A few months ago, I came across a post by an apparently popular 20-something travel blogger in which she wrote about the kinds of things she wants to read about in a travel blog. Hotel reviews were one thing she essentially labeled as trite (i.e. boring) and many people commenting concurred with her. I somewhat laughed at this since hotel reviews play a prominent role on my blog. But in terms of what is interesting and what isn’t, well, it all comes down to what your travel style is and even in a sense, your age. Here are mine:
I love big and flashy glossy photos. Nothing induces wanderlust in me quicker than seeing gorgeous photographs of far flung destinations I have spent all my life dreaming about. I admit, the photos are often one of the main reasons I will check out a blog post and I sometimes tend to gloss over the written content (bad, I know). I also love seeing photographs where the person was able to capture a unique detail or angle, especially one of a popular landmark like the Eiffel Tower or Angkor Wat. I try to achieve this myself but it’s still a major work in progress.
Traveling to a foreign country is one thing, living in a foreign country is an entirely different matter. While I haven’t been an expat in a very long time (sniff), I still love reading about others’ adventures abroad in their adopted countries, even if it does make me immensely jealous. Reading about someone’s escapades in Europe or Asia can get old really fast and honestly, sound like someone else’s. However, reading about their experiences as a “fish out of water,” that is an entirely different spectrum.
Food has become such a major part of my life, but especially in regards to travel. My recent trip to Miami Beach is testament to the fact that I will want to almost solely visit a destination for its food (and boy, did Miami not disappoint in that department). I will say that most travel bloggers who are canvassing the world are pretty open in the food department. And I love seeing this reflected in their writing. I’ve so loved the many posts I’ve seen bloggers do on street food from around the world. I also dig when travel bloggers get in touch with their culinary side and share recipes of things they’ve made.
Reviews-restaurant, hotel, attraction
Restaurant-I guess one of the major differences between me and some of the other bloggers I follow is that I’m not pinching pennies and I can dine out nightly at nice restaurants when I travel. I do love when travel bloggers (they’re generally older than me), talk about restaurants they’ve dined at. Nothing is better than a personal recommendation. And even though it may be from a cyber stranger, I’ve found that those people I have the most in common with are generally the ones I’ve never met in real life.
Hotel: Just as with restaurant reviews, I don’t stay at hostels or couchsurf. When I travel my accommodations are a big deal to me-if I’ve had a long or tiring day, I want to know I’m coming back to someplace good. So yes, I DO find hotel reviews extremely important and beneficial, especially since those on TripAdvisor are often full of malarky and ones in guidebooks tend to be too brief for my taste.
Attractions: No, I’m not talking about the Colosseum or the Great Wall of China. I’m referring to ones more off the beaten path, especially if they cost a bit more money and you want to know whether or not someone else who visited it thought it was worth it. To me, food tours are a perfect example of this particularly if it’s an area in which there are multiple tour outfitters to choose from.
I don’t care what the destination is or how old the blogger is, if there’s advice that could benefit me on a future trip, I want to hear it. I never would have made it through the Machu Picchu ticket booking nightmare without this excellent website I stumbled across. To me, this is one topic in which on a travel blog that there can never be enough of.
BORING/THINGS I’D SKIP
Posts on the “party scene”
I’m nearing 30. But even when I was in my early 20s, I couldn’t care a fig about the party scene regardless of the destination. So when bloggers go on about the nightlife here, how great the partying was, how cheap the beer and drinks were (along with pictures of the dozen random inebriated strangers they hung out with), I couldn’t care less. What I always find ironic is that these are the individuals who are so big on wanting to experience the destination, not being bogged down with lodging and food costs, and yet they spend how much on booze? Food for thought.
Posts on the quarter-life crisis
I get it, I truly do. I’ve had my own inner struggles over the years (and I still do) with feeling of discontent, sadness for things like my study abroad days being such a distant memory, wanting to do more. But I don’t feel like I need to blog about them…especially not all the time. To me, these types of posts just come across as whiny and so evocative of the millennial generation.
So this is what I find interesting and enjoy reading about on travel blogs…what about you?