Gratitude of a Travel Writer
Ever since starting to travel write, about 7 months ago, I’m amazed by the opportunities and people I’ve met that it’s brought me. I have discovered my gratitude of a travel writer. Travel writing has opened new doors for us, helped fund our travels, and returned me to writing, after putting down my pen over a decade ago. Sometimes I ask myself why I didn’t start travel writing sooner, only to laugh knowing that sooner wasn’t the right time.
With tomorrow being Thanksgiving, I can’t help but reflect on how grateful I feel for travel writing and all it has brought me- especially in such a short amount of time. I have connected with some other fantastic travelers that I’ve been so fortunate to form lasting friendships with and even been given the chance to travel with. I have created partnerships with businesses that resulted in amazing travel tours and activities that we wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise. I have learned so much about myself, writing, social media, building websites, and SEO. So many things I didn’t even know what they were this time last year.
As I look towards the future, I can see that gratitude growing. I can see how much more travel writing will continue to give us and for that I am internally grateful. I can’t wait to see how this adventure unfolds and where it will take us.
Through connecting with others, I’ve found I’m not the only one who is grateful for what travel writing has brought. I asked a few travel friends to also share what they are most grateful for that has come to them as a result of their travels. Below, six other travel writers share their Gratitude of a Travel Writer.
Charli of Wanderlusters
It’s not often I take the time to be thankful for the incredibly blessed life I lead.
A little under three years ago I made a decision which would change the course of my entire existence and I have yet to come to terms with the fact that I have succeeded at something no one thought possible.
‘Leave the rat race and you’ll regret it’, they told me.
‘You’ll be miserable. You need four walls and a sports car to survive.’
It turns out that’s just a load of bulls**t we are brainwashed with from birth.
Twelve months into my travels I knew I had to find a way to support my new and more immersive worldly existence. With only those blogs I had come across during my pre travel research for guidance I built my own presence on the web and published my first post.
Since then I’ve taught myself innumerable new skills, found myself part of an intelligent and engaged community of fantastic individuals out there pursuing their own dreams, and built the beginnings of a new career.
All without the aid of four walls, a pay cheque and that all important sports car.
For this I am truly thankful.
Meagan of Life Outside of Texas
I met my boyfriend while I was working as an English teacher in Korea and he was there working on a construction project for an oil company. When my teaching contract ended, I moved in with him because neither of us wanted me to move back to Texas. That was just over a year ago and since then I have been a stay-at-home-girlfriend. Living in Korea without working can be very boring and lonely at times, but writing my blog is a creative outlet. It’s even led me to other hobbies, like photography (which I love!).
Travel writing also inspires me to make the most of my time in Korea. After all, reading about the time we flew in a Hello Kitty plane or visited an ancient palace is much more entertaining than reading about a relaxing weekend at home… right? We call 2013 our “Big Year.” We have taken an international trip each month and on most weekends we travel around Korea. I think the main motivation behind all of the travel is so I can write about it. Travel writing has made my 2013 pretty amazing!
Jenna of Wander the Map
One thing I am most thankful for that has come from writing about travel is the wonderful friendships I have made. The travel community is such a great place to meet amazing people, and over the past year, we have become friends with many of them. A lot of the relationships are online, but there are many we have had the chance to meet in person as well, at TBEX in Dublin and on our trips to Iceland, Norway, and England–some of our new friends are other travel writers and some are people we happened to meet because of our blog, and I am grateful for each and every one!
Megan of Mapping Megan
I’m going to be THAT girl and get all cliche this thanksgiving, however I am most grateful for the friendships and connections I have made this year through travel writing. Having made an international move this year to a country where I knew no-one, I’ve had a phenomenal amount of support from the online travel community, and have easily been able to connect with like-minded people. Otherwise I would have surely gone insane in the three months I was stuck at home, waiting for the approval of my US work visa.
While I was originally teased by everyone back home in Australia that I hadn’t made any actual friends, connecting with fellow travel writers online has lead to some of the best friendships I currently have. It’s been great to meet each one in person as we slowly make our way around the globe, and now I have a place to stay in nearly every country in the world…well at least half!!
Ron of Active Planet Travels
I have so much to be thankful for, but where do I start? I’m thankful about the changes that have occurred in my life so far. This past year has been one of the most active & lively yet. I’ve been granted the humbling experience of traveling around Asia and learning about other cultures & ways of life. I’ve had the opportunity to eat authentic Asian cuisine with the local people. I’ve even had the opportunity to visit Tibet & Mt. Everest; one of the most spiritual places that has been on my wish list since I was a little boy.
But what am I Most thankful for? I would have to say this in two words: Laughter & Kindness. I’m thankful for meeting so many nice people in the world. I’m thankful that when times have gotten tough, someone was there to help me out as well as the other way around. It didn’t matter how bad or good a situation was, people all over the globe have made it clear that kindness is something that’s everlasting. It’s lovely to walk up to a total stranger and, although you may not speak the same language, you can still giggle like children at a goofy predicament. Yes, this is what I’m thankful for…the simple things in life
Chris & Angela of Tieland to Thailand
Eight months ago, we took a leap of faith, quit our jobs, sold our stuff, and traveled abroad to Chiang Mai, Thailand in pursuit of a life of simplicity and happiness. We are thankful to have shared some of the most diverse, challenging, and gratifying times together. We have learned much about ourselves, which would have been very different had we never made the move. There have also been many difficult times in adjusting to the new surrounding culture and our own new way of life, but we’ are thankful that we have managed this together. Taking this chance has given us a refreshingly new perspective on the rest of the world. We look forward to the long and interesting road of travel and adventure ahead of us, which is ultimately what we are most thankful for! With that said, we will sorely miss being able to enjoy the Thanksgiving festivities in the company of our close friends and family back in the states this year. Happy Thanksgiving!
Are you a travel writer? What is your Gratitude of a Travel Writer?
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