“You need a holiday?”, my friend remarked with a smirk when I told him I needed a holiday.
That was quickly followed by: “You’re a travel blogger. You’re always on holiday!”
I thought about those two remarks for a bit. Yes, travel bloggers seem like they’re always on holiday because they’re travelling all the time. What many fail to realise is that it’s a job. True, it’s a job I love but it remains a job. As a travel blogger who’s often on the road, I’m always thinking about things to write about, taking the best pictures and conjuring unique angles to a story. Once I’m back at my hotel, I start tapping away on my laptop or phone, editing my pictures, piecing everything together, proofreading and publishing. When that’s done, I log onto Twitter, facebook and other platforms to promote my blog posts. This is a process that repeats itself over and over again. Pretty glamorous, don’t you think? 😉
Taking off the blogger cap
As with any other job, I believe it’s important for travel bloggers to get away from it all, even if it’s just for a weekend, to unwind and recharge our batteries. During a recent chat, an interesting discussion about travel bloggers taking a holiday caught my attention. The main question was: “Is it possible for a travel blogger to take a holiday without having our blogger caps on?”. As a travel blogger, it’s hard not to think of an ‘angle’ or a good shot for a potential post wherever we are. We wondered if it’s possible at all to take off that blogger cap. My answer was YES, though certain conditions have to be met. These are:
- Go to a place you’re familiar with; a place that relaxes you
- Leave your laptops, iPads, etc.. at home
- Ensure the place you’re going to doesn’t have an internet connection that’s easily available
- Don’t get a local simcard for your phone
- Bring your phone if you wish but try not to use it as much as possible. Even better: leave it locked up in a safe at your hotel.
I would call this a cold turkey unplug! A bit extreme, some would say, but even a milder version of un-plugging helps to clear our minds, rejuvenate and keep ourselves grounded. Yes, even travel bloggers who travel the world need a holiday!