What Traveling through Scotland Taught Me about Blogging
Posted on 07. Apr, 2010 by Julius.
Recently a friend and I decided to travel somewhere. We didn’t really know where we wanted to go to. He actually proposed going to London but we have stayed there already and I wanted to see parts of northern Britain like Scotland where I haven’t been before. After looking for flights and talking to my friend we decided to go to Scotland. We booked the flight. We had one week to travel through Scotland.
That was almost all we did before we went to Scotland. My friend bought a map and the Lonely Planet guide for Scotland. That was it.
We arrived in Edinburgh and stayed there at a hostel. Only then did we decide where we wanted to go. The following days we simply traveled around Scotland. It was amazing.
It’s probably not as interesting to hear all this so let me get back to how this is related to blogging.
One thing I learned from our trip was that you only need to have rough plans. You don’t need to have everything planned out already because it won’t give you the option of being spontaneous.
On our tour through Scotland we met a lot of people. After we arrived in Edinburgh we met a girl from Estonia who was planning on renting a car. She wanted to travel the same route we planned on traveling. So she invited us to go with her and a friend by car. So we did.
If we had everything planned then this wouldn’t have been an option for us. But since we only had rough plans we were able to go with them by car. The same thing applies to blogging or life in general. Don’t plan everything.
It’s not worth spending too much time on plans especially if you don’t follow up anyway. It’s better to take action.
On our journey we stayed one night in Pitlochry, a rather small town surrounded by mountains. On the day we arrived there, we thought about going by foot to Queen’s View which is a great spot up in the mountains from which you have an amazing view. So we did go there by foot. When we returned we were quite tired from all the walking.
Afterwards, my friend wanted to go to one of Scotland’s most famous pubs called Moulin Inn later that day. But I actually didn’t want to go since I was tired. Eventually I decided to go with him to the pub.
And guess what. It was one of the best decisions I made. The pub was really worth visiting and we had a great time talking to some Scottish people.
It is always that way in life. Sometimes we simply need to overcome ourselves, our inner obstacles. And if you do it’s usually one of the most rewarding experiences in your life.
Go ahead and work on your blog. Do something which you never wanted to do but which is important. You will be glad you did it afterwards.
Connect with Other People
This is probably the most important thing I’ve learned from this trip. Be open and connect to other people. It’s always such a great opportunity to learn something new.
When we, for example, talked to some Scottish people they told us about all the great dishes that we had to try. If we would have stayed in our hostel and wouldn’t have talked to people we probably would have never had the chance to try these things out.
It’s the same in blogging. You can learn so much from other people simply by talking to them. Connect to them and they will be happy to share their knowledge.
What do you think? Do you like to travel? Was this helpful at all?