It has been two months since I last posted as I went on a hiatus of some kind from my blog. But I am back, motivated and re-energised! I’ve had quite a big break from blogging recently and there are a number of reasons for that. Firstly, a couple of weeks of barely functioning internet makes any internet related story telling, whether it’s through social media or blogging, very frustrating. Secondly, in the lead up to a big European trip I won’t lie, I was struggling to produce good content to post on my blog as tightly saving all my dollars for my trip made it difficult as I was distracted, stressed, and didn’t have a lot of spare change to day trip somewhere nearby for an experience to blog about. The main reason for my break however was that I just wasn’t feeling inspired or motivated. That’s the downside to being a student and scrupulously saving for a year for multi-week travel. In the end you’re going to feel burnt out and really ready for that break.
For me blogging about my travels is first and foremost a hobby. I have no real plans to monetize my blog. The purpose for me is to have a creative outlet to which I can share my travel experiences with an amazing online travel community. This is especially wonderful when all your friends and family get tired of hearing your travel stories because there’s someone online who is happy to indulge you. You know you need to recharge when it takes you too much energy to motivate you to pursue a hobby.
When I first arrived in Europe it took me a good few days before I could begin to unwind. The best thing I could do was to take the time to really enjoy my trip. Often on big trips like that, new experiences allow for a great deal of reflection on what really matters to you and what makes you happy. I realised that although I found it hard to be inspired enough to post on my blog (which was not a good sign), I remembered how much I do really enjoy to write on my blog.
Another benefit of my break was having some time off from social media. While I did post intermittently while I was away I had no real schedule I was sticking to. I think it is important to pull back from social media every now and then because it is very easy to get carried away with getting more followers or likes or comparing yourself to other people. A break is a great chance to get back in touch with reality and clear your head a bit. For me personally I found social media a blessing and a curse when I was planning my Europe trip because there are so much advice on the ‘must see’ things to do in every city that I was starting get some serious FOMO and anxious that I would ‘miss out’. Having a jam-packed schedule and high expectations for a destination is a great way to ruin your holiday so it is also the reason I took a step back. With article headlines being too tempting to refuse to click on the best thing to do in those situations is to do your research, pick the activities you really want to do that is reasonable in the time you have, and allow a little extra time for spontaneity. This could be in the form of going out with new friends or revisiting your favourite bar.
So now I am back from my much needed break. I’m excited to write about and share my stories on my blog (also a great post-holiday blues cure by the way) and most of all I am excited to have found the joy again in my hobby.