This past week a well known travel website decided to spread anger and distrust within the travel community. I won't mention them because they have disappointed us so much and besides, the article in question has changed to a softer less harsh post since the comments started rolling in in utter disgust.
What we wonder is, what is with all the hating going on between travel bloggers?
Has everyone forgotten why they got into this business? Is it not for the love of travel?
When we started in this community nearly 3 years ago, we were overwhelmed with the outpour of love and support by our fellow bloggers. Now when we watch the threads on forums and on certain websites, we are amazed with the bitterness and anger coming out of people's mouths. We all run our business differently and that's ok. We really don't care what other people do with behind the scenes of their travel blogs. If they want to clog it with gambling and casino advertising that's their choice. If they want to keep it straight and narrow and not run one ad, that's good for them too.
It is up to the individual on how much money they need or want.
But now we see people fighting and ratting each other out to Google, there is name calling and arguments. This is over travel blogging! What have we become? Why is everyone so concerned with focusing on what everyone else is doing?
What is wrong with everyone?
Travel is supposed to be exciting and fun. When we go to a travel website we want to be inspired. We want to learn something about another part of the world that we didn't know about. Travel is about getting away from the stresses of everyday life and living a fantasy for a few days. Travel is beautiful and wonderful. It opens people's eyes to ignorance and prejudice.
We love travel blogging and we hope to be able to do it for the rest of our lives. We have our ups and downs with starting a new business and we live through a roller coaster of extreme highs and lows each day. The one thing we have always been able to count on is sharing and discussing ideas with our fellow travel bloggers.
When a website comes out with hateful and hurtful commentary, it saddens us. We hope that people don't turn on one another and that people won't be afraid to discuss with each other anymore. We are all pioneers in the travel blogging world. We're the leaders and together we should be able grow and support one another. We shouldn't be turning into the police and turning our fellow bloggers in to Big Brother.
We would love to be able to run an ad free site and we are working towards that goal by working in television and developing partnerships and sponsorships. We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel but unfortunately we aren't independently wealthy. For now have to feed ourselves and be able to put fuel in our car for all the meetings we've been going to these days to make the transition from a blogger that is merely getting by to travel blogger that is making a great living. We hope that people don't resent us for selling ad space to travel companies that we research beforehand but we have to do what we have to do. We can't worry about what other people are thinking or doing, we would drive ourselves insane if we did.
What we can do is look to our fellow travel bloggers for inspiration and advice.
We are so proud of the people that we know it travel blogging. We have watched our peers grow and achieve success and they inspire us to do better ourselves.
People Inspiring in Travel Blogging
Keith of Velvet Escape and Janice of SoloTraveler have started GBN and created successful personas of being leaders in the public speaking field.
Sherry Ott of Ottsworld has started Meet Plan Go with Michaela Potter and I hope that they get a multimillion dollar venture capital investment for their amazing idea. (maybe they'll hire us if they do!) We've seen companies achieve great success in this sense like our pals at Tripping. We are so proud to know them and to be a small blip on their radar.
GoPackpaking is someone that we have always looked to for his business savvy. He has been sustaining his travels since 2007 and now he is not only sustaining himself, he is making a great living and is another leader in the industry.
Nora of the Professional Hobo starred in a TV series last year. When she told us about that at a Toronto Travel Massive, we were so excited for her. It is something we've wanted to do and to see a fellow blogger achieve our dream, gave us hope that we can do it too!
Ken Kaminesky landed the cover of National Geographic with his amazing photography. That's National Geographic people! I need not say more?
Everything-Everywhere , Legal Nomads, Wild Junket, EarthXplorer, Uncornered Market and Nomadic Matt are all a part of G Adventures Wanderers in Residence. They are traveling the world representing this well known travel company as they write about their tours.
Wandering Trader and YTravel Blog are writing tips for Problogger. Problogger! They are starting to become such authorities in their field that they are giving advice to the entire blog world out there!
Andy Hayes owns an entire network of travel businesses. We have learned so much from him and admire what he has accomplished.
We've started working on CTV NewsChannel doing a weekly segment talking travel, we are announcing a partnership next week that we are excited about and we are so proud to be sponsored by American Express Canada.
There are so many other people out there that are supportive, inspiring and helpful and we don't want to say that it is everyone is being hurtful. We have just noticed that it is easier to jump on the bandwagon of negativity rather than positivity and we feel the need to remind ourselves and everyone else to be optimistic. Great things are happening in this community and we can all grow and achieve success together. We don't need to turn on one another to claw our way to the top. There's room enough for everyone.
I haven't mentioned everyone here, but each week we are going to feature our favourite blogs on Saturdays, so stay tuned for more!
So what I am saying is we should all be proud of our fellow travel bloggers. If they are making $5000 a month selling ads, good for them if they are remaining pure to traditional blogging and not selling any sort of advertising or partnership, good for them too! Let's leave the backstabbing and low blows to the political blogs. There's enough hate out there to go around for everyone.