When I decided to start a travel blog, I read a lot of articles and recommendations. All of them encouraged to focus on a niche but, of course, at the beginning nobody knows what they want to focus on. I was an architect by that time and wanted to change my carrier because I didn’t feel fulfilled at all. However, I felt unsure about the new travel writing career and didn’t know if it would work. Who knows that after all?! Then, when I complained that I wasn’t sure if it was a good thing what I was doing (changing my career), someone asked me:
‘When and where do you feel authentic?’
‘When I travel and explore small hill towns with narrow cobblestone streets’, was my quick answer. That moment I knew that I was not going to give up too soon. When you have this gift in you, you cannot give up, because it will still be there for the rest of your life. You can ignore it, but you cannot make it go away. It will stay there forever, it depends on you how you emphasize and polish it.
I had no idea how to start a travel blog and for a long time, I wrote random posts. But it was not what I wanted. It wasn’t resonating with me. There are tons of travel blogs out there that focus on engaging SEO-friendly titles. The X Things to Do in Y Country. I didn’t want my blog to be full of such things. I consider that traveling means more than that. It took me a long time to figure out how I want to organize my articles, what I want to write about. Step by step, I started to write photo journals and how I planned my trips. Then I started to write for various magazines and built my portfolio. When I had enough material to showcase, I realized that my website is also going to be my visit card as a travel writer and tour guide – an imprint of who I am as a person and what I have to offer to this world.
Bringing this website where it is now has been a long process (four years more exactly). Even if I have a small range of travel articles, I have decided to keep them online because I have worked a lot on them (you know, I am not a native English speaker). The process of creating this website as it is can be compared to a journey. What it’s important in the end is where I am now and that I feel more fulfilled and more authentic. It is only a stage of this site and who knows what will happen to it in the future. This is why it is called Authentic Travels. Because when I travel, I only do it in my own way and at my own pace. And because to get to the present form of this website, I have engaged in a long transformational process, which has brought me where I am.
Authentic Travels is part of the GoTravelBlogs group – a website featuring a great selection of travel blogs from around the world, tourism authorities, and travel guides.