It was mid-December of 2015. I was on winter break from school and just weeks away from traveling to Thailand, a place that had been at the top of my bucket list for years. At that time, which was after my first semester of junior year, reality started to hit me. I was two semesters away from graduating college and I felt like something was missing. I wanted to have something for myself and for my potential employers that showed I was passionate about traveling and brave enough to start something big from scratch.
I’m lucky enough to have already traveled to many incredible places at a young age and quite frankly, starting a travel blog was a perfect way to develop some skills needed in my career. As a Public Relations and Advertising major, content creation, writing, communication, and storytelling are essential to be successful in the field. I realized back in December that I was already doing what I loved by traveling, but that there was room for other great opportunities by starting a blog.
To be quite honest, starting a blog sounded like a lot of work. I knew if I started one, then I would have even more on my plate. I was trying to focus on graduating early (which I am) and starting the blog would take up a lot of my time. So, I started an Instagram account instead. I chose my name, had my brother design a logo for me, and voilà. Just like that I had a brand and became an anonymous traveler on Instagram.
I decided early on when I was brainstorming the whole page that I didn’t want to share pictures of myself. At least not many. I figured that if I started the Instagram account to share travel destinations from around the world, then having a picture of me doing some awkward pose wouldn’t benefit my brand. I knew I wanted the page to look professional. Something other travelers could rely on for travel inspiration and tips.
Four months later and my Instagram account has reached over 1,040 followers. My pictures and tips have been featured on several reputable Instagram pages. Bloggers, business owners, and fellow travel lovers have contacted me for blogger collaborations, more information on travel destinations, and even business opportunities. I got an internship at a Travel PR agency and was asked to be a guest writer for an up-and-coming travel website. It’s crazy to think I started this without knowing what would become of it.
I might not exactly have a great reason for starting a blog, but all I can say is that I’m very glad I did. Before I Sleep Travel has allowed me to make valuable connections and opened up the doors for many opportunities in the future. If you’re at that point in your life where a quarter-life crisis strikes (yes, they’re a real thing) and you feel the pressure of becoming a successful adult, I highly suggest taking on a new challenge. Something that you already love doing but could do 10x better if you develop it into something bigger. It might seem scary at first (like starting a blog) and it may be time-consuming. But you will:
a) become more passionate
b) connect with people who share similar interests
c) add something valuable to your resume
d) actually show potential employers that you’re hardworking and dedicated
e) develop your writing skills
and best for last:
f) learn. I’ve learned so much about the places I visit because of my blog. I’m much more attentive to my travel guides and a lot more curious about the history and cultures of the places I see.
I’ve learned so much about the places I visit because of my blog. I’m much more attentive to my travel guides and a lot more curious about the history and cultures of the places I see.
I could go on for the rest of the alphabet and give you more reasons to start a blog, but I think those 6 reasons are strong enough. If they aren’t, then check out Becoming Minimalist’s 15 reasons why you should start a blog 15 reasons why you should start a blog and Life Hack’s 12 reasons. There’re so many reasons out there, just do it!
If you already have a blog, leave the link to it in the comments section down below! I’d love to check it out.