All About YOU: Letters from My Readers / Vol. 4

All About YOU: Letters from My Readers / Vol. 4

A lot of people have asked what success means to me… Well, it doesn’t equal to just one thing because I find success in a lot of things: through my relationships with people, through the businesses I’ve built, and so on and so forth.

But when it comes to my blog, I absolutely find success when a reader expresses their gratitude for my posts. I really put my heart and soul into all of the articles, tips, and guides that I have put up so whenever my readers tell me how I’ve helped them or how I’ve inspired them, that is surely the time when I distinctly feel success.

That being said, you guys have been thanking me non-stop, but do know that I’m equally (if not more) thankful for each and everyone of you!

…Do you want to publicize your story too? Well then, if you have ever been inspired by a destination, hotel, activity, or trip that I wrote about, AND/OR if you have ever been inspired to travel or do anything because of my blog articles — come send me a message here along with a high-res landscape photo of yourself and a brief note regarding your journey or situation, and I would absolutely LOVE to include your story in this series!

For this month, I present to you my 5 favorite letters!
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Letters from my Readers – Vol. 4

Gerald & Mei A letter and a photo from the Philippines

JojoMei

I’ve been a silent reader for quite some time now, though I think I left a few comments on your blog before. You’re such an inspiration, having traveled to different places already at a very young age. Being a digital nomad is such a brave move and though I prefer not to become one, I’m not closing my doors to it, especially to travelling.

Even with a corporate day job and being the eldest child with a lot of responsibilities on the shoulder, I didn’t let the factors “time” and “money” hinder my goals of travelling. Yes, it’s not easy, but it’s possible.

I choose to travel PH because aside from the fact that is is more budget-friendly, there are a lot of beautiful places in the country. Together with my boyfriend, we explored different provinces in the Philippines last year.

It all started when I became inspired whenever I see my colleagues travelling. I wanted to do it too, and so I started researching. I think that was why I stumbled upon your blog. I’m still not that courageous to try solo travelling so I have been bugging my boyfriend to come with me. Haha. I also like to try solo travelling someday, but that day would come at the right time. For now, I like a partner to travel with. :)

Our first trip was in Baguio and after a few trips that followed, it’s not only me who wanted to travel. He also got inspired! It even came to a point that he’s the one bugging me about the places he wants to visit! It’s amazing how he, who used to frown, is now the one who’s telling me the places that we should visit next. 

Like they say, “Do not marry someone until you get to travel with him/her”, and “There ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them” on your “Make or Break: Travel as a Relationship Test” post. After reading it, it inspired us to travel more. Luckily, the results are good!

During our trips last year, we’ve been in different situations that truly tested our relationship. We had arguments and misunderstandings but at the end of the day, we’re able to sort things out. We also get to discover a lot of things about each other. He’s afraid of heights, I’m afraid of the underwater world. But we’re able to conquer it because we encourage each other. And, experiences are the best when you have someone to share it with! We’ll strengthen our relationship by travelling too.

When the right time comes, we would like to go on an international trip because we’re sure we’ll have more challenges to face when we’re in a foreign country. Haha but instead of getting nervous about it, we’re excited because we know we’ll discover a lot more things about us!

Gerald and Mei are from the Philippines. You can find more about them and their adventures over at JojoMei.com

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Jane Mantilla A letter and a photo from Thailand

Jane Mantilla

You are truly an inspiration for every filipina traveller out there. You have inspired me in so many ways and would be awesome to let everyone know how you have inspired me.

Last year, I launched my blog. Though I’m still figuring out a lot of other stuff like my niche and what should be content, reading your blog helped get it started. Another reason is I am now applying for schools in UK to get closer to my travel dream destination – Europe!

I can still remember when I e-mailed you months ago regarding about ways to stay longer in Europe without coming home for a year or two! Lastly, I am currently looking into being a full-fledged digital nomad. I’m still trying to study all those sites you have mentioned in one of your articles and in that way, I can still continue to travel.

All in all: through your blog, I can finally achieve my dreams slowly but surely. So a huge THANK YOU to you, Aileen.

Jane is originally from the Philippines. You can find more about her and her adventures over at MomentsWithJane.com

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Franco Buot A letter and a photo from the Philippines

Franco Buot

I just found your blog a few months ago and it really helped me a lot — especially your ‘how to become a digital nomad‘ post.

I always wanted to be a digital nomad and seeing a fellow Filipino become successful in this field is both inspiring and assuring. It only means that my dream is attainable!

Franco is from the Philippines. You can find more about him and his adventures over at DTLCebu.wordpress.com

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Isabel Leong A letter and a photo from Singapore

Isabel Leong

Aileen was the one that got me kickstarted on investing in a blog professionally after a long time of hesitation.

Her article ‘How To Start A Travel Blog‘ provides a step-by step guide on setting up a blog, and I cannot begin to describe what a tremendous help that has been. While there are many of such similar articles found in various other blogs, what gave me the inspiration to start a blog was her beautiful writing and site layout. Everything, from the colour theme to the brand logo, is designed in such an aesthetically-pleasing way, that one cannot help but wander deeper into her blog.

She was also the one that introduced the Facebook blogging community to me, and it was this empowering community that emboldened me to start a blog. As someone who is just starting out, the fear of helplessness and failure are oftentimes discouraging. Yet she selflessly and very generously provided the help and information that I needed, without expecting anything in return.

Her expertise really shows and her blog posts are not only professional, but also value-adding, which makes readers hooked on reading her blog!

Isabel is originally from Singapore. You can find more about her and her adventures over at BelAroundTheWorld.com

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Jewel Porter A letter and a couple of photos from Mykonos, Greece & Paris, France

Jewel Porter

I wanted to take a second to say thank you. You helped me make a travel blog.

This past week, I was thinking of my new year’s resolution to travel as much as I can this year while completing my freshman year of college. Sometimes it can be hard to get up and go somewhere when you are stressed about a test or anything school-related. I ended up stumbling upon your ‘How to Make a Travel Blog from Scratch’ article on Pinterest. I figured making a travel blog would be a good step into getting the life of travel I want!

…Now, I have a legitimate blog and I cannot wait to keep posting about my love for adventure and travel. Without you this literally would not have happened! So, really, thank you!

I also recently joined the Ultimate Travel Group and I saw the post you made last week about wanting your readers to email and tell you how you have inspired them! I know I may be a little late, but nonetheless, I wanted to let you know I have been inspired b your blog and look towards it as a model of where I want to be. Your posts are effortlessly charming and genuine. I can not wait to try and grow my blog to see where it takes me.

Jewel is originally from Oklahama, USA. You can find more about her and her adventures over at JewelAbroad.com

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Send Me Your Letters

This goes without saying but I DO love reading your letters — I love it so much that I want to share it with the rest of the world (hence the reason for why this series was born)! After all, it always brings me joy to learn more about you guys.

So again…

  • If you have ever been inspired by a destination, hotel, activity, or trip that I wrote about; and/or,
  • If you have ever been inspired to travel or do just about anything because of my blog articles

…come send me a message at Aileen Adalid Email along with a high-res landscape photo of yourself and a brief note about your journey or situation.

I would absolutely LOVE to include your piece in this series and tell your story. I look forward to your emails!

Tell me…

  • What do you think about this ‘All About You’ series, for all of you, my readers?

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14 comments

  1. Where are you from, Aileen?

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    1. I was born in Batanes, an island in the Philippines :D

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  2. Doesn't it feel nice to know that your work has inspired other people. I would love to explore the US one day. There are so many wonderful destinations that I would love to visit.

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    1. I regard it as a success whenever I find that I have helped or inspired some people in one way or another, so this series is something that I really love to continue!

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  3. Wow!!! This is nice, I want to share my story too that was inspired by you! You are one of my inspirations why I finally decided to do travel blogging! More power to you, I will send an email soon. :)

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    1. Awww, thank you Andi! I really appreciate that and I look forward to your email!

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  4. Really nice idea! I wish to receive such letters. I recently started my blog and hope to be inpiration for some people as well. All the best!

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  5. That is a super cute idea to get your readers to engage with you! This letters series shows how inspirational you are to others who are looking to travel full time. I know that I have loved following along on your journey. I wish I could travel more!

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    1. Aww thank you Krystal! I'm very happy to hear that <3 I bet you can make way to travel more too! Let me know if you ever have any questions.

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  6. It is so much fun to see what others are traveling to! I am excited I am in the Philippines and adding more countries to travel to on my list as well. So much fun to see the world and explore other countries.

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    1. True that Tammilee!

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    2. Great blog and great reading, im really inspired by you and the choices you have chosen with your life :)

      Greetings from Denmark :)

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  7. I'm so with you on loving to hear from my readers! I've gotten many wonderful messages over the years, but never considered sharing them publicly, maybe I should :) One thing I find very disappointing though is when someone writes to me and I spend quite a bit of time answering their questions and never hear back from them again. Not even a thank you. Does that happen to you?

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    1. With their permission, I definitely think you should! I believe it's a great way to spread positive vibes and inspiration, and a good thing to look back too as well over the years. :) ...and yeah, I know what you mean. It happens to me a lot, and it's just my hope that I managed to help them at least even without their reply.

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