A few months back, a friend of mine told me that they loved following my blog and my frequent travels because at that point in their life, they weren’t able to travel as much and it gave them something to look forward to and enjoy in the meantime. It struck me in the moment because often in the course of my busy life and getting 5 posts out every week, as well as all my other professional and personal commitments, I often forget to stop and really think about why I travel and subsequently write about it.
I think as bloggers, it’s easy to get caught up in pushing posts with information out to readers, hoping that it helps them plan their own trips or answers questions they might have about a specific trip or destination. But on the flip side, I whole heartedly believe that part of the incredible thing about travel is sharing it. Whether that means I just know you as a screen name who leaves a comment or a Twitter friend or someone in my personal life, I realized after that conversation with my friend that I travel because it feeds my soul in a way that nothing else does and I write about travel because I truly believe that sharing our experiences brings us closer in a way that is sometimes hard to do in other ways.
At 30 years old, I haven’t found anything else in the world that feeds my soul like travel does. There isn’t anything else that I’ve found that drives me as much or that sparks my creativity in the same way. And while the act of traveling is incredibly impactful in my life, I also find simultaneously that sharing it with all of you and having conversations about it completes that feeling of fulfillment. So as I reflect on the reasons why I am still blogging, just know as readers how much I value you and your contribution here on Land of Marvels! It’s because of you all reading this that I continue to write and share my experiences in the hopes that someday, all of our experiences will help to shape the world and create a better future for all of us!