how to: blogging while travelling

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Being able to travel as often as I do is an amazing privilege. I have the funds, right partner in life and confidence to step into the unknown regularly.

So when I'm in a new place I don't want to take it for granted and miss anything because I've got my eyes glued to a laptop. I choose to have a actual travel experience instead - as it's pretty hard to write about something you haven't being paying attention to.

So without further ado - here are my top tips for blogging while travelling...

  1. I don't like to carry much when I'm out and about.
    The less you lug around the more flexible you can be. I hate being weighed down with lots of stuff while travelling, stuff just makes me tired. So the most I'll ever carry on me is my wallet, phone, keys, camera and jacket/sunnies/hat/gloves (weather dependant).

  2. Just my camera and me.
    I take photos of everything. Not just the 'time consuming, planned compositions, national geographic-quality' photos you see regularly on somewhere... beyond the sea, but also info signs, plaques, menus, street signs. Anything with information on that I can reference later to make my writing process quicker.

  3. And a cute notebook and pen for when I get back to my bed.
    Before laying my head down to sleep I jot down notes from the day - thoughts, observations, feelings, people I met, things I saw, and highlights I want to remember. At this stage everything is still fresh enough in my mind to capture in words.

  4. Travel notebooks by kikki.k
    travel notebooks - a gift from my Mum

  5. If I get an idea, or hear a line I absolutely want to remember word-for-word I record it on my phone.
  6. Just a simple notes app does the trick.

  7. Plus I keep all the bits and pieces that I gather while out and about.
  8. Ticket stubs, maps, info leaflets and business cards are a great memory jogger when writing a blog post later.

  9. Take note of the quirks.
  10. What's the one thing you notice that you've never seen before anywhere else that makes this place special?

  11. Remember your senses.
  12. I take mental-notes on what I'm seeing, smelling, eating, hearing, touching... for me to write down later (see tip #3).

  13. And lastly, have fun.
  14. Travel is the best thing ever!

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18 comments

  1. Great tips! When I travel I always write down everything about my day either that night or the next morning, makes it a great way to remember and I love reading back over my trip and remembering all the little things.

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    1. Thanks Kiki :) Me too - it's so nice to look back and read old notes and blog posts!

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  2. These are fantastic tips and reminders! I need to be more diligent about #7, jotting down what my senses are experiencing. Even if it's just single words to jog my memory later. I also take pictures of everything such as signs and menus, it's very helpful later.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Daidri, and glad you found the post helpful. I find it far too easy to get swept up in the moment sometimes that I completely forget myself too.

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  3. I'm so excited to follow along your blog :)

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    1. Owww, thanks Jules :) Heading over to check yours out now!

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  4. Good tips, I also write notes on my iPhone notepad - so useful!

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. You too! As always thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. Great tips - I also hate hauling around too much stuff, really slows me down and also tires me out so quickly! And I also write everything down and collect things - not just for blogging but for the fun and the memories!

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    1. Yeah... I like to buy a postcard everything I go away. Have boxes of them!

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  6. Fab tips. I use my iPhone note pad too - reduces how much you have to carry around.

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    1. Thanks Holly. Thank goodness for digital tools huh :)

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  7. These are great tips! I take so many photos too of signs and everything else. I need to work on taking more quality photos of food, hotels, and restaurants.

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    1. Hope you found them helpful Elizabeth. Good luck with your photography.

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  8. Fabulous tips - we love getting lost as well and always wander, ending quite lost which is where we often find the most beauty.

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    1. Completely agree Emma. Getting lost is often when the real adventure begins!

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  9. I totally agree! Traveling IS the best thing ever! I love those cute travel notebooks! Brilliant idea!

    I am also taking pictures of all information boards etc. to keep my memory fresh. What I also like doing is speaking to locals to get to know the destination better. They often provide unique information that I can use for my blog.

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  10. I agree! Especially point 4 and 7. I try to capture as much as i can, past just pictures, so i can revisit the exact moment when I want to! :)
    Being able to capture your thoughts, emotions and reactions is also a really good thing! :)

    x, carina
    Running White Horses

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