Ah, #travelbloggerproblems, this month’s travel #linkup. It’s like #firstworldproblems or #whitegirlproblems but with a much narrower scope, you know? 😉
All joking aside, over the years I’ve heard a number of backhanded compliments and passive aggressive comments about the amount of travel Alan and I are able to cram into our busy lives so it doesn’t come as a surprise to me to know that many people think the life of a travel blogger is one glamourous escapade after another. I assure you, it’s not. A lot of time and effort goes into each and every trip we take, from weeks and months before we ever leave until yes, weeks after we get back (or maybe that’s just me because I’m actually a #badblogger). The struggle is real y’all.
My Top Three Travel Blogger Problems
1/ Oh the Places You’ll Go!
At any one time I have a running tally of more than twenty places we could potentially take a trip and it’s only gotten worse since moving to Dublin and having pretty much all of Europe at our fingertips. (I can fly to another country in less time than it would take me to drive from my old house in Oakland to my old office in Santa Clara, forchrissakes!) Back at the beginning of 2016, I put together our travel wish list for the year. It featured places like a return visit to Islay; a cruise through Norway, Denmark, Finland, and St. Petersburg, Russia; a walking trip through the Cotswolds; a Greek island getaway; a driving tour of the Amalfi Coast, and a stay in Iceland. By the time March rolled around that list had been tossed out the window for an updated one that nixed Islay and the Scandinavian cruise and had Greece looking like something more appropriate for next year. In their places were Portugal and multiple return trips to San Francisco. Now here we are closer to Summer 2016 and the list has been amended once again. In addition to going back to the Bay Area for work and family commitments several times between now and the end of the year, Alan also has to travel to Palm Springs for a work event and will be taking a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in July for a group celebration of his high school friends’ collective 40th birthdays all happening this year. The following week I’ll fly from Dublin to Boston by myself (while Alan ventures from Wyoming to Boston) to meet up with my family for a week at an oceanside home Maine. In August we’re heading to Scotland for a Speyside whisky & craft beer tour with Scottish Routes, the same company we toured Islay with back in 2013. September is pretty much up in the air right now because Alan will have to book another return trip to San Francisco and I’ll probably join him. If it can be managed, I’d like to swing a long weekend visit to Kauai or Cabo San Lucas using our timeshare since we can’t seem to get rid of it no matter how hard we try and the points are just piling up. In October, we’re thinking we’ll go to Bordeaux and in November head up to Reykjavik, Iceland, to hopefully experience the Northern Lights from there. We’ll spend all of December in Dublin taking in the holiday season we missed our first year here, and will wrap up 2015 with a four-day trip to Edinburgh for Hogmanay. I just booked our flights and hotel for that this week.
2/ Were You Really There?
Because I am the one taking the pictures, the number of photos I actually appear in that are not of the selfie variety are extremely limited. We have been known to ask a passerby or two to please take our photo but more often than not those pictures turn out with us blurry and out of focus while someone behind us is crisp and clear. So basically, most of our trips look like Alan is one helluva solo traveler. When I do force him to take selfies – because let’s be honest, I love selfies – they are usually extreme closeups that don’t do much to necessarily capture the area in which we are in but instead reflect how much fun/not fun we were having in that particular moment.
It’s a good thing than that I think he’s pretty handsome, no?
3/ Avoiding The Old School Slide Projector Mentality
We’ve all seen the same joke played out on many a sitcom: a family comes back from vacation and makes everyone they know sit through a three-hour long slideshow of every photo taken during their time away. People moan and groan and complain under their breaths and by the time the night is over, the forced attendees hate their friends/family just a little bit more for having made them endure such terrible torture. It’s no lie travel bloggers take hundreds – if not thousands – of photos while on vacation. If you tally up my “good” camera photos with my random iPhone photos, the number of pics taken during our trip to Hungary, Austria, and Germany aboard AmaWaterways’ MS Sonata for its Christmas Market Cruise down the Danube, the number was well over one thousand, and by the time I edited them all down, I still had hundreds of pictures that I loved and felt captured the moments of our trips. Still, no one wants to read a blog post with a hundred photos that have no context or meaning and you don’t really care about. So the difficulty comes in picking the exact right photo for the post, the ones you think your readers will enjoy.
** HOW GODDAMN LONG IT TAKES TO WRITE THESE POSTS! **
Seriously, between figuring out what I wanted to write then actually sitting down to write the damn thing, then finding all those pics of my lovely other half and making that collage? Hours y’all. HOURS.
But you know what? That’s okay. I do this because I love it. I need to keep my writing skills sharp (even if that’s not always reflected in the sometimes poor grammar, spelling, and punctuation you find here), I really love reading about other people’s trips and hope by doing this I’m reciprocating in kind, and it gives me a wonderful way to look back over the years and remember snippets and moments from our trips that might have otherwise been lost. I don’t do this for the money. You’ll notice there are no ads on this blog and I’ve never taken free merchandise or free trips in exchange for reviews here. Everything I write about on this blog is because it’s my honest-go-goodness life and travel is one of my biggest passions.
This post is part of a monthly #travellinkup hosted by my friend Emma over at Adventures of a London Kiwi and a few others. If you’d like to participate, just pop your post up over the first week of the month and add it to the link up widget found there or at Two Feet One World or Silverspoon London. As always there are no real rules. Basically all they ask is that you:
- Check out some of the other cool bloggers that are involved in that month’s link up
- Tweet a few of the posts out you think your followers will love
- Make a few comments here and there
It’s such a great way to meet some new travel bloggers and share some blogging joy!