I’ll admit, I’ve never been the best at spending money on clothing and spending hours in a salon trying to get my look just right. If anything, spending that money has always been hard for me because I can very easily see it going to a plane ticket or to some books. However, I know that is not the case for many travel bloggers. In fact, I’ve noticed that the travel bloggers that tend to attract the most attention are the ones who manage to travel—and look fabulous doing it.
I began to look into what it was that they had that I, frankly, knew I did not have but wanted to know more about. First, they usually had a professional photographer follow them around. One of my favorite bloggers, Glo from The Blog Abroad, has had some gorgeous shots taken—but she had some help from a pro. Though I have a great camera and have been working on my pictures, there is no way on earth you could call me a professional, and I refuse to have a ton of photos taken of myself, I was surprised to learn this was such a trend.
These influencers look flawless, and I’ve been wondering what I’ve been doing wrong considering I usually look disgusting when I travel. I almost never wear makeup, and I discovered having short hair is the best thing I ever did when I adopted a more nomadic lifestyle. Much different than the influencers I’ve seen with their flowing hair and perfectly tan legs.
I’ve had a travel blog for three years now, and this one for a year. When I started The Wayfaring Voyager, I had to think about the image I wanted this blog to portray. Did I want to be the girl who touted a lifestyle that looked pretty much unattainable, or did I want to be honest and to share the challenges (and the triumphs) I’ve faced while traveling?
In the end, I decided what was more important was the journey than rather how I looked on my Instagram page. I started the site as a way to offer information to Generation-Y travelers and to serve as a way to continue traveling.
I don’t look good when I travel. But I have fun, and I’m not so worried about appealing to others who care about inauthentic travel. I’m definitely not an Instagram model or the most beautiful travel blogger, but I am passionate about the places I go. (And it saves time on the road—more time seeing the beautiful destinations and experiencing cultures!)