Monday, 14 August 2017

5 Fabulous Years Of Travel Blogging And The Lessons Learnt

Today Voyager For Life turns five. From a modest blog to an influential travel blog, my blog has come a long way, and it’s such a nice feeling. There’s a lot to look back at – years of learning, focus, wee hours, hard work and of course, travelling. So, as I celebrate the fifth anniversary of my blog, I really want to thank every single person who has ever landed on this blog and read it.


Also, I want to apologise for not being as consistent in posting as I used to be. And, that gives me another reason to thank my readers, because my blog still receives traffic despite the reduced frequency of post updates. But, I’m getting back to consistent blogging. In fact, there are going to be a lot of changes and upgrades on my blog soon. So, look forward to a much better blog in the days to come.


My blog’s message
Voyager For Life has always been a blog for ‘curious souls’ like me. It’s from one wanderer to another. I believe anyone can travel if he or she makes travel a priority of life. The sole message of this blog is that ‘anyone can travel’. Just follow your heart. There are quite a few practical tips on saving money on my blog, which you can read and find inspiration from. I have also written about How Do I Manage To Travel and How Do I Plan My Travels.  


My blog inspires me, too.
I’m happy that I have Voyager For Life by my side. It’s my constant source of inspiration. Yes, the blog that I created is my inspiration, too. It has helped me carve out my own niche as a traveller. I travel alone most of the time, which I find convenient and liberating. I like slow travel. I like rural charms. I like culture, nature, people, the food they eat and the way they live. So, there’s so much that I have evolved into over the years, and my blog has captured all of that for you guys to read and get inspired.


The lessons travel blogging has taught me in the last five years –


I can be the person I want to be. Honesty is the soul of blogging.
Perhaps the best thing about blogging is that it allows you to ‘be yourself’. Honesty is my favourite part about being a blogger. I can be my unique self and be comfortable about it. I don’t have to be like ‘someone’ to be accepted. I don’t have to write things for effect. I know that my readers like me for my honesty.  


It’s so important to connect with people.
Being an introvert, I consider connecting with people the most valuable lesson learnt in the last few years. Yes, I am shy. I don’t find it very easy to mingle with people. But, travel blogging has dragged me out of my shell and forced me to reach out to people. And, I really like my new self. There’s so much to learn from various people. I’m happy that I have met some really fabulous people in the travel blogging industry.


Travel blogging is a constant challenge.
After blogging for five years, I’d say blogging can never be easy. You may blog for years and years and still find it hard. I always feel like I’m fighting with my own self and trying to prove a point to myself. After writing so many travel stories on this blog, I still feel I have to go a long way.

Multitasking is a prerequisite.
Writing is just a small part of blogging. To be honest, when I started this blog I didn’t know that it would require me to do so many things all by myself. But, it happens naturally. I don’t think any serious blogger minds it at all. If you love blogging, you will love what it demands.

So yes, travel blogging requires you to know a lot of things other than just writing. You have to write, edit your own stories, proof read, take photos, edit photos, design creatives, update and engage on your social media channels, reply to comments, emails, send out pitches for work, connect with people, brainstorm new blog post ideas and so much more… phew! There’s a lot to do and it’s all fun as long as you are really passionate about it.


The possibilities are endless…
Travel blogging has also opened so many new doors for me. It has taught me that I don’t have to be limited to my own skills and abilities. There’s a lot more that I can do. For instance, I offer travel consultancy to travellers once in a while. I’d like to do that job more often, as I enjoy it immensely. The point that I’m trying to make here is that travel blogging is a much broader field than I thought it was.

What about you? Do you also have a blog? What have you learnt with blogging?

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32 comments:

  1. Brilliantly put thoughts around blogging and congratulations for this Milestone. Wish you many successful years of blogging.

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    1. Thanks VJ! I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, there's a lot to come.

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  2. Congrats n best wishes for more years to come

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  3. First of all, congratulations are in order! You've set yourself apart because most bloggers don't last for a year, much less five. All the best for the future.

    As for myself, I too have a blog. Most of my articles are from my experiences living overseas, as well as travelling about with my dear husband. What I like most about blogging is that it forces me to and reflect on the people we've met and what we've seen and done.

    We've made a few good friends in our travels, and you know what I've learned? No matter where you go, people are basically the same: They love their families and try to keep their bellies full and a roof over their heads. And while they may express their faiths in different ways, most people have a desire to become better people and please their deity.

    I've also come to realise that we'd probably be a lot better off if politics and religion didn't divide everyone. There's far too much misunderstanding, distrust and fear in the world. *sigh* I am such an idealist.

    Keep up the good work, Renuka. You are really conveying the beauty of travel.

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    1. That's so beautifully put, Linda! Thank you so much! Yes, travel makes you realize that people everywhere are basically the same - everybody wants love and goodness. Yeah, I wish there was no religion and politics...(sigh).

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  4. Congratulations Renuka!!! Your travel blog inspires me a lot as a fellow travel blogger. I have always loved your write up, pictures, thoughts and your travel tips. Love the way how all your posts are so very simple yet so much engaging. Here's wishing you many more years of successful blogging. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Saumya!

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  5. Congratulations. Look forward to many more lovely articles from you.

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    1. Thanks for your support through these years, Niranjan!

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  6. You're doing an awesome job, Renuka! Congrats! I really hope I will enjoy more of your posts!

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  7. Happy anniversary and congratulations on 5 years! I've learned a lot of the same things you have, and I particularly agree about multitasking. It's definitely a big part of travel blogging!

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie! Yep, multitasking is both challenging and fun for a travel blogger.

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  8. Happy blog Anniversary and look forward to many more posts!

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  9. Congratulations Renuka on completing five years of happy traveling and blogging and wish you many more successful years to come!

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    1. Thanks so much, Traveling Sisters! :-)

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  10. Congratulations Renuka. Wish you many more successful years ahead.

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  11. Renuka, you have just inspired me! I'm considering setting up a travel blog about how my adventures have grown my soul - I could hear that lovely profound message in your blog, far more than some unrealistic 'hike the himalayas in flip flops!' blogs. Any journey at all is a chance for growth and your experience of the last five years, both in travel and writing shines beautifully. Thank you. I will be following you and chiming as an introvert with eyes wide open... All the best, Ella

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    1. Thanks Ella, for your appreciative words. Yes, travel blogging has taught me a lot. But, I still have a long way to go.

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  12. All good points. I'm coming up to my 5 year anniversary of blogging, and I'm going to do a reflection too.

    Well done, and congratulations!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Tim :-) And, congratulations on your five years, too!

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  13. Congratulations and all the best for future blogging :)

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  14. Congratulations Renuka, good five years of blogging, while it may seems laborious to some, this is very inspiring for me, although I'm never consistent. Lol. And yess, traveling is love, I wish I could be as bold as you to try it much often, and alone.

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, travel blogging is inspiring not just for others but for the travel blogger as well.

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