Interview with a Travel & Lifestyle Blogger
Name Georgie Minter-Brown, http://georgieminterbrown.blogspot.co.uk
What do you do? I am a drama and dance teacher, actress and travel/lifestyle blogger.
For how long have you been a travel blogger? I’ve been blogging since 2013, but I only really started doing more travel content after I went backpacking around New Zealand and South East Asia for 5 months last year.
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m 22 years old and live in Chesham in the UK. I have always been a very creative person which has led me to where I am today: I’ve been acting on professional jobs since I was 5, and I always loved writing. I work part-time as well as freelancing so I don’t have a typical work week schedule which I love as this allows me to blog in my spare time. I’m also a big lover of beauty and fashion (especially vintage) as well as being a total bookworm.
What made you want to become a travel blogger? I started off reading fashion and beauty blogs when I was taking my A-Levels and I loved the fact that people could create a space to share interests with like-minded people. This idea of being part of a community made me start my blog the week after my final exam, and I’ve been loving it ever since! The travel part of my blog was something I’d always loved but felt I couldn’t build on as I was only going on holiday once a year, but after catching the travel bug while backpacking I realised I was gathering all this information and tips that I was so passionate about. It just made sense to push the travel side as I had learnt so much in those 5 months away.
How do you find the time to work while you’re travelling? I’m lucky in the fact that working part time and my freelancing gives me the flexibility to spend a morning working on new projects and talking with companies and PR’s. When I was away I found there might be an evening that we had free or a day where it was raining all day that I could use to answer emails or work on things. But I also didn’t put any pressure on myself to create content as I wanted to enjoy the trip as much as possible without worrying about deadlines.
At what point did you feel financially ready to start travelling? After working out the best time to go to the countries we wanted to, we decided to just go ahead and book our tickets! We already had a good amount of savings behind us so after putting together a budget we just worked as many hours as we could to make sure we were going away with a comfortable amount. Now when planning trips, I set aside a certain amount each payday so that I can work out whether to do a couple of little getaways or to start saving for a bigger trip.
What does a typical day look like for you? The first thing I do in the morning is check my emails and the news to see what’s going on in the world (great way of feeling in touch with life at home if you’re travelling), and then I’ll go on to check my social media while I have my morning coffee. Then I’ll crack on with emails while I have my breakfast before popping to the gym or doing an at-home workout. Then the rest of my day will consist of writing content, filming videos, taking photos and planning future content and Instagram posts. As well as this I’ll continue to plan my next trip, while checking travel sites for any deals or discounts on trips and flights. If I’m not working in the afternoon, I’ll try and stop work a couple of hours before dinner to read a book or watch some Netflix!
What’s your favourite thing about travel blogging? As I mentioned before, I really love the community aspect- there’ll always be people there for you to help you out, or to show you support. I’ve made some incredible friends through blogging and that is something that I think is so special about the blogosphere, regardless of what you blog about.
Least favourite? Probably the jealousy and competitiveness, and when people blog for the wrong reasons. Most of the time the blogging world is a very positive place, but sometimes you get a couple of people who want to cause a rift.
How do you find balance while you’re travelling? When I was travelling, I found that for this first big trip away I wanted to enjoy my time as much as possible without feeling pressured to blog. So I made sure I took lots of photos and footage, and then if I had some time I would back these up and working on some ideas. Some of the time as well we were in places that didn’t have the best WIFI (or any at all) so that helped me to not spend hours on my phone or laptop.
What inspires you? I’m mainly inspired by my fellow bloggers- there are so many talented people out there that I follow that are doing so well, and this pushes me to achieve more and improve.
What’s your favourite place you’ve been to? This is a tie between New Zealand and Vietnam. New Zealand was the first place I went to on my 5 month trip and a place where I learnt so much while experiencing such a beautiful country along with meeting wonderful people. Vietnam was a place with such varying landscapes and incredible food, and I found that the most amount of ‘wow’ moments happened here!
Do you have any advice for others who want to become travel bloggers? Don’t feel like you need to have loads of money to travel. Start by taking staycations in your own country, as you might be surprised by how many people might want to visit! Then you can focus on saving for trips abroad. Also remember to put the camera away every so often when you’re away- by all means take photos that you can use for content, but remember to enjoy the moment you’re in otherwise all you’ll remember is looking through your camera viewfinder rather than at the moment you are taking a photo of.