This trip through South America and Australia is a journey of self discovery for me. I want to find my purpose in life and find a career that is fulfilling in all aspects, not just financially. I created this blog with the intention of becoming one of the amazing, inspiring travel bloggers that I follow on instagram. We all know that every blog says not to start a blog with these intentions, but c’mon, how can you not?! I envied the life of travel bloggers. I wanted to create that life too, traveling around the world, doing photoshoots, getting sponsored to go to exotic locations, discovering new countries every month all while being paid for it, what’s not to love?
It seemed like the perfect career for me. I love traveling, taking photos and writing. However, after traveling for 5 months in South America, with only a few blog posts written from my first country (when I was all pumped to make this blog thing work) I realized, to my disbelief that I didn’t actually want to be a travel blogger.
I love being in a new country, exploring and living in the moment but being a travel blogger is all about sharing your experiences, like all the time. You need to write captivating blog posts about your travel experiences, schedule posts, take specific pictures and do a lot of work to grow your blog. You have to use social media strategically, writing the perfect captions, getting the right photos and sharing everything on Instagram live stories and Snapchat is all part of the job. It’s a lot more work than fun and this really doesn’t appeal to me. I love see things through my eyes and not through a lens and drink in every new experience without the need to record it on social for someone else to see. I kept a journal for myself, but didn’t want to take time away from my travel to sit down and write blog posts. Plainly, I didn’t want to do the work because, I don’t want traveling to be work.
We’ve been on the road for 5 months now but have been moving pretty quickly through each city/country on the move every 4-5 days. Sometimes we stay in a city for longer when we get too burnt out from being on the go so much. Even so, I realized that I don’t want to live on the road like many travel bloggers do for months or years at a time. I love having a home, being close to friends and family and being able to go on trips when I want for leisure. (I’m not sure if this view would be different if we traveled slower and had more days off to do absolutely nothing, but we only had a limited time to do everything we wanted here so we had to move our asses.)
These realizations mean that I will never be a travel blogger. And that’s okay. I’m one step closer to figure this shit out.I’m one step closer to knowing what kind of life I want to create. I know that I want a job that enables me to travel a minimum of 8-12 weeks a year, the flexibility to work remotely would be great and pays me enough to have a great lifestyle. Chump change ain’t for me. If you have any career suggestions, let me know in the comments below!
I’m still going to be blogging, like actually writing posts and hitting publish not just flogging (fake blogging as my siblings say). My blog focus has now changed from travel to…I don’t know, I’m still figuring that part out. All I know is that I’m blogging now for me, and I want to share it with you, whoever you may be.