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Travel Blogging Versus Social Media – What’s The Key?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Travel Blogging Versus Social Media – What’s The Key?Like4

I struggled to choose a caption for this article because they say that you are what you share on social media, and so, I wanted to make it count.

Being a ‘blogger’ or a ‘traveler’ has changed significantly over the past few years. There was a time where information you had on a destination was far more important than your whereabouts. I remember disappearing for days without my phone in my hand, I’m lucky I can still do that… most of the time. Today, you can’t go on Instagram without stumbling upon hundreds of carefully selected, beautifully crafted images but has the word ‘influence’ or ‘inspiration’ become a suffering word? 

When I first started sharing my journey with others in 2013, it was on tips, inspiration and destinations no matter where I was, where I’ve been, and where I was going. I found passion in sharing what I know, helping others in achieving their dreams, inspiring them to greater things and feeding them with the right and useful information.

I’ve visited 87 countries so far throughout my life and not all of them are on my social media feed. 

The truth is, things are not the same as they used to be. Travel and the way we chose our destination has changed and grown. The internet has given us a chance to see the world through people’s eyes and to dream of places many of us never even knew existed. 

But social media has also changed travel and the nature of blogging. Information is lost. Inspiration has been numbed to so many. Sharing my  journey online has today somewhat been a constant pressure and the staging of every single photo has become the business of every instagrammer. There were days where we used to fall in love with a place because of the way it made us feel and the person we would become, without overthinking it, and without over-manipulating a photo.

So, I tell myself to always remember how little is needed to live a happy life. Writing or blogging is not necessarily being famous on Instagram or on social media. It’s a skill to keep your readers hanging on. It’s a passion for expressing what matters the most. It’s a series of stories that are wrapped together to make the story of your life, regardless of  how the weather was. 

I have felt the pressure of keeping up (and at times almost giving up) and carefully selecting what I chose to share was becoming routine. I simply couldn’t keep up, because I have always lived my life outside and not as an insider looking out… and I did not want to change that ever. I’ve even promised myself that I would be a leader, not a follower, and stay far away from online traveling trends that would warp my ability to offer my readers the very best & honest tips and insider reports.

Today, my advice to you is that we need to ignore what everyone is doing and achieving on instagram. Your life is about breaking your own limits and outgrowing yourself to live your best life. We (you) are not in competition with anyone else. I’ve learned long ago to outdo my past and not other people.

September is always like a new year for me and has more signification to me than January. I feel it’s the start of something new and fresh start. Maybe because summer break is always so rewarding by being away from some certain things. I am proud of my accomplishments, with TJD Consultancy and Travel For A Purpose and what Travel Junkie Diary stands for today. I hope I’ll always have the courage to live a life that’s true to who I am and not the life that others expect of me… So what is the key?

The key is… confidence. You don’t need to convince others because beautiful things don’t crave for attention. Confidence goes straight to the heart and it’s moving on to greater things. I had the chance to make every possible mistake and figure out a way to always recover from it. Once you realize that there is life after a mistake, you gain your confidence and that, never goes away.

And that, is my wish for you. 

Travel Junkie Diary

A bohemian traveler

18 comments

  1. Mytravellog says:

    This is so so true!! So well put!!

  2. Nagham al badawi says:

    Amazing article , i think it is my fav .. because i have the same ideas , i can see most of travel bloggers now they all are going to same places taking same shot so u could see 10 profiles for different people but same images , instagram become about taking photos with nice scene nice clothes !!! Stay as u r , u r great the way u r

  3. wilia says:

    you just express it beautifully and giving some inspiration. Great!

  4. Zigrid Trejo says:

    I just met you with this post and I just loved your words.

  5. Moush says:

    Aah’ i wish i read this before…beautiful & inspiring. Luv your work!

  6. rahmat says:

    very inspirational, thank you for sharing

  7. Bassi Hamid says:

    Genuine is the word to describe this post! Very well expressed, that’s exactly how I feel about travel and how it has changed through social media today yet I try ti hang on to what it means to me and how it always made me feel, doing my best to keep it from being tarnished by new definitions and trends. Thank you Michelle for the inspiration <3

  8. Chirine says:

    Love how genuine and true this article is Michelle. As I said before , you are an inspiration and example and I wish you constant success ❤️

  9. Sweta says:

    This article really spoke to me. For someone who is trying to break though the clutter in the travel space this really made me believe that what I’m doing is right. Thanks for this!

  10. Jasmine Rosa says:

    One of the best you have ever written. Thank you for always being honest and confident!

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