All about travel bloggers

Dhaka,  Sun,  25 June 2017
Published : 15 May 2017, 12:54:30 | Updated : 15 May 2017, 13:11:19
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All about travel bloggers

While the life of a travel blogger may seem idyllic, it's not all sun, sangria and sea, as four Irish women have revealed, according to global media report.

The term "travel blogger" may not have existed even a decade ago, but now you can't scroll through Instagram at any given hour without seeing someone's perfectly poised leg stretched over a sun-lounger with an exotic cocktail in hand and the sun setting in the background.

The difference between these photos and snaps from the two weeks of annual holiday you take to the Canaries each year is simple: these glamorous women and men get paid to soak up the sun and see the sights of the world.

Along with the rise of beauty, fashion and food blogging came their worldly sister: travel blogging. Paid-for flights and accommodation in jaw-dropping locations  in exchange for social media exposure and reviews has become the source of income for a niche group of self-employed writers around the world - and we all want to be them.

However, just as we know that social media shows us the highlight reel of people's lives, so does travel blogging. Behind the lust-worthy locations and dreamy trips is long hours, delayed flights and a host of other problems lurking in the shadows of the scorching sun.

Nadia El Ferdaoussi was working as a beauty editor for a magazine when she went on a press trip in place of her editor, leading her to landing freelance work and then creating her own website, thedailyself.me.

Now, Nadia has just returned from Marrakesh and is heading to London. While it may be surprising, Nadia told Independent.ie that despite her line of work, she isn't on a constant holiday.

"Obviously, work and holidays are two very different things. We never switch off, I'm constantly trying to find shade so I can work on my laptop, look for wifi to upload blog posts, take and edit photos. It's not as though we're lounging by the pool cocktail-in-hand all day (although I will admit there's an element of that, I'll take those perks!), that's what holidays are for.

Janet Newenham, from journalistontherun.com, agrees that being a travel blogger means she's "switched on" 24/7.

"The biggest misconception is that many people think I'm on holidays 365 days a year, lying in a hammock sipping on a cold coconut cocktail. While I do get to travel to some of the world's most stunning travel destinations, in reality I am always switched on and working. From getting up at sunrise for photoshoots, to editing photos and crafting social media posts throughout the day to doing interviews with locals, filming and editing video and of course writing up all my articles - there is hardly ever down time.

- SZ

 
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