I am, officially, a professional travel blogger.
I know this because of the check that comes every month from UpTake.com, a travel website that gets millions of visitors each and every month. I know this because of the posts I’ve written on UpTake about things to do in Orlando, surviving road trips, and really bad hotels. I blog about travel, professionally.
And yet I am not going to be blogging about my family’s extended travel around the United States on a travel blog.
Starting a travel blog would probably make it easier to get sponsorships for our trip. I could sell targeted ads to companies that cater specifically to travelers. Having a niche blog is, I know, the best way to make money blogging. I have gotten this advice from very smart, helpful, kind people. A lot. I have given this advice to other very smart, helpful, kind people. A lot.
But I’m still not starting a travel blog.
I’m going to write about the trip. I’m going to write about paying for the trip. I’m going to write about the places we see, just like I do whenever I travel (except, um, for that time I went to New York City in August 2010 and forgot to post a single picture about it). But I’m going to do it right here on my personal blog, just like I always have.
Because travel, to me, is personal.
Because this trip is personal.
Because travel should be shared beyond travel blogging circles.
Because this is a personal life blog and this trip is a personal life event.
Because, to be perfectly honest, I want regular people who aren’t professional travelers to be inspired to take a trip. Whether it’s a big trip or an overnight visit to a nearby town, I want to show people that normal people just like us can get out there and see the world. We can do it alone or with spouses and with kids. We can do it with a lot of money or with very, very little. We can do it when we’re young, old, or smack dab in the middle of our lives.
I know this is kind of a leap. There is a reason niches exist: because people want to know what they’re getting when they pull up a website. Want to talk about food? Go to a food blog. Want to talk about sewing? Go to a sewing blog. Want to talk about parenting? You get the picture.
But if you want to talk about life, particularly my life? Well, you can stay right here. And right here is where I’ll be blogging about travel.
Because travel doesn’t just belong to travel bloggers.