Lots of people travel. Social media heaves with the evidence…don’t forget the cute captions.
I’m guilty of social media dribble sometimes.
I prefer to travel less mainstream, less sponsored, and less timetabled. I could write a travel blog about where I’ve been, but travel blogs have been flogged to death. Google just about anywhere and Tripadvisor or Lonely Planet or News.com.au travel section etc, etc, have it covered. The massive media conglomerations fight to control the market…to suck up all your views and clicks as best they can…like Facebook. At least for now, that’s not me.
I’m an average dad with a below average budget.
I’ve run camping stores for over ten years and collected heaps of gear (most of it is now held together with duct tape – retail doesn’t pay well) so I know that millions of people never get much of a chance…or the money…or even have the inclination to explore the wild blue yonder outside the urban boundaries. For most of them it’s not this airbrushed boutique camping photo opportunity either, they do it on the cheap. Their airbeds deflate, the chairs break, and the rain…just rains. Why do they do it? Maybe because money just can’t buy experiences. Yes…you do need money to go skydiving…agreed, but what does skydiving do? Exhilaration? Adrenalin? Excitement? What do we feel? My view is that a writer should attempt to get at the heart of what the experience is about for them, and make that relatable to someone else.
My voice is obviously different.
Too much style is just lifted from marketing blurbs. I hate that. I try not to talk about the ‘delightful markets’ or the ‘wonderful gardens’. I won’t talk about the ‘great team’, or the ‘lovely’ or ‘informative’ display.
I reckon you’ll like my down-to-earth, simple, and expressive reporting on places to go, things to do, opinions, and observations. Subscribe by email, like my Facebook and Insta…and stay tuned.