Questioning travel bloggers…

Published on this blog exactly one year ago was the following post:

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)

This is quite amazing that this post is only one year old. We have all felt so frustrated to be stuck in our own countries and deprived of the freedom to travel if we wanted to that it makes my piece very “vintage”! I guess the pandemic situation we’ve have to deal with in 2020 makes me want to highlight in bright yellow this sentence:

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 can’t help but wonder if the blogging scene will mutate once we can go back to some sort of normality.

More than ever, it appears vital to create a bubble in my life and turn the new year into an opportunity to fill my days with sparkles and sunny personalities, and special moments, and meaningful simple pleasures. Hopefully, little trips or getaways will add a little je ne sais quoi to the ordinary constraints of life too!

I wish you the same and hope 2021 will show you the way to enchanting your daily routine and keeping it under a spell.

To a magical 2021 – surely, we’re gonna need a bit of abracadabra…!

Unexpected waves in Marseille last week

13 thoughts on “Questioning travel bloggers…

    1. We’ve all missed inspiration but wanted badly to share photos of our trips and ended up writing that sort of “top 15 things to do” posts. You’re right, travel guides are much more handy for traditional infos. Hopefully, the pandemic will make the travel blogs change a little and make the shitty promotional ones disappear!! 😉

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  1. I admit I’ve fallen into the occasional “guide posts” or listicles through my travel blog over the years. I liken them to “filler posts,” as I cannot always write about my destinations at the risk of exhausting them sooner than later. But I think if you inject a bit of your personality and preferences/recommendations into such posts, I believe it makes the concept of “guide posts” redeemable and worth continuing to write and share. After all, I’ve done so with my “72 Hours In…” series, as well as “Top 10 Dishes/Places/Sunsets…” in which I share my favorites in an otherwise-generic post, to inspire one to try and go experience such things someday.

    One thing I’m definitely lessening, though, is my daily Instagram posts. It first started out as a challenge when I still lived abroad in France and was traveling a ton to merit enough photos to post for each day of the year. Since returning to LA and not traveling, I’ve had less of a reason to continue with it. I’ll still post, but not daily, in order to slow down and make each publication a quality one. That can also apply to blog posts. Quality over quantity, that’s for sure!

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    1. You certainly manage to insert your personality and special touch in everything you post.
      I didn’t know you were on Instagram. Here, I’ve just found you. The good thing about Insta to me, is the freedom it gives you to collect just a shot of a special moment. You don’t necessarily need a text. I use it like that. to collect “flashes”!!

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