Questioning travel bloggers…

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Of all the situations that lead us to keep a diary – or write on a blog, travelling is one of the most attractive one, the most open one. The act of writing almost inevitably accompanies stimulating periods of life, those limited in time and space. Letters and postcards used to be the traces through which we tried to share our experiences with our loved ones. Now it is trough social media that we share hashtags with complete strangers.

Every travels are based on 3 stages :

1/ the dream which precedes it,

2/ its reality,

3/ the echo it leaves in us

Drawings, photographs, films, collected objects : so many exhibits that will help us, on our return, to remember this episode. And even if ordinarily we don’t keep a diary or write posts, we are suddenly seized, in this exceptional moment, by the desire to write: to punctuate a time that does not have the ordinary constraints of life, keep the freshness of the first sensations, already begin to reflect on what we have discovered and experienced.

I was navigating on the WordPress blogs the other day to collect posts about one particular destination I’m interested in. I guess in the case of blogs which aim is to share, posts should be a wealth of information. But quite unfortunately, it is too often more of a guideline to the areas worth a visit.

That made me consider my own travel posts. Why have I really written them? It seems my posts are as much letters to unknown readers as they are a personal travel journal to remember names and places. I hope the more I write, the more of a story I’ll be able to convey. And I dearly hope we’ll see less and less posts with titles like “15 must-see places in the world” which all look the same and are polluting the web a little bit…

In that way, here are some of the posts I’m happy with. It’s not always easy to find the good balance between the story you want to tell, the photos you want to share, the perception you want to put into words, the people you want to include…

Marseille and around

Food around the world

Tales from India

Introduction to Kyoto

A Parisian fix

“All night, after the exhausting games of canasta, we would look over the immense sea, full of white-flecked and green reflections, the two of us leaning side by side on the railing, each of us far away, flying in his own aircraft to the stratospheric regions of his own dreams. There we understood that our vocation, our true vocation, was to move for eternity along the roads and seas of the world. Always curious, looking into everything that came before our eyes, sniffing out each corner but only ever faintly–not setting down roots in any land or staying long enough to see the substratum of things the outer limits would suffice.” 
― Ernesto Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

Next month, we’ll be enjoying our 2020 family trip abroad : NYC for 7 days.

Text by Les French Chronicles Photography by Véro (@les_french_chronicles)

27 thoughts on “Questioning travel bloggers…

  1. Hi Vero. You’re so right about these travel blogs. I personally enjoy reading those that have a story behind them, which make them unique. For information about a travel destination I just go to Wikitravel and TripAdvisor. I am checking out the posts you’ve linked, of course I remember Kathmandu hehe 😀

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    1. Hi Pooja! TripAdvisor can be so handy I agree.
      I’ve been feeling quite frustrated with blogs lately. Mine included! The destination I was searching was the area around Menton in the South of France. But the more I searched, the more identical photos I found. We seem to all go to the same places, visit the same areas and photograph the same sites… And I plead guilty too obviously.
      I have been wondering why I really keep on blogging and I need to choose if I do it for me or for others to read. I’ll never become an influencer or big blogger…
      Just like most of us, I probably had dreams of being contacted by a hotel or a tourism agency to be offered a free opportunity to test a product and post a review. At least at the beginning. But now, several years later, what’s the point I wonder.
      Thanks again for your comments. You belong to the small community who drop by regularly and I enjoy immensely the intaraction 🌸.

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  2. I just search on google and read what comes up.. usually I find one or 2 factual ones that help me with preparations.. Photographs attract me first but for the rest I just want to know getting there and ways to travel once I’m there.. I try not to live someone else’s travel dream.. 😉

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    1. I do the same. I usually search for tips really.
      The problem concerns the mainstream destinations. It seems the most “common” the destination, the less personal it is. Maybe because we are feeling so conditioned by what we’ve seen on blogs and social media. Maybe we loose the curiosity… Actually I say “we”, because it shouldn’t generalize!

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  3. I definitely agree with you on “travel blogs,” i.e. the ones which just seem to be guidebooks and nothing really about the sentiments that the traveler himself felt while visiting the places. Unless you intend for the blog to be strictly a guidebook, expressing some sort of feelings from the trip would make it more relatable to readers themselves. So awesome you’re going to New York this year; enjoy your time in my home country! 🙂

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    1. Yes I can’t wait to see NYC during the winter – although to be honest with you I’m a little stressed by the situation with Iran at the moment. Our hotel is right by the WTC which reminds tragic events of the past…
      Back to a lighter subject… I’m glad I’ve always been able to share with you details of our own travels. Curiosity is a must for a traveller. And the pleasure of sharing too – especially if you’re a blogger!

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    1. Merci, c’est une de mes villes favorites aussi. Et avec un peu de chance, nous aurons un peu de neige… Mais dans la limite du raisonnable ce serait bien!

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  4. I cannot wait to read about your trip to NYC!! I try my best to put a personal touch to my travel posts, but it is HARD for me! I mostly post about places we go mostly to hope to inspire people to get out and do. AND to document what we did because I get sooo many questions about trips we take. I am getting old (haha) and can’t remember it all. If you posted 10 things to do in Paris, I would totally do them because I know you and trust your taste and views of things 🙂


    1. That’s the nicest comment possible! You’re boosting my confidence.
      As for your own travel diaries, be assured you’re doing a great job. First of all because your destinations are unique. And also, if I were living in your area, I’d totally be inspired by your treks. And I like the fact you’re pointing out your trips are not super planned challenges.

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      1. Happy you did too. If you ever have questions about trips in France, don’t hesitate to contact me. I love sharing ⭐️.


      2. I went to check your posts about Paris. Unfortunatelly i can’t seem to be able to “follow” your blog through my reader page and I can’t “like” your posts either 🥴 (the page refreshes and my like isn’t taken into account…).


  5. Hello Vero, I enjoyed your post and I agree with you. I think a lot of the time bloggers are encouraged by “researched information” out there to maintain a certain style of blogging to keep the reader’s attention. For example, before starting my blog most of the research I did regarding being a blogger suggested that lists work better in posts (e.g. The 10 things you must do in Italy). Apparently this is because the majority of people nowadays have a short attention span, so, they tend to read more blog posts that are short, sweet, to the point and in lists.

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  6. Hi Véro, I really like your thoughts here. As I settle down and am not able to visit as many cool places, I’m thinking a lot about story as well. It’s not as easy as snapping some pictures in a “sexy” destination, because, well, I won’t be going anywhere anyway! So how do we find the story, either in the places we visit or right where we are?

    I want whatever I write to have some lasting value, and I think those “15 Things” posts generally don’t have too much soul. They may grab our attention, but do they really make us stop and consider, well, anything? I agree with you about the “pollution”!


    1. I’m sure you’ll find a new direction to give to your craving for writing and telling stories. Your life as an expat gives you a unique point of view. No… It’s not as easy as snapping some pictures in a “sexy” destination, but it will be so much more interesting and different.
      I wish too I could travel more, but we’re not all free twenty-something influencers with all expenses paid for, right?!


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