It’s the travel blogger’s dilemma: How do you take a real vacation when being on vacation is your job?
Kiersten Rich, creator of The Blonde Abroad, a “solo female lifestyle and travel blog,” explained that challenge and revealed even more behind-the-scenes truths in a new feature for The New York Times.
“I’m hoping to take the rest of the year off; that’s my goal — to say no,” Rich told the Times. “But I think we already booked something again in December. That’s how it always goes.”
Meanwhile, Liz Carlson, founder of the 5-year-old blog Young Adventuress, added that she hadn’t had a real vacation in nearly four years. “It’s pretty easy to almost start to hate it,” she said.
Yes, traveling the world and snapping glamorous photos of yourself and your journeys sounds like everyone’s dream gig, but the work, and sheer amount of time it takes, can be daunting.
“It’s not always sunshine, rainbows, and awesome Instagram pictures, at least not for me anyway. Sometimes I don’t realize that I only show the “pretty side” of traveling and being a travel blogger, without showing what it really takes just to get there. People think that being a travel blogger is like the ultimate, mystical dream job that we’re just really lucky to have gotten, because in all honesty, that’s how most of us make it look,” Alyssa Ramos wrote in a 2016 blog post for the Huffington Post.
Ramos and the other women explained the vicious cycle of plane rides, living out of a suitcase, endlessly looking at a computer screen, editing their photos, and chasing the almighty “like” day in and day out.
Even tougher is battling their way through an incredibly saturated market. As The New York Times reported, a search for #travelblog on Instagram nets more than 5.7 million results.
Even with these pitfalls considered, travel blogging is still the adventure of a lifetime where you get to be your own boss, set your own hours, and see the world, so we won’t weep for too long for those living the social media high life.