Today I had a conversation with a coworker that made me think about what it’s like the first time you travel.
My coworker and I were talking about a trip she will be taking in less than a month. She is going to be traveling to Italy with a friend and will be spending 10 days in a little town outside of Rome. It is the first time she is traveling outside of the country and is unsure of exactly what to expect. As we talked, I gave her suggestions on what I have found to be useful throughout my travels and some of my favorite travel items, apps, and other random knowledge I’ve gained through my own experience.
I write about my experiences and like to give my perspective on things I’ve experienced or places I’ve really loved. I also like to write a lot about the lessons I’ve learned along the way. One thing I don’t focus on too much is writing about the logistics of my travel such as what cards I like to use, which apps I find most useful or little tricks that I think every traveler should know. The reason for this is that I find a lot of my suggestions to be redundant and repeated in other travel blogs I read. It seems every other travel blogger has figured out many of the things I have.
I look to blogs for inspiration without considering the logistics of how I am going to make it happen. I think I am at a point where I like to figure out what works best for me. However, while I may look to blogs for inspiration, many others may turn to blogs for more practical advice. Until today, I forgot how helpful travel blogs can be for first-time travelers.
When I started traveling, I had a lot of questions that I didn’t know exactly who to ask. Every travel experience is different and it is difficult to find one answer to even the simplest of questions. I read a lot of travel blogs that often touched on a lot of the same topics, giving me an idea of what to expect. Having multiple perspectives allowed me to get an idea of what it might be like while remaining open to the possibilities. What was even more helpful, was that a lot of these blogs touched on topics that would have never crossed my mind prior to my first trip. I found this to be even more helpful than having my own questions answered.
For people who are embarking on a new journey, bloggers can provide a great deal of insight and are more helpful than we think. There are so many people writing about travel, it can sometimes feel like every topic has been covered. Today I realized that that is not possible. Even if you are reading about somewhere you’ve already been, or a place you’ve researched extensively, chances are you are going to find something new in every blog post you read.
Today I was reminded of why I love to read about others’ experiences and some of the things I hope I can bring forth in my own writing.
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