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Day 18: Trivia Night

Day 18: Trivia Night

Did you know that I’m taking a photo and writing a blog post for every day of my 2011?! Subscribe to my feed to follow along.

Tuesday night has now turned into trivia night at the Greengate Hotel (across the street from our apartment), and tonight was one that was accompanied by a fellow travel blogger, Tony of It’s Good Overseas. Unfortunately, we didn’t win anything — not even a prize for having a good name — but I did get a fun night with some cool people and a photo memory to blog about.

I thought since today is the 18th day in my 365 photo + blog project that I would take the time to talk about a subject near and dear to my heart: travel blogging. Thus, I give you the 18 reasons to love travel blogging (as much as I do):

1. You get to share your stories with the world.

Ta-da! This one is a no-brainer. By travel blogging you get to create a story and have a platform to share it with others. It seems to be one of the most instinctual parts of living, being able to talk about what you did. It just feels good.

2. It’s an easy way to let your friends and family know you’re alive in one fell swoop.

Are you tired of customizing email after email to your friends and family back home? A blog lets you do it all in one simple step!

3. You can connect with other travelers with similar destinations and/or interests.

By owning a travel blog, you put yourself out there and become searchable in the big ol’ Internet. You might be surprised who comes looking for your assistance when they need to research a destination.

4. You get feedback on travel issues and dilemmas through discussions.

Have a travel concern or an issue with your travel plans? Chances are blogging about it will provide a number of responses from those in the travel community (if you’ve done your work to get noticed already). The commenting system on blogs can often provide for more discussion than what occurs in the actual blog post.

5. You get to brag.

You kinda-sorta get a space where you can brag to others about all the cool stuff that you’ve done involving travel. Of course, there is only so much a reader can take. Be smart with your bragging.

6. You can make money with it.

Through affiliate programs and advertising, travel blogging can make you some money. Be warned — this does not come easy, but it is a possibility. More money means more travel, right?

7. You could get free trips from it.

If you’re really good, and really persuasive, you could very well score some free stuff — anything from free gear to free familiarization trips. Again, this takes a bit of work to get to that point, but it can happen!

8. You can prepare a digital scrapbook of your journey as you go along.

I had every intention of putting together a scrapbook after my study abroad adventure in Italy, but it turns out that a semester abroad can result in a totally overwhelmed feeling when trying to organize it after the fact. By blogging during your trip, you are creating a keepsake that can last you forever without all the post-production stress.

9. You can share your expertise and tips with interested parties (instead of boring friends & family).

Look, your friends and family back home are not really going to care about what you did when you were gone. For them, life went on as normal. Do them all a favor and keep your really long-winded drivel for the travel freaks that give a damn. If you blog it, they will come.

10. It can help you create a backup of your travel photos.

By putting photos in your blog posts, there will at least be a copy of those photos on your server if something should happen to your computer. It’s definitely not a replacement to a proper backup; still, it’s a perk.

11. You get a forum for improving your writing skills.

The best way to stay fresh and even get better is to practice!

12. You can use it to showcase writing in order to get writing gigs.

You don’t necessarily have to make money directly on your travel blog. A blog gives you a perfect way to showcase to editors that you have what it takes to work with them.

13.You get an excuse to hang out on the Internet.

You don’t need to explain it to me; I know. Sometimes you just can’t take heading out to see yet another gothic cathedral in Europe. Instead, you can take some recovery time under the guise of needing to finish your next blog.

14. It helps you overcome feeling lonely when you get comments.

Even if you’re traveling solo in a place where you can’t speak the language, there’s nothing quite like logging in to your site to see that a few people have left you some thoughts. It just makes you feel special.

15. It gives you purpose in a very uncertain world.

I’ve heard from several travel bloggers that they enjoyed travel blogging as it gave them something to structure themselves to while on the road.

16. You could inspire someone else to hit the road.

Is there anything more rewarding than reading an email that explains you’re their inspiration to follow their dreams? I mean, is there??

17. It can be a good outlet when you need it most.

Oh yeah, blogging can be a good release, especially when you’ve encountered some sort of travel mishap. I’d suggest holding back a bit on what exactly you say, however, if you want to be a part of a larger community.

18. So, 17 awesome reasons to love travel blogging wasn’t enough?

Please, tell. Do you have a number 18 you’d like to share? Drop me a line below!

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22 Responses to Day 18: 18 Reasons to Love Travel Blogging

  1. Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World January 19, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    #2 and #3 alone definitely make the time I put into it worth it.

    • Brooke January 19, 2011 at 11:20 am #

      Heck yes 🙂 Love the people I’ve connected with because of it.

  2. Steve January 19, 2011 at 3:15 am #

    Inspiring list. I help run two travel clubs and starting a blog for them is a no brainer. I need to get over the hesitation and just do it!

    • Brooke January 19, 2011 at 11:21 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, Steve!

  3. Dina January 19, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    #2: We were off posting on last December, some bloggers noticed it and were worried about us. That was really sweet.

    #3: Definitely! That’s how we met. We gained so many travel-blogger-friends in Sydney this way. We also met great people in Melb and Wellington this way.

    #8: Great point, because I always lost my journals otherwise

    #9: Haha…. true that. Turning blank faces to excitement. Once I call my mom that we were going to fly the next day from Oz to NZ, and after several seconds of pause, she said “well, it doesn’t affect me that much where you are.”

    #18: Having travel blog community makes me feel like a normal person. I mean, family and friends think we are weird because of this life path we choose with the traveling. Delaying having babies and steady career and house.

    • Brooke January 19, 2011 at 11:24 am #

      Love your #18! And, it is so true. I really needed to find other people with my same life goals in order to be able to take the plunge into long-term travel.

  4. Alouise January 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    Great list. I’m liking blogging because it’s the only fun writing I’ve been doing outside of school. And even though I can’t travel as much as I want right now, writing about my travels gets me excited for all the future traveling I’ll get to do.

    • Brooke January 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

      Ooh, yeah, getting excited for travel is another great reason to blog! Like… inspiring yourself 😉

  5. Matt January 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    #18 You get to meet awesome people like @brookeschoenman

    • Brooke January 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

      Best answer yet! haha Thanks, Matt. Very sweet!

  6. Sheryll January 20, 2011 at 5:36 am #

    It helped me out of my depression….I think that’s enough for reasons 1-1000 for me!

    • Brooke January 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

      Agreed – that’s a very very good reason to love blogging 🙂

  7. Chris - The Aussie Nomad January 20, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    Meeting people from my blog has been the biggest joy. So many great people all with a zest for life.

    • Brooke January 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

      Yep, it’s one of the best things!

  8. LeslieTravel January 20, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    Great reasons! You’ve covered most of the bases. Like Chris, I enjoy meeting people in person after following their blogs 🙂

    • Brooke January 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

      Happy that you agree 🙂 Cheers for the comment!

  9. Tony January 23, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    I can’t believe we didn’t win the trivia. I thought 7/20 in the photos-of-people-we-have-no-idea-who-they-are round would’ve gotten us over the line 😉

    • Brooke January 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

      Yeah, it’s still a mystery how we got demolished like that! 😉

  10. Travelogged February 7, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    #18 You get to revisit old trips, too. I still have so much to write about trips I have taken a few months ago… And I’m looking forward to doing it, too!

  11. RumShopRyan February 9, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Very good reasons! I write a Caribbean travel blog. I started it just as something fun because I’m crazy about the islands. It quickly grew and now the free gear (t-shirts, shoes, music and more) is coming and I went on my first press trip last October. Plus, you get to meet some really cool people along the way.

    I won’t lie, it’s hard work…but when you’re doing something you love it isn’t work at all.

    Cheers everyone!
    Ryan
    @RumShopRyan

  12. Kelsey August 1, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Great list and impressive blog. Developing a blog is a little intimidating. How do I start?

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