Now begins the journey of many words and photos into the vast sea of the Internet for me. I want to have my first blog post dig into the motivation behind writing this blog. Travel blog writing is something I hope to use as an outlet and a way to show others the beauty of traveling. I am not one of those bloggers who have made this a full time profession by quitting their day job and traveling non-stop. To those who do, I truly admire them and their lifestyle, but I am not there in my life to drop everything yet. I used FlightDiary as a nifty travel tracker and tracked my travels since May 2014 and realized that there is still so much left to explore in the world! By working full-time, I still squeeze each penny and second out of my free time and budget to get that next trip in. I hope to inspire others that it is very possible to travel, despite all of the obstacles of work and life getting in the way. I hope that this travel blog guides you on many trips in the future!
As I hope to expand my audience to other parts of the world, my travels will focus on the United States and come from the perspective of a US citizen traveling. One of the most powerful passports to have is from the United States, but looking at the statistic from U.S. Department of State, approximately 42% of US Citizens hold a passport. Great news is that the percentage of passport holding US citizens has been growing over the years! I would hope that the number would grow, but after talking to some people about why they don’t travel, I have heard the following.
- Not enough vacation time
- Cannot speak the language
I understand that many people have lots of fear of traveling the world of the ones listed above. In the United States, we have so little vacation time compared to our European/Australian counterparts. We fear that somebody does not speak English and then how are we supposed to get around? Then there is the media. The media portrays a scary image of the world, one of terror and xenophobia. And then there is the financial constraint. Traveling is not cheap because there are things to consider airfare, lodging, mobility, and food expenses, and do those things do add up!
But if we make traveling high enough of a priority, take the time out of our busy schedules and budgets to leave what is familiar to explore the unknown, then we can expand our horizons and learn the beauty about others cultures. We should take what the media tells us with reservation and go out of our comfort zone. By learning a few phrases of please, thank you, and hello, the world opens up to you in ways that you cannot experience in your own home.
A lot of issues that stem from our society come from lack of understanding of our differences to realize that we are more alike than we think! Think of what exists outside of your own home. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Pyramids of Giza to Mount Kilimanjaro to Machu Picchu to The Great Wall of China, there is something for anybody as long as you are willing to look and find that sense of adventure. I want to share my adventures with you by travel blog writing and remove any fear that you may have of traveling and give you the tools to succeed in making that adventure for a lifetime that you can share with friends and family.
Tell me by commenting below, what is preventing you from traveling? What would you like to see in in my travel blog writing? Let me know what content you would like to see in the future and I can whip something up behind the scenes.