“Why did you think about starting a travel blog?” This is one of the most common questions I get. And in an effort to open up more about it, I thought it would be fun to share some of my blog backstory and inspire you to take a chance and achieve a dream you can’t get off your mind!
Reason 1: I needed a creative outlet
I am creative by nature, I always have been, it runs in the family. I love hand lettering, painting and creating home decor that gets to live in peoples homes. While I love my job, I felt I needed to grow and learn other skills. Specifically, I felt the need to be more creative digitally, wanted to indulge my love for writing, and wanted to learn more about website building.
What I found is that I’ve learned so much about building a website and marketing myself and I take those skills and use them in my marketing role at work too.
Reason 2: I love to travel & write about it
I have loved to travel and experience new cultures as long as I can remember. There is something so fun about exploring a new city and trying the food their famous for, going to their famous landmarks and connecting with the cities natives. Not only do I love traveling internationally or hopping on a plane for a week long vacation, I also love weekend getaways or day trips. I love showing people that travel and exploration doesn’t have to mean a week of PTO or getting on an airplane, you can explore your own backyard!
Reson 3: I needed a hobby
After college, I felt like there were so many things that made up my identity. I was a Winona State Warrior grad, I majored in Communications, and I was part of multiple organizations helping young adult professionals and women in business. But, I still wanted to use my creative side and couldn’t figure out how.
When I started working at my corporate gig, people would always ask me: “What are your hobbies?” Or I would get the dreaded icebreaker question: “Tell us a fun fact about yourself!” Ugh! I found myself struggling to come up with anything that I was proud to share, because all I seemed to do in my spare time was hang out with my boyfriend or watch best new show on Netflix.
I started thinking about all the time I spent on the couch or at home and how that time could be used creating something, bettering myself, or doing something I love.
Reason 4: I wanted to do something for ME
I’m a very driven person, if you’re into the enneagram I’m a classic 3, who loves to stay busy and be proud of the life I’ve built. Yet, I still couldn’t figure out how to get my creativity out into the world. I started listening to podcasts and figuring out how to obtain my goals and dreams. I had always thought about starting a travel blog because I love storytelling and am always the go-to for recommendations whenever a friend is traveling somewhere new.
Even though I thought about this all the time, I had a million excuses as to why I shouldn’t do it. The market was way too saturated, I didn’t know how to code or even the first thing about website building, and I didn’t think people would want to read what I had to say. But, I did it. And I did it for me.
Where I am today
I truly believe that everyone has a story to tell, and this is mine. I am still growing and learning everyday. And guess what? I still don’t know how to code, I often have to enlist the help of my boyfriend daily on website tactics. But I think that’s the beauty of all of this, I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my boyfriend, family and friends support.
I hope my blog gives you the inspiration to book a trip, hop on a plane or plan your next road trip. And now, when I’m asked what my hobbies are during an ice breaker, people can’t shut me up about my hobby.
If you made it this far with me on this journey, thanks for supporting me in my hobby. If you ever want to chat, shoot me an email or message me I love connecting with new people! Happy exploring!