How Blogging Has Changed the Way I Travel


  1. As a newbie blogger this scares me a little… :/

    Oh and that quote up top is fantastic:

    “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

    it resonates so much 🙂 I definitely had an ‘ah ha’ moment whilst travelling earlier this year, now im giving up my marketing career of 10 years, moving country and going to starting blogging full time!! My perspective on what i thought my life should be has totally changed now I know there is more to life what society expects me to do.

  2. I feel you so much on pretty much all of this – especially how working on the road and the need for Wi-Fi influences my plans. Sometimes I feel exhausted by my (completely necessary) obsession with Wi-Fi – making sure I have it everywhere I stay, rushing around unfamiliar cities looking for a signal if the Wi-Fi wherever I’m staying isn’t working, planning transit days around when I can afford to be without it for a few hours, and ruling out particular destinations completely because I wouldn’t have access to it. I’m definitely grateful for the ability to work anywhere, but the transient availability of Wi-Fi in different cities and countries constantly reminds me that I can’t literally work just anywhere…it has to be somewhere with Wi-Fi.

  3. Giedre says:

    Ahhh, I definitely know ALL about the freelancing-so-you-feel-guilty-if-you’re-not-working bit. :/ I’m really hoping that in the next year I can be better about purposefully scheduling work time and giving myself hours off.

  4. Leah says:

    I love this post, and luckily nothing about it scares me at all. It is interesting to be more invested in travel blogging and feel the difference it has made in my travels already, but I honestly just hope it continues and that I’ll have accomplished as much as you have when my blog turns two next year 🙂

  5. Brenna says:

    Hah! I recognise that blogger’s itinerary… I sound like a snob!!

    Anyway, I totally understand where you’re coming from in this post and I agree with so many points. I do try to journal/read when I can, but I definitely go online a lot more (a lot, lot more) than I used to. I am now attempting to just travel like I used to and not necessarily look for a story all the time (that is, when I’m travelling for myself and not for a company/tourist board)… which is what I’ll be doing in Nicaragua!

    • Alana Morgan says:

      Ha – not at all! I love how it’s so normal to have a travel schedule like that 🙂 It’s like when people at home asked me how long I was going to Europe and I said, “Just 5 weeks”, like that was a long amount of time…

  6. Jodie Young says:

    This is a brilliant read, I actually hadn’t thought about having changed the way I travel since starting blogging but it is so true especially when you are doing trips for companies/tourist boards.

  7. I can totally relate, as I sit in my ocean front bungalow in the Maldives. There were so many things that ring true in this amazingly written piece!

  8. Hi there,

    I just read your blog. Great read and thanks for your honesty. I’m just really getting started with my blogging, but it really interested me but I want to make the most out of my blogging with real honesty myself and also any adventures that we have on our journey in life…thanks once again, really enjoyed reading it.

  9. Andrea says:

    Things have changed for me in much the same way. I no longer travel aimlessly but with a purpose, based on what’s good for my blog and what I think my audience would be interested in. It’s definitely more of a job for me now and not just ‘travelling’ but I’m happy to be able to mix business and pleasure as I work around the world.

  10. Dale says:

    I can really relate to this, especially so with the past few months having been spent within the company of so many great bloggers both online and in real life here in Berlin. And that “yeah, I’ll be here in January, there in May, oh, no I can’t be there for that” answer to future plans has become such a typical response from the people I talk with these days that I’m starting to not bother asking 😉

  11. Julika says:

    I recognize so much of myself in this, Alana! Even though I’m not really freelancing, my travel style has changed so much since I stared my blog a little over two years ago: I drive everyone crazy with taking pictures of everything in every possible angle (and that twice: dSLR and phone for Instagram, obviously) and I can’t imagine staying somewhere with no Wifi. Honestly, I’ve been wondering how many things I do just to write about it or just to get a great photo — I truly never anticipated how much impact my little digital diary would once have on me and my travel style!

  12. Really good post. A lot of this really resonates with me. Very well said!

  13. Kieu says:

    I can totally relate on so many levels: not just traveling for me, working all the time and the world has become much, much smaller. Really enjoyed this post. 🙂

  14. Just started a travel blog with one purpose. To be like you and other successful travel bloggers. I’ll take it as a challenge and wish me luck!

  15. I can absolutely relate to this! So much true in this piece of writing 🙂

  16. Kayleigh says:

    What an awesome post, I’ve travelled extensively but never really taken my blogging with me. Looking forward to giving it a go in the future, you also offer some great advice.

  17. Anita says:

    A very inspiring post. Thank you.

  18. Cynthia says:

    I’m sure you wouldn’t make these decisions to write more for your freelance work if it didn’t pay off more than when you weren’t doing it, so I suppose it’s just all part of that line of work… something to be accepted.
    As I blog a little more seriously than I used to, I sometimes find myself doing things a certain way because of it… and it scares me, honestly. Many bloggers can deal with it but I just don’t think I can. I need some distance between my travel life and online life, maybe more than the average?

  19. Sarah says:

    So spot on! I can really relate. Although I would still wouldn’t have it any other way. I tell people travel is now my life and my lifestyle, it is what I have chosen, and I take the ups with the downs just like everyone else does in non travel related jobs. Great post, thanks for sharing!

  20. Emily says:

    Great post! Your photos are just beautiful.

    I’d love to know what you use for processing your images?

  21. Holly says:

    This is so true. I go to places or do things and I’m always thinking about what to write for the blog or what pictures will I need. And taking multiple pics in different ways. Contemplating what to talk about and jotting down notes. The experience of traveling turns into a mini job rather than just doing whatever and not worrying about. Sometimes I just put the camera down and try to enjoy. I used to read a lot too, but between my everyday activities, and blogging, and reading others blogs I don’t read books any more.

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