I’ve always wanted to start a successful travel blog – creating a medium to express thoughts, ideas, and tips/tricks related to a traveling lifestyle was a goal I’ve had for a long time. When I began Globalhales a few months ago, I thought I was well on my way to achieving this goal. I had assumed getting started would be the hardest part – the rest would just happen naturally.
It didn’t occur to me that there was a possibility I could in fact turn out to be a really.. really bad travel blogger.
Seriously, who do I think I am to run a “travel blog” (put in quotes because I’m no longer worthy) if I go out and TRAVEL for 11 weeks….. without posting on my “travel blog” A SINGLE TIME.
I deserve all the eye rolls and face palms.
But that’s ok. Like everything else, the development of Globalhales is a journey. I just see this as an opportunity to pivot.
I don’t know what happened really, I just wasn’t feelin it. I’m a big believer in doing things wholeheartedly or not at all, so I just figured if I wasn’t feeling driven to update, then I wouldn’t force it.
Or maybe I was just being lazy.
Or the exact opposite, constantly going on another city tour or walking through a park or browsing though a tiny bookstore or drinking my one millionth large latte with soya milk and 1 sugar por favor.
Maybe I’m not the next huge groundbreaking travel blogger.
Maybe I’m not cut out for the constant page updating and excessive engagement standards on social media. Worrying about likes and retweets and page visits and followers and bounce rates and post shares and comments is literally soul sucking and distracts me from what I’m actually trying to get out of life.
Maybe I’m not cut out for consistent attention and styling the perfect scene or taking hundreds of photos of myself posing in pretty places. Maybe I’d rather just enjoy the place I’m in and forget about the vanity of capturing my own image there. 90% of the time that you’re trying to take a good picture it ends up half as good as the random non-staged candids anyways.
Maybe I’d rather take a nap in the airport than write a blog post about the best public transportation route to get there.
Maybe I fill my day bag with a water bottle, a kindle, a jar of peanut butter that cost 5 Euros and a bunch of snacks instead of a tripod and selfie stick and 3 different camera lenses and an iPad.
Maybe sometimes I’d rather eat the food and drink the coffee instead of taking a picture of it.
Maybe it’s more important to me to use the 90 minutes of free wifi at Gatwick airport to Facetime my friends and family instead of formatting and editing pictures and scheduling / updating social media.
There’s just so much more to the world than the things we share on a screen.
This isn’t the end of Globalhales – it’s just a shift in perspective and purpose. Just like a lot of things in my life at this point, I’m not sure where GH is going. But J.R.R. Tolkien said “not all those who wander are lost” so at least someone understands 😀