Blogging whilst traveling: it’s harder than it looks

In the run up to my three month trip around South America, I was – obviously – very excited. Not just to enjoy three whole months of pure freedom; not just to see and experience a part of the world I’d never stepped foot on before; not just to indulge in the company of my best friend for the longest period of time since we left high school, but also (and I say this fully aware of just how nerdy this sounds…) I was very excited to finally be able to dedicate all the time I wanted to writing and blogging that I wanted to. And I assumed that was going to be a lot.

  

As most bloggers who don’t actually get paid for the things they write about will know only too well, (aside from a handful of very jammy freebie trips and NICE discounts here and there!) dedicating time to the upkeep of a blog is a double edged sword. It’s a passion, clearly, and something that I truly love to throw myself into, but from time to time, it becomes somewhat of a chore. A dreaded chore. The dread normally comes after long days at work – of which is also writing – and even longer nights with friends. Returning home, sometimes the very last thing that I want to do is sit down and use my brain for, well, pretty much anything. Least of all writing. 

Then of course is everything that comes with writing a post. The edits, the pictures, the promotion (oh the curse of having three social media channels to try and make vaguely interesting every day)… Sometimes in the trenches of real life and real jobs, it all becomes a bit too much, and too easy to ignore. So, contrastingly, travel should enable you to be lifted out of the trenches of the 9-5, allowing you to be as free as a bird to write to your hearts content in a flurry of liberation. Right?

 

Well… As it seems to have transpired, no. No!? I hear the people stuck at home dreaming of travel exclaim. How could three months of traveling not give you the time to write every day!? Ha. It may sound lazy, stupid, even ungrateful to some, but travel is not a holiday in the most common sense of the word. Especially not in South America. Your days are not particularly filled with lazy days hanging by a pool and drinking cocktails (though I definitely won’t be saying no to this scenario when I head to Brazil in two weeks). Travel is hard work! It’s exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time, and you find yourself constantly busy. Busy meeting people, busy seeing things, busy being busy. Which leaves no time to indulge myself in writing the way that I was sure I would. 
  

Business combined with substandard wifi and a distinct lack of a keyboard, the blog has sadly been neglected over the past few weeks. And, like anything you neglect that you really shouldn’t be neglecting, this incurs a lot of guilty feelings. There’s nothing really to feel guilty about of course, and as a blogger new to blogging I met recently told me, there’s no reason to be a slave to your writing. But at the same time, I can’t help but let that little voice at the back of my head niggle away at my consciousness. 

So, what’s the point of this post? Surely I should have dedicated this time to telling the world about my trek to Machu Picchu, the food of Peru, the salt flats of Bolivia, or the beautiful beaches of Chile? Well, I guess this post is a kind of way of appeasing my guilty conscience in response to that annoying voice in the back of my head. It’s kind of also a justification for my absence (to justify this further, I had food poisoning and a broken heart, so whattteevvverrrr). Bah, whatever it is, it’s time to plunge myself back into writing. Cue a barrage of backdated adventures from Peru to Bolivia to Chile… Unless I can manage to ignore that little voice in the name of fun once again…

  
 

9 Comments

  1. michaelbencik

    It took me over two years to finish my blog about my journeys through Asia for nine months. I finally finished, which was a great feeling, but damn, was it ever a lot of work. 145 blogs or so later, and now, I can talk about fun weekend trips and such, instead of remembering what the Curry Chicken tasted like 15 months ago.
    It is a job, so don’t stress it. Like everything, life goes on either way.

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    1. gemmafottles

      Yep, you’re right. It’s hard. I hate that sinking, guilty feeling though when you’re bumming around doing a lot of nothing when you SHOULD be doing something productive! Spending today trying to catch up whilst I’m in Valparaiso… But the sun is out and it’s tempting me already…

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  2. Bec J. H.

    To me the idea of blogging while actually travelling is not pleasant – the stress of having to find adequate wifi, transferring photos from camera to laptop, having to actually bring a laptop with you… When I’m travelling I try to use as little technology as possible! I hate to waste precious hours in whatever place I’m visiting trying to get my gadgets to work. Blogging can wait until I get home (though that’s just my personal priorities I suppose). Best of luck with your blogging plans and enjoy the rest of your trip!

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    1. gemmafottles

      Thank you so much! Ah, totally get what you mean with wanimg to ditch technology while you’re away. I don’t want to be stuck to a screen, or just taking an abundance of same old photographs cos I know I’ll need them for the blog, but yeah, it’s all part of it I guess!

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  3. Ayla

    It is sometimes really hard to keep up with blogging. As you said it’s not just writing – it’s taking photos, editing photos, editing posts and all the promotion that goes with it. It’s difficult to fit all that in around a full time job but when you’re travelling it can sometimes be even harder. I always feel guilty for not blogging more when I’m away but I’ve been told countless times by others that I should be enjoying my travels and to just blog as and when I can. And they’re right. You shouldn’t miss out on anything. Make the most of your travels because you can always blog after. Enjoy it!!

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    1. gemmafottles

      Exactly! At least when you’re at home, there’s a routine. You know where you have time and it’s easy to make blogging a part of your routine. Thanks for your advice though, it definitely appeases the guilt somewhat. Still trying to get my ass my gear and write about some of my South America adventures. Oh god, the pressure we put on ourselves aha. x

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