Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well 🙂 Today, I wanted to talk about travel blogs vs. travel vlogs. I started my blog about two years ago. I was excited to share my adventures and travels with family, friends, and anyone interested in reading. The inspiration for starting my blog though, was encouragement from a friend to start vlogging. I’ve been giving this topic, travel blogs vs. travel vlogs, a lot of thought lately, and I wanted to share what was on my mind.
Well, as you can already guess, I’m a fan of travel blogs – seeing that I have one. But when I first started blogging, that was definitely not the case. I thought blogging as just hopping online and sharing your thoughts and adventures – but there’s so much more to it than that.
Pros – I’m very happy that I am continuing on my blogging journey. One of the best things about blogging is the community that you get to know. I’ve joined several blogging Facebook groups, and even started one of my own. I’ve met the most incredible people, and I’ve learned so much through them. I honestly would have no idea what I was doing [well – more so] without their encouragement and support. I also love being able to share my thoughts on travel-related topics, and sharing my adventures. I love engaging with others who enjoy travelling as well, and Life with Larissa allows me to do just that!
Cons – Like I said earlier, if you think blogging is as simple as 1, 2, 3 – then you shall be sadly mistaken. It takes a lot of time, effort, and sometimes even money, depending on your goal. There’s so much learning to do when it comes to various hosting sites, self-hosting, monetizing, social media, and so much more. It can quickly get very overwhelming. Trying to be consistent in posting is also a challenge for me. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have enough to write a complete post, but I also don’t want to mess up my blogging schedule.
Overall – For travel blogs, the pros definitely outweigh the cons for me [hence Life with Larissa is still up and running…yay :)]. There are times though when I need a break from the blog, in which case I will take a week or two to recollect.
In case you don’t know what a vlog is [like me sometime ago], it is a “video blog”. So think of those travel videos you see on YouTube before you head on a trip or vacation. Those are most likely vlogs. I actually started my own YouTube channel so I could make vlogs. I started off really strong, but then I kind of fell off the wagon. I’m not quite sure yet if I want to take that back up or not. I’d love to hear your suggestions on what you think I should do!
Pros – Vlogging definitely has a lot of pros. It’s a different way to showcase your travels. Individuals watching your videos will be able to see what you’re talking about, and may even feel like they’re on the trip with you. It’s a great way to look back on your previous trips and see what all you did. I love going back and seeing how much fun my family and I had on our Carnival cruise a few years back! I love pulling up my Europe videos and reminiscing on the good times with some good friends!
Cons – As with everything, there comes some challenges with vlogging. If you’re like me, you’d prefer to be behind the camera than in front of it. However, when you commit to the vlogger lifestyle, there will be times [more often than not] where you’ll have to make an appearance in front of the camera. I always feel so awkward in front of the camera in general, but also especially if I’m solo and I’m just talking to a camera in public. Another con is that pulling all your material together can be quite time consuming. You have to figure out which videos and pictures you want to include; which music to include; and also make sure the compilation isn’t too long.
Overall – I’m still stuck on this one. I really do enjoy looking back on my videos throughout the year, and I quite enjoy when people comment letting me know it helped them make a travel decision. I think once I get over my self-consciousness and camera shyness, I’ll be more on board with travel vlogging more consistently!
travel blogs vs. travel vlogs:
Well, as you can see both blogs and vlogs offer their own unique characteristics. Obviously, one is not necessarily better than the other – it’s just a matter of preference. Which one do you prefer, travel blogs or travel vlogs, or both? Don’t let me limit you 🙂 And why is that your preference? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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