Telling Your Travel Truth (Travel Rant!)

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.

The Truth

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Hit the like button of you liked my truth. Comment your thoughts on the truth. Share if you want to share the truth. There’s hopefully more truths and posts like this coming to the blog soon 🙂

Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures

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Johnny is a 23-year old solo traveller and travel blogger with a craving to know the world better and make the small world bigger!

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17 Comments

  1. June 5, 2019 / 10:03 pm

    Totally agree with this! I feel like travel bloggers can be very misleading with their content sometimes – especially as their photos quite often don’t portray the ‘real’ experience. Like the excessive editing of photos to cut out the people in the background.
    El // Welsh Wanderer

    • Johnny
      Author
      June 7, 2019 / 8:45 am

      Yeah the editing is omething that bugs me when I think about it more. Sadly on socials most of the time you only see the best parts of a travel blogger’s experience and not the worst. As I said to be “real” you gotta be objective with how you tell your experience as much as you loved it!

  2. June 6, 2019 / 6:26 am

    Another great post, travel bloggers are often never completely honest about their trip (maybe because there’s a cost involved) I’ve been to a few places and been surprised because my expectations were a lot different because of what I’ve seen online and read… I like to be as open and honest as possible – Everyone experiences things differently but I want my experience to reflect the real thing!

    Another great post!

    • Johnny
      Author
      June 7, 2019 / 8:50 am

      I like that you mentioned cost as well Becky, cos sponsored posts could be the reason for that. Yeah I’m not surprised by your different expectations. Sometimes as travel bloggers we fail to realise that every travel experience is different and unique to one’s enjoyment. Definitely can’t speak for everyone. I hope it’s real food for thought for most bloggers

  3. June 9, 2019 / 9:45 am

    This post is amazing 😛 Seriously though, I agree with this post so much. Something I don’t like that people do quite a lot is almost stigmatise some destinations, like some places aren’t ‘proper’ destinations or your experience didn’t count if you didn’t stay in a hostel with 20 people or have a backpack! All travel is travel and everyone should be allowed to do it how they like without being made to feel inadequate.

    • Johnny
      Author
      June 11, 2019 / 7:05 am

      Omg you’re absolutely on the money about these stereotypes Ellie! The worst one for me is people coming up to me and saying that Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland “don’t count” cos they’re in the UK – like they’re still countries at the end of the day

      • June 11, 2019 / 10:42 am

        They are countries for sure. I need to see more of the UK, especially northern Ireland. I might be able to get to Wales later this year which I’m hoping will work out as I’ve never been! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

  4. Nat Wanderlust
    June 9, 2019 / 8:28 pm

    I love this post so much. I recently visited Bali and didn’t think it was that great in certain places so I’m just constructing a post to speak my truth about it. I appreciate your honesty in this post

    • Johnny
      Author
      June 11, 2019 / 8:59 am

      That’s good to know that you’re gonna do that – and Bali is one of those big destinations that people tend to find over-rated too for the lack of a better word

  5. June 9, 2019 / 8:46 pm

    This is a sad reality of the social media world we live in. We are all so desperate to live our “#bestlive” to all our friends and followers, that we all shy away from talking about the reality.

    Great post, we all need a rant once in a while x

    • Johnny
      Author
      June 11, 2019 / 9:01 am

      I definitely hear that – the “best life” motto people live by nowadays can cause people to exaggerate the truth and make something they done seem spectacular whilst in actual fact it was just average #keepingitreal

      • June 11, 2019 / 9:20 am

        I’m all about keeping it real on social media.

        I do worry about the effect on our children growing up in this sometimes fake social media world x

  6. June 10, 2019 / 10:14 am

    I honestly prefer accuracy to glamour in this respect. And, a lot of those times, those type of posts aren’t written for people like me. Even if a location falls short of my expectations, I do my best to supply little glimmers of good — but I’ll say, “I was treated poorly”, “far too expensive,” or “not worth it with bad weather” or something. Travel propaganda is a totally messed up thing as well — like no-go zones in Sweden. After living there, clubbing in them in Malmö, and living in one of the ‘dangerous neighbourhoods’ in Lund, it is all made up and thinly veiled racism tbh.

  7. June 11, 2019 / 9:46 am

    Great post. I agree with you on glamourising place and some of the places have also become overcrowded with tourists, which is making those places unsustainable for people living there. I personally think travel is an experience, my experience may be different from yours and we have to state the truth. Loved reading this post.

  8. June 12, 2019 / 3:51 pm

    So agree with this post! I do very little editing of my travel photos because I want people to see what the destination is truly like. As for the fake news, I follow some YouTubers who are currently traveling through Central America in their vans. When they announced they were doing this, I was concerned about how “dangerous” those countries are. After several weeks of travel, they have had no incidents. I know anything could still happen but perhaps these countries aren’t as dangerous as the news would have us believe.

  9. July 18, 2019 / 8:59 pm

    What a great take on writing about one’s personal travel experiences. This is something I will be sure to take to heart and really look at when I’m writing my own travel blogs. Thanks for sharing! Rock on!

    • Johnny
      Author
      July 19, 2019 / 1:38 pm

      A pleasure sharing Joseph 🙂 We really do need to use our blogs as platforms to create a strong but well-rounded view on things, especially if they’re controversial

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