I have a confession to make, and it’s something I have wanted to get off my chest for quite some time. As you probably know, I am a full-time travel blogger. It is a title that I am very proud of, but it doesn’t come without its difficulties. Recently, I have become increasingly aware that my social media channels only show the sugar coated version of my life (something many people are guilty of). But in reality, I have just as many highs and lows as everybody else. So it’s time for some real talk on the blog today. Here is my travel blogging confession;
I don’t get as excited for my trips as I used to and recently I actually haven’t felt like travelling at all.
There. I said it.
Feeling like this has sparked a lot of worry in my mind because travel is at the very heart of my blog, my income and my identity as The Travelista. I’ve recently begun to question if the novelty of travel is wearing off for me, and how long I want to keep up this lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, I always love my trips when I get there, but recently I have been packing my suitcase when all I feel like doing is staying at home.
I know there are some travel bloggers who are on the road far more than me, jetting off on multi-destination trips for months at a time. But for the past 3 years I have been on nearly 40 trips, which means I have travelled every single month for the past 3 years and visited around 30 new countries. It sounds crazy when I step back and think about it. Travel continues to be my biggest passion and I am so proud of everything I have achieved. There is no job on earth I would rather be doing right now…
But like anything in life, can you have too much of a good thing?
I think there are a few contributing factors as to why I have been having these feelings,
1) Being in a Relationship
By some goddamn miracle, I have managed to find a boyfriend in amongst all of my travels. When I say boyfriend, I also mean the guy that I know I want to spend the rest of my life with. Without getting gushy, I know he is the one. He supports my blog and my career choice 100% and accepts my unconventional lifestyle. He would never stop me from travelling, but it’s getting harder to keep on leaving him. There are rare opportunities where I can bring him with me, but there is only so much annual leave a boy can take.
2) Feeling Settled in My New Home
In June Scott and I moved into our new home that we bought together. After endless flat-shares at University and in London, it’s the first time we’ve both had our own space and we absolutely love it. It’s definitely harder to leave home when your home is your sanctuary and a place where you feel really settled. On the bright side, it’s always somewhere I can look forward to returning to when I am travelling.
3) Feeling Caught Between Two Worlds
Lots of my friends up North are settling down and having babies where as others are down in London focusing on their careers and enjoying all the hedonistic pursuits that London has to offer. I don’t live in London anymore, but I’m also not ready to have kids so I sort of feel like I don’t fully fit in to either circle. I am now 27 and I love the lifestyle Scott and I have created for ourselves since moving to Leeds, so I am just going to stay focused on my own path and remind myself that we all move at our own pace.
Can I evolve my blog to fit the lifestyle that I have created?
I started my blog when I was 23 and I guess I am slowly starting to realise that I don’t necessarily want that 23-year-old lifestyle anymore. I am travelling just as much, but I now have other factors in my life such as a partner and a house. I still cannot imagine a life without travelling to exotic lands, meeting new people or checking into fabulous hotels. I still love my job and have big plans for The Travelista, but I think I need to accept that it’s OK for my blog to evolve, just as I have.
So going forward, of course I am still going to travel to epic and bucket-list worthy destinations. But I plan to be a little more selective about the trips that I take. I live in Leeds, one of the most vibrant, cultural and buzzing cities in The UK, and I need to realise that I can have amazing travel and hotel experiences much closer to home (my recent stay at Rudding Park in Harrogate made me realise this). I want to dive into Leeds’ incredible restaurant scene and check out all of the gorgeous boutique and luxury hotels in Yorkshire (I already have a few on my hit list). Then when the big adventures come along, I know I will rediscover that feeling of excitement that made me fall in love with travel in the first place.
I’m growing up, so why can’t my blog grow up too?
What do you think of my travel blogging confession? Do you agree that blogs should evolve as the blogger evolves too? Can you relate to anything in this post? I would love to hear your thoughts so please leave me a comment in the box below. Jess x
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