celebrating women travel bloggers

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the women in our world and also remember that for so many every day life is struggle just because they are women.

The theme this year is #BeBoldForChange share the hashtag and see what’s going on where you live.

Social media has been empowering for many women, communication is something we’ve always been good at. Today many work and may no longer gossip over the fence with their neighbours or twitch the net curtains but they do have Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Women in war zones have smart mobiles, the uprising in Egypt was tweeted by us.

For many of those women on social media equality is still something to strive for. Equal pay for equal work is still not in place for the majority of us.

There are many who’s rights are not important when it comes to the their reproductive health or the the choices they make.

A woman’s choice of headwear has been taken as a symbol of hatred. When women choose to cover and be modest they are looked at as terrorists. Women’s bodies are used to sell everything from toothpaste to holidays in the most demeaning ways. Yet if they are raped they will be told they deserved it for wearing the short skirt or a tight top.

Many women are bloggers and a lot of women read blogs. A group of women that I’m linked to are also travel bloggers. For today I wanted to celebrate a few of them and also ask them to give advice to any woman out there who wants to get into travel blogging.

Alaska Rue

Alaska Rue

Alaska Rue

I was born in Singapore, but I’ve lived my life split between two continents and four countries–Singapore, the USA, Canada and Malaysia.

I currently live in Toronto, Canada.

What does it take to be a female travel blogger today?

It’s 2017, ladies! To be a female travel blogger today, all you have to do is start.

But the successful female travel bloggers are the ones constantly and consistently pushing the envelope. They’re the ones who aren’t afraid to pen the truth, expose their hearts, get criticized every once (or three million times) in a while.

To be a female travel blogger today, you need to have thick skin. I didn’t realize it for the longest time but, on so many occasions, I’ve been made to feel too afraid to voice my opinions as a woman. I’ve felt judged more harshly because I am a woman (and not just by men, but other women as well). I’ve felt, at times, like I was imposing myself too much on others, just by occupying the little space that I do in this world. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve felt like I needed to apologize for daring to speak my thoughts or, worse, even having these thoughts in the first place.

Luckily, times are a’changing – women’s intrinsic and unique strengths are becoming more and more recognized every day. But we can’t just expect to create a more accepting, loving environment by encouraging others to speak – we also need to speak up for ourselves.

That’s why I am so proud to be a female travel blogger in 2017! Not only does it give me a platform to fearlessly speak my opinions – it is also a passion-filled documentation of all the opportunities I get to enjoy now because of how far the fight for women’s rights has come in the last century. With my very own blog, I have my own agency; no one can tell me what or what not to write.

Being a female travel blogger in 2017 takes grit. We continue to carry the torch by talking about subjects we feel dearly about, no matter how controversial they are. Your voice is what makes your blog unique. Leverage that. In 2017, we need more and more women fearlessly speaking up. We should not be needlessly apologizing for our thoughts and feelings.

Instead of whispering into the din, let’s shout until we bring the roof down. Speak up. Say what you mean, and mean what you say. Never have I been more proud to be a female travel blogger.

What’s the favourite place you’ve travelled to?

Too many favourite places to count! I absolutely love Death Valley National Park, in the USA, and really enjoy scuba diving in Thailand, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries. I feel like my greatest affinity is to the north though, so the Canadian territories are also high on my list.

Where are you going next?

I plan on staying in Canada until January 2018 (although where in Canada is still a mystery. Would like to spend some time in Churchill, Manitoba, and Yellowknife, the Northwest Territories, this coming winter though). After that, it’s an open book! The Mongol Rally is definitely in my plans for summer 2018; around that, I’m thinking of either going back to Southeast Asia or hopping over to the Caribbean for the first time.

You can follow Alaska’s adventure on her blog My Dot on the Map and over on Facebook.

kelly duhigg

Kelly Duhigg

Kelly Duhigg

I currently live in White Plains, New York and am originally from Scarsdale just down the road.

What does it take to be a female travel blogger to today?

To be a female travel blogger, you have to have a passion for it, You have to love what you do with every fiber of your being because if you don’t your never going to follow through with it. Because let’s face it, travel blogging is difficult!

You have to figure out how to stand out from a crowd of thousands of other travel bloggers. And I didn’t realize this when I started my blogging journey. I literally thought followers would just drop out of the sky and that I would get a million followers in a week. Boy was I wrong.

That’s okay, because the hard makes it challenging. The hard makes me want to fight and prove to myself that yes, I can do this. The hard pushes me towards creativity, as I develop new and innovative ways to market my blog. I am also forced to try and create unique articles that appeal to my audience and capture their attention.

The hard is what makes blogging so rewarding because when you finally do succeed, it is a well-earned accomplishment; forever reminding you that female travel blogging is exactly what you always wanted to do.

What’s the favourite place you’ve travelled to?

The Galapagos Islands

Where are you going next?

Norway

You can follow Kelly’s adventures on her blog The Girl with the Passport and over on Instagram @kellyduhigg.

Lauren at Nevado de Toluca

Lauren at Nevado de Toluca

Lauren Cocking

Lauren is original from Huddersfield in the U.K. and is currently living in Mexico City, Mexico.

What does it take to be a female travel blogger today?

If you’re not dedicated, then you won’t get very far as a travel blogger.

In order to make your blog a great resource for other travellers, you need to be willing to put in the work to write well-researched and engaging pieces, you need to constantly be looking for that next great coffee shop or street art snap and you can never fully switch off.

At least that’s how it is for me anyway – I’m constantly mulling over my next piece, my next angle, my next step to keep growing and improving on what I already have.

You also need to be dedicated when it comes to the non-writing side of blogging too, because figuring out SEO, operating multiple social medias and still managing to hold down a job, a social life and some kind of vague sleep schedule is no mean feat.

In short, there’s no half-hearting it when you’re a travel blogger.

What’s the favourite place you’ve travelled to?

I really love Mexico, obviously, but I also had a great trip when I went to Porto, Portugal with my friends to celebrate the end of our final year university exams. It’s picturesque, affordable and massively underrated!

Where are you going next?

Aside from weekend trips to various places in Mexico (I’m heading to Monterrey, Chiapas and Campeche in the next few months), I’ll be going to Colombia in September.

You can follow Lauren’s adventures and her latest piece about Porto at Northern Lauren and over on Facebook

Elenor in Jordan

Elenor in Jordan

Elena Sergeeva

Originally from Russia, she now calls Athens in Greece her home.

What does it take to be a female travel blogger today?

There are many great female travel bloggers around the world who have been working hard over the years to create their personal brand.

Like with anything else, blogging is not an overnight success, on the contrary it takes a lot of effort, personal sacrifices and determination in order to get your blog to a professional level.

I am sure that all the travel bloggers who have been around for some time will agree with this. Travel blogging requires full time commitment and a lot of passion, because if you do not believe in what you do and if you are not 100% committed you will not survive.

If you are thinking of embarking on the journey of travel blogging — get ready to spend endless hours bonding with your laptop, be creative and above all real.

People are looking to connect on an emotional level and to relate to the person behind the screen.

What’s the favourite place you’ve travelled to?

I think that every place is special but one of the recent countries which I have been to that tops my list of favourite places is Jordan.

Where are you going next?

Poland and Dubai

You can follow Elena’s adventures on her blog Passion for Hospitality and over on Instagram @elenaserg.

Amanda Cox reading - Cartagena, Colombia (2016)

Amanda Cox reading – Cartagena, Colombia (2016)

Amanda Cox

Originally from Ottawa, Canada and currently calling Sucre, Bolivia my home base

What does it take to be a female travel blogger today?

Write About What You Love!

There’s so much competition in the “Female Travel Blogger” space that it’s easy to feel like you need to keep up.

If everyone’s writing about museums in Europe, beaches in Thailand, and climbing Machu Picchu, then you need to write about that too, right?

Wrong! Your blog is all about you, and what you’re interested in. If you try to write about what you think other people are going to love, you’re probably going to get burnt out and stop writing.

Instead, think about what makes you happy, or curious, or excited.

Choose a niche that you can think of a million things to write about without getting bored.

I love learning about different cultures, “developing countries”, human rights, and international development issues – so that’s what my blog is all about! It may not be the most popular category of “travel blog” in the world, but it’s likely that there are at least a few people around the world who are interested in the same

What’s the favourite place you’ve travelled to?

Favourite place in the world? Wow, that’s tough! I guess I would have to say… Ottawa, Canada because, no matter where else I travel to, I always consider it my home town and keep coming back (even though my family has all moved away). If you’re looking for a more exotic place I would say Italy because there’s a bit of something for every occasion (history, great food, beautiful views, and gelato!).

Where are you going next?

Hoping to visit San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in the next few months (my mom is retired and living there – huge expat artist community).

You can follow Amanda’s adventures on her blog Amanda Around the World and over on Instagram @amanda.around.the.world

Karen's Amsterdam

Karen’s Amsterdam

Karen Alexis

Started out life in New York City, USA and now calls Amsterdam, in the Netherlands home

What does it take to be a female travel blogger today?

I only started my travel blog last year. I’ve been shocked by the number of people that have read my advice about my hometown of New York City in addition to the number of people who enjoy my posts on social media in the past year.  It’s amazing to help fellow travellers as well as inspire them to travel more.

I think all you need is a unique perspective, a willingness to share your experiences/advice, and a careful eye for detail.

Although people read blogs for someone’s personality, I personally believe providing rich advice grounded in your own experiences and focusing on the area you live is an easy way to get started with travel blogging while quickly finding an engaged audience.

A local’s perspective is always something that travellers love to read before a trip and most bloggers that I know get the most page views on posts about the cities they know best.

Otherwise, I think it’s important to write posts that stand out for being unique.

Instead of writing a top 10 post about a city that many people have visited, write about your unique experiences in a place while traveling and/or inspire others to visit a place with your photography.

Travel blogging is not a one-size fit all success story, but since there are so many blogs out there, you need to make your blog shine. Be yourself, don’t forget to take photos, and be sure to join blogging groups (like Female Travel Bloggers) to connect with other female travel bloggers!

What’s the favourite place you’ve travelled to?

Kosovo

Where are you going next?

Romania

You can follow Karen’s adventures on her blog Wanderlustingk and over on Instagram @wanderlustingk

celeste tat

Celeste

Celeste Tat

Of Dutch/Italian descent Celeste was born and raised in the Netherlands, lived on the island of Crete and now Athens is home. She successfully combines her family and children with her travel and blogging.

What does it take to be a female travel blogger today?

I believe it takes the same things that apply for success in any other business for women.

We have to create our own success. We must all be entrepreneurs. Whether as a Travel Blogger or in the corporate world, each of us must be responsible for our success, champions of our ideas and architects of our careers.

In my case, finding myself without work in a crises troubled country with no job prospects and the care of two young children, I realized it was crucial to create my own project.

I would add that there are 3 qualities that are crucial:

  1. A refusal to quit when things get tough
  2. Networking, networking, networking and
  3. Having a thick skin.

From a practical point of view, there are some hurdles for female travel bloggers. In my case being a family travel blogger traveling alone with two young kids, I find myself avoiding certain travel times and destinations to ensure our safety.

What’s the favourite place you’ve travelled to?

The Greek islands.

Where are you going next?

Next on the list is the Greek island of Folegandros.

You can follow Celeste’s adventures on her blog Family Experiences and over on Instagram @familyexperiencesblog.


Celeste Tat

It’s up to women today to make things better for their tomorrow

Women are half the world’s population and many would say the better half. Until half the world is treated as equally as the other there will always a need for today.

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