From the moment we began walking the earth, we found ways to record our experiences and explain the world around us. Be it through cave paintings, stone carvings or the printed word, we’re experts at describing our surroundings.
Sharing Our World
With the advent of live documentaries, Internet and social media, we now share our worlds with each other more than ever. We also move further than our cave, our community and even our continent. We’ve become part of global groups, multiple groups and even virtual communities.
Strange then, that travel blogging is often considered a hindrance to more spontaneous wandering. Which came first: Roaming the earth or our innate urge to record it? It’s a case of the chicken and the egg.
The way I travel has certainly changed for the better since I started The Long Way Home. My curiosity for other cultures, languages and landscapes has grown tenfold and arguably, I’ve become a more understanding, tolerant visitor. I research more thoroughly, engage more with locals and put more effort into discovering what makes a country tick.
It’s For The Blog
I’m so absorbed in each destination I visit that family, friends and fellow travellers can become annoyed with my behaviour: I linger to take a photo, revisit a point of interest several times and spend precious time making notes in hostels and hotels. I’m the first to admit that this might make me less fun as a travel companion!
My response to their grumbles is often “It’s for the blog” and this seems like the simplest excuse. Of course, the life I lead and my passion for travel isn’t just for the virtual world. It’s mostly for my sheer enjoyment and The Long Way Home is a large part of that. More worrying perhaps is why I feel the need to justify the way I travel at all.
A Proud Travel Blogger
Analysing, cataloguing and sharing our experiences, not only enhances the way we explore, but can help us learn more about the globe. At worst, we inspire someone to take a holiday somewhere new. At best, we teach people about the benefits of cultural diversity, gradually breaking down barriers and prejudices.
Instead of trying to excuse and justify the recording of our adventures, our travel blogging community should feel proud. We’re part of a virtual team of wanderers that inspire, teach and at the very least, showcase our adventures to others in a positive way.
From cave to community to continent and even to outer space, we will always seek to explain our surroundings, and in 2015, we’ve found more ways than ever before to share our fascinating little worlds.