The easier question is often WHY travel. The harder question sometimes is why do we blog about it.
For me I enjoy the writing process. I enjoy hearing about other trips and make mental notes about where to go next. Blogging keeps me in touch with other like minded individuals I can learn from, trade stories and share my knowledge.
I got an email recently about the post I wrote about why Americans don’t have passports. How do you know someone is actually going to use the information in any post? You don’t until you get an email like the one below:
I wanted to let you know that your post on the ease of obtaining a passport is one of the main factors that pushed me to get one. I’m amazed at how easy it was to get it done, I figured there would be many more hoops to jump through. I took an hour of my time, went to my post office, paid my 100 bucks, and a week later my passport arrived (VERY quick turnaround). I can go wherever I want, and I LIKE that. I’ve never been out of the states, but I desperately need a change, so something is brewing.
It’s very hard for me to get into these blogs about minimalism, lifestyle design, etc. but I browse them all the same because sometimes there’s a bit of wisdom hidden in there, and I wanted to let you know that you made a difference. When everything is situated and I make that leap, you will be an influence in my decision to change my life for the better; to do what I want. I’ve found that it’s the small steps, like getting a passport, that really push you towards your goals, and I’m glad that I stumbled upon your site.
Friends, this is what keeps me going.
Something that seems so simple as getting a passport can be intimidating to someone else. Never underestimate the knowledge you have. Simple to you is complex to someone else.
Sometimes we think a topic has been beaten to death, so we don’t approach it. But the topic has never had YOUR particular touch or approach on it. And people may find you faster/easier to understand than they would the other person discussing the same issue. Just put it out there.
Just like most things, when you enjoy something, you want to see other people experience it, especially when they have the same misconceptions you’ve had.
One important thing: When someone gives you advise – USE IT, or don’t ask for it at all. It is not only gratifying to be asked our opinion but for someone to actually go out and USE IT. No one wants to feel like they are talking or writing in vain.
Travel bloggers and bloggers in general do it because they know they have a whole new world they can influence. It’s incredible, it’s intriguing and it’s satisfying when a plan comes together…or at least someone starts taking those small steps forward.
What unique talent or gift can you give to others? Don’t hold it in. Share it however you can.