka. You are one of those wonderful travel bloggers I follow, admire and find inspiration from since I set up my Footloose Forever. Just like you I also want to combine my love for travelling, and photography with a bit of writing :) Thank you for showing the path.

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    1. You're most welcome, Moon! :-) You're doing a great job! Just keep it up and never look back!

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  23. 'My travel blog is not my bread and butter, and I like it that way. I would never want it to lose its honesty. My blog is my voice. I wouldn’t commercialise it to the level of tarnishing its uniqueness.' - That's exactly what I like about your blogs and this is something that I had stated earlier too. Your non commercial 'tell it as it is' way is the best feature of your blogs.
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    1. Thanks Praveen! :-) That's very well put! Yes, honesty is something that I will never let slip out of my hand.

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  24. I like to travel in many part of the world and your post encourages me more to do so. Additionally my subject of study is kind of related to traveling. Where not only I can enjoy the beauty of nature but also I can learn the different culture, struggle that people do for maintaining their lives. I am interested to write travel blog. Can you give me some suggestions how to do that???

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    1. To start a travel blog, you need to have traveled to at least a few places. You should also have some good photos of your travels. And then simply start blogging! Read other travel blogs, observe the way they write, take pictures and present their stories. All the best!

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