I’m not a traveller in the true sense of the word.
The British Dictionary describes a ‘traveller’ as being ‘a person who travels, especially habitually’, but then again I habitually travel to a new place once a year so maybe I can be called a traveller.
When I first started this blog I have to admit that I got quite despondent and wondered if I really had what it takes or if people would actually read my stuff. But the more I’ve progressed I figured out that there are a lot of people out there just like me. By that I mean, I work in a 9-5 job (well 8.30-4.30 really) and I save hard to be able to afford an international trip once a year – that doesn’t include the trips home to NZ that I make or the interstate trips within Australia. Essentially I am using my vacation time each year and going somewhere new for 3-4 weeks at a time.
I am slowly coming to realise that travelling that way doesn’t make me any less of a traveller than someone who leaves their job and goes off to the middle of South East Asia for 6 months. This is just my way of travelling and I am ok with that. I honestly don’t even think I could leave my job and go off travelling for months on end. The reason is that I am too much of a planner and I like things in a certain way – some people might call it (and do call it) OCD but I disagree, I think it’s just knowing without doubt that I need to have a plan when I’m travelling. It stresses me out just thinking about having no plan!
I am finding that as I progress through this journey of blogging and honing my writing skills, that I am learning more about myself than I thought I would. This whole process itself has become something of a journey to me. I would love to say that it is getting easier, but in honesty it isn’t. I struggle to come up with content for this page and usually it gets to the point where I will start something, be halfway through it and then scrap it for something completely different. This post, for example, started out as a tips & tricks while travelling post.
I think the trick is to ‘write what you know’. There is no point for me to write about adventure travel – there is not an adventureous bone in by body, or about food and wine – I am certainly not a ‘foodie’ and I don’t drink wine. There are plenty of blogs out there that do cater for those interests but I am really not one of them. I think that my ‘niche’, if you can call it that, is the ‘everyday travel’.
I like to take trips but I love to come home to my own bed at the end of it all. I like to visit those touristy places like cathedrals, historic buildings etc so I know when to beat the crowds. I have learned over the last few years how to pack and more importantly, how NOT to pack! I have a great system going when it comes to researching my trips in advance. Flying by the seat of your pants is fine for somethings but there is no point in paying a load of money to go somewhere and you get to the airport to find you don’t have the right visa. That is just a waste of time and money. I have learned to be sensible in my own limitations (dodgy knee!).
Most of all, I’ve learned that travelling, like life, is all about what you put into it. One of my favourite sayings actually comes from a Hannah Montana song (face it people, you loved her!). “Life’s what you make it, so lets make it rock”. The same can be said for travel. You should travel your way and don’t let others dictate to you how it should be done and certainly don’t feel guilty for not quitting your job and travelling around the world for years on end. The people that do that are brave, there is no doubt but your way of travel should not be compared to someone else’s to make you feel like you are going about it all wrong.
For me, doing this blog is not about getting the most likes or the most followers. I’m not going to lie, that stuff is cool and when I get the message to say someone has liked my post I do get a bit of a thrill. But more than that, this is about me telling my stories, sharing my adventures and doing it my way.