Since many of you that read or follow these posts is either a travel blogger or at the very least likes to read travel blogs let me pose a question to you all. I will also answer this myself, but would really love some feedback. So here goes:
Would you describe yourself as:
1) A writer who travels? Or 2) A traveler who writes?
Well, technically right now at least, I’m neither. I’ve traveled, but only when I can save up enough money. (usually once or twice year). But if I were to choose, I’d say I am a writer who travels even though I think I am a much better traveler than a writer.
Writing for me is usually very work intensive. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist. I want the words to flow nicely. I want to sound smart. Sometimes, I think it can kill spontaneity. What I really like doing is being a research nerd. I love finding out all I can about a particular topic. Whenever I visit somewhere new, by the time I actually get there, I’ve read so much I feel like I’ve already been there.
Traveling, on the other hand, is more natural. My philosophy is read all you can in advance then throw away your guidebook and follow your heart. It is kind of a right brain-left brain thing. I have traveled without writing about it, but I am always happier when I write. It makes the experience more real. Maybe one day I can do both professionally. That’s my vision at least. I want to share the world I see with others. I want my journey to make a difference.
Well, that’s my answer (such as it was) What say you?