Why Did I Decide to Become a Travel Blogger?

Pentax K1000I started writing in journals when I was 12 years old. Writing was a joy to me, and being an avid reader provided a vivid imagination. I also loved looking at beautiful travel photos so I bought my first ever 35mm camera, a Pentax K1000 back in 1980. I was so excited to have my own camera, although in those days we have a finite number of photos per roll of film. In those days, I preferred to have my photos developed as slides, so slideshows were often a Friday evening activity.

My first out of province trip as well as my first airplane trip happened when I was 11 years old. My Mom took my brother and me to visit my sister and her family in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. My first international trip was to Spain, in 1977, where I spent the summer studying and learning about the very different culture of Spain. I had such an amazing summer and I subsequently returned during the next two summers. I felt comfortable traveling to new locations and sought to live as local as I could. Early on I realized I preferred living in dorms and hostels than large hotels. I also truly enjoyed meeting the local people and learning of their ways of life.

My career as a consultant took me to so many new cities and countries. I worked quite often in the United States of America, and in the later years of my career, the international landscape included Buenos Aires Argentina, Bangalore India, Dublin Ireland, Bejing China, Caracas Venezuela, and San Salvador El Salvador.

Argentina, Dublin, China

I so enjoyed all my work-related travels as well as our personal family travels. Once retired, I found myself starting a series of journeys across Spain, on foot, on the Camino de Santiago. Since then, my husband and I have taken multiple cruises and trips, and I regularly return to Spain and France during the summer.

Snow that I loveDuring my many travels, I often would share with my coworkers and friends stories about Canada. I am a proud Canadian and I especially enjoyed sharing tales with people who had never seen or experienced snow. Some would say I could weave a story that had them ready to take the first winter flight to Canada to see snow for themselves.

In 2010 I was assigned a 3-month project in Buenos Aires Argentina. I started my personal blog not only to record my adventures in BA, but also to share the beauty and uniqueness of Argentina with my friends and family. My love of writing came back in earnest and IĀ truly enjoyed sharing my trials and tribulations with my readers. At that point, I recognized that blogging was going to be an integral part of my day to day life. Last year, I realized that I wanted to combine my biggest passions and do something that would help others who wanted to travel but perhaps didn’t have a lot of experience.

Combining my love of travel with my love of capturing moments through photographs and sharing my experiences via a blog seemed to truly be the perfect focus at this time in my life. Armed with decades of travel adventures and mishaps, more than 100,000 photos and the use of social media tools, I have set out to put it out there for whoever feel a connection to my tales. I have found such a great way to combine all my joys!

 

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Retired exec consultant who traveled for more than 4 decades, both corporate and leisure. I appreciate my travel experience and want to share tips, photos and stories with readers! I live in Ottawa Canada and have traveled to 31 countries.

26 thoughts on “Why Did I Decide to Become a Travel Blogger?

  • October 3, 2017 at 2:31 pm
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    I love hearing the reasons behind why a person chooses to write about the things they do. It’s wonderful to see your passion and love for your art!

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    • October 31, 2017 at 5:28 am
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      Hi Angela, thanks for your comments. I truly am blessed to have the chance to not only experience travel but to share it with others.

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  • October 4, 2017 at 12:35 am
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    Sounds like the ideal lifestyle. I’ll definitely keep an eye out on where you’ve been travelling.

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    • October 31, 2017 at 5:27 am
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      Hi Linda, thanks for your comments and I’m happy you will be following some of my adventures!

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  • October 4, 2017 at 1:05 am
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    I love what you’re doing. I also discovered travel at a youngish age, and I’ve I was bitten by the bug, I knew it would be a forever part of my life. I’m currently completely focused on supporting people in their relationship goals, but there might be a travel blog in my future. Thanks for the inspiration. šŸ˜

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    • October 31, 2017 at 5:26 am
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      Hi Tanya,
      The work you do with your activities no doubt is helping many! At some point, it will be your time to discover new horizons!

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  • October 4, 2017 at 1:18 am
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    What an awesome story! My husband and I love to travel and our two young boys are great travelers for their ages. We want to continue to travel as they grow up.

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    • October 31, 2017 at 5:26 am
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      Hi Stephanie, you are blessed to have kids that travel well. I think offering new worlds for them to discover is a great way for them to understand diversity and a greater awareness of the world! Bravo!

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  • October 4, 2017 at 4:29 am
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    Thanks for sharing your journey sometimes it is nice to know the people behind their blogs and get to know better their passions and why they stated to write.

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    • October 31, 2017 at 5:24 am
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      Thanks Adriana for your comments. I often wonder what makes people start and work on their blogs – I agree that it’s nice to get the background about writers!

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  • October 4, 2017 at 6:47 am
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    Those are some lovely memories, and how lucky you are to have been able to visit so many places! I’ve been to a few, but I hope I can continue to travel in the future. I also prefer to mix with the locals than staying in hotels that stop you from really getting to know the culture!

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    • October 31, 2017 at 5:24 am
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      Hi Cynthia, from your comments I see we have the same ideas about hotels! I do prefer local places than big box hotels, but at times, a known establishment is a wonderful sight to see!

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  • October 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm
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    That’s a lot of life experience and it’s really awesome that you followed your passion. It’s great to be able to travel and do what you love.

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    • October 31, 2017 at 5:23 am
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      Hi Carol, thanks for your comments. I agree that being able to travel is truly a beautiful gift!

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  • October 4, 2017 at 4:38 pm
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    Thanks for such an inspiring post! Surely becoming a travel blogger is really interesting and it combines the love to travel, to take photos and to share them. It’s great to travel to many different places to have new experiences. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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    • October 31, 2017 at 5:22 am
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      Thanks Cat for your kind comments. I was very blessed to travel so often, and now doubly blessed to be able to write about my adventures.

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  • October 4, 2017 at 11:49 pm
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    I’ve always thought the consultant life would be fun for the traveling aspect! Sounds like a perfect segue into travel blogging, and I enjoyed hearing how you arrived at it. šŸ™‚

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    • October 31, 2017 at 5:21 am
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      Hi Sarah, Traveling for work CAN be interesting, but to be really honest, many times all I saw from awesome locations were hotels, airports and taxis… fortunately, I did have some time to visit and those were my best times!

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  • October 5, 2017 at 1:45 am
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    Those are some great reasons. I barely travel but wish I had more time to. I love visiting travel blogs to see the beautiful places people visit.

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    • October 31, 2017 at 5:20 am
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      Hi Glenda, thanks for your comments. I also really enjoy reading other bloggers and their travel stories. Lots to enjoy even if it means from our own home!

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  • October 5, 2017 at 4:43 am
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    Sounds like you are really on the right path on your career. And that’s awesome all of the travel adventures you have been on. I love living vicariously through all of those adventures.

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    • October 31, 2017 at 5:19 am
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      Hi David – thanks for your comments. I’m not sure I consider this part of my career as much as I consider it part of my life. I do enjoy reviewing past trips, and planning new ones!

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  • October 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm
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    Travel is so important! I think that if you don’t travel you’re missing out on so many experiences to open up your mind.

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    • October 31, 2017 at 5:18 am
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      I like your point of view Emily – thanks for your comments.

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    • October 31, 2017 at 5:18 am
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      Thanks for your kind words Vanessa – passion takes us to places we may have never considered before.

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