The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger; Travel Linkup

Sometimes being a travel blogger can be a real bitch.

I know I know, I can’t complain right? But with this month’s travel linkup themed around the outtakes of globetrotting, I couldn’t help but reflect upon the humorous yet unfortunate consequences of this supposedly perfect lifestyle.

So leave your jealousy to one side, gloat in smug glory and have a giggle at the perils and pitfalls that come hand in hand with being a travel blogger (and travelling with one)… accompanied by the photos I didn’t intend for you to see.

Note: Some of the below statements have been oh so slightly exaggerated purely for my (your) entertainment.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger
The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

 

The Photographer Squat

When you can envisage a perfect picture of those mountains with the glistening snow beneath them so have to squeeze those glutes and squat. Or when you have to bend over to capture those cocktails whilst in a glamorous dress and heels as the punters around you whisper ‘what the f*** is she doing?!’

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

The Melting Dessert

When you really want to capture that impressive structure of a dessert but the restaurant lighting is fluorescent yellow, there are thousands of napkins in the background and the ice cream is a melting time bomb.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

The Creep at the Pool

There’s nothing I dread more about doing a hotel review than the moment I have to sneak around in my bikini with my camera pointing at the pool whilst protective Dads and self-conscious women give me a death stare. I’M SORRY I REALLY AM.

The Restaurant Silent Shuffle

When you have to capture the ‘ambience’ of the restaurant without getting in the way of waiters or knocking over diner’s wine so silently creep through the restaurant… and then your flash goes off.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger
The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger
The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger
The Over Spender

I can budget all I want for a holiday but when I’m abroad I’m THE WORST person for shopping, ordering expensive cocktails and having the general attitude of ‘but I might never come here again!’ = spends way more than I wanted to.

The Unhappy yet Glamorous Looking Flyer

Before I became a blogger I would board a plane in my comfiest leggings/jumper combo without a scrap of makeup on my face. Now I have to find the perfect comfy yet presentable outfit and set my alarm those ten minutes earlier to ensure that I look reasonable enough for meeting PRs, facing Instagram stories and capturing those unplanned ‘thank god I put my makeup on’ shots.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

The Extra Baggage

I took two coats to Budapest for a 3 night trip. Not because I needed them, but because I didn’t want all my pictures to look exactly the same. What is my life.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger
The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger
The Wi-Fi Zombie

I post on Instagram about 2-3 times a day. That means that whenever I see ‘free Wi-Fi’ I suddenly become engrossed in the 5 minute process of transferring images to my phone, quickly editing and uploading with the perfect caption and hashtag combination. Then as soon as I’m finished I can guarantee I’ll tell my accompanying travellers to get off their phone.

The Fun Police

DON’T JUMP ON THE BED, DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING, DON’T YOU DARE EAT YOUR FOOD YET. Yep… fun police.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

When you trying to get an outfit pic and then your dog decides to do their business #bloglife

The Subconscious Who Won’t Shut Up

Since becoming a travel blogger I seem to have been invaded by a very demanding subconscious who is constantly asking me if I’ve taken enough pictures, if I’m going to stop and pose by that tree, if I’ve got time to quickly see that castle. Bitch shut up and let me enjoy my holiday.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

The ‘I Didn’t Get This For Free’ Rant

Just because you get a complimentary meal does not mean that it’s free. During each plate I am constantly thinking about how I can describe it later on and how I can creatively capture the next dish that’s placed in front of me. And that’s before we get to the good 3-5 hours of photo editing, writing and layout design that comes with each blog post.

The Travel Deals Slut

Coping with wanderlust whilst you’re not soaking up the sun abroad is definitely the hardest thing about being a travel blogger. I’m constantly flooded with last minute deals, cheap flights and discounted luxury packages that have me filling in details up until the pay now option every time.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

The Feeling like a Weirdo

Sometimes, I might take a picture of a lift button. Sometimes, I might take TEN pictures. Most people won’t actually ask what you’re doing but you will forever have that feeling that people are looking at you.

The Stingy Annual Leave-R

No matter how many times you ask I always have the same (if not less) annual leave than you. I’m just a pro at planning weekend trips, short breaks and making the most of my bank holidays. But it does mean I am SUPER stingy with my annual leave and I’m really sorry but I’m not going to give up one of my precious days for anything less than a bucket list destination.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

The post blog picture 'How the F did I even get here' manoeuvre 

The Detail Memory Loss

Trying to remember the name of your cocktail when you roll back into your hotel room three too many... speed noting down the facts the tour guide is reading from a scroll about the fascinating history of the ancient building you stand in… missing one of the ingredients from your description of your meal because you were too distracted to check what it was with your waiter.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

How the Fudge Am I Going to Blog About This?

Sometimes I’ll look back at my 956 pictures and just sit there staring wondering how on earth I’m going to A) narrow them down and B) write about the tourist surrounded statue that has been included in a dozen ‘top things to do in…’ posts already.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

 

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

Eppie does not like heavy backpacks. Full stop.

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

When you cry at the top of the Big Shot in Vegas....

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

Oh the shade of it all (if you get this reference we need to be friends).

Next time you’re perving over Instagram and sighing in envy at the image of a girl dreamily floating towards the glistening sea, just remember how god damn annoying it was for her to get that shot and feel free to laugh at her expense as you spend far longer relaxing and reading on that exact same beach.

If anything writing this post has made me chuckle and reminisce at some forgotten photos from far too long ago. Perhaps we should all just taking ourselves so seriously?

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

 

The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger
The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Travel Blogger

Pin for later!

Follow:

27 Comments

  1. 8th February 2017 / 10:18 pm

    I can totally relate to the photographer squat – in fact I’ve been know to lie down in puddles! My poor husband just pretends he doesn’t know me.

    • 9th February 2017 / 9:59 am

      Hahaha that is true commitment! Although I did do this the other day in the busiest part of London when it was hailing by the side of the road!

  2. 7th February 2017 / 7:35 pm

    Hahaha you were made to co-host this topic – absolutely fabulous post that had me chuckling away the whole way through!!

    Polly xx

    • 9th February 2017 / 10:00 am

      Thanks Polly! So glad it made you chuckle, I do like seeing the funny side of things 🙂 x

  3. 6th February 2017 / 3:03 pm

    I get the oddest looks around colleagues when I start taking random photos – they make me realise it is unusual to take such a lot, so much of the time!

    • 9th February 2017 / 10:01 am

      I know right! I always feel so conscious on a work trip or lunch that I can’t take so many pictures!

  4. 5th February 2017 / 7:14 pm

    Totes can relate to this, Eppie! Haha. You know even if it’s now normal, I’m still such a shy selfie person! And trust me – I still check-in luggage even for two-nighters (but I need my liquid face and body products!!!!)

    • 9th February 2017 / 10:02 am

      Haha so good to know! We’re all victims of these ‘problems’ 😉

  5. 5th February 2017 / 10:26 am

    Haha this is so relatable! 😛

    • 9th February 2017 / 10:04 am

      Haha thank you Aaron!

  6. 4th February 2017 / 12:05 am

    These are so great! I am super stingy with my annual leave as well (no I don’t want to take three days off to go somewhere within NZ to see the remaining members of a band that was cool 20 years ago), and a total overspender when I’m on holiday.

    • 9th February 2017 / 10:03 am

      Hahaha love that! Other people just don’t understand!

  7. 3rd February 2017 / 11:25 am

    The Stingy Annual Leave-R made me chuckle! I’ve been cursing at my friends sending me wedding invites for week days, I can’t be using my annual leave on these things haha xx

    • 3rd February 2017 / 11:36 am

      Weekday weddings are illegal 😉

  8. 1st February 2017 / 6:08 pm

    Haha I totally get the coat thing! Living in the Arctic, I basically have no choice other than to have wrap up warmly and even with two winter coats to choose from, I always fear that my pictures will all look the same! 😀

    • 1st February 2017 / 7:18 pm

      I’m so glad its not just me!

  9. 1st February 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Love this! ALL OF THESE!! I’m currently in the how the fudge do I narrow this down mode while looking at my Mexico photos!

    • 1st February 2017 / 7:17 pm

      Hahaha, its so tough. I’m also finding that I’ve deleted pictures that I may have needed in the future i.e. the blurry ones!

  10. 1st February 2017 / 10:27 am

    This is one of my fave topics for #travelinkup as its nice to know I’m not the only forgetful, clumsy travel blogger out there lol

    • 1st February 2017 / 11:53 am

      It’s honestly made my day reading everyone’s posts!

  11. 1st February 2017 / 10:14 am

    These photos are glorious. Also, on overpacking… I just experienced this with Prague…looking back on my photos (all in the same red coat, green scarf, blue hat) I’m like…it looks like I never changed clothes?? Going to have to get myself a blogger coat like you hahah!

    • 1st February 2017 / 11:49 am

      Haha well thank you. Yes! That’s my thoughts so I’m like screw it I’ll take two coats haha. The perils of cold weather.

    • 1st February 2017 / 11:50 am

      Hahaha thank you Emma!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *