My shackles are to be let loose on this post. Some trave truths are coming to ya’ll – with full force and at light speed!
I’m about to discuss something that’s I feel is not touched on enough by travel bloggers on blogs. If anything it’s taboo. But anyway it’s related to how we convey our various adventures and exploits to people reading our posts.
Personally it’s annoying whether someone keeps describing trips or destinations with basic words and phrases such as “Amazing”, “lovely” and I “wouldn’t wanna be anywhere else”. But to them it actually wasn’t and actually could be somewhere else.
Now there’s nothing wrong with saying any of that. If you genuinely thought it was amazing then feel free to say it but don’t avoid discussing flaws thst YOU know exist. That can set a dangerous precedent to readers. It can cause them to have certain expectations of some places that may be unrealistic or untrue. They’ll go and visit X, Y or Z and then their experience is not what they thought it would be because of the standards that YOU have set for THEM, whether it was intentional or not.
I also don’t think social media helps the matter. Instagram for instance are where travellers can use various kind of filters to tailor their pics to their liking. Therefore this influences outside perception of their travel experience. Because Instagram is a place where our photos and how many likes they get is a representation of our best self. The first thing you see are the pics, never the captions or hashtags.
To elaborate further on how important forms of informative media can play on a perception of a country, lets refer to Eastern European and Middle East countries like Russia, Ukraine and Turkey. All you hear on the news and press in the western world is political tension, violence, coups, government uprisings, and a sense of nationalism about them that makes it unsafe for people of color to travel to.
Africa is another example of this – again where news or programmes always show poverty stricken communities, children in poor healthcare conditions and education institutions. Thats good for raising awareness for issues that are a reality. However if that’s always what people see and those countries and continents aren’t celebrated also then people are going to be turned off. Even tourists can be swayed by such propaganda.
It’s very sad and a big L because I’ve had people, especially people who look like me, go to those countries and report back to me with good experiences. They hardly experienced the kind of narratives and things that the media wants us to believe is always happening there.
What Is Your Truth
My point is that as dedicated travellers, especially travel/lifestyle influencers – we need to be careful with the impression we’re giving our audiences and come at it with a balanced point of view.
Don’t glamourise certain destinations and travel experiences that aren’t glamorous themselves. Nor should we completely trash on them because of what another person has experienced. Everyone’s travel experiences are different and tailored for their own enjoyment and convenience as much as possible.
Our words and photos can define how one perceives a country, city, culture or demographic. We can either reinforce certain stereotypes or prejudices – or we could break them. We could be playing with fire trust me!
What I want my audience to take from my blog posts and travel reviews is transparency. The ability to relate my experiences to theirs and to show off my personality. I want to make sure that they’re taking away something about the place I visited that they didn’t know about before. For example sometimes I may include a lil fun fact here or there just to garner a bit more interest than usually.
My question to you is: what do you want your audience to take away from what you post? What impression are you trying to leave them? What’s YOUR travel truth? That’s a bit of homework I’m giving you lot.
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Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures