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Why We Love Travel Blogs

A travel blog is a modern day scrapbook of your journey. Unlike traditional, physical scrapbooks that wear with age and fingerprints, a blog can remain a permanent fixture, which allows you to go back and read through your journey years later and it will remain virtually untouched.

A girl is blogging at the airport

Catching up with recent blog posts written by fellow travel bloggers I like

 

Or, if you continue on with travels throughout your life, the blog has endless possibilities for expansion and can only get better with more articles and photos added, rather than fill up like its traditional counterpart. And when there are so many ways to build your own website there is no excuse to not get started on your own masterpiece right away!

Blogging at Alona Beach, the Philippines

Blogging at Alona Beach, the Philippines

 

The best travel blogs are the ones with the interesting articles filled with personal anecdotes and images that let the reader feel like they are on the journey with you. With each article published, not only does the quality of the site increase, but also the documentation of the journey is further cemented. A personal travel blog is your way to make sure your memories are saved and that you can always have the chance to look back and see what you’ve experienced.

Taking some notes for my new blog post in Fatima, Portugal

Taking some notes for my new blog post in Fatima, Portugal

 

As well as acting as your personal space for experiences, a travel blog can also build bridges between you and other travelers in the area. Life on the road can get lonely at times, and sometimes it is great to connect to others who are sharing the same practices. Sites that connect travel bloggers like Travel With a Mate are a great way to meet up with some travelers going your way or perhaps you can get involved with more serious travel blog networks such as TBEX.

Alona beach girl blogging

Lovin’ my new office

 

As well as connecting with the other bloggers around you, a travel blog is also an ideal way to connect to family and friends back home. You can keep everyone updated in one place and therefore reduce the responsibility to call each individual person. Loved ones usually enjoy being able to share in part of your experiences and articles with your favorite memories and moments are a great way to allow them to do that. So far we’ve mentioned the most obvious reasons to start a travel blog: to document your experiences and to connect with others both home and abroad. But there are also some other ways that a travel blog can be a great idea.

Ready for another journey

Ready for another journey

 

The “responsibility” that comes with maintaining a website that others read and follow can be just the motivation you need to keep yourself adventurous and not slip into a lazy travel existence (if that is even possible). Perhaps you are deciding whether you want zip line through the Amazon… fear may be a reason that you choose not to do it, but maybe, just maybe, the idea that it would make a great blog article that could help your site and increase your readership could give you the little extra push to face your fear.

Tickets to Portugal

Tickets to Portugal!

 

Another thing that travel blogs do, usually unintentionally, is inspire others who may not think a nomadic lifestyle is a possibility for them. Reading about the exciting adventures of people that decided they didn’t want to settle for the traditional 9-5 lifestyle can make readers feel that they could do the same. Travel bloggers come from all walks of life which gives you no excuse to those not wanting to take the plunge because they are afraid or think they can’t do it.

What do you think some of the other benefits of travel blogs are?

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  • Steve August 29, 2014, 10:17 am

    Great post Agness. Travel blogs give me inspiration for my travels. Also they allow me to dream about far away place I’d like to visit. Blogging for me takes away the stress of everyday life.

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    • Agness Walewinder August 30, 2014, 9:52 am

      Thanks Steve. I’m so glad to be a travel blogger!

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  • Natalie Tamara August 29, 2014, 10:42 am

    Some fantastic points! I love the thought of a blog as a ‘virtual scrapbook.’ For me, writing and sharing travel stories is also a great way to keep inspired between travels and be constantly reminded of why I love it so much!

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    • Agness Walewinder August 30, 2014, 9:53 am

      Keep blogging Natalie!!

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  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave) August 29, 2014, 10:48 am

    I initially started writing one to chronicle my own travel journey but like you say, one of the things I love most about travel blogging is the way that people inspire each other – I have found lots of inspiration for my travels purely from reading blogs and although, I’m not a full time traveller, reading so many great travel blogs still motivates and inspires me to see even more parts of the world :)

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    • Agness Walewinder August 30, 2014, 9:53 am

      I really love the way we all interact with each other and influence each other. Fantastic experience to share !

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  • Andrew August 29, 2014, 1:15 pm

    and you produce SUCH a good one yourselves! :) love your blog, never stop!

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    • Agness Walewinder August 30, 2014, 9:54 am

      Thanks Andrew! The same thing applies to you!

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  • Emily August 29, 2014, 2:40 pm

    I’ve loved how my blog has connected me to new people (and friends), but mostly how it is a photojournal of this incredible year of travel!

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    • Agness Walewinder August 30, 2014, 9:54 am

      I met a lot of different people thanks to eTramping. I’m so grateful for that!!

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  • DebbZie Leksono August 29, 2014, 4:47 pm

    another beautiful piece, Agness. I makes some new great friends through blogging also learn a lot of new knowledge. To me blogging is a perfect way to inspire each other :)

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    • Agness Walewinder August 30, 2014, 9:54 am

      Thank you Debbie x x

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  • Renuka August 29, 2014, 4:50 pm

    After reading this post, I feel why didn’t I get an idea to write this?! It’s such a nice thought! Travel blogs are beneficial not just for the bloggers but also for all kinds of travelers. It is an honest media.

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  • Franca August 29, 2014, 7:39 pm

    I really like the idea of being inspirational for others like many travel bloggers I follow have been and still are for myself.

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    • Agness Walewinder August 30, 2014, 9:51 am

      You’re my inspiration as well, Franca!

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  • Anna | slightly astray August 29, 2014, 9:05 pm

    What a great tribute to travel blogs :). Blogging is really hard work, but I love having something to go back and read through, and remember all the places I’ve been. So all the effort is so worth it. I barely even remember details about earlier trips I’ve taken, and I think that’s really sad. So I love the part about blogging being a “physical scrapbook.” :)

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    • Agness Walewinder August 30, 2014, 9:50 am

      Thank you Anna :)!x

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  • Sabina @GirlvsGlobe August 29, 2014, 9:36 pm

    I really enjoyed this post & I totally agree with your reasoning here. Travel blogs are a great way to connect with fellow travellers, friends, family and people who are scared of taking the plunge. There is no better feeling than someone messaging you, saying “thanks for inspiring me to get out there and travel”. Hell yes, travel blogs are awesome! <3

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    • Agness Walewinder August 30, 2014, 9:49 am

      I am completely obsessed with reading blog posts published daily by fellow travel bloggers :-)!!

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  • Joella in Beijing August 30, 2014, 2:49 am

    Totally agree with all these points- blogging is a great way to keep your memories, stay in contact with friends a d family and make new friends too!

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    • Agness Walewinder August 30, 2014, 9:47 am

      Yeah! I often get back to my blog posts to bring back great memories from the road :-).

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  • Lauren August 30, 2014, 3:26 am

    There are so many wonderful things about having a travel blog, very well written article! It might be a bit of extra work, but it’s well worth it to chronicle your journey and meet like-minded people!

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    • Agness Walewinder August 30, 2014, 9:47 am

      I totally agree with that!

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  • Kathryn Burrington August 30, 2014, 9:47 am

    I just wish I started mine sooner as I have a terrible memory and I’d love to re-live my earlier travels through my blog. I can imagine myself blogging well into old age and when I can no longer travel (perish the thought) I’ll be able to look back on where I’ve been and what I’ve achieved. And as you say blogging pushes you to step outside your comfort zone and to delve deeper when you travel, all good things.

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  • Sam August 31, 2014, 8:42 am

    Awesome idea for a post!! I started my travel blog to keep family at home updated (it’d be so much more work to email each one!), figuring that would keep me accountable to keep writing. Even though I thought I’d write way more than I actually do, it’s still nice to have that record of my travels – I like how you talk about it like a virtual scrapbook! Thinking of it that way I’m more motivated to post more – and that’s why I love reading travel blogs, always so inspiring! =)

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    • Agness Walewinder August 31, 2014, 11:36 am

      My reason to start my travel blog was pretty the same :) and look where I am now!! :)

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  • Sandra (@SandalsDownUnda) August 31, 2014, 10:35 am

    What a great tribute! I always look forward to seeing what my fellow bloggers are doing and writing about, and love reading your posts. While I don’t have a massive readership, I think if I can help or influence just one person on their journey, then my blog is doing its job.

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    • Agness Walewinder August 31, 2014, 11:35 am

      Cheers Sandra!

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  • Grace Buchele Mineta August 31, 2014, 10:52 am

    This is such a wonderful post. I completely agree.
    Travel blogs are a GREAT way to document your life/journey AND keep in touch with friends :)

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    • Agness Walewinder August 31, 2014, 11:34 am

      Definitely!!

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  • Hitch-Hikers Handbook August 31, 2014, 10:59 am

    Great post, Agness! If anyone ever wanted to start a good travel blog, they should definitely turn to you for advice!

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    • Agness Walewinder August 31, 2014, 11:33 am

      Thanks guys. You carry on blogging, you’ve been doing a fantastic work!

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  • Pamela August 31, 2014, 11:54 am

    I agree that a blog is like a modern day scrape book and it just keeps everyone updated with your life without all the frequent interactions.

    It will be pretty cool to read back all the entries when you grow old, reminiscing those find memories that travelling brings you and how it shape you to be who you become.

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  • RealGunners August 31, 2014, 1:31 pm

    Not just travel blogs, what you said is applicable to most blogs. My mom gets more updates about me from my blog than my phone calls LOL!
    My main purpose for blogging is to preserve my train of thoughts and travel memories. Sometimes it is inspiring and funny to read back my posts of a few years ago and discover how much I have matured ;)

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  • Charlie August 31, 2014, 2:27 pm

    Great post, Agness, and I definitely agree with all these things! The reason I most love writing a travel blog is actually to practice my writing. I mean, I could practice my writing with a pen and notebook, but I just never ‘get round to it.’

    With travel blogging, I much more motivated to actually do it and upload my photos. Because other people are reading, it also makes me strive to become a better writer and (very slowly) a better photographer too. I like the interactive nature of chatting with other travel bloggers, learning from their writing style and photography, and also discovering new places. I know more about the world since starting a travel blog than ever before!

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  • KarolinaPatryk Travel blog August 31, 2014, 2:30 pm

    Yes, that’s true… We agree with everything what you wrote :)
    we started our blog only to communicate with our families…

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    • Agness Walewinder September 1, 2014, 10:20 am

      Awesome!

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      • IRCTC login October 24, 2014, 10:15 am

        Me to love travelling and Travel blogs. Every day looks for new places info to visit. And that’s why I am here.

      • Agness Walewinder October 25, 2014, 9:56 am

        Awesome!

      • Irctc Boy October 25, 2014, 3:46 am

        I love travelling and like to read travel blogs. Nice blog, nice pics and information.

      • Agness Walewinder October 25, 2014, 9:43 am

        Me too!!

  • Stef August 31, 2014, 2:41 pm

    Love this post Agness. I enjoy reading other travel blogs a lot mainly because it’s a great inspiration for me to see that it’s possible to do what you love and of course to get some new ideas for future travels.

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    • Agness Walewinder September 1, 2014, 10:20 am

      Me too!! :D!

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  • Rebekah August 31, 2014, 3:37 pm

    you have no idea how much travel blogs, and especially yours Agness, helped me make the leap to move to china. Blogging has been such a good experience and I love reading about people’s adventures.

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    • Agness Walewinder September 1, 2014, 10:20 am

      Awwww, so glad to hear that Rebekah!

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  • Hilary no tabi August 31, 2014, 7:34 pm

    I was so scared to finally open my blog and be exposed to the world without control of who saw my heart and soul in words and pics. Yikes! I discovered though that strangers aka blog readers and writers are generally so kind, warm, friendly and generous. While traveling certainly makes the world feel smaller, I wasn’t expecting blogging to do the same! It’s fantastic to be part of an enthusiastic and fun community. Finally, as Grace over at Texan in Tokyo said in one of her posts and I’m starting to see already, blogging is changing me in ways that I didn’t expexct. Thank you for this post!

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    • Agness Walewinder September 1, 2014, 10:19 am

      You’re welcome Hilary. There are still things I’m learning about blogging, so it’s charming, indeed.

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  • Catherine August 31, 2014, 9:01 pm

    So many positive side of travel blogging – made me proud and happy to be a part of this community! Keep up the good work Agness :)

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  • Traveling Ted August 31, 2014, 11:18 pm

    It is so awesome to connect with other travel bloggers through social media and meeting in person. Just about every blogger I have met has been completely cool. This post is inspiring and makes me want to get on the road and start sharing.

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    • Agness Walewinder September 1, 2014, 10:17 am

      You have no idea how many people I’ve met via my blog.

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  • Gary September 1, 2014, 1:51 am

    Hi a good little motivational story.
    Ever since our 13week trip through Europe last year I have been bitten by the travel bug so bad. And all I can think about is travel and reading different blogs on other peoples adventures. A few months back started using FaceBook and Twitter to share our experiences. And now I am really thinking its time to start a website. Been looking into it a bit but just got to decide on a theme I like and get the nerve to go ahead with it!
    Really enjoy the eTramping blogs. Easy to read and its got good info…
    Keep up the good work…

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  • Tim | UrbanDuniya September 1, 2014, 2:17 am

    So true! And a great way to bookend your time in China, and begin your time in Europe! Way to go Agness!

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    • Agness Walewinder September 1, 2014, 10:16 am

      Yes, definitely!

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  • Karisa Blake September 1, 2014, 2:47 am

    I love keeping my travel blog and it has been a great way to connect with other travelers. :) It’s great because I can go pretty much anywhere in the world and one of my blogger friends will be there to meet up! <3

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    • Agness Walewinder September 1, 2014, 10:15 am

      Love the way you blog Karisa, so carry on!!

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  • Katie Featherstone September 1, 2014, 5:35 am

    I love them too. Well written, interesting posts with good photos are always a winner for me and if they help me with budget travel planning/ideas that’s even better. I actually think they’re more reliable than guides these days too. Keep it up!

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    • Agness Walewinder September 1, 2014, 10:15 am

      Thanks Katie!!

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  • Adrienne S. @ AdrienneAway September 1, 2014, 10:48 pm

    Agree with all of it. I blog to share my travels and also be able to look back on them, and I also love reading about other bloggers’ journeys. Good post.

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  • Hannah Wasielewski September 2, 2014, 3:23 am

    These are all great reasons! I had been wanting to start a travel blog, but then I kept receiving emails about traveling within South America and Brazil. I finally got one email from a friend and said that’s it!!! I’m starting my blog so I don’t have to repeat myself a million times. Now I can just send my friends a blog link, and then ask if they have any more questions :)

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  • [email protected] September 2, 2014, 10:12 am

    If I may add, as a travel blogger I really get inspired by reading and following other travel blogs.

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    • Agness Walewinder September 3, 2014, 7:38 am

      That’s what I love the most about blogging :D!

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  • Victoria@ The British Berliner September 2, 2014, 8:48 pm

    A travel blogger inspires other people and is also inspired by the things and people around them.

    I blog because I would like to share my experience of seeing or doing something with others. I also like learning and aspiring for simple knowledge and also to push myself to do something better. I’m not an introvert like a large number of bloggers. I’m an extrovert, but blogging is definately, a two-way street and I love it!

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    • Agness Walewinder September 3, 2014, 7:37 am

      Thanks for sharing, sweetie. I love your blog and posts from Berlin x :)

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  • santafetraveler September 4, 2014, 10:21 pm

    I agree that travel blogging is a great way to communicate with people- friends, family and the people you’ve never met who like what you have to say.

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  • Caroline September 8, 2014, 4:41 am

    I like searching the top blogs for destinations I’m about to travel to … would love to be able to search all of them at once for stuff like this!

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  • Escape Hunter September 8, 2014, 10:10 am

    I love travel blogs with a strong personality, unique identity and an original approach to travel :)

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  • Paulo [email protected] Bugs September 13, 2014, 7:54 am

    Great article. Travel blogs are the best ways to keep your fond memories with your love ones and share your experience with others :-)!

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    • Agness Walewinder September 15, 2014, 12:08 pm

      Thank you Paulo!

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  • IRCTC Rang September 15, 2014, 1:47 pm

    Whenever i read a travel blog or specific travel articles on places i am about to visit, i feel a connection after visiting that place and that experience is too good.

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  • Annie | MontgomeryFest September 15, 2014, 8:03 pm

    yes, YES, yes! nail on the head. I love reading others’ journeys and the different perspectives they have on their journeys! this blogging thing is mighty fun! ;)

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    • Agness Walewinder September 17, 2014, 2:48 pm

      Great to hear that Annie! :)

      Reply

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