Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Travel Blogs Have Redefined ‘Travel’

Would you agree with me if I said that travel has found a new definition with the influx of travel blogs? Today, travel is something much deeper and educative. Now people are willing to look beyond the hackneyed destinations and explore the offbeat ones, too. Travel is no more a ‘once-in-a-blue-moon’ affair. It’s talked about oftener and the travel industry is booming like never before.

Travel blogs have awakened people to travel more and discover more of life.

I got acquainted with the concept of travel blogs when I ventured into travel blogging, which was around 3 years ago. I vaguely remember how I used to plan my travels earlier. I think I simply used to book my tickets and set out. I remember I did most of the things spontaneously on my first solo trip to Udaipur. I had no idea what travel bloggers advised when I wasn’t following them. I simply did what felt right and I was pretty much okay.

The 'blogging' bug hadn't bitten me yet, but the 'traveler' in me was preparing me to be a blogger.

I guess travel blogs are guidebooks by curious travellers. I am not trying to boast, but I do believe that my curiosity has helped me go many miles and experience a lot of new things. Of course, the inspiration to travel to certain places did come from somewhere or the other. However, my own passion and desire to hit the road contributed a great deal in making a travel blogger out of me.

Travel stories in making

People read travel blogs because they want to read real stories of travel and not the glossed-over stuff. Travel blogs are like diaries or notes from the road that bring the dust, the pain, the sweat and the tears along with it. Therefore, reading a travel blog is just like listening to a yarn by a friend. It creates curiosity and a sense of adventure within the reader, which eventually inspires him or her to experience something similar.

Travel blogs are diaries from the road.

Travel blogs are written by real people – people who fail, get hurt and are imperfect in many ways. Plus, they have many eccentricities. Travel bloggers are those ordinary people who actually know what it is to have no money in your account and work really hard to sail through. Thus, travel blogs reflect the soul of those crazy people, who do what they really want to do instead of wishing for that ‘someday’.

Travel is not just about escaping the monotony, but it's a deeper transformation.

Travel blogs don’t tell you to travel for a change or just to feel refreshed. Travel blogs awaken you to go out and discover how life can change you. Travel blogs talk about experiencing the local way of life, eating the local food, wandering aimlessly, waking up early and admiring the simple things of life.

Eating the local food - Thukpa in Sikkim
Waking up early in Mumbai to admire the ordinary things.

Some of the travel blogs that I find inspiring are Ytravelblog, The Shooting Star, Breathe Dream Go and ThePlanetD. What connects me to these blogs is the sheer ‘love for life’. I’d say these guys really know how to romance life.     

I believe travel is not a luxury as many perceive it to be. It’s a constant transformation of the person who travels. It should be part of everybody’s life in some measure. How much can you gain by just reading books and watching TV? I love this quote – “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” Well, I am not implying that you can travel for free. You sure do need money to travel just like you need it for any other stuff in life. But when you spend your precious money on travel, it returns what you invest in the form of memories and experiences that can never be taken away from you.

So yes, travel blogs have redefined travel. What do you think?  

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22 comments:

  1. Very nice post. I agree, travel opens new horizons of life.

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    1. Thanks Vishal! :-) I am glad you enjoyed the post.

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  2. Absolutely agree with you! Travel blogs are inspiring. They teach us a lot more things apart from traveling wisely. For example looking to life from a different perspective and be bold and confident. At least that's what I have learned from your blog and from the other blogs you have mentioned here. This is a beautiful, thought provoking post.

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    1. Thanks so much! :-) It's nice to meet such nice fellow travelers and bloggers like you!

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  3. Hi Renuka,

    Really, it is very informative and helpful article for me. I admire with valuable information you offer in your articles. Travel is not only for sightseeing or visiting a famous place, but also it help us to get refreshed from our daily bored life. I'm also a travel enthusiast and do blogging to share my travel story.

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    1. That's nice to know! I believe blogging about our travels not only helps us but others also.

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  4. Lovely pics, Renuka!
    I agree with your points! Cheers to Travel Blogs and Bloggers!

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  5. Interesting post! totally agree with the title Renuka!

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    1. Thanks Bhawna :-) I'm glad that you were inspired!

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  6. Well said Renuka ! Travel blogs have redefined the way we look at travel now .. the shooting star is definitely one of my fav blogs too ! And of course yours too :)

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    1. Thanks Pallavi! :-) I am glad you are back! Now we have some nice stories from Singapore!

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  7. Nice one Renuka. Loved reading and the pics are just awesome ��

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    1. Thanks Rajiv! :-) I am glad you enjoyed the post.

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  8. I agree. It's because of travel blogs I am where I am today. They gave me inspiration, ideas and hope.

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    1. That's so nice to hear, Priya! :-)

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  9. I for am not complaining, Renuka. Like you said one wants to know of authentic experiences, not just the 'pretty' stuff. Travel blogs have made it easier for me to track down off-beat, interesting places when I travel.

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